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BOSTON UNITY CUP BRINGS SOCCER COMMUNITIES TOGETHER AT CARTER PLAYGROUND

July 8, 2022

Boston Unity Cup, a celebration of soccer that brings communities together, is coming to the historic William E. Carter Playground.

Twenty men’s teams and eight women’s teams will kick off the event with opening-round play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The group phase will continue Thursday night at Carter Playground, a city-owned field maintained by Northeastern. As many as a half-dozen games will be played simultaneously on shortened fields with seven players per team.

Boston resident, Abdillahi (Mash) Abdirahman, poses for photos prior to the start of the Boston Unity Cup, a city-wide adult soccer tournament celebrating Boston’s diverse community around a shared passion for sport, held on Carter Field. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

In all, 21 countries are represented at the free event. The players, ages 18 and older, are drawn from club teams in the Boston community. 

“The requirement is that a majority of the players identify with the ethnicity of the flag for which they’re playing,” says Caroline Foscato, co-founder of Boston Unity Cup. “It’s about using the sport to build camaraderie and community and honor immigrant populations and our diversity. Soccer is a singular language.”

Foscato is president and co-founder of South End Soccer, a Boston youth league that provides free training and playing opportunities to 1,200 kids. The successful investments in diversity made by South End Soccer are very much in spirit with Boston Unity Cup, which is making its return after a two-year hiatus forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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