SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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Playing For Kicks! t SPORT Report FOOTGOLF POPULARITY SWEEPS U.S. BY MICHELLE RYAN everal versions of footgolf, a sport that combines soccer and golf, had been kicked around in various European countries for about 20 years—Switzerland in the late '80s, Scandinavia in the '90s—before being introduced in the United States through the American FootGolf League (AFGL). It was a simple search by AFGL founder Roberto Balestrini that led to a lucky strike for the now up-and-coming sport. "I discovered this European sport searching for international soccer games on TV in early 2011," he said. "A TV station from Argentina presented a footgolf show on DirecTV and I saw it and immediately fell in love with the concept!" S January 2018 40 U.S. team member Sharif Katib scores.

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