OnTrack Sport Center in Tarrytown is organizing and will be hosting a Guinness World Record™ attempt to break the longest indoor soccer game. The present record is 30 hours and was set in Cyprus in 2005.
OnTrack General Manger Kevin Kaye
Team OnTrack, with more than 20 athletes from the local area and as far away as Panama, hope to set the new record with a 35- hour attempt kicking off at 7:30pm on Friday, October 24 and concluding on Sunday morning, October 26. The event has been organized as a charity fundraiser and all net proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Hudson Valley. Make-A-Wish, which was featured in an article in River Journal last year, grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
OnTrack opened in January 2007. It is an indoor sports facility offering team training, after-school programs and athletic competition for youth and adults. "We are fortunate to be able to offer a place where local athletes can play all year regardless of weather conditions," said Kevin Kaye, OnTrack’s General Manager. "The Guinness World Record™ attempt for the longest indoor soccer game is a perfect event for us to host."
Indoor soccer, or ‘Futsal’, is played much like outdoor soccer except each team consists of five players and the field is about the size of a basketball court. To set the record, the game must be played continuously with five minute breaks permitted for every hour played. Substitutions are also permitted, but, most importantly, all Team OnTrack players must be present for the entire duration of the event, which will be monitored and video-recorded to document the attempt. This and other evidence will then be sent to Guinness for validation based on a strict set of rules and guidelines.
"We thank OnTrack for their spirit of generosity and commitment to our mission," said Tom Conklin, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley. "Money raised from this extraordinary event will be instrumental in continuing to ensure that seriously ill area children will have the opportunity to have their most heartfelt wishes granted."
The NY Red Bulls, the professional soccer team which runs an enormously popular Regional Development School at OnTrack, has already offered to participate. "We have seen quite a bit of interest in breaking this record, but we still need a lot of help" said Kaye. "…volunteer players, monitors, referees… it’s a lot of work, but very exciting."
The event will get under way on Friday at 5:30pm with a Kick-Off Reception hosted by a key sponsor for the news media and special invited guests. Another key sponsor-hosted Victory Brunch is also planned for Sunday morning to celebrate and honor those who participated. Mr. Kaye went on to say, "OnTrack is truly excited to be a part of this, and, at the same time, thrilled that we’ll be able to help raise awareness and increase funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation – all in an effort to put some smiles on the faces of many deserving children in the area."
To help support the world record attempt or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the web at, www.hudson.wish.org or go to www.ontracksport.com. You can also call Kevin Kaye, General Manager of OnTrack, at (914) 909-2974.