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First Ever DC Embassy World Cup Soccer Tournament

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contacts: 
Michael Tucker Jr., (202) 717-4242, [email protected]
Gregory Jackson Jr., (202) 714-9550, [email protected]

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Mayor Bowser Administration and DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) are hosting and producing the first-ever DC Embassy World Cup from June 17, 2018 – July 14, 2018 at Jelleff Recreation Center’s synthetic field (3265 S Street, NW).

Embracing the excitement surrounding the FIFA World Cup, 16 embassies out of the 32 participating in this year’s World Cup have confirmed.  The 16 teams will play a 40-game tournament in a 7-vs-7 format, parallel to the FIFA World Cup and in the spirit of FIFA’s Fair Play.

“This soccer event will highlight the international and multicultural spirit of Washington, DC on a recreation level like it’s never been done before,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. 

The opening ceremony was held Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Jelleff Recreation Center at 3:30 p.m. which included the embassies participating in a parade of flag.  The game of the evening was a competitive match Russia and Uruguay.  Russia was victorious by the score of 4 to 3.  

Teams include:

Group A – Russia, Uruguay, Germany and Mexico

Group B – Belgium, Panama, England, and Colombia

Group C – France, Australia, Peru, and Denmark

Group D – Serbia, Brazil, Switzerland, and Argentina

For more information and the schedule please visit: DPR.events. Follow the hashtag #DCWorldCup on social media.   


About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.