• There is a lot of talent amongst the folks that comprise the chaplain corps of Soccer Chaplains United. Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I feature an original song composed and recorded by Benjamin Dudley, volunteer co-chaplain with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer. Ben is the longest tenured chaplain with Soccer Chaplains United (going back to 2010) and part of his story and person involves a love and skill with music. Ben's song, Everything Is All Right With Me, with lyrics from friend Rob Grant, is a fitting song not only for a year that feels lost to a global pandemic, but in the difficult world of soccer where athletes and coaches and others in the game

    Dec 16,
  • This October, with it being Pastoral Appreciation Month, we encourage supporters to "adopt" a chaplain — it might be a financial adoption, or prayer adoption — but however and whomever you might choose to "support" this month here is a little bit more on the chaplains that make up Soccer Chaplains United. #adoptachaplain Christ Presbyterian Academy High School Boys SoccerOne of Soccer Chaplains United's newest members, Rev Ryan Doyle is chaplain of CPA in Nashville, TN. Below are some of the ways you can "adopt" Ryan:- provide his 2020 Soccer Chaplains United membership- pray for Ryan, his wife, Lindsey, and six children - pray for his leadership of Mercy Presbyterian - pray for his teaching work with CPA- pray for his chaplaincy work with CPA Boys

    Oct 06,
  • Chaplains with Soccer Chaplains United recently were offered the chance to receive mental health awareness training through an opportunity created in collaboration with the Global Sports Chaplaincy Association (GSCA) and Sports Chaplaincy — UK (SCUK). SCUK National Director of Scotland, Mark Fleming, led the two-hour zoom training session which helped identified particular mental health issues that exist within professional sport and how chaplains might maintain a good level of mental health themselves and for those they serve. Mark's work in sports chaplaincy began with serving as Chaplain to Partick Thistle FC in 1998 and after nine years began gradually to source, train and appoint chaplains at other Scottish football clubs. Today, over 110 Scottish football clubs have chaplains and Mark

    Sep 25,
  • Recently, Major League Soccer (MLS), National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and United Soccer Leagues (USL) have all announced plans for returning to play. MLS has yet to declare or confirm actual dates, but the reported plan is to have a league-wide, 30-day tournament in Orlando, FL to re-start the season. NWSL have already revealed a schedule for the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, a 25-game tournament beginning June 27. The USL Championship has announced July 11 as the provisional "return to play" date, though many more logistics need to be confirmed and factored. This week I have been in contact with Soccer Chaplains United chaplains throughout the U.S., and we are also seeing most of the college and high school teams

    Jun 05,
  • More than a few people have asked me, "What does your work and ministry look like right now?" When probing further into their questions, the obvious is part of their inquiry — there aren't any sports going on right now, social distancing means that people aren't together in the ways they used to be — so what does chaplaincy in soccer look like? Allow me to share some quick samples from Soccer Chaplains United's work: An athlete from another country is without a car while playing here for one of our lower division teams — getting to physical therapy appointments has been difficult. One of our chaplains has stepped up to drive him to his appointments.Another athlete and his wife recently welcomed

    Apr 20,