Unity Cup soccer tourney kicks off Friday at Moakley Park

Players from the Irish and Haitian teams posed together for a photo during last year's Boston Unity Cup. Brazil defeated El Salvador to be crowned inaugural champions of the tournament. Warren O'Reilly photo.

Fans who are still hungry for soccer following the conclusion of the FIFA Women’s World Cup can find plenty of action at the second annual Boston Unity Cup, a tournament set to take place this weekend, July 12-14, in South Boston’s Moakley Park.

The Unity Cup, which originated in Philadelphia in 2016 and enjoyed its inaugural Boston event last year, is a city-wide adult soccer tournament meant to capture the spirit of the World Cup by bringing together Boston’s diverse community around a mutual love for soccer. Last year, 16 teams representing 16 countries participated in the tournament. This year, the field has expanded to 28 teams, with players representing several countries with notable cultural enclaves in Dorchester and Mattapan, including Vietnam, Haiti, Cape Verde, Ireland, and Jamaica, among others. This year, a women’s tournament bracket has been added along with the men’s bracket.

The Unity Cup will begin Friday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. with opening ceremonies featuring performances by local artists, followed by kick-off at 6:30 p.m. Play will continue all day Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., followed by a knock-out round on Sunday.

The tournament will conclude with a “Parade of Nations” at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, after which a champion will be crowned in the finals.
This year’s event will also feature a Kids Tournament, as well as Revolution Soccer Events, food trucks, and a festival atmosphere. To view the tournament schedule, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit bostonunitycup.com.