For the second time, Houston Fire Department soccer team competed in the World Police and Fire Games over the summer. Ten HFD players traveled to Virginia to compete in a week long competition against fellow public servants. To bolster numbers, players from Nassau County Police joined the team.
The tournament ended with a 2-2 record, having defeated the Indiana State Police and FBI-Washington. The tournament started off with a loss to a very strong NYPD team, who ended up winning the gold in our division. After finishing second in group play, HFD Soccer was ultimately knocked out by Northern Virginia Police and Fire.
In 2013, this biennial tournament was held in Belfast, N. Ireland. HFD Soccer sent a team of eight to compete in the 5v5 soccer tournament. They competed against teams from Northern Ireland, Mexico, Brazil and New Caledonia. After advancing out of group play, HFD Soccer was knocked out by Las Vegas Fire, the only other US team in the competition.
In addition to the World Games, HFD Soccer competes in the Texas Firefighter Summer Games every summer, and has won a medal each time for the past eight years. Players from all levels of experience and from stations across the city participate. The team hones its skills while playing indoor soccer and having practices throughout the year. All costs are out of pocket, so the team hosts several fundraisers and sells HFD Soccer merchandise to help keep the costs down.