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What Defines Success in Soccer?

Senda’s founder Santiago Halty had a chance to ask USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann how he would define success in his role as a coach.

Here is what Jurgen said:

How do most of us coaches, players, parents and lovers of the beautiful game define success? Wouldn’t it be great to focus on Klinsmann’s comments that he hopes his players will say, “Coach Jurgen, you really gave me some help, improving my game and taking it to another level?” He went on to say “I truly believe that if that happens, we will have a team that is there for each other a team that runs and fights for each other, and also expresses themselves individually.” If he manages to do that, it will be some fun years ahead for US fans.

We must remember, a small percentage of players go on to play college or professional soccer, so we should strive to develop players who are excellent on the field and and off. We should aim to create socially aware and conscious players. We should teach lessons about hard work, bouncing back from adversity, and accepting people are different that us; lessons that will stick with our players for life.

One of the most rewarding experiences of working at Senda is seeing coaches using Senda’s Fair Trade story to talk to players about responsibility, Fair Play, and thinking beyond themselves. We are very proud to give players, parents, and coaches the opportunity to express to most sacred values on soccer, when they need to get their equipment.

How will you define success for your club, your school team, and your kids, in whatever way you are involved with the game?

Sam Cronin, SJ Earthquakes midfielder, testing the Senda Fair Trade Soccer Balls

After Sam Cronin attended our pre-launch party in San Francisco December 2010, he became one of the very first supporters of Senda. Sam was one of the first guests to arrive, and he chatted with most of the soccer fans who came to celebrate with us the beginning of Senda’s journey.

Right before leaving, Sam told us: “Love what you guys are doing, let me know if I can help in any way.”

We asked him if he would be able to help us test our soccer balls, to make sure we are always making the best quality balls for each playing category.

Sam was more than happy to help out, and we last month in beautiful San Francisco. We spent the afternoon testing the Valor,
Apex and Rapido ball models.

And the verdict is?

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The Olympic Club gets the Senda Rapido ball for the SFFL 2011 Season

The Olympic Club soccer team chose the Senda Athletics Rapido Premier ball for the SFFL 2011 season.




On March 3rd, the team practiced at USF, and received the new Senda balls. Practice included former Women Professional Soccer as well as Major League Soccer players.The Rapido ball is our model for the highest level of competition, and it perfectly fit the level of the Olympic Club. We received rave reviews from the players, who loved the touch, weigh and and feel of the Rapido.



Established in 1860, the Olympic Club is America’s oldest athletic club. The soccer teams play in the San Francisco Football Soccer League, which was established in 1902, and is one of the most competitive leagues in the US.

Senda at Small Goals, Big Change Tournament in Berkeley

Small Goals Big Change Tournament in Berkeley

Driving rain, a biting wind and near-freezing temperatures didn’t dampen spirits at Soccer Without Borders’ first annual Small Goals, Big Change Tournament in Berkeley on March 19th. Senda, which provided the tournament balls and lent a hand with organization, was a proud participant in the fundraising event.

Ten co-ed teams played in the all-day event at Gilman Field in Berkeley, with El Cerrito Futbol Club as the winner.

It was fun to be an active player in the soccer community, meet other players who love the game, and share an entire day with them. The dedication of the players (who huddled in heated cars between games) and tournament organizers was inspiring. It was especially heartwarming to see the leadership roles assumed by Soccer Without Borders participants.

The tournament provided a great opportunity for Senda to interact with passionate players. We received very positive feedback on our balls from both players and coaches!

Berkeley-based Soccer Without Borders uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of marginalized youth. It is one of Senda’s partner organizations, which benefits from the sale of Senda equipment.

Senda’s First Video!

Finally, here it is: Senda Athletics’ first video! Let us know your comments, and share the word about Senda sharing the game.

From Egypt – Soccer Without Borders Sends Greetings for the Senda Launch Party!

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