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INAUGURAL FIFA DIVERSITY AWARD
The FIFA Diversity Award aims to promote equality & recognise people around the world using football to strive for change. Find out the final three organisations, and watch the winner announced live, by FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura.Posted by FIFA on Monday, September 26, 2016
|IGLFA is very proud to annouce that Jaiyah Saelua will be joining us at the 2016 IGLFA World Cup in Portland August 6 -13. Jaiyah is the first transgender footballer to play in a World Cup qualifer game.|
Established in 2010, Albany Empire is the Capital Region’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Soccer Club. Albany Empire provides an opportunity for all individuals to play, learn and enhance their soccer skills in a friendly, yet competitive environment. The Albany Empire Soccer Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.
Austin Goldstars Soccer Club is a predominantly gay social organization that provides an opportunity to play and learn soccer in a positive and friendly environment. We have competed locally since 2006, and since 2009, in Washington DC, Cologne, and Vancouver IGLFA competitions by combining with more established IGLFA member clubs.
The Ballboys Hamburg are like their home town: cosmopolitan, diverse and experts in entertainment. The ballboys’ mother club “Startschuss SLSV Hamburg e.V.” is one of the oldest gay-lesbian sports clubs in Germany, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015 and hosting the IGLFA European Championship that year.
Bexley Invicta FC is south east London and Kent’s only gay-football club. They are open to all, regardless of sexuality, ability or experience, who want to play football in a gay-friendly setting. The
club is based in the London Borough of Bexley, and football-playing commenced on 15 January 2011 with a kickabout in a local park. They’ve grown to become a fully-fledged football club and now play in the London Unity League. They also play friendlies, 5/6/7-aside and take part in tournaments. They host their second birthday tournament in February 2015. There is an active and varied social side to the club. Bexley Invicta FC is proudly affiliated to Kent Football Association, who they work with on making football more gay-friendly.
The Boston Strikers Soccer Club, Inc. is a non-profit, social organization, which provides an opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight people to learn and to improve their soccer skills in a relaxed, congenial environment. Club membership is open to all people regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race, or religion.
CARGO, Cercle Associatif Rhonalpin Gay Omnisports, est une association sportive gay, lesbienne et hétérofriendly proposant diverses activités sportives (badminton, football, handball, natation, squash et volleyball) à ses membres dans la convivialité et sans préjugés.
The Cleveland Fury FC is the Northeast Ohio premier soccer club formed to compete and host team of the Gay Games 9 – Cleveland, 2014. Regardless of orientation, gender, or identity, the Cleveland Fury is open to all LGBT and our straight allies!
The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) is the largest not-for-profit gay and lesbian sports organization in the Midwest. We offer all levels of play in a variety of athletic leagues throughout the year.
The league is open to all persons who wish to play, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.
The „Cream Team“is a long-standing gay football team from Cologne, the most beautiful city located at the Rhine. The team emphasises the fun in football and is most diverse with older and younger players, bi-, homo- and heterosexuals, amateurs and professionals. The weekly training takes place on the “Jahnwiese” right behind the stadium in summer, and in a big multi-purpose hall in winter. The “Cream Team” is active in a hobby-league in Cologne since the 90s and established a reputation for being a so-called “elevator team”, as it’s always promoted and delegated again. In 2012, the team could celebrate its 20th anniversary with an exhibition at the German Museum for Sports and Olympia.
Officially established in September 2013 the Denver Gay & Lesbian Soccer Club (DGLSC) is an organization of men and women that promotes the positive social and athletic enjoyment of soccer. We seek to foster an athletic community among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight people living in the greater Denver area.
As Denver’s first Gay and Lesbian Soccer Club, our purpose is to provide members with a safe environment to meet like-minded people to socialize and play a team sport. Membership is open to all skill levels…all you need is a healthy and positive attitude.
Out For Kicks Detroit – Detroit Drive – is a Metro Detroit based Soccer League for LGBT friendly players for recreational, fun, and skill development purposes. We encourage players of ALL levels to participate and improve their skills through club-sponsored (free) soccer academy sessions and pick-up play.
Civil association that advocates, promotes and disseminates human rights of people of sexual diversity through sport.
Downtown Soccer Toronto is Toronto’s first official gay & lesbian summer co-ed recreational soccer league, aimed at providing an athletic and socially safe atmosphere for everyone to enjoy playing soccer.
Dublin Devils FC, formed in 2005, is Ireland’s only gay football team. Hosted the 2013 IGLFA European Championships, finishing as runners-up. Teams play weekly Inter7evens & FAI Leinster Football League matches. We hold weekly training and social games, and offer travel opportunities and social events for our growing membership.
