2014 LISFL Joe Goldberg Memorial Indoor Soccer Tournament Held This Week

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O.B. Fenerbahce USA - 2013 LISFL Joe Goldberg Indoor Tournament Division 1 Winners - Photo by Michael Anderer

The 2014 LISFL Joe Goldberg Memorial Indoor Soccer Tournament is being held this week at the Mitchel Field Indoor Sports Facility, which is the Official Indoor Facility for the Long Island Rough Riders. For directions or contact information, please click here. The Tournament Chairman is LISFL 1st Vice-President Terry Ullendahl.

This year's tournament takes on added significance with the passing of Joe Goldberg in 2013. The tournament was named after Goldberg in recognition for his many contributions to soccer on Long Island and the LISFL.

Games will be held from Monday, February 17 thru Sunday, February 23, when the tournament finals will be held. Admission is $5 for everyone (including players and coaches). Everyone will be charged the admission fee each day they attend or play in the tournament. The money collected from the admission fee is used to offset the cost of renting the facility for the tournament.

There are four brackets - Division 1 / Division 1 Reserves, Division 2 / Division 3, Over-30, and Over-40 / Over-50. Game schedules and updated standings can be accessed by clicking here. All of the games will be contested by LISFL clubs along with the New York Greek American Soccer Club from the CSL. LISFL President Gus Xikis explained, "we had an open spot in the Division 1 bracket and invited the New York Greek Americans because they have a long and proud history in the tournament that goes back many years. It's great to have them return to the competition."

William Knapp from Lindenhurst SC presented with the 2013 Over-40 Winners trophy by LISFL President Gus Xikis - Photo by Terry Ullendahl

Xikis described how this year's tournament has added significance with the passing of Goldberg. "Joe was a good friend and it was very sad to hear about his passing. We named the tournament after Joe several years ago and now it's in memory of him."

Xikis added, "we feel it's a great opportunity for our players and coaches to get back to the game in preparation for the Spring when the season resumes. It's also a terrific chance for all of the soccer fans in the local area to get out for a bit and see some terrific teams and players in a very competitive tournament. We really hope some parents and coaches bring youth players to come see the games and hopefully one day they'll play in the LISFL too!"