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World War I ‘Christmas Truce’ soccer match to be remembered in Seattle

While no actual photos of the Christmas Truce soccer match(es) exist, there are photos of soldiers of WWI playing the sport.

While no actual photos of the Christmas Truce soccer match(es) exist, there are photos of soldiers of WWI playing the sport.

christmas-truce-centenarySEATTLE, WA —
“I’m not sure if you have heard of the 1914 Christmas Truce but many soccer fans have because there is a footy element to it.” That’s the first line of a message received today. Needless to say, it caught my attention.

The Christmas Truce: 100th Anniversary

“On Christmas Eve 1914, the guns of World War I fell silent. All along a 500-mile front men wandered into No Man’s Land to meet their enemies, armed only with curiosity and good wishes. It was a spontaneous victory of peace in one of the most unlikely of places. The soldiers sang Christmas songs, shared goodies from home and played a friendly soccer game instead of waging war for the day.” The message explains.

“2014 will be the 100th anniversary of this incredible episode. A non-sectarian commemoration of that event, and a reflection on the call for peace in our own time, will take place Dec. 18th at University Temple United Methodist church, from 7 – 8:30PM. It will emphasize diverse voices in a unified desire for peace, including various faith traditions and a representative from the “secular” community as well. Singer-Songwriter John McCutcheon will perform, as well as the Seattle Peace Chorus. This event is sponsored by the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, University Temple United Methodist Church, the Community of Christ, and the Seattle Labor Chorus. Here is the link to the event website which contains more information on the soccer game.” (Facebook)

“The organizers have asked me to help promote the event by getting the word out to the Seattle soccer community. They are also offering informational/promotional tables in the lobby for any interested soccer organizations to be able to promote their respective groups. So I am reaching out to you for two reasons:

1. To see if you know of a soccer organization that would like a promo table in the lobby.

2. To see if you would be so kind to share this event information to members in your organization to see if anyone would like to come to the event.”


—Luis Benito

Luis, this sounds like an awesome event and you certainly have me interested in learning more about the Christmas Truce soccer match.


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