The L.A. FC Barcelona Soccer Foundation 501(c)(3) was created to promote a social model that supports the achievement of social, cultural, and educational programs for underprivileged youth through our Soccer Academy KIDS OFF THE STREETS. These programs, on their own or as part of collaborations, allow us to fulfill our social commitment not only nationally but internationally as well.  In that spirit, the message must be clear, education is the gateway to their future.

Participation in youth sports improves academic performance, increases self confidence, and promotes health and well being. Children who take part in team sports are more likely to finish high school and attend college while simultaneously far less likely to suffer from childhood obesity and related diseases.

In Los Angeles today, however, more than 25% of school-aged children are living below the poverty line. Creating opportunities for these children to rise above the cycle of poverty and achieve success in life represents a crucial need.

“Kids Off The Streets” was formed to ensure the many benefits of team sports are provided to the children who need them most. Through the program, children participate in soccer coached by skilled and caring professionals, in a structured format and setting, all completely free of charge. Today, most team sports for school-aged children require costly fees to participate; “Kids Off The Streets” covers all costs, including equipment, professional coaches, and state-of-the-art facilities. Removing the economic barrier, “Kids Off The Streets” ensures that no child is denied the opportunity to play team sports because they cannot afford the expense.



  • Support children who are at risk of being left behind
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles and academic achievement
  • Promote teamwork that fosters the values of sportsmanship
  • Ensure a safe harbor for youth, providing a secure and nurturing environment through high-quality athletic facilities and caring supervision


  • Over 5000 children in Los Angeles have participated and benefited from the program.
  • Many players have matriculated to the college level.
  • Highly respected soccer clubs around the world have awarded training opportunities to our youth.


The primary goal of the program is growth. Our experience thus far has shown the strong benefits of our unique program and the impact it has had for the youth we have served. Our vision is to continue to expand our programs, enabling our ability to reach more children across the community.

Board of Directors

Paul Walker

Paul Walker chose to follow his dream of pioneering a new path in the world of youth soccer by forming a powerful association with FC Barcelona. As an official FCB “Supporters Club” (Official FCB Penya #1437), Walker’s club gained access to a wealth of resources from the Spanish giant. So famous, Barça, as the professional football club is often referred to is based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and was founded in 1899.

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Paul Walker Executive Director | LA FC Barcelona Soccer Foundation 
Rob Aigner 

Rob Aigner is the General Manager for a group of 9 Keller Williams Realty offices from Northern to Southern California. Rob is also the owner operator of the Keller Williams Santa Barbara and the Bakersfield office. Rob has earned ownership in eight other Keller Williams offices and travels the country teaching as a certified KW faculty member and an active MAPS coach.

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Rob Aigner Owner Operator Keller Williams
Stuart Ford 

In 2007 Stuart founded IM Global, one of Hollywood's leading independent production, financing, international sales and distribution companies. The company is based in Los Angeles and has offices in New York, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai, Munich and Mexico City. In 2015 Ford was awarded the annual Achievement in International Film Award by Variety.

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Stuart Ford  Chief Executive Officer, AGC Studios
Juan Galvan 

Juan Galvan is Co-Owner of Amapola Deli & Market. Amapola is a family-owned chain of grocery stores in and around Los Angeles County where their first store opened in 1961. Amapola Deli & Market has gained its fame and notoriety by selling the best corn tortillas and masa for tamales in Southern California. Amapola Departments Include: Tortillas, Meat & Seafood, Bakery, Deli & Produce. Juan is also President of Amapola Mexican Grill located in Downey, California.

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Juan Galvan  Co-Owner La Amapola Inc. 
James Maertz

James has worked in the Los Angeles area for 20 years consulting in the financial services industry. He also owns and operates a real estate investment company and is involved in local lifestyle brands. James and his wife Donna live in Manhattan Beach together with their 3 children. James was an avid soccer player as a young man and has a true passion for the game. He now enjoys watching his children play and is an active volunteer in youth sports programs.

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James Maertz Director at Wisdom Tree Asset Management

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    In Los Angeles today, more than 25% of school-aged children are living below the poverty line. Creating opportunities for these children to rise above the cycle of poverty and achieve success in life represents a crucial need.