Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) readers and writers globally,

Throughout the month of Ramadan, as our community has gathered at the ISGL for Isha and taraweeh prayers in the evening, a distinct “thud, thud” sound has been heard as our imams diligently lead the prayers. That thudding sound is the sound of a ball smashing against a door, light, window, or wall in the ISGL small prayer as our youth gleefully pursue their own mythical World Cup trophy. Seeing as our youth had an abundant excess of energy during Ramadan (and as the World Cup just ended), our mentors decided to put this energy to good use by allowing our youth to pursue the first-ever IYG Futbol Cup. Youth were broken down into four leagues and competed in 2-vs.-2 matches against one another trying to emerge as the victorious champions. What they didn’t realize was this platform provided our mentors a great opportunity to talk about teamwork, supporting one another regardless of skill level, and displaying positive sportsmanship/good character in trying circumstances. Three hours after the IYG Futbol Cup tournament began, no team emerged victorious. Our mentors will keep the Cup safely tucked away until the next opportunity presents itself for the Cup to be won! Enjoy pictures from today’s event below:

Our resident IYG Futbol Cup supervisor puts together the four soccer leagues our youth will be divided up into...

Our resident IYG Futbol Cup supervisor puts together the four soccer leagues our youth will be divided up into…

I wonder which league we'll be assigned to play in...the Medina Premier League, Date Producers, Palm Growers, Mosque Builders, who came up with these names???

I wonder which league we’ll be assigned to play in…the Medina Premier League, Date Producers, Palm Growers, Mosque Builders, who came up with these names???

The teams receive an explanation about the team names and how the IYG Cup will be won.

The teams receive an explanation about the team names and how the IYG Cup will be won.

Omar, Mohamed, Muhammad, and Omar select their team names. Yes there really are two Omars and two Mohameds in this group, confusing huh?

Omar, Mohamed, Muhammad, and Omar select their team names. Yes there really are two Omars and two Mohameds in this group, confusing huh?

On the field, Mohamed, Ahmed, and Ahmed #2 surround the soccer ball...

On the field, Mohamed, Ahmed, and Ahmed #2 surround the soccer ball…

Abdelrahman and Omar chase a 50/50 ball as Br. Oguz tries to defend his goal...

Abdelrahman and Omar chase a 50/50 ball as Br. Oguz tries to defend his goal…

SAVVVVVEEEE!!! Br. Oguz thwarts a scoring attempt.

SAVVVVVEEEE!!! Br. Oguz thwarts a scoring attempt.

GOAL! GOAL! GOAAAAALLLL! Muhammad scores from distance!

GOAL! GOAL! GOAAAAALLLL! Muhammad scores from distance!

Our teams take a break from the action to learn valuble lessons about teamwork from Brs. Salah and Adil.

Our teams take a break from the action to learn valuble lessons about teamwork from Brs. Salah and Adil.

Bara carefully eludes Baha and his defensive prowess as he looks to pass to teammate Ehshan.

Bara carefully eludes Baha and his defensive prowess as he looks to pass to teammate Eshan.

And down goes a mentor...Abdelrahman takes out Br. Salah with a sliding tackle!

And down goes a mentor…Abdelrahman takes out Br. Salah with a sliding tackle!

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