PEGLIYL (Play Every Game Like It's Your Last) was founded in February 2012 by Jamie Lieberman, former professional goalkeeper of the Major Indoor Soccer League and the U.S. Futsal National Team. Prior to Jamie's successful professional career, he had endured three knee surgeries during his college career. When faced with having to step away from soccer before his Junior year in college, or fighting for his dream to become a professional athlete, he chose the latter.
"I remember receiving the MRI results in the doctor's office, confirming damage to my ACL. My doctor was optimistic about the surgery, but urged me to hang up my boots immediately after my college career. It was great to hear I would have at least two more seasons to my playing career, but I knew deep down that I was going to want more. My college coaches, teammates, and family were incredibly supportive during all this. There was no time to feel sorry for myself; I had goals to reach." - Jamie Lieberman
Fast forward a few years, and Jamie found himself in training camp for the United States Futsal National Team. Having never played futsal before, Jamie had to learn the game quick in order to compete at that level. Jamie's focus and quick progression caught the eye of former USFNT goalkeeper, Otto Orf, who sent Jamie on trial with the Norfolk SharX of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
"I will never forget that phone call from Coach (Keith) Tozer (USFNT Head Coach), who invited me to California for training camp. I had worked under Coach Tozer and Coach (Mark) Litton for 2 seasons with the Milwaukee Wave Reserve Team, so I was very excited to continue learning from them. I would be lying if I said I expected a professional opportunity following the camp. When Otto came up to me, someone who I had admired for years, and offered me a trial with a professional team, my heart skipped a beat. I am forever grateful for that entire experience!" - Jamie Lieberman
Within three days of his trial, Jamie began his professional career by signing with the Norfolk SharX. He played one season with the franchise as the starting goalkeeper before they folded, then headed into the Professional Arena Soccer League to play for the Cincinnati Kings for two seasons.
"I created PEGLIYL when I was living in Norfolk. I had received gloves from a brand who wanted to sponsor me and so I did some research on their products. I had noticed that these gloves were much higher priced than what I had paid for as a high school or college athlete. I did not feel right promoting high priced products to kids who would lose them, outgrow them, or not maintain them properly. So there I was sitting on the couch and started designing the PEGLIYL logo and began building the new brand." - Jamie Lieberman
PEGLIYL serves as an inspiration to follow your dreams, and represents the outcome of when passion and resilience meets determination. Since the company began, we have been dedicated to creating high quality products at affordable prices. This company is about you, your story, and your dreams. We welcome you to join the Blue Side and share your experiences with us. We welcome you to PEGLIYL.