ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The SUNY Oneonta Student Association seeks participants for the “World’s Largest Soccer Game,” which will be played on Friday, April 29 at the college’s All-Weather Field. The game will be the third such event in the college’s history.
The World’s Largest Soccer Game celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with players parading from Tobey Hall on campus to the field. On-site registration and a pre-game show will follow at 7 p.m. before kickoff at 8 p.m.
Community members age 18 and older are invited to play in the game and may register prior to the day of the event at worldslargestsoccergame.com. There is no cost to play, and the first 1,200 registrants will receive a complimentary commemorative T-shirt at game time.
The first World’s Largest Soccer Game was held in 1988 during Dr. Alan Donovan’s inaugural year as president of SUNY Oneonta. Dr. Donovan, who was the starting goalie for one team, and then Oneonta Mayor David Brenner, who started in goal for the other, were two of the game’s 752 players.
In 2008, a second World’s Largest Soccer Game was organized to honor Dr. Donovan at the time of his retirement from the college. That game drew 1,021 players, who played 15-minute halves using a 40” soccer ball.
“This year we’d like to involve even more players,” said game organizer Jimmy Johnston of the college’s Student Association. “Our hope is that the World’s Largest Soccer Game will become an annual event not just for the college, but for the whole Oneonta community.”
More information about the game is available from Johnston at (315) 750-8698 and online at worldslargestsoccergame.com.