FC Krylya (eng.-Wings) was founded more than 10 years ago in Moscow by a group of friends united by love for football. The core of the team is made up of girls, who have been playing football since childhood, and continue to carry it on through life as the favourite leisure activity. The doors of FC Krylya are always open for newcomers, regardless of age and level of training! After all, the main idea of our team is close companionship and team spirit. This attitude has allowed our team to win prizes in various non-professional tournaments for many years.
Following the victory at the IGFLA 11-a-side competition in Copenhagen in 2005 and the victory in the local French league in 2006, FC PARIS LUTECE was born from the 1st team of Paris Arc en Ciel in 2008. With 3 teams in the French league, FC PARIS LUTECE has won a local trophy each year from 2008 to 2013. During that time, FC PARIS LUTECE has participated in IGLFA tournaments in Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Paris, Prague…and in the 2013 IGLFA European Championship II in Dublin, where they were Champions in the 6 aside tournament. And 2014 in Cardiff they were runner up – but champions in laughs per minute!
Men and Women’s Club
Federal Triangles Soccer Club (FTSC) is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to promote the growth of soccer and foster a sense of community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and LGBT-friendly players.
Recreative Sports Group FemSlam is at first aimed toward lesbians, bisexual and trans women, not concerning their age and physical capabilities, but loving sports and seeing sports group as an opportunity to socialize. FemSlam is the first and only recreative sports group gathering non-heterosexual women in Serbia. Goals are gathering of LBT women in Serbia, fighting homophobia in sports world, empowering LBT women through sports and raising consciousness about discrimination present in sports world. In August 2012, FemSlam was the only group representing Serbia on EuroGay Games in Budapest, winning gold medal in marathon and finishing fourth in basketball. Starting in 2013, a soccer team became a part of FemSlam. Once a week, trainings happen mostly indoors, in closed balloons. Team counts 40 constant members, and is open to receive new ones. A friendly match was held between FemSlam team and the team formed by members of Belgrade’s Communal Police. The soccer team participated in the 2014 PanGames in Copenhagen.
The Football Club Paris Arc En Ciel is a LGBT association founded in 1997, with both mens and womens teams. We are a non-profit organization, which offers an opportunity for members of the LGBT and straight community to learn and improve their soccer skills in a pleasant environment.
The GFC Friends Prague is the biggest gay football club in Czech Republic formed in 2008 by amateur footballers of gaysport.cz who had already been playing football together for many years. Although the club is still young, it already has big success mainly in 5-a-side football where Friends competed in local and foreign tournaments (with huge success from Hamburg, Berlin, Prague or Munich). Since 2012 it has also been participating in the prestigious league called „Hanspaulska Liga“, with almost 1.000 competing teams, it is the biggest and the oldest 5-a-side football league in the Czech Republic. In the past, GFC Friends has also taken part in big events such as the IGFLA Championship in 2008, the World Outgames in 2009, and the Gay Games in 2010. As the name itself suggests, Friends is not only a football club and its fans, but also a group of people who like to hang out together, relax and enjoy life and welcome anyone who likes the same, regardless of sexuality, to join the team.
Halcones (Falcons) Gay Sport Mexico was formed in 2003, becoming the first gay football team organized to play in Mexico. Over time, we have expended to offer volleyball, basketball, swimming and sport tourism in addition to football. The club assists in the comprehensive development of LGBTTTI individuals. We also host an annual Diversity Sport Tournament benefiting hundreds of players and help organize Gay Pride.
The KICKING DEERNS are the new women’s football team of the gay/lesbian sports club Startschuss SLSV Hamburg. The strength of the squad is our diversity: They are between 16 and 49 years old, some are beginners, some are experienced players. Above all, the are united by the joy for the game and great optimism. Opponents have to take care: In the past Underdogs have often caused a stir. And exactly that’s the plan of the KICKING DEERNS!
Men’s & Women’s Club
The „SLS Leinebagger e.V.“, founded in 1992, is one of the biggest gay and lesbian sports clubs in Lower Saxony and managed to become an important part in the life of sports as well as the gay and lesbian community in Hannover. Of the 13 division the sports club has, „mixed football“ is the biggest. Team spirit is most important if you play mixed football, as you actively decide to play with both women and men. Having a unisex football team has been successful for a long time and confirms the belief that sports can unite people of all genders, nationalities and ages. The team does not play in the regular league due to its diversity, but occasionally joins tournaments. The club participates in the CSD every year, the homosexual street festival “Warmfront Festival” and other events by setting up info booths and doing other campaigns to represent the political position of “SLS Leinebagger e.V.”.
