SoccerViza LLC

Phone: +1 (203) 604 -1211

365 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive

Norwalk, CT

USA

"When no one was bold enough to stick their neck out for me ... SoccerViza did" (Pro Player Diary)

October 18, 2019

My name is Paxton Joseph Ballard (27) and I am a current player for FBK Karlstad.   

  

The Early Years:
 

I’ve been playing football since I was a little kid. My father is English, so football is in my blood. I think I always had a ball at my feet growing up. Funny enough, at first, I actually pursued tennis as a professional sport.

 

That was until I was allowed to stay up until 2 a.m. on a school night to watch England play Brazil in the 2002 World Cup. When I saw my dad's eyes light up, the singing from the fans, and the passion behind the game -- I was hooked! It was new to me because football was rarely televised in America. 

The very next day, I came home and told my parents that I no longer wanted to play tennis, but instead, wanted to play soccer professionally.  

 

Youth years:

 

When I was young, I was released by F.C. Westchester. I spoke to my father about what a blessing that was not too long ago. If I was never released at a young age, I probably would have never joined Eastern F.C, the club that helped me enormously through the years, and ultimately introduced me to Joe Funicello and SoccerViza.  

 

I played the majority of my youth soccer for Eastern F.C., a club I am forever grateful for. I did the traditional American soccer route and played in high school and then moved onto a small D2 school in Albany -- The College of Saint Rose.   

 

Ray Franklin, my former coach at Eastern F.C. introduced me to SoccerViza. 

 

SoccerViza has been immense in my development and my career. Before SoccerViza, I ha