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“The simplicity of giving the beautiful game back to our kids,
is the essence of a more natural process of developing futbol players.”

What is the Futbol Play Zone Project?

The Futbol Play Zone Project represents the idea that the best teacher of "the beautiful game" is the game itself.

The lack of small sided free play is a significant factor in the overall inability of many youth players to play with confidence and comfort on the ball.  Open (pickup) play is a naturally competitive environment where players can hone their futbol technique and decision-making skills under the pressure of live play. 

If the only time youths are playing soccer is in a controlled environment (training and/or league/tournament game), it is difficult to assume that we can develop “complete” soccer players with a High Soccer IQ and superior technical skills.

It is no secret that players who spend hundreds of extra hours each year engaged in small sided pickup play, as well as, ball juggling, working on technical skills and other creative soccer activities, become the players at the highest levels of the game.

When a player becomes the master of the ball with a high Soccer IQ, the beautiful game will open itself up to the player. The player then becomes the “owner of his/her game”.

The Futbol Play Zone is where kids will come to play small-sided soccer games (1v1,...3v3,...5v5) and have fun, no matter the skill level of the players. The FPZ Project is, at its core, a complement to club soccer training and match play.

COVID-19 Advantage: Another advantage of playing small sided games is the reduced number of players on the field during games and  skills/open play sessions. The ratio of players to trainers will be 6-10:1.

COVID-19 Youth Sports Protocol will be strictly enforced for the safety of all. 

The Futbol Play Zone program on Johns Island will continue with a 2020-21 Winter Season kicking off on November 30. It is an 8-week season of FPZ 3v3 Skills/Open Play sessions. 

CLICK HERE  For Details and to Register


  • OPEN PLAY SESSIONS (2v2, 3v3, 4v4, 5v5...)
    • These sessions provide a creative space where players hone their technical and Soccer IQ skills.
    • Skills/Open Play sessions for individuals during the week
    • Players sign up to play with players of similar skill level to play in weekly FPZ 3v3/4v4 games with refereees
  • 3v3/4v4 TOURNAMENTS
    • FPZ events for youth and adult players emphasizing maximum engagement for all players. 
    • One day tournaments 


Kenyon Cook: Owner of Chucktown Futbol, Founder of Futbol Play Zone, lived in Charleston for 35+ years

Learned to play naturally growing up as a kid in Denmark & El Salvador. 
Speaks fluent Spanish and Danish
Playing Experience:  Walt Whitman HS, Bethesda, MD, UNC-Chapel Hill (4 years), 
Coaching Experience: Asst. Coach at Citadel (2 yrs), USSF National B Coaching License (30+ yrs youth and adult teams),
Professional Experience:  Tournament/League Director (200+ youth and adult events 1980-Present), founder of Charleston Soccer League (1984), USSF Referee (35+ yrs), Former President of  SC Amateur Soccer Assn (1992-2000), Former Director World 3v3 Futbol Tour (2011-2016), Owner of Chucktown Futbol LLC (2018-Present), founder of Futbol Play Zone (2018-Present)
Personal: Married to Cindy for 35+ years

Daniel Allen: FPZ Director of Training & Development,  Hometown (St. Louis, MO), lived in Charleston for 20+ years

Grew up in St. Louis playing youth and high school soccer.
Playing Experience: Lindbergh HS (St. Louis, MO), North Carolina State University (4 years + captain)  
Coaching Experience: Assistant Men's Coach-NCSU (1983-91), Head Coach Belmont Abbey College  (1993-1998), Charleston Southern University Head Men’s Soccer Coach (1998-2003), Charleston Battery Asst. Coach  2006-2011, USSF National B License (youth coach for 20+ years). 
Professional Experience: US Club Soccer Director of Player Development (2007-2011), Certified US Club Soccer Injury Protocol and Darkness to Light, Owner, Director Island United Soccer Academy (2011- present.  
Personal: Father of 2 daughters and resident of Folly beach

Both Kenyon and Daniel are passionate about the "beautiful game" and believe in the philosophy of letting the game be the best teacher!

Ready to let the game be the teacher?

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Futbol Play Zone Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor of the Futbol Play Zone and  supporting its different programs and online presence? Chucktown Futbol is looking to partner with the business community to help create a more vibrant and passionate soccer community that provides:

  • Youth players fun/creative opportunities to grow their game and
  • Adult players opportunities to engage in small-sided programs,  as well as invitational tournaments competing against teams from outside the Charleston area.

Four (4) Sponsor Levels are available:
Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500), Bronze ($250) and Product Sponsors.

Contact Kenyon for an appointment