For The Love Of The Game

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Laura Freschi highlights a photo project:

In honor of the opening week of the World Cup we bring you these images of grass roots soccer from photographer Jessica Hilltout. Over nine months, Jessica made two trips through Africaone up the south coastSouth Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique and Malawiand one through a swath of West AfricaGhana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin, Togo and the Ivory Coast.

During her trip she took pictures of worn shoes, tattered jerseys and hand-made balls, capturing the spirit of the sport and its players through these small, homely objects.

Many more pictures and a link to Hilltout's book here.