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“The one thing about soccer that I like the most is when I put my uniform on, the age leaves me. The age leaves all of us. We simply become kids again.”

Andrew Mintz was just a young man in the Peace Corps when he discovered his love for soccer. Stationed in the small town of Saravena, Columbia, every Sunday he, along with the rest of the town, gathered around to watch the players battle it out on a small dirt field. It wasn’t long before he asked to join in.

“This was a dirt field with no lines, bamboo poles for goals, no nets, and field animals. I'm talking horses and donkeys and cows would kind of meander across the field as we played, and that's the way it was. It was the worst type of soccer you could play, and I fell in love with it.”

When it was time for Andrew to return to the United States, he thought his soccer playing days were over. But, after several years of coaching youth teams—including his own son’s—Andrew realized he still had what it took to play the game and he joined the men’s Over the Hill Soccer League, and played for the Hispanic team, Framingham United.



“The Over the Hill League is quite interesting. You're looking at over 250 men's teams with players who are over 30, 40, 50, 60, even 70 years old… and they are really good soccer players, even the oldest of us have great skills…”

And Andrew is no exception. Even as one of the older players on his team, at 68 years young, he can still sometimes surprise the competition and his own teammates.

“People on my team are shocked that I can outrun them because they're 10 or 12 years younger than I am.”

Age has never stopped him. In fact, it hasn’t stopped any of the players in the league. They play in spite of it, and sometimes even because of it.

“We go out there and we play with the gusto of a child. We have that energy of a kid all over again. We sort of transcend into another world. I think all of us play for that very reason. It makes us the child we once were.”

The Over the Hill League and the game of soccer is how Andrew stays young at heart, which is just one of the reasons why he isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon.

“I will continue to play soccer for as long as I can... Until my body tells me I can no longer do it.”
In the meantime, Andrew knows he can play the game he loves with everything he’s got, because he has us.


Andrew, Soccer Player, Member, and Kid at Heart

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