When I travel one of the first things that I do when I get my itinerary is figure out when and where I can watch my favorite team, Arsenal, in the city or town that I am in. There’s nothing better than being at the stadium itself but when that is not possible it’s always great to find a place where passionate fellow fans gather. I have watched Arsenal matches with locals in bars and pubs in Hanoi, Dubrovnik and Florence just to name a few. Each experience was enhanced by the fact that I was exploring a new city and culture yet was still able to seek out like minded fans and experience watching my team while travelling.
That’s the spark that led to the creation of Soccer Walks.
NYC is a melting pot with people from all walks of life. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Soccer Walks combines these two truths. Our tours explore the impact that immigrant groups have had on the city and how the history of soccer in New York has been facilitated by the diverse people that call New York home.
Our walking tours are each 1.5 hours, followed by a live viewing of a match at one of NYC’s premier soccer specific pubs/restaurants.
JOCELYN TAUB, FOUNDER
I first fell in love with the world’s most popular sport when I was given an Arsenal jersey following a friend’s trip to London. Since then I’ve followed Arsenal religiously including 7AM wake ups, visits to the only local pubs showing matches and a number of trips to the UK to see Arsenal live at home and on the road. I’ve also attended many MLS games, several Serie A matches in Italy and somehow ended up at a QPR vs. Huddersfield third round FA Cup contest in a hail storm. Football truly is “the beautiful game.”