|Game at the YMCA in Jerusalem between the Greek airforce|
and the "Y's" team (April 1942). King George of Greece
attended the game and presented a cup to the winner. See here
|Football match between the French and |
British armies playing at the YMCA
before a "tensely interested" crowd.
In the 1930s soccer caught on in the Jewish community of Palestine with organized teams and soccer fields.
|The bleachers at the Jerusalem soccer|
field. See also here (circa 1935)
|"Crowd of Orthodox Jews who arrived on the scene to force the |
discontinuing of the Maccabee football game." (circa 1935)
In Jerusalem, however, the field was located near the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Meah Shearim, and games on the Sabbath led to disturbances, as documented by the American Colony Photographers' pictures and posted in an earlier feature.
During World War II the various military forces based in region -- British, French, Greek -- played on the Jerusalem YMCA field, also preserved in the pictures from the Library of Congress' collection.