A SOCCER LEAGUE FOR People OF ALL NATIONS

Looking for a soccer league to join? Come check us out! We are proudly partnered with Buena Vista Soccer Academy® to provide an accessible, faith-based, community-driven soccer league for people of all nations.

 
 
 
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Join All Nations Soccer League!

All Nations Soccer League is a competitive soccer league created to help people of all nations in our community thrive in relationship with each other and with Jesus.

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We are excited to announce our new league sponsor for 2019, North Avenue Capital!

Ben Chatraw

ANSL brings the world to North Avenue Capital by connecting us with over 300 players from more than 50 nations. In doing so, we are able to have a global, and, hopefully, eternal impact through our support of a local organization serving and improving our community and neighbors.

Ben Chatraw
Founder and Chief Executive

 

Discover Our PurposE

“This is how God loved All Nations: He gave us his one and only son, Jesus, so that everyone who believes in him will not stay dead but have eternal life. God sent Jesus for all the nations of the world not to condemn the world, but to save (restore, unify, and empower) All Nations through him."  - Jesus

 John 3:16-17


 

Testimonials

 
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Henry Edward, 48
Coach, Sudan

My story is not that different from many refugees who have come from all over the world to America. The only difference is that I came alone with no family members. I was lonely. However, when some refugees started arriving to Jacksonville in the late 90s and early 2000s, I immediately started to form a soccer team composed of African refugees and this soccer community replaced my loneliness. I played and coached players who played for the national team of their respective countries other who got soccer scholarships to UNF and UCF.

Upon joining the ANSL, I felt like I was at home. I have seen many leagues that were formed in the last 20 plus years. But, many of these leagues did not continue because they were out to only make money. But when Josh came with the idea of a new league to help refugees, I jumped on board immediately. I saw a passion in Josh's eyes and I knew from that moment the ANSL is going to be a successful league. Unlike other leagues I have seen, the ANSL means family to me. It's more than soccer. It's like a one tree with many branches that make it one in Christ. This is the only league that has devotional moments that reflect our experiences as refugees and help us discuss faith in God, which is important for us to grow together. Without God nothing is impossible, but with God everything is possible. Together, we will unify to grow the impact the ANSL has on helping refugees in our community and beyond. I’m so grateful to be a part of this mission.

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Ler Soe, 15
Player, Thailand

I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand because my parents had to flee from war in Burma. I don't really remember much about the camp, but the living standards were not that high. The villagers would build their own houses out of wood or bamboo and the roof would be made of leaves. My family moved to the states when I was around 5. Learning the language and how to fit in was hard. I remember my first time going to the park. My older friend and translator told some other kids that I was new and that I knew very little English. The kids said, “What’s up? I responded by saying "No" because that was the only word I knew.

The biggest challenge my family faced in America though was work. My parents are not native speakers so communicating to English speakers was always a difficult task. My father started landscaping and making $6 per hour. My mother was taking classes at FSCJ, but she had to take care of us, so eventually she quit college to make sure we were eating right and growing up strong. Thankfully, my teachers helped me work on my English a lot and after 1 year of studying I could understand what other people were saying.

The ANSL is a place where anyone can find joy. The devotions and prayers after every game is a wonderful experience. With different races together in one place, racism disappears. We don't judge one another. We just embrace and exchange cultures. Like a wise person once said we are one race, the human race. The ANSL is a place where the community can get together and a place where one can be enlightened.

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Subash Thapa, 23
Referee, Bhutan

I’m from Nepal, but my parents were from Bhutan. I was born in a refugee camp in Nepal. Around 1990 conflict occurred between the government and Lhotshampa, an ethnic group that originated in Nepal. Because the Lhotshampa had different cultures and beliefs they were forced out of the country. My parents left Bhutan in 1992. In 2008, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) helped refugees to settle in different parts of the world including the United States.

The most challenging thing for me when I first came here was the language. At first it was very difficult for me to communicate, but as days went by I started to learn. My parents couldn’t speak any English or learn as quickly. Since I was the oldest boy, 15 at that time, I mostly had to do all the things in the house from doctor appointments to teaching my parents how to use public transportation. This was really hard, but I think that this helped me to be responsible from a very young age.

Currently, I’m refereeing in the ANSL. I’ve always wanted to be a soccer referee. It means a lot to me to be part of the ANSL because most of the players are from similar difficult backgrounds as me or even worse. I know what it’s like to feel you don’t have a country where you belong. ANSL has given me the opportunity to become a referee, which has helped me physically, mentally and financially over the last few months. In the ANSL, everyone listens to your background and no matter what your beliefs are you're always welcomed. It’s more than just a soccer league. The ANSL will always help you learn something about who God really is; that’s why I’m part of the ANSL. I’m thankful to the ANSL that through soccer we can tell everyone who God is.

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Faisal AHMaDi, 24
Player, Afghanistan

I left Afghanistan with my 2 brothers and mother in 1999 during the war. We fled to Pakistan where we got our visa’s to come to Jacksonville, FL in August 31, 2001. In that span of 2 years my brothers and mother walked hundreds of miles back and forth to the office where they issued our visa’s and passports. We sold Pepsi and Coke to people who would stop by just to make a day’s meal. Most of the nights we slept outside in the rain or in tents that were pitched in the deserted areas for us to stay in.

Over 200 families were homeless and looking for a better future. We happened to be the very few fortunate enough to be brought to this beautiful country. My father passed away when I was just a baby and my mother hasn’t stopped working for over 30 years! She set the standards high for me and my brothers and always led by example! She showed us day by day to always strive to be better and never give up! Through hard work, dedication, and power of will, she managed to raise all three of us and helped us become the men that we are today. Pretty soon, I’ll be married and her dream of having all her boys married will come true! It’s an honor to be the son of such a warrior and very grateful for this country to give us the opportunity to grow and become who we dreamed of becoming!

Honestly, when we first came to America it was pretty challenging because we had to learn English and start to fit in with everyone, but as the years went by we learned to speak fluently and things got much easier. The most challenging part of being a refugee in America is being a Muslim. What happened to America in 2001 pretty much happens every other day in Afghanistan but we understand their pain and always try our best to make sure that our friends in America can see that we are not one of the people that are trying to take others’ lives. It’s very easy to get brain washed into a certain belief about people and that is the reason why I believe it’s always important to be kind to people because you never know what they’re thinking.

My goal is to help as many people in this world understand that we Muslims and refugees don’t promote violence and we want peace. If we had peace in Afghanistan, we wouldn’t have come to America. We can all become the change that we wish to see in this world if we start by becoming the change ourselves! One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all!

Being a part of the ANSL has actually helped me get closer to many people from all over the world. The league has a Christian mission and helps players explore faith in God but makes everyone feel welcome. It has given me the opportunity to compete in a game that I love with all my heart. It is something I call “my platform” because it gives all of us players an opportunity to get together and use the platform of soccer to unite people from all over the world to come out and enjoy the game and help better the world we all share day by day.

 
 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” - Jesus

Mark 12:31-31

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