AKKA is about taking care of the ball and being a good teammate... AKKA (ah-kuh) wants to bring the independently creative free play from the street and marry it with the beauty and structure of organized, traditional outdoor soccer.
For John Jenks and Paul Tanimae, the shift in the game to becoming over organized and less inclusive is the catalyst that sparked AKKA’s inception in the winter of 2008. They both grew up playing soccer in the halcyon days of the late 70’s and 80’s where the game was less organized by adults, and kids had more time in general to just play.
AKKA allows all players to ascend to what ever level of competition they want to find in the game. AKKA players play with forethought, creativity, courage, a joyful spirit and when brought together as a team, they play the game for each other resulting in fluid, attacking, and exciting soccer!
S T A F F
"Everything I know about football I learned on the street. My friends and I were always trying to think up a new feint. If anyone invented something new, they had to show it to the others. That is what street football is all about." - Zinedine Zidane
Former UConn and Liberty University player, professional player with the NJ Stallions and key member of the AKKA men’s futsal team. Instantly recognizable on the ﬁeld because of his highly reﬁned skill level, his ability and love for soccer has led him to gain playing experience abroad in Bolivia and Italy, as well as time spent studying in Spain and Brazil. His talent on the ﬁeld as a player is only rivaled by his ability to teach the game. Never resting on his accomplishments, he continues to chase the game inspiring all he comes in contact with on and off of the ﬁeld.
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele
Former Rowan University player, and member of the AKKA Men’s Futsal team that competed successfully in state, regional and national tournaments. After time spent teaching in the inner city of Philadelphia and in special education, Paul answered his life’s calling of teaching soccer as a career. As a teacher, motivated, dynamic, and patient, as a player, committed, creative, and tenacious, these attributes lead to an ability to inspire and guide players at all levels.