Tournament Info

Tournament Information

Established in 1992, the International Gay & Lesbian Association (“IGLFA”) has fostered the establishment of recreational and competitive football (aka soccer) for all gay women, men and transgender athletes throughout the world. Their mission is to develop a global network of football or soccer clubs to promote the physical, mental and tactical understanding of the international game of football. Through the IGLFA soccer clubs membership association they provide “safe” playing opportunities for LGBT players both at a local and international level. For more information please visit: www.iglfa.org.

The IGLFA World Championship in Portland, Oregon-USA will be the 22nd version of this historic international competition. Since the inaugural championship in 1992, this tournament has been held in 16 different cities throughout the world and has crowned over 30 tournament winners in both the men’s and women’s competition (IGLFA World Championship Results can be found here). The World Championship is now held every 2 years as a “stand alone” international tournament and held as “one” of the major competitions within the Gay Games which provides athletes an opportunity to compete with thousands of competitors on a global stage. Overall, the IGLFA, its members and thousands of LGBT players around the globe consider the “World Championship” as one of the most prestigious and exciting international tournaments in gay football. Ultimately, it is their opportunity to enjoy, socialize and compete for the right to be crowned, “World Champion!”

Detailed Division Descriptions:

Division I - (11v11)

The most competitive division our tournament has to offer. You should expect experienced, skilled teams, a high level of play, and most of all, a gay ol’ time! Your team will play with 11 members on the pitch, 10 on the field and a goalkeeper (with a 20 player maximum roster). Register for Division I if your team is in it to win it!

Division II - (11v11)

The 2nd most competitive division our tournament has to offer. You should expect intermediate to advanced skilled teams, a mid-to-high level of play, and most of all, a gay ol’ time! Your team will play with 11 members on the pitch, 10 on the field and a goalkeeper (with a 20 player maximum roster). Register for Division II if your team is competitive and looking to play other mid-level skilled teams.

Division IV - Open (7v7)

A semi-competitive division for less experienced teams, open to players 18 years of age and older. You should expect novice skilled teams, a mid level of play, and most of all, a gay ol’ time! Your team will play with 7 members, 6 on the field and a goalkeeper (13 player maximum roster). Register for Division IV if your team is semi-competitive and newer to the game.

Some FAQ's

Registering as an INDIVIDUAL vs. as a TEAM

If your team registers together, you can save some money by paying the entire team fee all at once. If you register as an individual but plan on playing with a specific team, please make sure each team member enters the same Team Name and Club Association in the Individual Registration process. Regardless if you register as a team or as an individual, your team manager/captain must submit a Team Roster by June 30th, 2016.

If you plan on playing in the Friendly Co-ed Division, you must register as an individual. Teams will be formed based on players’ field positions and skill level. Local team captains will ensure that teams are created as equally as possible, mixing up players from different states and countries to ensure a great time! Your team captain will notify you of your team placement closer to the tournament date.

Playing in a competitive division if you don’t have an existing team

Don’t have a team? No problem! Register as an individual and in the Team Name field, please write, “looking for a team,” and specify the division, your skill level, field position, and anything else you want your prospective team to know. If for any reason we are not able to place you on a team, you have the option of playing in the Friendly Co-ed division OR you may receive a full refund.

Finding more players for your competitive team

If your team is looking for one or two more players to complete your roster, please feel free to “Contact Us” and we can help facilitate a connection. Please specify the skill level, field position, gender, and anything else you are looking for in a free agent.

You may not play for more than one team and/or in more than one division

Sorry. No can do. If you are playing in a competitive or friendly division, you may only play for one team in your specified division. Team rosters and player cards will be checked before every match to insure all players abide by the rules.