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 2015 Global Peace Games were celebrated by many organizations in 25 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 2015 Games.

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

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Registration for the 2016 Global Peace Games is now open!

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News June 2016

  • The 2016 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth are now open for registration. Click here to see the Invitation. Click here to download the Instructions.

News January 2016

  • The Report on the 2015 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth has been posted here.

News November 2015

News October 2014
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  • Global Peace Games are still open for registration.
  • FODEDE Liberia dedicates Peace Games celebration to preventiion of Ebola
  • PLAY for FUN, LEARN for LIFE South Africa participates in Beyond Sport Summit
  • PS Malawi featured in Photography Exhibit at Scottish Football Museum
  • Play Soccer Cameroon opens two new sites
  • New USA program in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Princeton University/Rabin Martin partnership supports research on impact assessment
  • Lattitude International Volunteers work with PLAY SOCCER staff in Ghana