Dayton Human Relations Council

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 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.



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