Recap: Dayton World Soccer 2014
Assembled Largest Field Yet
For its third year running, the Dayton World Soccer Games saw a record 28 youth and adult teams take the field representing different nationalities for a day-long tournament at Action Sports Complex.
On Friday evening, Dayton’s Police and Fire Departments went head-to-head in a scrimmage match that saw Police overtake Fire 2-1 in overtime. Friday evening also featured a parade of nations to kick off the games.
The tournament on Saturday hosted over 600 people both competing and watching the games, which celebrate Dayton’s diverse immigrant communities through sportsmanship. The winners were:
- Ages 8-9: England
- Ages 10-11: Germany
- Ages 13-14: Cameroon
- Ages 15-18: England
- Adults A Bracket: African United
- Adults B Bracket: Mexico
Other nationalities and communities represented at the 2014 Dayton World Soccer Games included Dayton African, Ethiopia, Sudan, Turkey, Burundi, Russia, Ecuador, Argentina, China, Ireland, Iceland,Ghana and the United States.
Follow our Facebook Page to see a photo album from the event and catch a short video recap.
*Keep checking back for details on the 2015 games!*
ABOUT THE GAMES
Since its inception in 2012, the Dayton World Soccer Games tournament has sought to unite Dayton’s diverse immigrant and native-born communities in the name of inclusiveness, good sportsmanship and “the beautiful game” itself.
Youth and adult teams represent immigrant nationalities or communities, and at least one member of the team is from that nationality or community. Teams are co-ed.
The tournament takes place annually at Action Sports Center, 1103 Gateway Drive, just minutes from any Dayton neighborhood, I-75, Rt. 4 or Rt. 35.
The event is inspired by the Welcome Dayton immigrant friendly city initiative and produced by the City of Dayton Department of Recreation and Youth Services, in cooperation with community volunteers and partners.
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