LIJSL Mourns the death of a Soccer Giant
December 02, 2018
Peter became LIJSL President in 1977 and stepped down from that position on January 1, 2004. Under Peter’s inclusive leadership, significant achievements have occurred during Peter’s leadership of our league.
Under Peter’s leadership, the LIJSL more than quadrupled in size and now sports more than 1,500 teams. In 1978, the LIJSL became the first formal soccer league to begin a Special Children’s Program. In that same year there was the creation of a springtime annual cup competition for all LIJSL teams. Originally named the Long Island Cup, it morphed into the Chase Cup in 1982 and became the Waldbaum’s Challenge in 1996 currently known as the LI Cup .
The esteemed LIJSL Sportsmanship Program began in 1980, now copied around the world; Peter was influential in starting the high school all-star competition, known as the Exceptional Senior Games, which also has been copied across the United States by other soccer leagues.
In 1983, the LIJSL Convention was created and it quickly became and still is America’s largest soccer convention. Creation of the Long Island Soccer Park in Plainview, which has been used by the LIJSL’s Special Children since 1985 and other teams on a rotational basis during the past decade is another testament to Peter’s tenacity.
The LI Soccer Park was renamed the Peter C. Collins Soccer Park. Peter coached the Hicksville Minutemen to the McGuire Cup finals in both 1979 and 1980.
Peter has been inducted into the LIJSL, Eastern New York and National Soccer Halls of Fame and is a lifetime member of the United States Soccer Federation.
Service will be held Tuesday, December 4 at the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, 47 Jerusalem Ave, Hicksville, NY 11801, 2 pm - 4 pm - 7 pm to 9 pm. Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 5 9:45 am at Saint Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, 129 Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801. In Lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to Smile Train or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in his name would be greatly appreciated.