Soccer for Peace
Soccer for Peace is an adult indoor soccer tournament in support of immigrant and refugee soccer in Winnipeg.
In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, this tournament has been postponed to September 13th, 2020. More details to follow.
Who are we?
The tournament organizers are a diverse group who are both soccer enthusiasts and supporters of the newcomer community in Winnipeg. We were brought together through the vision and leadership of Omar Rahimi, who founded and coaches the Liberty Soccer Club, a team made up of newcomer young men who came from war torn refugee backgrounds and who have great passion and talent for the game of soccer. Players come from a diversity of places including Somalia, Eritrea, Iraq (Yazidis), Nepal, South Sudan, DR Congo, Syria, and Thailand, to name a few!
Sport is an important tool for newcomer integration. Newcomer youth face many barriers in their initial settlement years in Canada, finding a place to belong and build on their strengths is very important to keep them off the streets and focused on building a successful future.
What are our goals?
Raise funds for adult immigrant and refugee soccer – including for the Liberty Refugee Soccer Club and for a new bursary for low-income players through the Manitoba Major Soccer League
Raise awareness about refugee issues
Build bridges between diverse communities in Winnipeg
When: September 13th, 2020
Where: The University of Winnipeg Axworthy Health and RecPlex (350 Spence Street)
Format: Mini-tournaments, 4-teams playing a round-robin tournament, in a 4-hour block
Teams: Teams of 6-12 players, plus a goalie, including recreational men’s, women’s and co-ed
Age: 18+ all adult tournament
Number of games: Each team is guaranteed three 30 minute games
This year's registration is now closed. If you are still interested in registering a team for the tournament, and would like to join our wait-list, please contact the coordinator - Jessica Praznik at or (204) 943-2561 Ext. 242
How can you support this initiative?
Below, we have outlined options for you to consider:
1) Sponsor the Tournament:
Provide a financial contribution or provide equivalent in-kind products or services.
$5000+ – World Cup Sponsor (1 available)
$3000 – Gold Medal Sponsor (3 available)
$1500 – Silver Medal Sponsor (10 available)
$600 – Bronze Medal Sponsor
Your sponsorship will be acknowledged on our promotional materials and event website, and depending on your sponsorship level, at the event and in media. We expect in addition to 400+ players and volunteers at the event, that the broader community will also attend. Your participation will provide a great exposure opportunity for your company. For more information, see the attached Sponsorship Benefits Matrix. A tax receipt can be provided for a portion of your contribution upon request. Please contact Jessica Praznik to discuss your sponsorship via email at or by phone at 204-943-2561 ext.242.
2) Enter a team in the tournament
$500 for corporate teams (6-12 players, plus a goalie): corporate teams receive a charitable tax receipt for $200.
$300 for a community team (6-12 players, plus a goalie).
$300 to sponsor a low-income team. If you do not want to play but want to help support a low-income team enter the tournament contact Jessica Praznik at
3) Provide an individual donation.
We are grateful for any support you can provide, all donations about $50 receive a charitable tax receipt.
4) VOLUNTEER with us!
Check out the positions we are in need of volunteers for in the attached Soccer for Peace Volunteer Descriptions! If you are interested, please contact Albert Boakye at or (204) 943-2561 ext.221
Thank you kindly for your interest in our inaugural Soccer for Peace tournament!
Donate today through the Social Planning Council below: