About The Tournament

Mission Statement
The purpose of the Boston World Soccer Championship Tournament 2003 shall be to foster an environment of respect and understanding through the game of soccer. Men and women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans gender, and straight, through soccer, shall develop a greater understanding of themselves, and of the diverse international community in which we live and play. Through the physical and tactical understanding of the game, we will see the camaraderie, goodwill, and respect inherent in all people.

Our purpose is:
· To host an international amateur soccer tournament in the Greater Boston area during the summer of 2003.
· To bring men and women of all skill levels, and varying economic backgrounds to compete and be challenged in a productive sporting and cultural experience.

The tournament is the International Gay & Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) World Soccer Championship.

Gay Soccer
Formal gay and lesbian soccer first surfaced in 1980, and the "International Gay and Lesbian Football Association" Organization (IGLFA) was founded in 1992.IGLFA promotes understanding from the non gay world through the median of football (soccer). IGLFA has established and supports an international network of football clubs, and promotes physical and tactical understanding of the game of football. IGFLA sponsors and sanctions an annual football tournament for gay, lesbian, and other participants.

IGLFA World Cup History
The 2001 World Championship was held in London England. Previous tournaments were held in Denver, Seattle, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., Cologne and Berlin, Germany, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. IGFLA also sanctions and organizes the football competition at the Gay Games held every fourth year (Sydney, Australia in 2002). Previous Gay Game competitions were held in San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, and Amsterdam,. Boston previously hosted the tournament in 1989 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology playing fields.

World Cup 2003
The Board of Directors of Boston World Championship 2003, Inc. is responsible for managing the business of organizing the tournament. This board is a current member of the Massachusetts Sports Partnership, a state sponsored agency dedicated to bring world-class sporting events to the Massachusetts area. We will be working with them as we organize and run a world-class event. The competition will be held during the first week of August at the Harvard University athletic facilities. Round-robin play will occur during the first four days and playoff competition will occur during the last two days. We expect over 1000 attendees from Boston and international community to participate , with additional fan support to travel to Boston from around the world in the competition and the surrounding events.