Small sided soccer is one of the most popular styles of the game played in cities.  It requires minimal (if any) set-up or maintenance so can be played almost anywhere and fewer players so it is easy to get a game started.  And of course it gives the player the chance to stamp the game with their unique skills.


Games are everywhere and all-the-time around New York City but earlier this week Chelsea Football Club checked in with FC Harlem as part of their U.S. preseason training and took the small sided game to a new high.

Chelsea Harlem 2 v 2 tournament
adidas X15 and Ace15 cleats
Chelsea event in Big Apple
Chelsea FC in NYC
Chelsea FC in NYC
The 2 v 2 small sided games were the perfect environment for the players to shine with the top players from all over the Big Apple.  The players were kitted out with the 2015/16 Chelsea home and away jerseys representing the 2 sides and the adidas X15 and adidas Ace15 the cleats.

Chelsea harlem 2v2 event
Chelsea fans at event in NYC
The passion of the game carried over to the fans.  The field was surrounded by fans, most appearing to be aspiring players, hoping to one day have their opportunity to highlight their skills.

Chelsea's Diego Costa
Chelsea's Gary Cahill
Chelsea's Eden Hazard in NYC

Chelsea's Cezar Azpilicueta in NYC
Chelsea's Oscar in NYC
And they were no doubt also hoping to catch a glimpse of have a selfie moment with one of their favorite Chelsea player.  The Blues’ first team players Oscar, Cezar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were in the house to watch the competition and meet their NY fans.

Chelsea in Harlem soccer freestyling
The day also included soccer freestyling with F2 Freestylers from the UK and Jayinho and Flo from the U.S. on hand.

The final whistle blew on the event but the players will continue to find a game, the fans will find one to watch, and the Chelsea squad will continue to prepare for the Premier League title defense.


Chelsea FC soccer gear is available at World Soccer Shop.