Forty men's teams, eight women's teams and eight under-13 teams battled it out at Soccerfest 2013, the largest intercultural seven-a-side tournament in Europe, which took place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The SARI Soccerfest, supported by Tesco Mobile Ireland, works with minority communities to promote cultural integration and social development in Irish life through sport - tackling racism, challenging discrimination and promoting dignity and respect for all.

The two major highlights of this year's event were the Under-13 final and the fact that we were able to bring five teams from Direct Provision Centres, perhaps the most excluded people in Irish society.

The winners of the Tesco mobile SARI CUP were Galway All Stars who beat Gunner Boys - a team with Kenyan roots - 1-0 in extra-time and Galway All Star's goalkeeper,  Julian Yaho, was awarded Player of the tournament.  

The winner's of the TESCO mobile SARI PLATE were Chinese Reds who beat Phoenix 1-0 in the final.

The Women's tournament was won by St. Catherine's who beat Shelbourne in a penalty shoot-out with Ealish Murray and Amy Kelly scoring the all important spot kicks.

The James Gill Under-13 Fair Play Cup, named in memory of James Gill, a dedicated volunteer with Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) at their annual Soccerfest who sadly passed away earlier this year, saw the holders Lifford FC from Ennis, Co. Clare take on Dublin side Pavee Point for top honours. In what many considered to be the match of the tournament, Pavee Point won 2-1 with their goalkeeper Daniel Kavanagh saving a penalty in the last minute of injury time. Former Republic of Ireland and Arsenal defender John Devine, alongside James's parents Declan and Geraldine, presented the Cup and medals. John now runs the South Dublin Schoolboy League and is always on the look out for new talent.

In the All Stars match Second Captain's Eoin McDevitt went head to head in a battle of soccer tactics with Ireland's Under-21 International manager Noel King. Eoin's team showed all the skills and cruised home 5-2 with boxer Martin Keenan scoring four of the goals.

We would like to thank the following for their support of Soccerfest:
TESCO mobile
The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI)
Football Association of Ireland FAI)
Football For Hope (FFH)
The US Embassy
Lee Brothers
Dualta Woods of Woods Wines
John Rocha

All trophies and medals supplied by Lee Brothers: www.leebrothers.ie


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