Dayton World Soccer returns Saturday, Sept. 17
Free spectator admission; parade of nations; food and fun
Release Date: Monday, September 12, 2016
Contact: Lamonte Hall, Recreation and Youth Services, 937-333-3393
The fifth annual Dayton World Soccer Games will bring more than 20 youth and
adult teams to the Action Sports Center (1103 Gateway Dr.) on Saturday, Sept. 17, for a
day-long tournament celebrating Dayton’s diversity.
A parade of nations starts the day at 8:30 a.m. Youth matches begin at 9:30 a.m., and
the adult championship game starts at approximately 4:00 p.m. (championship game
time subject to change).
Spectators are welcome; admission and parking are free (bring sports seating for your
own use). Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Since 2012, the Dayton World Soccer Games
tournament has united Dayton’s immigrant and
native-born communities in the spirit of
inclusiveness, good sportsmanship and enjoyment
of the world’s most popular sport. The tournament
sprang from Welcome Dayton, Dayton’s immigrant
friendly city initiative.
Last year, 25 teams participated in the day-long
event, including teams representing nearly 20
European, African, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Asian nations/communities
and several “USA” teams. By the tournament’s end, Africa United and the diverse
International team emerged as winners. Everyone, though, went home with a stronger
sense of Dayton’s diversity and unity.
For more information, go to welcomedayton.org/soccer or call 937-333-8400.
The Dayton Department of Recreation and Youth Services produces the tournament.
Sponsors include Dayton International Airport, the Dayton Department of Water,
NAACP, DASA Youth Soccer and Kettering Sports Medicine.