By: Amy Hopf, Digital Content Associate
The Philadelphia International Unity Cup presented by Goya starts next week! The third annual soccer tournament aims to celebrate our city’s diverse immigrant communities, unite our neighborhoods, and inspire a love of soccer in our youth.
This year, a record 52 teams representing countries around the world will compete. All 100+ games of the soccer tournament are free for spectators.
From August 3-20, group stage games will be played at four locations throughout the city. After play-in games and semi-finals, the tournament will culminate with a championship day game and celebration on October 13 at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union.
The tournament kicks off with two games on Friday, August 3 at Ramp Playground:
- Colombia and Haiti will face off at 6:30 p.m.
- Mexico and Honduras battle at 8:30 p.m.
In addition to the many Unity Cup games to attend, you won’t want to miss our free, family-friendly International Block Party on September 15. As part of Welcoming Week, the event celebrates our city’s vibrant multicultural community, featuring:
- Cultural music and entertainment
- A beer garden
- Food vendors
- Family fun area with games and activities
- The Unity Cup’s quarterfinal match
Support the Unity Cup
Become a volunteer
With more than 100 free games taking place between August and October, we need help from volunteers to make this unique soccer tournament run smoothly. Both promotional and operational opportunities are available. Read more about becoming a volunteer at unitycup.phila.gov/volunteers.
Vote for our tournament director to win a community award
Each year, Major League Soccer and Wells Fargo recognize individuals who are using soccer to improve the lives of others. This year, we are proud to announce that Unity Cup Director Bill Salvatore is a nominee for the Community MVP award! Visit unitycup.phila.gov/vote to read more about Bill and learn how to vote.