LOBOS Mexico is a nonprofit organization whose main task is to practice and promote sporting, recreational and cultural activities on both national and international level. LOBOS also strives to inform its members and the general population of different ways to stay healthy and thereby achieve a better quality of life.
London Titans is an LGBT-friendly football club providing a welcoming and friendly environment for footballers regardless of ability, age, sexuality or gender. The club has experienced a great amount of success over the last nine seasons and we look forward to building on this for the future.
London Falcons are a gay friendly football team formed in August 2006. The squad come from all walks of life and they are not an exclusively gay club. They compete in the London Unity League and the GFSN National Football League which they have won a record three times.
Long Beach Soccer Club, home of the Waverunners, is an inclusive, GLBT-oriented organization. Players of all backgrounds – gay or straight – and of all skill levels are invited to practice and play.
Le Montréal Queer Soccer Club, c’est du soccer dans une ambiance conviviale, pour les personnes LGBTQ+ et allié-e-s.
Montreal Queer Soccer Club is a non-profit, social organization, which provides an opportunity for LGBTQ+ and straight allies to learn and to improve their soccer skills in a relaxed and friendly environment.
The Moscow Minders are a gay friendly international team. Multiple players are from Russia, one from Mexico, one from Paris, one from the surroundings of Bielefeld and one from the wild south of Germany. The 2015 IGLFA Euro Championship was the team’s first tournament. Welcome to the IGLFA Community!
The New York Ramblers are the premier gay soccer club of New York City. The Ramblers host weekly scrimmages and tournaments, as well as participate in local NYC leagues and LGBT soccer tournaments worldwide.
Pan Fodbold er en fodboldklub målrettet mod homoseksuelle mænd, men er åben for alle. Vi er en afdeling af Pan Idræt.
Panamboyz United is an LGTB organisation that was founded by Parisian soccer boys, with an almost equal number of gay and straight members, in order to be part of the Eurogames in Rotterdam in 2011. It has become over the years a notable gay friendly soccer club in Paris with two teams playing both in the French league or worldwide in IGLSF / EGLSF events. The club is affiliated to the French Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation and is a member of Paris 2018 (that will host the XX Gay Games). They are the only club in France playing all their matches with rainbow laces to say yes to diversity. They successfully convinced last year French professionnal football clubs and players to wear rainbow laces during competition in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 (17-20 October 2014), with the official support of the French League (LFP) for the first time in Europe, with this slogan : let’s be proud of our differences!
Men And Women’s Club
Since 1989, the Philadelphia Falcons Soccer Club has developed a proud LGBT soccer tradition in the Philadelphia region. The club brings together adult players of all skill levels for informal weekly pick-up games, organized league and tournament play, and social events with the goal of providing an environment where friendships, fitness, fair play, and fun flourish.
NetRippers F.C. (“NRFC”) is Portland’s only Soccer Club for LGBTQ players and friends, established in 2006 by a group of Portlanders energized to promote the thrilling international sport lacking in our Portland LGBTQ community.
Rain City Soccer Club has eleven active teams including men’s teams, women’s teams, and even a coed team! We have teams for both recreational and competitive players, open LGBTQ athletes and our allies!
Men’s & Women’s Club
The football club „Rosa Teufel“ from Kaiserslautern was founded in 2008 and started with a good mixture of women’s and men’s groups. Those could, more or less, make use of “football” and words like “offside”. A group of younger players, which could indeed play with footballs, developed in time. In 2014, after years of extensive “training”, it was time for them to be put to the test at their first tournament in Karlsruhe – expecting nothing more than having fun and not being sunburnt. After they turned out to be actually successful, they tasted blood and competed in several more tournaments in Mainz, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Berlin.
The San Diego Sparks Soccer Club is a non-profit predominantly gay social organization that provides an opportunity to play soccer in a positive and friendly environment. Leslie Randolph founded the club in 1986 in order to promote active participation and tolerance in the sport of soccer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, handicapping condition, or sexual orientation.
The San Francisco Spikes Soccer Club provides gay men and their allies with opportunities to compete in local leagues, represent San Francisco in tournaments worldwide, and play recreational soccer. We create a healthy, affordable and supportive environment for our members to play soccer at all levels, participate in gay social causes and events, build community, and have fun.
The “SC Sternschanze e.V.” (SCS) is a football club from Hamburg and positions itself gay-friendly. The teams are put together variedly and diversely just like the quarter of Hamburg in which they are based – the “Schanzenviertel”. The Women’s division of the SCS exists for 15 years now and the three corresponding teams are playing in different leagues around the Elbe. From this division, short term teams are formed occasionally to eagerly attend queer football events.
