Focus on Play

PLAY SOCCER founded the Global Peace Games in 2001 to promote a global network of children and youth committed to a culture of friendship, understanding and peace. The Global Peace Games are “grass roots” soccer games that take place under the initiative of PLAY SOCCER and are organized by organizations and communities around the world. The Games are linked by common themes and encourage children and youth to share and celebrate the values and skills they learn on the playing field through sport and to find peaceful solutions in their daily lives and communities. The Games take place in the fall of each year at locally scheduled dates around the time of the United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21st). Read the Reports on the Global Peace Games for Children and Youth from previous years to learn how the Games are celebrated in diverse ways in many countries!

Click here to download a pdf of the report on the 2013 Games. Click here to view the report in html format.
Download previous reports: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

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Registration for the 2014 Global Peace Games is now open.

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News April 2014

  • April 6 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to be celebrated in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa at program sites.
  • Malawi and South Africa programs schedule basic training and certification workshops in April for volunteer instructors to learn the 2014 Play for Fun, Learn for Life curriculum.
  • Registration for 2014 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth to open in June.