Portland to Host 2016 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship

Portland has secured the bid for one of the biggest LGBT sporting events in the world, the 2016 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship.

Portland, a surprise choice when pitted against a rival proposal from New York, won the bid after an extended deadline and a multi-agency effort to to bring the tournament to the Northwest.
The Net Rippers Football Club, an LGBT soccer club in Portland, were chosen by the IGLFA, after 17 cities originally expressed interest (Full disclosure: GoLocalPDX reporter Annie Ellison is a member of the Net Rippers).

“Traditionally, tournaments have been in bigger cities, with more established LGBT soccer clubs,” said Net Rippers FC President Sammy Rodriguez. “It’s the first big event we are holding and it will give the world a chance to know the Net Rippers.”

The fields were donated, participating hotels nailed down, and partnership letters signed by a team of civic, corporate and community entities including Nike, Travel Portland, Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Parks and Recreation, Oregon Adult Soccer Association, Portland Area Business Association, and CC Slaughters.

— GoLocalPDX, April 3, 2015; click below to view the entire story

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