By Dirk Smith, M.Sc, SDL (He/Him)
After the decision to pull the 2022 IGLFA Championships out of the 2022 Gay Games in Hong Kong (now postponed to 2023), the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association announced that, for their 30th anniversary, they will host the organizations first ever multi-continent championship event to be held in 2022.
The decision to host the multi-continental event comes from the indecision following two very strong bids to host the 2022 championship event. Submitted by both Washington DC and Sydney, Australia, the IGLFA selection committee decided to award the championships to both cities. In the normal championships, two divisions of football are contested, the 7×7 (seven athletes per team playing on the field) and the 11×11 (11 athletes per team playing on the field).
Most importantly is that players and teams will still be able to participate in both events as the 7×7 tournament will be held in Washington DC in June of 2022 and the 11×11 tournament will be held in Sydney, Australia in February 2023. The 11×11 tournament in Sydney is especially important as that date coincides with the hosting of World Pride and the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras, which promises for an exciting time and festive atmosphere.
The last minute bid for the 2022 Championships came after the announcement that the organizers of Gay Games Hong Kong chose to focus on “growing the sport in Asia” and scale down the scope of the tournament. Leading to questions and concerns about the viability of the first Gay Games to be hosted in Asia and ultimately the postponement to 2023. While IGFLA teams are certainly invited to participate, the tournament is otherwise unaffiliated with IGFLA.
For the 2022 IGFLA Championships, registration is now open for the 7×7 tournament in Washington DC taking place in June and the 11×11 tournament registration in Sydney will open later. Find more information at www.iglfa.org
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