Soccer Joy – In urban Kumasi, Ghana, factory-made balls aboutn. Michael Sarkodie holds one on the Anokye Stars field. Sani Pollux started the club in 1956. "Soccer keeps them out of trouble," he says of the 150 boys he coaches.
Soccer Joy – Mensah Dosseh bought his soccer shoes at a market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, then adorned them with the name of his favorite team -- Barcelona.
Soccer Joy – Carlos Ribeiro stands on a ball he made from rubbish in Inharrime, Mozambique, where boys learn to make balls at age five.
Soccer Joy – Players in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, aim the ball at this petit poto, or mini-goal -- two and a half feet high and wide. "You don't need to be rich or have a manicured pitch to play soccer," says historian Peter Alegi. "You just need a flat space and a makeshift ball."