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Buenos Aires hosts World Cup of gay soccer in 2007

The International Gay and Lesbian Football (aka Soccer) Association (IGLFA) named Buenos Aires, Argentina, the host city for the 2007 IGLFA World Championship.

According to the IGLFA press release, the committee considered Lima, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires for the tournament.

It’s a ground-breaking move as it’s the first time the Gay World Cup will be held in a Latin American country.

The tournament takes place September 23-29. It features 11-player teams for both men and women. The committee will likely offer 7-player teams, in order to allow more teams to participate.

“This tournament is extremely important to us,” said Tomas Gomez, IGLFA president and Peru native. “With this outreach initiative toward Latin America we want to developed IGLFA goals and membership into South and Central America. IGLFA is hoping that this tournament will have a positive impact on the future of the gay community in Latin America. We have the support from the Buenos Aires City and gay community, and we are sure this tournament will be different with a ‘Latin Style’.”

The IGLFA’s mission is to “foster and augment the self respect of gay women and men throughout the world, and engender respect and understanding from the non-gay world, through the medium of football (soccer). Additionally we work to establish an international network of football clubs and to promote physical and tactical understanding of the game of football.”

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