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!

The 2017 Global Peace Games were celebrated by many organizations in 23 countries. All organizations that sent reports to PLAY SOCCER have received certificates recognizing their participation, and their reports have been included in PLAY SOCCER's summary report. Click here to download a pdf of the report on the 2017 Games.

Download previous reports: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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Download the report on the 2017 Global Peace Games here!

PSNI's new website is now online

  • The new website highlights the USA program, the TRENTON YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE (TYSL) in Trenton, New Jersey.

News February 2020

  • Changes are coming to PSNI and our web site. Click here to read more.

News April 2018

  • Click here to read the PSNI March 2018 Newletter.

News January 2018

  • One World Play recently visited PFFLFL South Africa and has featured them on their site. Click to read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
  • The report on the 2017 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth is now available here. All organizations that sent reports to PLAY SOCCER have received certificates recognizing their participation.

News December 2017

  • PSNI has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the U. S. Soccer Foundation, the national model for sports-based youth development programs in underserved communities. PSNI was one of eight organizations to receive a U.S. Soccer Foundation grant. This grant will fund lighting at the playing field at the Donnelly Homes Trenton Housing Authority in Trenton, New Jersey.
  • PSNI received $1000 from Target's local soccer grant program. The grant will help PSNI provide professional development for its program coaches in its Trenton program and also provides for the purchase of field equipment and gear.

News October 2017

  • USA program awarded a $24,000 grant under the Trenton Health Team as part of the Trinity Health Foundation "Transforming Communities Initiative". Trenton is one of six USA cities funded in this initiative with the purpose of improving policy, system, and environment change strategies as key drivers to improve a community's health. A community health and well-being strategy aims to improve the health of the entire population in Trenton by addressing the community based social determinants of health.
  • Organizations from 23 countries have registered for the 2017 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth.