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PP&R's 2019 Portland World Soccer Tournament features record number of teams

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A celebration of those new to Portland and to the United States
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POSTED JUNE 26, 2019

(Portland, OR) – 

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Parks for New Portlanders is hosting the 10th annual Portland World Soccer Tournament. The wildly popular annual event highlighting newcomers to both Portland and to the United States will take place on Friday, June 28, 2019 and Saturday, June 29, 2019. A total of 75 games will be held from 9am to 5pm both days at several parks in Southeast Portland. This year’s tournament features a record 31 teams of Portlanders who are refugees and immigrants. Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish, PP&R Director Adena Long, and other special guests will give brief remarks at the opening ceremony at Lents Park.

What: 2019 Portland World Soccer Tournament – celebrating 10 years


When: Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9am-5pm

Opening ceremony at 10am on Friday, June 28, at Lents Park Field #2 (SE 92nd Avenue and Holgate Blvd.)

Where: Games will be played at

Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor adidas. 

“This tournament is a wonderful way to welcome new people to our community,” says Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. “Thanks to adidas and all the volunteers and sponsors who make this event possible.” 

Portland World Soccer celebrates community, diversity, and our immigrant and refugee neighbors. Public service and resource providers are also on-site to help families who are new to Oregon.  

“Portland World Soccer players hail from a wide variety of countries and vibrant cultures,” says PP&R Director Adena Long. “It’s rewarding to have so many young people engage in games – conversations, really, in the universal language of soccer. Portland World Soccer helps all of us join together, to reflect on what we all have in common, and how special it is to be Portlanders.” 

Portland Parks & Recreation is pleased to acknowledge the partnerships of wonderful partners to make this annual event a reality. 

About the Parks for New Portlanders program  

The Parks for New Portlanders (PNP) program is part of Portland Parks & Recreation. The goal is to provide opportunities for recent immigrants and refugees to connect with the broader Portland community. PNP works with community partners and City leaders to design and implement culturally relevant programs. PNP strives to ensure that City services and spaces are welcoming and accessible to communities of color, new immigrants, and refugees. 

With one in five Portlanders now foreign-born, addressing the needs of this new and diverse population is crucial as they transition to Portland’s community. The PNP program hosts sporting events like Portland World Soccer in the summer and the Intercultural Basketball Tournament in the fall.

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