Buenos Aires, November 12, 2020- Futval (soccer with values) is an educational program by Scholas that, through the practice of soccer, fosters in children and young people the human values promoted by Pope Francis. Futval began to be implemented six years ago in Argentina, in soccer schools and neighborhood clubs in the Buenos Aires suburbs. From there it spread to the City of Buenos Aires and to the interior of the country in provinces such as Tucumán, Cordoba, Catamarca and Chaco.
Then, professional football was added with the children’s categories. The Argentines themselves trained in the program later took it to countries where it is currently being implemented, such as Paraguay, Mexico, Mozambique, Italy, Spain and Colombia, among others.
Boca Juniors, through its players, accompanied Scholas’ activities both in peace olive plantations, in soccer matches for peace, and in Futval workshops (see video) in the suburbs. As a sign and recognition of the social work that Boca Juniors has been doing and the support for the Futval programs that Scholas carries out in Argentina, the president of the club, Jorge Amor Ameal, was given the Boca shirt recently signed by Pope Francis.
The President of Boca, deciphered the mystery of why they were always called «Half plus 1»: the one was Pope Francis. That is why they issued the membership card of Pope Francis with No. 1.