Al Bello Photographer

PICTURE STORIES: THE WORLDS GAME AT THE WORLD FAIRGROUNDS

This is the story of a large Hispanic population from Mexico, Central and South America now living in New York congregating every weekend to Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, to play soccer, and relax with family and friends. They play on ten soccer fields throughout the park from early morning till dusk. The participants are highly skilled, semi-pro level players. Each team dresses in the colors of their country and play as if it was their own World Cup. Matches are very competitive, as the pride of each team's country is on the line.

A view of the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.This is where the soccer games take place.
  
Sandro Garcia of Pueblo, Mexico now living in Corona, Queens, poses for a portrait.  Competitors participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on May 27, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.
  
A boys soccer team poses before practice as their adult relatives participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on September 5, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.
     
  
Competitors warm up in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on August 26, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY.
  
Competitors participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on May 27, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY.
  
Competitors participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on May 27, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY.
     
  
A Competitor participates in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on May 27, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY.
  
Competitors participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on May 27, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY.
  
A referee signals with his flag as competitors participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on November 10, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens New York
     
  
Families cook their ethnic food in the park as the Competitors participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on August 26, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens,  New York.
  
Families cook their ethnic food in the park as the Competitors participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on August 26, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens,  New York.
  
Children play a pickup game of soccer as their adult relatives participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on September 2, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.
     
  
Children celebrate after scoring a goal in a pickup game in the park as their adult family members participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on September 2, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.
  
A young child plays a pickup game of soccer as his adult relatives participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on September 2, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.
  
Children play with their action figure dolls as their fathers participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on August 26, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York
     
  
Jose Orellana and his son Jhair of El Salvador now living in Queens play soccer before Jose's Fedeiguayas Soccer League game on September 2, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.
  
ompetitors participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on November 10, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.
  
Competitors participate in the Fedeiguayas Soccer League on May 27, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY.
     
  
Competitors participate in sudden death overtime of the 40 yrs and over Golden League  final on November 10, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.
  
Gustavo Cunha celebrates a  sudden death overtime win in the finals of the 40 yrs and over Golden League  on November 10, 2007 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.