New Soccer Team to Cheer For in South Africa - NBC Bay Area

New Soccer Team to Cheer For in South Africa



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    RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26: A USA fan flies the national flag in front of a full moon prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between USA and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 26, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

    This weekend's loss to Ghana means the U.S. soccer team is out of the  running for a World Cup trophy -- but there's another soccer team well on  their way to claiming gold in Johannesburg this week.

    A team of 10 boys and girls from the fifth and sixth grades at San  Francisco's French-American school is competing in a youth world cup against  25 other schools from around the world.

    And the young team appears to be on a winning streak.

    In the qualification stage, the San Francisco team won against  Denmark, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Tunisia. Today, they competed against the  Congo in the quarterfinals.

    The competition, featuring 26 schools from five continents, is the  first-ever World Cup for French International Schools, and is being hosted by  the French Embassy in South Africa, according to a news statement.

    "This is really a multicultural event, with a sports and an  educational component," said French-American Lower School principal and team  coach Ray Hintz in the statement.

    In addition to the soccer tournament, participating students will  also take part in a full-day debate on topics related to life at their school  and host country, attend a FIFA World Cup game and meet with one of the  participating teams, among other activities.