You’re invited to the 9th Annual Umoja Games! Join us July 1st – 3rd, 2022 in Richmond, VA.

The largest annual Shi’a soccer tournament, Umoja Games has something for everyone. With over 9 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 information here, too!

Highlights: All the information you need to know about Umoja Games 2022.

Eligibility

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

Facilities

Umoja Games 2022 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 Girls’ tournaments. All fields have lights – allowing us to play into the night.

Dates and Format

Umoja Games 2022 will kick off in the evening of Thursday, June 30th with the Draw. Games will commence in the morning on Friday, July 1st for all categories and conclude in the evening on Sunday, July 3rd 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 9 categories.

Eligibility will be based on your age on July 1, 2022

Registration

  • The registration period will close on June 1st, 2022 for teams and players, including free agents.
  • Registration is available on the Umoja App. Download the app here.
  • Free agents can register on the NA All-Stars team in each division and Umoja Games will work on organizing them in a team.
  • More information regarding registration can be found on the tournament details page.

Book your Hotel

Umoja Games has negotiated special rates at great hotels. Reservations can be made here. The cut-off date for reservations is June 15th, 2022. Maximum 4 guests per room.

Umoja Local Guide

All participants at Umoja Games 2022 will enjoy unique experiences and discounts in the area – including free entry to Kings Dominion – a fun-filled and popular amusement park. Click here for further information.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Umoja commits to adhering to the health and safety guidelines set out by the state and local health authorities. Below are the health and safety guidelines for Umoja Games Special Edition. A list of guidelines can be found on the tournament details page. Further information and details will be provided prior to the event. Guidelines are subject to change.

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