You’re invited to a Special Edition of Umoja Games! Join us July 31st – August 1st, 2021 in Richmond, VA for another incredible event.

The largest annual Shi’a soccer tournament, Umoja Games has something for everyone. With over 8 tournament categories, this is truly a family 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 SE.


Participation is strictly limited to followers of the Shi’a Ithna’asheri (Ja’fari) faith.


Umoja Games Special Edition will be held at a one-of-a-kind facility, Rivercity Sportsplex in Richmond. The Sportsplex boasts 12 astroturf 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.

Dates and Format

Umoja Games Special Edition will kick-off at 9 AM on Saturday, July 31st for all categories and conclude on Sunday, August 1st with the Awards. All tournament categories will be based on an 8-aside format. Players are permitted to play in multiple categories, if eligible.

Age Categories

The tournament will offer 8 categories. The 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 August 1, 2021

Umoja Experience Pass

All participants at Umoja Games Special Edition will enjoy unique experiences and discounts in the area – including free entry to Kings Dominion – a fun-filled and popular amusement park. See Tournament Details for further information.

Travel Savings

Umoja has partnered with United Airlines to bring you savings on air travel. Find more information in Tournament Details.

Financial Aid

Umoja will continue to assist participants that require assistance via the financial aid program.

Relive the Umoja Games journey: The story of how it all began, to today and a glimpse of tomorrow. Check out Beyond the Game!