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Street Soccer Buffalo

There is an effort underway to establish a street soccer (football) tournament in Buffalo. According to promoter Michael Jackson, unlike traditional field soccer games, the street play incorporates an urban sporting dynamic that ties into cultural significance. “More international refugees are resettled in Buffalo than in any other city in New York state,” Michel told me. “Between 40-50 different languages are now spoken in the city, largely concentrated on the West Side. There is one language that we all understand – the language of “the beautiful game” of soccer.
“On July 20-21, people and cultures from around the world will come together in a celebration of peace, friendship, and diversity, as expressed through the game in its most elemental and accessible form – street soccer. This 4 versus 4 tournament, to be played on two closed-off blocks of Lafayette Avenue, will highlight Buffalo as the City of Good Neighbors, and a great soccer town that is now also a beacon of hope – a City of Light – for people from around the world who have resettled here.
“All tournament proceeds will benefit Concerned Ecumenical Ministry (CEM) – a human service agency located at the corner of Lafayette and Parkdale Avenues. CEM offers programs for children and seniors, and emergency food services for those in need. Through the support of individuals, congregations, denominations, governmental agencies, businesses, and foundations, CEM provides for the needs of many in the community. It’s a place to learn, to socialize, to get help navigating entitlement programs, to eat a nutritious meal, to get emergency groceries.
“It’s a place to matter. It’s a place to make a difference.
“You can register to play by filling out the attached form and mailing it to: CEM, Attn: Street Soccer Buffalo, 286 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo NY 14213-1455. Or, you can register online at For more information, please visit or”

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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