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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

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1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204



1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1302
Portland, OR 97204

Som Subedi, New Portlander Coordinator


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Portland World Cup Soccer Tournament

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) developed the Portland World Cup in 2010. The tournament brings to the pitch a celebration of cultural traditions and diversity, an enrichment event that links culturally diverse communities, the Portland community, and the City of Portland. This event is a gathering for Portland’s youth to kick for a common purpose.

This year, more than several city bureaus and local community organizations joined together to host the Portland World Cup at Delta Park. The 2014 tournament included 16 boys teams and 4 girls teams representing more than 22 countries and 26 languages with almost 400 kids ranging from age 16-19.  This year we welcome ages 16-20, all genders.

PP&R recognizes the evolving demographics in the City of Portland and our vision is to:

  • Integrate immigrants and multi-cultural communities into the Portland community - bringing together the best of both cultures to allow a new culture to emerge.
  • Create a seamless transition for immigrants to the City of Portland.
  • Acknowledge cultural differences, embrace future challenges, and strive to build a better tomorrow for all Portlanders.

Creative Youth Soccer Leaders
Eight talented culturally diverse youths from Haiti, Burma, Croatia, Mexico, Morocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Portland worked with PP&R staff to organize the 2014 Portland World Cup. These eight youth were responsible for recruiting teams, coaches, sponsors, and mentors; organizing Career Week; developing and implementing the media strategy; and securing donations. Their work resulted in a successful event that truly represents the vision of cultural integration.

The goal of the Portland World Cup is to provide opportunities for Portland’s youth; to impart cultural knowledge and values; to create partnerships with culturally diverse communities, organizations, and the City of Portland; and to unify all of Portland by:

  • Creating the Portland World Cup Youth Committee to spearhead relationships between culturally diverse communities, organizations, the City of Portland, and the Portland community.
  • Developing events that engage the City of Portland and various culturally diverse communities to collaborate together on events such as Career Week and Portland World Cup Soccer.

Stay tuned for 2015's tournament!