Our Mission

To provide a soccer league for refugees and people of all nations that unifies our community around discovering and deepening a relationship with Jesus.

Our Values

To RESTORE refugees from the devastation and loss they came from and help them thrive in creating a new life and to restore people of all nations in their relationship with God.

To UNIFY refugees with people of all nations in our city by using the game of soccer and the discovery of Jesus to breakdown racial hostility and forge healthy community.

To EMPOWER refugees and young adult males with the character and values to be successful men, husbands, fathers, students and workers that positively impact our community and help raise up the next generation.

 
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Refugee Info

In 2016 the UNHCR’s reported that 22.5 million refugees were uprooted from their homes by conflict and persecution. 189,300 refugees were resettled around world. That’s fewer than 1% of refugees worldwide who get the opportunity to resettle. Most spend the rest of their lives in refugee camps.

What is a refugee exactly? A refugee is a person who has fled or is forced from their country because of war, natural disaster or persecution due to their race, ethnicity, or religious or political beliefs. Most refugees begin their journey literally running for their lives in whatever way they can travel. Those fortunate enough end up in neighborhoods near you usually without you knowing they arrived or could use your help to find a way to start their life over in the U.S.

Once refugees flee their homes they gather in refugee camps in neighboring countries and wait… anywhere from 2 years to the rest of their lives, to be resettled. The camps are impoverished, crude and often overpopulated, but attempt to provide rationed food, basic shelter, healthcare and youth education. Refugees are unable to work or earn any wages during this time. They remain in these harsh living conditions until the conflict in their home nation resolves and they can return, or when another country grants permission for them to relocate.

Refugees have very little choice in the resettlement system. Refugees usually cannot proactively apply for resettlement. Even refugees selected for resettlement cannot choose to which country they will be resettled. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) interviews and selects all refugees that get the opportunity to resettle. Only those who can prove they are escaping persecution and pass multiple security screenings after a 2-3 year process are eligible for resettlement into a receiving country.

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Since 1975 The United States has held a tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution and war. In 1980, Congress passed the Refugee Act which incorporated the United Nations definition of 'refugee' and standardized the resettlement services for all refugees admitted into the U.S. The President, in consultation with Congress, annually determines how many and which refugees will be given sanctuary in the U.S. The UNHCR selects refugees who match U.S. specific selection criteria and the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) further interviews them. The Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Department of Defense and multiple intelligence agencies work together to screen biometric and biographic data, photographs, and other background information. Any refugee who is deemed to pose a threat to our national security is denied.

Refugees that make it through this intensive process travel from across the globe with few belongings, a difficult past, and high hopes for a new future. Incoming, refugees are assigned to a refugee resettlement agency by the Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration (PRM). As a refugee walks off the plane they begin a very difficult journey of cross-cultural adaptation. Resettlement agencies are given government finances to help resettle a refugee by providing initial housing, furniture, clothing, work opportunities, healthcare, education and immigration services. However, time is essential to try and help refugees be self-sufficient because their financial aid stops after 90 days and the U.S. requires their travel loan to be fully repaid, including their airfare.

For the last 20 years the U.S. has been a humanitarian world leader in accepting about 70-90,000 refugees per year, but currently is only accepting 45,000 or about 0.2% of the world’s refugees. To date, refugees have had an amazing impact on the United States. They make up 13% of all entrepreneurs, paying more than $21 billion in taxes in 2015 alone and generating more than $4.6 billion in business income.

Refugees arriving to the U.S. can be of any educational background. Some are highly educated doctors, lawyers and professionals, while others are unable to read or write in their own language. Some refugees come from wealthy backgrounds, while others have lived much of their lives in poverty.  The one factor all refugees have in common is that they have all been persecuted and hope for a different future.


Map of Nations

We are fortunate to have a league filled with a diverse group of people from nations all over Earth. Click the highlighted nations currently represented in the All Nations Soccer League to see where they are all located around the globe:

Afghanistan, Albania, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hungry, India, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar (Chin), Myanmar (Karen), Myanmar (Zomi), Nepal, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Panama, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Republic of Ireland, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Syrian, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe