Armed Forces Sports
As part of our continuing effort to service and educate our membership, each Thursday the U.S. Soccer will provide an informative article from one of its departments. Each Thursday will bring a new article, from the Referee Department (first Thursday of each month), Sports Medicine Department (second Thursday of each month) or the Coaching Department (third Thursday of each month). On the fourth Thursday of each month, we will profile a member of the U.S. Soccer community, as selected by U.S. Soccer's Membership Services Department. This month, we take a look at U.S. Armed Forces Sports.
Oct. 25, 2001
The Armed Forces Sports Programs include 12 Armed Forces Championships, seven national championships and 17 international championships within Conseilo International du Sports Militaire (CISM). The program is open to all Active Duty personnel, to include Reservists and National Guard on active duty status. The objectives of the Armed Forces Sports Program include:
- Promoting increased physical fitness, unit morale, espirit de corps and mental alertness, which are essential for combat readiness in meeting any emergency.
- Developing strength, endurance, ability, teamwork, self-confidence, and the will to win.
- Fostering positive international relations be being sensitive to the similarities and differences among cultures and nations while participating in international sports competitions.
- Developing and identifying military world class athletes in support of the US effort in the Olympic and Pan American Games, CISM World Championships and other national / international competitions.
- Promoting the Armed Forces image through participation in national and international competitions.
- Providing wholesome diversions from the normal rigors of military training, duties, and stresses of daily living.
The various levels of the Armed Forces Sports are intramural, post level, service level (All-Navy or All Air Force), Armed Forces Championship,
national, international and Olympic level. For More Information on Armed Forces Sports, please visit their website at http://armedforcessports.dtic.mil/index.html
CISM is the second largest sporting organization in the world with 122 military member nations to include the United States. CISM and their international competitions follow the CISM motto of "Friendship Through Sport", which establishes a common unity amongst its members. The CISM and the Nationals Championships are key preliminary competitions for military athletes who qualify to compete at the Pan American and Olympic Games.
The U.S. Armed Forces Soccer Team competed in the 39th CISM World Military Soccer Championship in Egypt from June 21 - July 6, 2001. The twelve-team tournament kicked off with opening ceremonies at the Egyptian Military Academy in Cairo, where 43,000 fans packed the stadium for the tournament-opening festivities. The U.S. opened against a talented Qatar team, giving up four second half goals en route to a 5-0 loss. The USA was eliminated from the tournament with a 2-0 loss to top-seeded Greece in the second match.
2001 Armed Forces Soccer Championships
The Air Force rolled to the 2001 Women's Armed Forces Soccer Championship, winning all six of their games by a combined score of 24-0. The Army and Navy each won three games, with each team topping the Marines twice and splitting the pair of matches between them. The Army took second place ahead of Navy with a better goal differential in head-to-head matches. The Marines finished at the bottom of the table, losing all six matches.
Army won the Men's Armed Forces Championship, dethroning the two-time defending champions Air Force for the title. With the tournament championship already decided, Army and Air Force met in the final match of the tournament. Army put a fitting stamp on their title, topping the defending champs, 5-0. Army finished at the top with 16 points, followed by Air Force (8 points), Navy (5) and the Marine Corps (4).
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