History of NJISA

njTo a great degree, the New Jersey International Soccer Association is an extension of the New Jersey United International Soccer League, the East Orange International Soccer League, and the Haitian American Soccer League. In July 1981, Velox Soccer Club organized a four team, two day soccer tournament on the campus of Upsala College in East Orange, NJ. Local fans that were thirsty for their favorite sport flocked to Walker Field. At the end of the second day, they were witness to Montana Soccer Club accepting the Championship Trophy. It defeated Velox by a 1-0 score. The success of that event started the discussion to create a Caribbean Soccer League in New Jersey. The following year, several tournaments were attempted in Essex and Union Counties. However, due to lack of decent fields, they were discontinued without a champion being declared. In 1983, Sunshine Athletic Club from Elizabeth, NJ organized a summer long tournament. The games were played at Roselle Catholic High School. At the conclusion of the tournament, the fans demanded that this become an annual event.

In 1984, the Haitian American Soccer League was formed with many of the teams which participated in the previous year’s tournament. A permanent venue was secured in Newark, NJ. Iron Bound Stadium would be home to this league for the next three years. In 1987, the Stadium had to be closed down for major repair. The 1987 season was played at Clifford J. Scott High School in East Orange, NJ and many more venues throughout Essex and Counties

Since 1987, the East Orange School District has been providing a venue for the sport of soccer to be promoted as a community event. The soccer games bring various communities together every Sunday afternoon during the summer for clean family fun in a safe environment. Those gatherings foster respect, friendships, and cultural exchanges between members of different ethnicities.  Over the years, the teams have been representatives of these Countries: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Portugal, Egypt, St Kits, Ghana, Haiti, Jamaica, Liberia, Nigeria, and Trinidad & Tobago. The greater impact of NJISA is that it provides an outlet for the young people within the community to look forward to while schools are on vacation. Aside from the soccer games and educational workshops, periodically musical entertainment is also provided during the tournament.

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