NIF grantee Kick It Out Israel (KIO) — which has spearheaded campaigns against racism, homophobia, and sexism in Israeli soccer for nearly 20 years — is partnering with the Herzliya and Tel Aviv municipalities, to organize a special soccer tournament next week to mark Pride Month in Israel! Four teams will participate in the tournament, which will take place on June 21 in Herzliya. The event will include local municipal soccer teams as well as multiple LGBTQ groups. Entry to the event is free and open to all.
The matches will be judged by top Israeli referees and attended by major former soccer stars including Avi Nimni, Guy Tzarfati, and Haim Silvas.
Established in 2003 to eradicate racism from Israeli soccer, KIO has broadened its focus in recent years to include combating homophobia, sexism, and other forms of discriminatory behavior.