Fútbol Callejero, street football, is played in some form or other around the world. There are many forms of the game, with different rules, both spontaneous and organised. The game can be played anywhere, in side-streets, parks or courtyards. Sandwiched between The Heygate and the railway line, in south London, lies a sliver of greenery, with a dusty football pitch. This is where Fútbol Callejero is played at the Elephant and Castle, and where Nacional, one of the local teams, meet each Wednesday to practise, and on Saturday to play their league games with other Latin American teams.
The team is sponsored by Cesar, the owner of Distriandina, a Colombian social club, which sits opposite the green.
The team are made up of Colombians and a Peruvian. All have arrived in London since 1994 looking for a better life.
The game is played at a very fast pace and requires a high level of ball control, as players operate in small spaces.
Fútbol Ocho is similar to Fútbol Callejero, except that the pitch and goal are larger, though not as large as in regular football, and there are eight players per side, not five.
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