Soccer  for Peace

Soccer for Peace is an adult indoor soccer tournament happening on March 29, 2020 in support of immigrant and refugee soccer in Winnipeg.

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 (17-25 years old) 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?

  1. 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 

  2. Raise awareness about refugee issues 

  3. Build bridges between diverse communities in Winnipeg

Tournament info

When: Sunday, March 29th from 8:30am-10:30pm 
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 


The registration fee is $500 for corporate teams and $300 for community teams.

To register a team for the tournament, click here...

If you are a community-based team with low-income players and can not afford the registration fee, please contact 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) Provide a financial contribution for our event and fundraising or provide equivalent in-kind products/ services- eg. awards, t-shirts, marketing design, signage, refreshments, etc.
Sponsorship levels

  • a) $5000+ – World Cup Sponsor (1 available)

  • b) $3000 – Gold Medal Sponsor (3 available)

  • c) $1500 – Silver Medal Sponsor (10 available)

  • d) $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.

2) Enter a corporate / organizational team or sponsor a low-income team into the tournament
Cost: $500 per team of 6-15 players
Your team can be named after your organization; all team names will be posted at the tournament. Additionally, your team is welcome to wear your brand if you wish to provide uniforms.

3) Provide an individual donation to the event

4) VOLUNTEER with us!

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this great event, please contact Jessica Praznik to volunteer or discuss your sponsorship via email at or by phone at 204-943-2561 ext.242. Thank you kindly for your interest in our inaugural Soccer for Peace tournament!

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