World Gay Footie Champs

By Craigie_B Last edited 127 months ago
World Gay Footie Champs

So - what to do after the Olympic Games? How will we cope when the sport finishes - and before the Paralympic Games get going a few weeks later?

One option is to enjoy six days of international gay football. For the first time, London is about to proudly host the World Gay & Lesbian Football Championships from 24-30 August. "Over 50 teams from six continents" (damn that Antarctica!) will battle it out to decide which country has the best gay footballers.

The bid was originally announced by Sandi Toksvig and Julian Clary, and the bid team went on to secure the championships with the support of the capital's gay community, sporting organisations, as well as Visit London and the former Mayor of London. The whole she-bang is being run by our very own Leftfooters FC, and with 50 teams this means that they have a LOT of matches to organise. There will be separate men's and women's tournaments, each with its own Premier and Recreational League - and qualifying rounds before that. Most matches are in Regent's Park, perfect for a summer picnic.

We'll be reporting on the tense finals which will take place in Leyton Orient's Matchroom Stadium, and talking to the victors and the vanquished, of course. We might also write up the afterparty in Vauxhall, which we understand will be suitably debauched.

Further details of the tournament, including how to volunteer (esp if you talk different languages!) are here.

Image from Leftfooters FC

Last Updated 06 August 2008