Before we go any further, please take some time to check out the Partners page. AP has several great partners, all working to grow the game of soccer at the lower levels, and more will be forthcoming. Check out their sites and lend them your support.
Orlando City Stadium: Regardless of what you think of Major League Soccer, this is awesome. It's a virtual reality tour of Orlando City's new stadium. You can see what the view is like from every seat, including the standing terrace.
Detroit City, Symbol of Hope: A wonderful piece from the Telegraph. This article does an overview of all the work DCFC has done for the city of Detroit, and how it has become a symbol not just of civic pride, but of the resurgence of Detroit itself.
Ecuador's Minnow: Want to know why Promotion and Relegation can be a beautiful thing? These Football Times wrote a piece about Independiente del Valle. In 2007, they were in the third division. This year, they played in the Finals of the Copa Libertadores.
Indoor Soccer: John Crouch of the Western Indoor Soccer League interviewed with AP to talk about the difference between indoor and outdoor soccer, and why it's important to support the game in all it's facets.
"A national tournament would be great for everyone!"
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Welcome to AP everyone, it's August now! That means it's hot everywhere, and most lower division leagues are wrapping up. AFC Cleveland plays Sonoma County in the National Premier Soccer League Championship game, and Calgary Foothills FC is preparing to play the Michigan Bucks in the Premier Development League Championship game. And to add to it all, rumors are swirling that Kitsap Pumas might jump leagues in the off-season.
But to today's interview. We're making a departure from the norm to talk about Indoor Soccer. John Crouch actually works in both leagues, running the Western Indoor Soccer League and also South Sound in the Evergreen Premier League. He's got some interesting things to sat about marketing the indoor game and marketing to fans, which is good for anyone involved with soccer to learn about. Check it out.