The mission of this site is to be an advocate for the game of futbol, or soccer, in the metropolitan St Louis region. The goal is to provide a place that players, coaches, referees and others can be recognized for their efforts on behalf of their schools, their clubs and the region. Hopefully it will also become a place that players and coaches from outside the area can visit and aid in their decision to come play the game in this area or to recruit players from the area. The game we love is a competitive endeavor but I also believe that we will all benefit from the overall improvement in the game, the players and the facilities that support our combined efforts.
On a personal note, the site is the creation of Steve Ole Olson. I am a marketing & sales consultant by day while this site, and the game of soccer, is my avocation. I learned the game of soccer in St. Louis, playing in a variety of men’s leagues throughout the area and earning my F, E & D Missouri licenses in the 80′s when the program was run by Harry Keough, Bob Guelker and Ed Huneke. I played in indoors and outdoor amateur leagues several times a week, both here and in Chicago during a 25 year playing career. I managed many teams during that period as well as an adult coed small-side league in Chicago. I coached several women’s teams that play in the IWSL in Chicago in the 90′s. I spent the summer of 1995 working for Aleks Mihailovic and his Soccer Made in America (SMIA) summer camps program as a Youth Coach. I have also earned my US Amateur License. All of which means I know enough to know that there is always more to learn. Hopefully this site will help me accomplish that.
I was a camera geek before I became a soccer player and worked at what is now the Post-Dispatch Suburban Journals covering High School sports from 1974-1976. During that period I also covered sports for Florissant Valley Community College, including the 1975 championship season. I also had several hundred photos included in the University of Missouri – Rolla yearbooks from 1976-1978 while attending school.
This site is an opportunity to combine my love of photography and soccer. It is also a direct example for my clients of the tools available for promoting their products and services while learning about websites, multimedia and search engine marketing. If you, or a friend, are looking to improve your online presence and marketing – please feel free to contact me for a free evaluation.
My video from the win over Algeria was included in this well known video
Here’s my contribution, filmed at Farmer’s Gastropub in downtown Springfield MO (site of the 2012 Missouri State Cup)
and how he found my video – the New York Times included it in a list of 17 and one of only two featured from the Midwest – Across the US, an Explosion of Joy