Central Ohio Street Soccer is a recent creation focusing on spreading the growth of soccer in small towns near Columbus, Ohio. Based in Centerburg, Ohio, COSS will be holding pick-up games at a local, caged-in basketball court known as the Cage in order to gain more awareness for the beautiful game.
Although only 40 minutes away from the Columbus Crew, the tiny village of Centerburg, doesn’t even have a high-school soccer team. The people in the town don’t know about soccer.
COSS believes that soccer is played in its purest form on the streets. Games are played all over the world in alleys, on basketball and tennis courts, and even in the middle of crowded roads.
Inspired by CALLE and a desire to play soccer in their hometown, the three founders are excited to get this project underway. As of now, the plan is to hold publicized pick-up games once or twice a week, especially during the long summer months. CALLE has already offered to donate some of their awesome street-specific soccer balls to help out with the startup costs. Plans for small-sided, all-black PVC pipe soccer goals are also in the works. The founders are considering a guerilla marketing strategy to notify nearby towns as well.
As I’m writing this, COSS already has 50 likes on their Facebook page after only making it public on February 17th.