The Steel City World Cup is a grand celebration of Pittsburgh’s vibrant and growing global community — a story that is shared through cultural expression and soccer: The Beautiful Game.
In early summer of each year, the Steel City World Cup hosts up to 32 teams from 32 countries around the world for one of the most culturally diverse events in the region. Over the course of two weekends, nearly 1,000 players, fans, and volunteers come together for the experience which features dozens of soccer games, food, music, and celebration. The event culminates at Highmark Stadium where the two final teams compete in the Championship Match as part of “Celebration of Cultures” night at the Riverhounds.
The goals of the Steel City World Cup are to:
- Celebrate global and international cultures, diversity, inclusion and The Beautiful Game by hosting a fun and safe World Cup-style soccer tournament and global festival
- Build relationships among individuals and organizations representing Pittsburgh’s vibrant and growing world community and long-time Pittsburghers
- Facilitate cross-cultural understanding and connections that lead to opportunities, resources, and goodwill
The Steel City World Cup Gives Back to Community
A portion of the net proceeds from the Steel City World Cup is donated to Open Field (formerly CameroonFDP), a nonprofit with a mission to improve the lives and futures of youth through sport. Since 2010, Open Field’s global team has engaged more than 3,000 youth in educational soccer programming, mentoring relationships, travel abroad experiences, and cultural exchange in Cameroon, Africa and Pittsburgh, PA. Their innovative approach to Sport for Good empowers youth to be leaders in their community and gain skills to help them succeed on and off the field.