Find detailed information about Umoja Games 2021 here.

Learn more about travel and lodging.

Umoja Express Bus

Umoja Shuttle Bus

You can get to Richmond via the Umoja Express Bus from Toronto, Detroit, and Orlando. There are only a limited number of seats available. Book by the following dates to get special round trip discounted prices:

  • March 15, 2021: $65 USD from Detroit, Orlando; $65 CAD from Toronto.
  • April 15, 2021: $85 USD from Detroit, Orlando; $85 CAD from Toronto.
  • May 15, 2021: $105 USD from Detroit, Orlando; $105 CAD from Toronto

Tickets are only available for round trips. There is no special pricing for one-way trips. Tickets can be purchased from this website only.

Please e-mail us at [email protected] if you would like us to arrange transportation from your city!

Umoja + United Airlines

We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to Umoja Games 2021.

  • Visit www.united.com/meetingtravel and enter ZJT8980687 in the Offer Code box to receive your discount.
  • MileagePlus members earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and miles for their travel.
  • You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at (800) 426-1122
    • Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM Eastern
    • Saturday – Sunday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Eastern
  • Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.

Special Rates on Umoja Games 2021 Hotels

Get special Umoja rates at these great hotels!

  • Cutoff date for reservations is June 19, 2021
  • There will be complimentary shuttle service to Rivercity Sportsplex from these hotels.
  • Maximum 4 guests per room. 
  • Reservations can be made by calling the hotels directly or through this website. Use the links to the hotels below to make your reservation.
Hotel 1 and 2 Umoja HQ

Doubletree by Hilton 

1021 Koger Center Blvd, Richmond (15 minutes from Rivercity Sportsplex)

Umoja room availability: 200

Room rate:

$105/night (excl. taxes) – without breakfast

$125/night (excl. taxes) – with breakfast

Room type: Standard Double/Double; King with Sofa Bed

Hotel 3

Residence Inn

1350 Johnston Willis Dr, Midlothian (Adjacent to Doubletree by Hilton)

Umoja room availability: 50

Room rate: $139/night (excl. taxes) – with breakfast

Room type: Standard Suite

Hampton Inn

800 Research Way, Richmond (15 minutes from Rivercity Sportsplex)

Umoja room availability: 38

Room rate: $105/night (excl. taxes) – with breakfast

Room type: Standard Double/Double

Holiday Inn

5030 W. Village Green Drive, Midlothian (8 minutes from Rivercity Sportsplex)

Umoja room availability: 55

Room rate: $105/night (excl. taxes) – with breakfast

Room type: Standard Double/Double

Hampton Inn – Hull

3620 Prince Club Blvd, Midlothian (8 minutes from Rivercity Sportsplex)

Umoja room availability: 40

Room rate: $105/night (excl. taxes) – with breakfast

Room type: Standard Double/Double

Enjoy Unique Experiences with the 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. Find more details below!

Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion Amusement Park 

  • 1 free ticket per participant, which can be redeemed for up to 3 visits over a 5-day period.
  • Discounted ticket ($36/person) for each person accompanying the participant
  • 1 free parking pass

Website

16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047

Laserquest

Laserquest 

  • Buy one game of laser tag, get one game free!

Website

889 Research Rd, Richmond, VA 23236

Launch Richmond

Launch Richmond 

  • $12 for 2 hours of jumping
  • $10 for 1 game of laser tag
  • The Family Fun Pack for 4 takes $10 off the regular price

Website

10903 Hull Street Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112

Riverside Outfitters

Riverside Outfitters 

On standard climbing and rafting trips (reserve ahead of time), the following discounts apply:

  • For groups of 12-19 people, take $5 off per person.
  • For groups larger than 19 people, take $10 off per person

Website

6836 Old Westham Rd, Richmond, VA 23225

RVA On Wheels

RVA On Wheels 

  • Take 20% of for groups of 10 or more on either Segways or Trolleys

Website

1301 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219

Science Museum of VA

Science Museum of Virginia 

  • $5 off ticket prices

Website

2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

Learn more about the tournament experience.

Age Categories & Fees

The format and age restrictions that will be used for the tournament categories is summarized below. Note that, with consent from the parent(s), players are permitted to play up in the Boy’s and Girl’s categories.

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Tournament Category

Format (including goalie)

Max players per team

Age restrictions

Team fee (USD)

Player fee (USD)

Men's Open

8-aside

16

None

$50

$100

Men's 35 & Over

8-aside

16

Born before July 1, 1986

$50

$100

Boy's 19 & Under

8-aside

16

Born on or after July 1, 2001

$50

$100

Boy's 15 & Under

8-aside

16

Born on or after July 1, 2005

$50

$100

Boy's 12 & Under

8-aside

16

Born on or after July 1, 2008

$50

$100

Boy's 9 & Under

8-aside

16

Born on or after July 1, 2011

$50

$100

Women's Open

8-aside

16

None

$50

$100

Women's 30 & Over

6-aside

12

Born before July 1, 1991

$50

$100

Girl's 15 & Under

8-aside

16

Born on or after July 1, 2005

$50

$100

Girl's 12 & Under

8-aside

16

Born on or after July 1, 2008

$50

$100

Girl's 9 & Under

8-aside

16

Born on or after July 1, 2011

$50

$100

Toddler's 6 & Under

Training program

Born on or after July 1, 2014

None

$60

Registration

  • The registration period will close on June 1, 2021 for teams and players, including free agents. Teams and players will receive an invitation to Techne Futbol to help them train and compete with their friends across the world.
  • Only players with an official Umoja player card will be permitted to participate in any games.
  • Umoja has partnered with STAC, a player recruitment agency, to help our participants in the Boy’s 19 & Under, Boy’s 15 & Under, and Girl’s 15 & Under get scouted by colleges.

