Find detailed information about Umoja Games Special Edition here.

Tournament Dates: July 31st – August 1st

Tournament Facility: River City Sportsplex (13030 Genito Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112, United States)

Nearest Airports:

30 – 40 Minutes from RIC

2 – 2.5 hrs from IAD (Dulles) & DCA (Reagan)

2.75 hrs from BWI (Baltimore)

 

 

Learn more about the tournament experience.

Age Categories & Fees

The format and age restrictions that will be used for the tournament categories are 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 

Max Players per team

Max Teams in Category

Age restrictions

Team fee (USD)

Player fee (USD)

Men's Open

8-aside

16

8

None

$50

$100

Men's 35 & Over

5-aside

10

8

Born before August 1, 1986

$50

$100

Boy's 15 & Under

5-aside

10

8

Born on or after August 1, 2005

$50

$100

Boy's 12 & Under

5-aside

10

8

Born on or after August 1, 2008

$50

$100

Boy's 9 & Under

5-aside

10

8

Born on or after August 1, 2011

$50

$100

Women's Open

5-aside

10

8

None

$50

$100

Girl's 14 & Under

5-aside

10

8

Born on or after August 1, 2006

$50

$100

Girl's 10 & Under

5-aside

10

8

Born on or after August 1, 2010

$50

$100

Toddler's 6 & Under

Training program

Born on or after August 1, 2014

None

$60

Registration Deadline: July 15th, 2021

Registration is available exclusively on the Umoja App. Download the app here.

  • The registration period will close on July 15th, 2021 for teams and players, including free agents.
  • Free agents can register on the NA All Stars team in each division and Umoja Games will work on organizing them in a team.
  • Only players with an official Umoja player card (uPass) will be permitted to participate in any game.
  • There will be no fee collected at the time of player registration, Team Managers will be invoiced the appropriate amount based on team size on “Roster Lock Date” which is July 24th, 2021.
  • Managers will have until July 29th at 11:59 pm to pay the player fees. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the tournament.

Rules and Regulations

Access: Version 2.0 (Published on June 7th, 2021)

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’ responsibility to visit this website for the latest version.

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Umoja Games SE COVID-19 Guidelines 

Let’s all do our part in reducing the spread of Covid-19 so we can all continue to enjoy Umoja games we look forward to every year. The protocols that we have laid out are general guidelines. Further details will be provided prior to the tournament. Protocols are subject to change. 

 

Prior to Umoja Games 

  • Each participant will require proof of COVID19 documentation during the check-in process
  • A list of acceptable documents can be found here.

Health and safety 

  • Masks are mandatory for everyone at all times except while playing. 
  • Social distancing should be maintained at all times by players (except during play), coaches, and spectators 
  • Any player who develops symptoms during the event will be asked to isolate until symptoms subside. COVID-19 testing must be done in order to return to play. 
  • Managers/coaches will be responsible for the screening and safety of all players, all concerns will be channeled through the managers/coaches. 
  • Managers/coaches will be required to submit a screening questionnaire for their team prior to each game.
  • Hand washing/sanitizing is strongly encouraged throughout the day. 

Facility 

  • In-house rapid testing may be available for attendees at a price of $50/Person  
  • Additional screening may be required upon arrival at the facility and prior to each game 
  • Commonly used (high touch) surfaces will be sanitized throughout the day. Sanitization stations will be set up throughout the facility. 

 

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

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Learn more about travel and lodging.

Special Rates on Umoja Games Special Edition Hotels

Get special Umoja rates at these great hotels!

  • Cutoff date for reservations is July 20th, 2021 
  • 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

Hampton Inn

800 Research Road, 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 SE 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

Riverside Outfitters

Riverside Outfitters 

Riverside Outfitters in conjunction with Richmond Tourism is offering a 20% discount to these 4 amazing outings:

  • Lower River Raft trip (class II-IV rapids- min. age 10)
  • Upper River Raft trip (smaller class I-II rapids- min. age 5)
  • Kayak/Canoe rentals

Website

6836 Old Westham Rd, Richmond, VA 23225

Exclusive Deals

Richmond Tourism is offering exclusive deals to many restaurants and attractions in the area. Click the link below to view.

Website

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.

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 Special Edition. 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 Games 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 Special Edition 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 Special Edition (“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 a 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 events 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 July 15th, 2021

Full Refund

Full Refund

Before July 24th, 2021

50% Refund

Full Refund

After July 24th, 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.