Below the streets of Paris there's a vibration, those echoes, the distinct boom of leather hitting brick. This isn't conventional football, this is Underground Football Club 2017. Beautifully raw football with a creative flow that weaves through defenders with stylised flair. We go again...
With the dust finally settled on the epic 2016 finale and the faint lines of makeshift pitches still visible, Underground FC transform an abandoned Parisian warehouse once more for football's coolest, most official-unofficial tournament of taste, tribes and talent. Partnered up with adidas once more, Underground Football Club champions teams from the creative universes of art, fashion, music, illustration and design. New year, new game.
Rich in the spirit of football culture, Underground Football Club 2017 kicked off in typically understated style as the conventional world of 5-a-side football is left on the streets in favour of an underground club with underground rules and style. Underground FC brings together groups from creative spaces in Paris and held in a space hidden to the masses, it's like a fight club for the cool with football the regularly contested battle and 2017 has come out swinging.
The concept remains the same, and the passion to represent is stronger than ever. Each team is equipped in bespoke designed kits to bring personality and custom culture to the game. It's more than a number on the back of the shirt, it's a shoulder barge off the catwalk as much as a late tackle on the halfway line. Step into the lift of football flair. Going down, Monsieur?
Photography for SoccerBible by @isnkc, @jeremie_masuka & @victormalecot. Follow the tournament via @UndergroundFootballClub.