What is your name and home field location?
Yohann Vandaele. We do not have a home field location.
What is your connection to France?
I am French!
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
Good opportunity to participate in a fun, cultural event!
How did your team come together?
We created a team for the Unity Cup so we don’t really know each other. We made a team by contacting professionals and friends. It will be a big challenge for us because we will have to learn very quickly how to play together.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
Some of the players are parents or employees of the French International School of Philadelphia. Other players are used to playing together on Sunday mornings.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Soccer is the first sport in France and Europe. It is very attractive. Soccer gives the opportunity to share common values like respect and a sense of effort.
Why is soccer important to you personally?
My father was a good soccer player and we often played together when I was younger – running on a field provokes a feeling of liberty.
How has soccer made your life better?
Soccer is the opportunity to share good moments with friends or to meet some new people. It is good for the health and the mind. It is a source of pleasure and fun.
Why do you think soccer is so popular around the world?
It is very easy to play – the rules are basic. You only need a ball and you can recreate any space into a soccer field. Moreover, it is a spectacular sport!
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
When you play soccer, you share the same common goal. You have to have solidarity and help one another on the field.
What places (such as restaurants or cultural centers) or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about French culture?
First, they should get in contact with the “Alliance Française” and “Philadelphie Accueil” – where they can get more information about French culture. If any parent is looking for their children to learn French, I would recommend them to contact the French International School of Philadelphia, which welcomes children from Pre-K to Grade 8.
What is one thing you wish more people knew about France?
I wish more people knew French culture: theater, movies, French literature, visual arts, and of course the French gastronomy. You are welcome in France to discover our beautiful country!