The largest annual Shi’a soccer tournament, Umoja Games has something for everyone. With over 8 tournament categories, this is truly a family event!
COVID-19 Update on Umoja Games
ⓘ COVID-19 Update on Umoja Games
Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the 9th Umoja Games to July 2-4, 2021 in Richmond, VA. While we realize that this is disappointing news, the Umoja Outreach Foundation will continue its efforts to bring communities together through the language of soccer. Please watch the video to learn more and to see how you can help! We pray you all are doing well during these tough times, and we look forward to seeing you all at the 2021 Umoja Games inshallah!
Watch this video to learn more about Umoja’s response to COVID-19.
You’re invited to the 9th annual Umoja Games! Join us at Umoja Games 2021 for another incredible event.
Umoja Games is a one-of-a-kind event.
At Umoja Games, we bring communities, children, youth and adults together from all over the world. In 2019, we had over 50 Masjids participate and over 3,000 in attendance – from all over the continent and beyond. Below you will find informational videos and more details regarding this year’s Games. Have a team or ready to register? You can find the registration links here, too!
Highlights: All the information you need to know about Umoja Games 2021.
Participation is strictly limited to followers of the Shi’a Ithna’asheri (Ja’fari) faith.
Umoja Games 2021 will be held at a one-of-a-kind facility, Rivercity Sportsplex in Richmond. The Sportsplex boasts 12 astro-turf fields – 9 nestled together and another 3 that are private for Women’s and Girl’s tournaments. All fields have lights – allowing us to play into the night. The facility will also host plenty of shaded areas that will turn into a Bazaar (festival) in the evenings.
Dates and Format
Umoja Games 2021 will kick-off at 10 AM on Friday, July 2 for all categories and conclude on Sunday, July 4 evening with the Awards. All tournament categories will be based on an 8-aside format with the exception of the new 6-aside Women’s Over 30 category. Players are permitted to play in multiple categories, if eligible.
The tournament will offer 12 categories – a new record. New this year are the Boys Under 19 and Women’s 30 & Over. Other Boy’s and Girl’s categories have been adjusted to reduce the age gap – accounting for their physical development. See Tournament Details for further information.
Eligibility will be based on your age on July 1, 2021
Umoja Experience Pass
All participants at Umoja Games 2021 will enjoy unique experiences and discounts in the area – including free entry to Kings Dominion – a fun-filled and popular amusement park.
Shuttle buses will be arranged (subject to interest) from Toronto, Orlando, Detroit, and Chicago. Umoja has partnered with United Airlines to bring you savings on air travel. Find more information in Tournament Details.
Umoja will continue to assist participants that require assistance via the financial aid program.