This, the eighteenth edition of Soccerfest is dedicated to the Human Rights body, Frontline Defenders. Frontline Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 to protect Human Rights defenders at risk, people who work non-violently for all the rights enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Since our own foundation in 1997, SARI has used the medium of sport for cultural integration and social inclusion within a Human Rights framework bringing us into association with education and campaign organisations in the areas of Peace, Development Education, Health, Human Solidarity, Public Service provision.

This year, we are proud to host a wide platform of strategic partners who will work interactively with the Soccerfest participants and visitors disseminating information on their campaigns and services.

For the sixth year running, we celebrate ‘Peace One Day' at Soccerfest leading up to Sept 21, the Day of Global Ceasefire and Non-Violence.

SARI is honoured to be selected by Football Against Racism Europe as the coordinators in the Irish Republic for ‘FARE Action Weeks' from Oct 9-23. Operating under the banner ‘Football People', SARI promotes actions that include League of Ireland clubs working with Direct Provision Centres, inter-faith football events and community anti-discrimination initiatives.

Finally, we would like to welcome the members of the Dublin City of Sanctuary who have selected Soccerfest to officially launch their organisation in the Solidarity Space on Saturday at 4pm.