April 16, 2016
On the same day city officials paid tribute — and reinforced an apology — to Jackie Robinson for breaking down racial barriers through sports, Mayor Jim Kenney announced his plan for a new soccer tournament meant to promote the rich cultural diversity of Philadelphia.
Here's the scoop: 32 teams — each representing a different country — play in a World Cup-style bracket, with the final game being held at Citizens Bank Park in November.
“I’m excited to host an event that both highlights our city’s diversity and also helps bring Philadelphians together,” Kenney said in a press release.
The Parks and Recreation Department is organizing the details of the tournament, which is set to begin in September. Kenney hopes Philly's immigrant communities come out in full force to participate in some friendly competition.
It's been dubbed the Philadelphia International Unity Cup, and if you're interested in participating, you'll need a team (duh) and a $100 refundable bond, which should be taken to the Office of Immigrant Affairs, located in City Hall Room 110, before May 16.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you really want to play, you should organize your squad ASAP. More information on the tournament can be found here.