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Kickin’ It 

Wednesday, Sep 17 2008
Leave it to the Brazilians to bring soccer to the beach. The country of capoeira dancers, baile funk, and Carnaval imported the same informal esprit de corps to soft-sand futbol when it became an officially recognized professional sport in 1992. Among the rules: You can’t wear shoes, the pitch is far shorter than that of a grass field (making scoring easier), and, judging by the schedule for today’s Beach Soccer Festival, a jangly DJ’d soundtrack is a requirement. Rather than a competitive environment, this two-day event is more of a soiree — although players will have a chance to show off their control dribbles and hook turns. Participants can sign up to take the title (with each team consisting of five players), while spectators might enjoy a bikini fashion show, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu demonstration by Grand Master Rorion Gracie, and plenty of pageantry from the navel-bumping samba belles of Aquarela Brazilian Dance Ensemble.
Sept. 27-28, 9 a.m., 2008

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