Portland to Host 2016 “Gay World Cup”
The Portland NetRippers have been selected to host the 2016 IGLFA World Championships, sometimes referred to colloquially as the “Gay World Cup.”
The International Gay and Lesbian Football Association made the Portland pick over east coast club the New York Ramblers. The IGLFA now holds world championships every other year, alternating between a standalone tournament and one coordinated with the Gay Games.
A second tournament in a row for the USA is a bit of a risk; the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland only attracted 19 teams while the Cologne games drew 80. Even IGLFA co-president Kimberly Hadley told GoLocalPDX.com, “What’s Portland to someone who lives in Europe?” But Portland is home to LGBT-friendly Nike and LGBT-friendly professional clubs in the Thorns and Timbers, and those should be draws to the Pacific Northwest.
Matches will be held on the banks of the Columbia River in Portland’s Delta Park, and the Oregon Sports Authority has made a financial commitment to complete renovations on the complex.
Congratulations to Portland and the NetRippers on their “gay world cup” host selection!