Rules and Regulations

Access: Version 1.0 (Published on April 15th, 2020)

This page will be updated with the latest version of the Rules & Regulations. Click on the above text to access the rules document. It is the teams’ and participants’ responsibilities to visit this website for the latest version.

WELCOME TO UMOJA GAMES 2021!

FROM THE EXECUTIVE TEAM,

Assalamun Alaykum. 

Dear Athletes, Parents, and Volunteers, 

With each Umoja Games, our family grows as old friends rekindle bonds and new ones form. Umoja Games is our growth vehicle.

Umoja Games 2019 was a record setting event as over 3000 attendees and participants from over 50+ communities came together. As we took a pulse of what our attendees wanted next, it was a new adventure in a new city – so we delivered.

Our 2021 edition of this exciting tournament goes to Richmond, Virginia – a one-of-a-kind city nestled in the broader DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. In selecting the location, we focused on one key word: Experience.

With the backdrop of a state-of-the-art soccer complex, we have bundled together fun things to do as part of the new Umoja Experience pass. It is our way to say thank you for attending Umoja Games.

We look forward to seeing you in Richmond on July 2-4, Inshallah!

Umoja Outreach Foundation 

Read the full welcome letter, which provides further information about the largest Shi’a Ithna’asheri soccer tournament in the world:

PDF Copy

Learn more about guidelines, waivers, and payment.

Participation Guidelines

I hereby confirm that I and all other participants in this registration meet the eligibility (follower of the Shia Ithna’asheri (Jaffari) faith, and meet the age conditions for categories that are age-specific) requirements to participate at Umoja Games 2021. I also confirm that I have submitted a recently (in the last six months) taken picture for all participants as part of this registration. Please note, this picture will be used for facial recognition that will be used at check-in.

I grant Umoja the right to use our participant profile picture(s), and separately photograph, video-record and interview me and give them full and perpetual permission to use the resulting pictures, depictions, images and quotes in its accounts, reports, websites and promotions, for no financial consideration or other conditions whatsoever. I agree that any photographs submitted by myself or other participants included in this registration to Umoja, may be altered or changed at the sole discretion of Umoja.

I further agree to comply with and follow any local public health department and/or Umoja requirements and procedures to participate in the Umoja Games. Umoja may revise such requirements and procedures at any time and I agree to abide by such revised requirements and procedures.

I hereby confirm that we will comply with any verification requests made by Umoja on behalf of participants’ that have lodged a formal request to verify players who they feel do not meet the respective participation guidelines. I also confirm accept failure to comply or unable to prove eligibility will result in disqualification from Umoja Games 2021 without exception and refunds. I also acknowledge our entire team(s) could be disqualified from the tournament without exception and refunds.

Release of Liability Agreement

I agree to participate in the football (soccer) Umoja Games 2021 (“Umoja Games”) organized by the Umoja Outreach Foundation (“Umoja”). I understand that football (soccer) is a potentially dangerous sport in which the risk of injury can be significant, and serious, harmful, permanent and fatal injuries can and do occur. While particular rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce the risk of injury, the risk of serious injury does nonetheless exist. In consideration of my being allowed to participate in the Umoja Games, I hereby waive any and all claims whatsoever that I may sustain or become aware of during or known thereafter for damages against Umoja, its members or any affiliates, agents, employees and principals thereof, for injury, illness or loss howsoever incurred as a consequence of my participation.

I hereby give my consent to be treated by emergency medical personnel, a physician or surgeon in case of sudden injury or illness while participating in the Umoja Games. It is understood that the organizers will provide no medical insurance for such treatment and that the cost thereof will be at my expense.

I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known and unknown, even if arising from the negligence of the Umoja or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation in the Umoja Games. Umoja, its members, agents, employees and principals from any liability whatsoever resulting directly or indirectly from any participation in any sports activity, sponsored operated or promoted by Umoja. I further agree to indemnify Umoja, its members, agents, employees and principals against any injury, illness, harm, damage, loss, property damage, cost or fear, including attorneys’ fees incurred directly or indirectly as a consequence of my participation in the Umoja Games and other event(s) sponsored by Umoja.

I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation in the Umoja Games. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest Committee member immediately.

I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representative and next of kin, hereby release and hold harmless Umoja, its agents, employees, principals, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of the premises used to conduct the Umoja Games, with respect to any and all injury, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property, whether arising from the negligence of Umoja or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law in both the State of Virginia and respectfully under the jurisdiction and the laws of either the of United States of America and/or Canada.

I also grant Umoja the right to photograph, video-record and interview me and give them full and perpetual permission to use the resulting pictures, depictions, images and quotes in its accounts, reports, websites and promotions, for no financial consideration whatsoever. I agree that any photographs submitted by myself to Umoja may be altered or changed at the sole discretion of Umoja.

Refund Policy

Request Date

Team Fee Refund

Player Fee Refund

Before March 1st, 2021

Full Refund

Full Refund

Before April 1st, 2021

75% Refund

75% Refund

Before May 1st, 2021

50% Refund

50% Refund

Before June 1st, 2021

25% Refund

25% Refund

After June 1st, 2021

No Refund

No Refund

The above table summarizes the refund policy should you need to cancel your participation at Umoja Games 2021. Refund requests must be submitted to [email protected]

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Financial Aid

Umoja Outreach Foundation will continue to assist participants and families that require financial assistance to attend Umoja Games 2021. Please complete this form that will be reviewed by the UOF Independent Review Team.