The Wildboys exist for over 10 years now and make up the football division of the gay-lesbian sports club Uferlos e.V. from Karlsruhe. The entire club has over 300 members and was founded in 1996. The Wildboys participated in many tournaments and hold a tournament for gay and gay-friendly football teams every two years. Some players had to commute from Mannheim to Karlsruhe for the practice. After the number of players – and the anger about the traffic – increased, they started their own team in Mannheim in 2012. They rapidly gathered more than 20 players who, under the Name Quadratekicker, joined the gay-lesbian sports club “MVD-Mannheim e.V.”, which also exists since 1996. The Quadratekicker already competed in several tournaments. Despite the split, both teams share a mutual friendship.
Soho FC is one of the UK’s newest LGBTQ friendly football teams. They play 9 a side during the week
in Central London and have training or 11 a side league matches on Sundays in Regent’s Park. They
also took part in small-sided LGBT international tournaments in Paris and Germany last year. Having
a strong social side is an important part of the club too. In 2014 they held football events
collaborating with Fare, Football v Homophobia and the Gay Games.
Stockholm Snipers was founded 2006 and since 2007 plays in a straight league. The team was recently promoted and 2014 plays in division 6 and starts up a 11-a-side second team. Snipers regurarly participates in international tournaments, winning a gold in the 2008 Pan Cup and 3rd in the 2009 Outgames in Copenhagen.
Established in 1991, Stonewall FC is London’s most famous gay football club. SFC provides a platform for openly gay football players of all abilities to play at various levels of competitive football.
The football division of “Team München e.V.” is Germany’s first gay football team, which competes in the official league of the German Football Association (DFB) under the club’s name “Team München”. In January 1994 some football enthusiasts had the idea to form a team and already began training in February. It started out with 5 – 6 players and grew to a size of around 60 members by now. In 1999 different independent gay and lesbian sport clubs united as the club “Team München e.V.”. The “Streetboys” joined the club by 2001 and are now practicing twice a week for their matches in the official C-class league. In addition they are trying to (successfully) compete for all national and international gay football tournaments. The “Streetboys” could celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2014 with wishes from former football players Jimmy Hartwig and Thomas Hitzlsperger amongst many others.
Sydney Rangers FC is Australias’ first and Sydneys’ only gay football club. We began in 1997 as a group of friends coming for a weekly kick around and have grown into a club of 3 winter league teams, running an annual Mardi Gras tournament and Summer Night competitions. We have participated in every World Championships as a team in our own right since 1997.
TRI GAY is a sports project which promotes the following values: Triumph, Respect, Inclusion. Formed by LGBT people and friends, our aim is to be a sexually diverse team who plays in favor of eliminating discrimination through respect, health, culture and community development trough sport, artistic, social, educational, health and communication programs.
We’re a gay friendly football team based in Trowbridge-Wiltshire.
Founded in 2007, the Twin Cities Jacks is the only LGBT soccer club in Minnesota. We field teams in local, national, and international tournaments, host social outings for LGBT soccer fans, promote the sport of soccer to the LGBT community, and educate other soccer organizations about homophobia in sports.
United F.C. Is a competitive, gay-friendly team based in the Fort Lauderdale area. The team was created in 2009 and has successfully competed in gay-friendly tournaments in Europe and North America.
Out for Kicks is Vancouver’s 250-member strong LGBTQ inclusive soccer league, offering co-ed recreational soccer year round to the community.
We strive to reduce the barriers that have kept many queer people out of team sports. Our summer league teams are all co-ed, and we welcome players from all ages, genders and races.
Village Manchester Football Club is a gay and inclusive club based in Manchester that welcomes anyone who loves football. We train on Thursdays. Our first and second teams both play in local leagues on Sundays. We play against gay and straight teams, take part in national tournaments and organise an overseas trip most years.
The football division of the gay-lesbian sports club “Vorspiel SSL Berlin e.V.” is the only gay football club in the German capital. It dates back to the year 1986 and therefore it is one of the oldest football clubs of its sort in Europe. As one of only few gay teams in Germany, Vorspiel plays in the regular league by participating in the championship of the University of Technology. Another weekly event is the open training on Wednesday, which takes place regardless of weather or season. Renowned players are meeting here, and new players are welcome no matter their sexuality, origin, age or skill level. Annually Vorspiel organizes the biggest international gay football tournament in Germany. The team itself likes to compete in different tournaments in Germany as well as abroad.
The West Hollywood Soccer Club, Inc. is a non-profit organization established with an objective to promote the growth and understanding of soccer, and to foster a sense of kinship for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender players, and their supporters.