The IGLFA News Magazine - Issue # 2, March. 2016.
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Issue # 2- March, 2016

"Over 25 Teams Registered!"

August 6-13, 2016

Early-Bird Registration extended to April 15th!

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Manchester United v. Stonewall FC

"Celebrating 25 Years of LGBT Football!"

The IGLFA would like to congratulate Stonewall FC on their 25th Anniversary and thank them for their long standing commitment to both the IGLFA and the overall LGBT football community. We wish them nothing but success and admiration as they compete in this historical matchup with Premier League powerhouse, Manchester United. "To be offered a friendly against a team of the global standing of Manchester United is a huge honour and a fitting way to mark the 25th birthday of Stonewall FC. It is testament to the great strides made by all parts of the LGBT football community in ridding the sport of homophobia, and ensuring it is open for all."- Benjamin Biggs, Chairman- Stonewall FC & Treasurer-IGLFA.

Additional Articles in the News:

Historic LGBT Partnership:

London Titans FC
Queens Park Rangers

Last month, the London Titans FC were pleased to announce the launch of a new community partnership with Championship Side, Queens Park Rangers (QPR). This new Club Partnership initiative will see greater collaboration between the two clubs in both a footballing and cultural sense, as diversity and equality in sport remain firmly rooted within the global and local community.


IGLFA Featured Tournament:
The Bob Whitmore New York Indoor Classic
April 9, 2016

"The Origins & History"
"20 Memorable Years!" 
The "origins and history" of the New York Indoor Classic began in late 1996 when Tom Bindert and Abe Orpilla along with the New York Ramblers Board of Directors proposed the idea of inviting both the Philadelphia Falcons and the Boston Strikers to a small-sided indoor soccer tournament hosted at Chelsea Piers in New York City. In the beginning the tournament began with only 4 teams and 36 players in February, 1997 but quickly doubled to 8 teams in 1998 and tripled to 16 teams by 1999. What most players do not remember is that the tournament was initially called the "Winter Classic" but was changed to the "Indoor Classic" years later when the tournament was moved to the end of March/early April to increase participation. Since 2000, the maximum capacity of 20 teams has occurred regularly including the upcoming 20th Anniversary tournament held on April 9th, 2016 which was sold out in a record 3 days. For 19 years, the Classic has welcomed over 2,500 participates and crowned over 50 champions in both Division 1 & 2.  In 2016, the tournament was officially renamed The "Whitmore" Indoor Classic in honor of the late Bob Whitmore who was one of the founders of both the New York Ramblers and the IGLFA. The IGLFA would like to congratulate the New York Ramblers on such a wonderful achievement and thank all the individuals throughout the years who have graciously contributed to such a successful tournament. 
Contribution by: Tom Bindert 

Tom Bindert & Jim Soriero, Co-Founders & Organizers 
"The thing that has been so memorable about the Indoor Classic are the comments about how much people look forward to coming each year. Not just for the soccer, but for the community too. I think also that the new generations who have gotten involved are really fantastic. Watching people embrace and care about the event is very gratifying."- James Soriero, Co-Founder & Organizer- New York Indoor Classic

Renew your Membership Dues!

The IGLFA would like remind all our clubs', referees' and organizations' that membership dues for FY 2016 are now being accepted and should be paid by; 
April 1st, 2016. 

Please advise... all clubs participating in sanctioned IGLFA tournaments including the World Championship in Portland must pay their dues before competing in these respective tournaments. 

For more information about joining or renewing your membership please click here. For additional inquires please contact our Treasurer



This month, the FTSC Women's Indoor Soccer Cup celebrates their 7th Annual Women's Tournament which began in 2010 as a means to bring a fun and competitive soccer tournament for women in the Washington, DC area.  Originally held at the Rockville Soccer Complex, the annual event hosted 8 teams and eventually grew to 14 teams by 2011. In 2014, due to demand and popularity the Women's Cup expanded to 16 teams and was moved to Dulles Sports Complex. Last year, the tournament hosted an unprecedented 18 teams and on March 20th of this year tournament organizers expect over 250 female competitors to compete for medals in 3 competitive and recreational divisions. Congratulations and goodluck to all the teams, organizers and volunteers that make this tournament such a special event.

After the tournament concludes, the "IGLFA Family" warmly welcomes all women's teams to continue that spirited competition at our World Championship this summer. We hope to see you in Portland!  


Images from the 3rd Annual Women's Indoor Cup




"One World" Event Collapses!


Last month after years of negotiation between the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) both parties failed to reach a long-term agreement to hold a "One World Event" in 2022. This is an unfortunate turn of events considering that both GLISA and the FGG both signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2015 which praised and endorsed the idea of hosting a joint event benefiting the entire LGBT community which included; sporting events, culture initiatives, diversity and a human rights conference.  

Ms. Joanie Evans the current FGG Co-President and former Co-President of the IGLFA stated in a press release, "The Federation and GLISA have developed a very cordial, positive working relationship over the past four years, which made this decision difficult. But given the due diligence we underwent, we concluded such a venture would be ‘High Risk.’ We could not justify the major investment required to launch a new organization now. Doing so would require valuable financial and human resources that could better be spent helping Gay Games 10: Paris 2018 be the best Gay Games ever. The Federation remains open to continue its work with GLISA.“ -FGG
Overall, the IGLFA strongly supports the "One World Event" survey of 2014 which supports 88.7% of the 1,705 respondents stating their overwhelming support for a one world quadrennial event. We hope an agreement can be forged in the near future and urge all parties to come back to the negotiation table. With that being said... the IGLFA is a friend, member, partner and supporter of both GLISA and the FGG. We look forward to working with both organizations to host the next two international football competitions at the World Outgames in Miami, 2017 and then the Gay Games in Paris, 2018.

*Note: At the date of this publication GLISA had not released a statement on the FGG's decision to discontinue negotiations on a "One World Event." 


For more information on LGBT tournaments, events, activities, news articles and membership information please visit us on all our IGLFA Social Media outlets including:

Table of Contents
  1. Welcome! 2016 IGLFA World Championship XXII.
  2. IGLFA Tournament Calendar
  3. 25th Anniversary Match: Stonewall FC v. Manchester United
  4. LGBT Partnership: Queens Park Rangers v. London Titans
  5. Featured Tournament: Bob Whitmore New York Indoor Classic
  6. Renew your IGLFA Membership Dues.
  7. FTSC Women's Winter Indoor Cup
  8. FGG & GLISA "One World" Event Negotiations Breakdown
  9. IGLFA on Social Media
Tournament Calendar
Club Logos
"Over 20 years of LGBT Football."


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