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A Soccer Program Breaking Down Borders
The players on the field are the sons and daughters of families from all over the world who have fled everything from poverty and discrimination to war and famine. Spanish, French, Nepali, Mandarin, Pashtun, Arabic and a host of other languages can all be heard on the field at the same time.  All photos by Reinhard Cate. 
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Abdnego Juárez  kicks the ball down field during a scrimmage with his Soccer WIthout Borders team.

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Two players from the under fourteen girls team braid each other's hair before a game.

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Coaches and players from the boys under nineteen and under seventeen teams pose for a group photo after a run to a local park.

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Players from the under seventeen boys team pose for a photo in Oakland, CA. The boys finished second place this year in the Founders Cup, a California wide tournament.

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A player from the Soccer Without Borders under seventeens team rests on the field. The organization provides cleats, socks, shinguards and other gear to it's participants. Most of the young men and women who join can't afford their own equipment.

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Ben Gucciardi the founder of Soccer Without Borders at a practice at Oakland International High School.

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Originally from Burma, Hel Sey a member of the girls under nineteen team smiles as she accepts her High School Diploma from Oakland International High School Principal Carmelita Reyes

A Soccer Program Breaking Down Borders

The players on the field are the sons and daughters of families from all over the world who have fled everything from poverty and discrimination to war and famine. Spanish, French, Nepali, Mandarin, Pashtun, Arabic and a host of other languages can all be heard on the field at the same time.  All photos by Reinhard Cate. 

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