Event pays homage to U.S.A. and Chicago as second home to many African families; Locally celebrates World Cup in unity


La’Keisha Gray-Sewell



Gregory Nimpson


(Chicago, July 1, 2014) Africa International House, Inc. along with World Soccer League will host a joint Pan-African Soccer Festival on Independence Day, Friday, July 4, 2014 in Washington Park, 5500 S. Chicago, IL. 60615.

Teams representing countries such as Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and more will all take to the fields of Washington Park. This year revives a long-standing partnership between Africa International House, Inc. and World Soccer League.

“This exhibition is our way to celebrate a sport that has its roots in Africa yet has made a global impact, entertaining the world and empowering many athletes beyond their homeland,” affirms Patrick S. Woodtor, founder and president of Africa International House, Inc. “We are proud that AIH has created the opportunity to extend the excitement of the recent FIFA games and present live soccer here on Chicago’s south side.”

As many African families gather on the same day for the annual African picnic in Chicago, this tournament is also a celebration of citizenship for some families who have found a new home in Chicago and other Midwest cities.

“We are excited that Diaspora Africans can celebrate in gratitude with their host country on this anniversary date of sovereign freedom,” states Greg Nimpson, president of World Soccer League. “And to do so in sync with the World Cup games happening over in Brazil adds to the excitement. To see local teams playing with their respective colors representing their nations on such a monumental day will be quite a celebration for players and spectators alike.”

Along with bragging rights, a cash prize will be awarded to the winning team.

For more information or to register contact the World Soccer League, 773.288.0818 or visit

Pan-African Soccer Game Day

When: 9a.-6p Friday, July 4, 2014

Where: Washington Park

5400 S. Payne Drive, Chicago, IL. 60637

Hashtag: #AFAChiSoccer

The Pan-African Soccer Tournament is the first in a series of activities that celebrate the silver anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts Chicago. This year’s African Festival of the Arts takes place August 29-September 1. Visit or follow #AFAChi25 for AFA line-up and general updates.

Fun Soccer Facts:

• According to the 2006 Big Count, a FIFA survey, more than 265 million people in the world are actively involved in soccer.

• Pelé (nee Edson Arantes do Nascimentois) is said to be greatest soccer player of all time. He was listed in Guinness World Records for most   career goals scored in football a.k.a soccer

• 1930: 13 teams competed in the very first World Cup tournament, held in Montevideo, Uruguay.

About Africa International House, Inc.

The mission of Africa International House USA, Inc. (AIH) is to serve as a center that exposes and educates all peoples to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. Our mission is addressed through our flagship program, the African Festival of the Arts (AFA), and through other activities that promote African-based culture.  AIH is an umbrella for linkages and exchanges of people from Africa and the African Diaspora.

Since its inception, AIH has worked to bridge the divides between the peoples of the African Diaspora with its unique brand of cultural programming.  The African Festival of the Arts will be held Labor Day weekend, August 29-September 1, 2014.  We hope you join us for25th AFA anniversary and our many other AIH events this year.

About World Soccer League

The World Soccer League is a recreational league comprised of local teams with players from Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean.