2016 East Coast Soccer Tournament

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Brazil was not the only team making history on Sunday as they closed the Olympic games scoring a historic goal winning them the gold. The churches of God in Florida also scored a historic first place at the 2016 East Coast Soccer Tournament in New Windsor, NY. With eight teams consisting of members from more than 40 different churches of God along the East Coast, it was bound to be an intense tournament. As many of the players had been practicing for months, their competitive spirit was definitely on the field.

Members of every Church of God on the East Coast arrived in waves early Sunday morning and filled up the field. It was perfect weather as the bright summer sun rays glistened on the New Windsor Church soccer field. A combination of players from different regions made up each team that was set to play:

• Upstate New York: New Windsor, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse
• New York City: Manhattan, Queens and Long Island
• North Jersey: Ridgewood, Bogota and Belleville
• New England: Boston, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine
• Florida: Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville
• NJ Penn: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Central/East Jersey
• D.M.V.: Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia
• N.C. & V.A.B.: Charlotte, Durham and Virginia Beach

Pastor Daniel Lee kicked off the day by delivering encouraging words for everyone to “put some pep in their step.” Quoting Romans 10:15, he said, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” The words reminded everyone that soccer isn’t the only activity requiring skillful use of the feet. The Bible also tells us to be ready to follow the example of Christ and preach the words of God, especially to those who have not yet heard. The soccer tournament also served as a resolution to expand the Church of God to more places not only on the East Coast but also abroad.

Following the opening ceremony, everyone was excited to get the games started. Teams gave it their all to become the victors in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Values such as being united and possessing good sportsmanship were fundamental to having quality matches. As the players tried their hardest to win the games for their regions, cheer squads were positioned up and down the sidelines chanting encouraging words to the players on the field.

In the final game, North Jersey and Florida went head to head for the championship title. After a gnawing nail biter, Florida fought their way through to win the game 2—1 and became the 2016 East Coast Soccer Tournament champions.

During the closing ceremony, the winning team, Florida, was given congratulatory remarks for their heroic effort, even after traveling such a long way to participate in the tournament. Regardless of their teams’ outcome, all the players were encouraged through the day’s events. All Church members felt the exuberant love of the heavenly family and are looking forward to the next event when all the East Coast Churches will come together again.

2018-05-07T13:02:53+00:00August 24, 2016|Categories: Recreational Events|17 Comments


  1. Jayleen September 6, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

    wow!! Truly so much effort was put on for this event!!! Lots of UNITY & Excitement to have a Great day of Family Fun!

  2. James Howard September 7, 2016 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Wow! What an Epic Tournament! The members really gave it their all in every game. I’m sure a lot of effort went into preparing for the tournament. Unity, not giving up, fun…I think that the World Mission Society Church of God made a huge accomplishment that day.

  3. Kathy Lee September 11, 2016 at 7:20 am - Reply

    This event was too awesome! I recommend that if you haven’t been to one of these events yet please come! its so much fun and its so nice to see so many people who have the same mind and heart toward God come together in one place. Not only are the events are amazing but the bible studies are so amazing as well!

  4. Brittny September 19, 2016 at 9:16 am - Reply

    This event was so well organized and truly brought the feeling of unity and family on a large scale. I have never been able to feel this kind of love at any other Church! Hopefully we can come together again very soon:)

  5. Yessenia B September 27, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Wow, amazing! This day was filled with much unity all day long, even in the rain. I’m sooo thankful to be a member of the Church of God, which is ALWAYS full of smiles.

  6. Roxana S October 5, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

    The best decision I have ever made was to get baptized in the World Mission Society Church of God. So much love is shared with each and every single member at big events. The soccer tournament was such a memorable time and I really feel at home whenever I spend time at the Church of God!

  7. Roy S. October 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    This event was soo much fun!! The greatest part was the ENTIRE thing. It was soo much fun watching other teams who have practiced for this tournament out on the field playing and cheering. Even though seeing so many people I’ve never met yet. They all greeted me with a warm smile like family. I will always attend an event held by the Church of God.

  8. Nicole W. October 16, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Haha this day was awesome cheering and dancing in the rain. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier dancing around in the rain. It was great to be united with the members from all over the east coast.

  9. Oscar Guzman October 16, 2016 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Reading this article reminded of how much fun we had on this day. I can’t wait for the next time we can all gather together as family and compete as well as share joy with each other.

  10. Mike Schardinger October 19, 2016 at 5:38 am - Reply

    There is no greater love and unity in this world than the love and unity shared at the World Mission Society Church of God. It’s obvious why everything the church does brings joy to others even earning the Church of God the Queen’s Award in the UK and the President’s Award for Volunteer Service in the US.

    It was a day of infinite joy, laughter, and family fun. I love being a part of all the Church does to bring glory to God our Mother who has come in the flesh for our salvation! Thanks to God and Animo Team Florida, great job!!!

  11. Kawali John(namibia) October 26, 2016 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Wow this was truly amazing UNITY from the Kingdom of Heaven. How much more will we remain united in Heaven. Zion all over the world YOU ARE AMAZING !!!

  12. Maille T October 31, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

    It was such an amazing gathering! it’s incredible how so many different backgrounds, nationalities and races can come together, yet we were all like brothers and sisters who knew each other for ages! so much fun that day i don’t even know where to began! Thank God for the Church of God i am so thankful to be part of such an amazing family!

  13. Chanel October 31, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    That looks so fun!!! Wow I hope I can make it to the next one!

  14. Yuriely T✨✨ November 19, 2016 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    I am so happy that I’m in the truth so I can go and play soccer with my loving brothers and sisters

  15. Juan Tapia December 17, 2016 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Even though we were different teams from different locations but it felt like were all one in God, like a perfect family Father, Mother and children. 👍👍

  16. GX December 19, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Wow, soccer tournament with players from different churches of God! All of you are winners who gave your best! I can see happy faces! I hope we can all play soccer together in the kingdom of heaven! ^^

  17. Crystal P September 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    WOW reading this article and looking at all the pictures fills my heart with joy, I remember we all had soo much fun that day and we were all so united! So many members came from a long distance. However, when we all come together we truly feel like family! I can’t wait for the next event!

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