International Gay and Lesbian Football Association

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Referees of IGLFA in the Buenos Aires World Cup.

The International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) is an international organization which was founded in 1992 with the intention of promoting Association Football (known as soccer in the United States and football in most of the rest of the world) in the gay and lesbian community and to promote gay and lesbian football to the world at large.

The IGLFA is an affiliate organization of the Federation of Gay Games, and regulates the association football portion of the Gay Games.


While the IGLFA was formed in 1992, LGBT football teams competed against each other at the first Gay Games in 1982, and an autonomous international championship event was held annually beginning in 1987.

Beginning in 1992, a European-level championship has been held by the IGLFA.

Mission statement[edit]

The International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) shall foster and augment the self-respect of gay women and men throughout the world, and engender respect and understanding from the non-gay world, through the medium of football (soccer). Additionally we work to establish an international network of football clubs and to promote physical and tactical understanding of the game of football.

The IGLFA was founded in 1992 – today, after 20 years, over 80 teams from more than 20 countries from all over the world have become part of this organization.

The IGLFA is no longer an Association who exclusively organizes an International tournament each year, it is also involved in many other activities. This includes supporting local organizations like clubs and teams as well as heading the sports coordination of football at the "Federation of Gaygames" .

Through our “Outreach” program, we have been able to help teams from Africa and Latin America as well as from Eastern Europe to participate at our tournaments.

Board Members[edit]

  • Co-Presidents:

Kimberly Hadley - Referee Flag of Mexico.svg

Steve Nick - United FC Flag of the United States.svg

  • Vice-President:

Gavin Mears - The Sydney Rangers Football Club (Australia)

  • Treasurer:

Paul O'Brien - Dublin Devils FC Flag of Ireland.svg

  • Secretary:

Dennis Fish - Federal Triangles SC Flag of the United States.svg

  • Communications:

Hans Laursen - Long Beach Waverunners Flag of the United States.svg

  • North America Delegates:

John Natale - The Boston Strikers Flag of the United States.svg

Erik Trujillo - Long Beach Waverunners Flag of the United States.svg

  • Latin America Delegates:

Andoni Bello Lanestosa - TRI GAY México 2012 (Flag of Mexico.svg

  • Europe Delegates:

Ed Connell - London Titans FC (UK) Niklas Ek - Stockholm Snipers IF (Sweden)

  • Asia-Delegates:


World championships[edit]

"Los Dogos DAG", champions of Buenos Aires Gay World Cup (2007).

Men's award[edit]

The association is affiliated with the Federation of Gay Games and awards the annual Tom Waddell Memorial Trophy (created in 1988) to the winner of its men's tournament (held as part of the Gay Games in years when that event is held). Winners (and tournament sites) to date:

  • 1982 (San Francisco): San Francisco Spikes
  • 1983: Not held
  • 1984: Not held
  • 1985: Not held
  • 1986 (San Francisco): San Francisco Spikes
  • 1987 (Denver): San Francisco Spikes
  • 1988 (Seattle): San Francisco Spikes
  • 1989 (Boston): San Francisco Spikes
  • 1990 (Vancouver): Los Angeles Suns
  • 1991 (Atlanta): San Francisco Spikes
  • 1992 (New York): San Diego Sparks
  • 1993 (Los Angeles): San Francisco Spikes
  • 1994 (New York): Cream Team Cologne
  • 1995 (Berlin): London Lions
  • 1996 (Dallas): German All-Stars
  • 1997 (Washington): Los Angeles Suns
  • 1998 (Amsterdam): Cream Team Cologne
  • 1999 (Fort Lauderdale): Cream Team Cologne
  • 2000 (Cologne): London Lions
  • 2001 (London): London Lions
  • 2002 (Sydney): London Lions
  • 2003 (Boston): Americas SC
  • 2004 (San Francisco): Florida Storm
  • 2005 (Copenhagen): Paris PAEC
  • 2006 (Chicago): Stonewall FC
  • 2007 (Buenos Aires): Los Dogos DAG
  • 2008 (London): London Stonewall Mens First Division (with the finals being held at Brisbane Road, home of Leyton Orient)
  • 2009 (Washington, DC): London Stonewall - Mens First Division; Seattle Jet City Strikers - Mens Second Division.
  • 2010 (Cologne): London Stonewall - Mens First Division (IGLFA World Championship 19 - GAY GAMES 8)
  • 2011 (Manchester): London Stonewall - Mens First Division (IGLFA European Championship 1)
  • 2012 (Mexico City): Selecction Argentina Futbolistas Gay SAFG - Mens First Division (IGLFA World Championship 20)
  • 2013 (Dublin): Village Manchester FC - Mens First Division (IGLFA European Championship 2)
  • 2014 (Cleveland/Akron): London Stonewall - Mens First Division (IGLFA World Championship 21 - GAY GAMES 9)
  • 2014 (Cleveland/Akron): San Francisco Spikes - Mens Second Division (IGLFA World Championship 21 - GAY GAMES 9)[1]
  • 2015 (Hamburg): Vorspiel Berlin I - Mens First Division (IGLFA European Championship 3)
  • 2016 (Bidding Stage) (IGLFA World Championship 22)
  • 2017 (TBC): (IGLFA European Championship 4)
  • 2018 (Paris): (IGLFA World Championship 23 - GAY GAMES 10)

Women's award[edit]

Women's tournament winners (and sites) to date:

  • 1986 (San Francisco): Team San Francisco
  • 1987: Not held
  • 1988: Not held
  • 1989 (Boston): Team Toronto
  • 1990 (Vancouver): San Francisco Scotts
  • 1991: Not held
  • 1992 (New York): New York Electra
  • 1993: Not held
  • 1994 (New York): Colorado Beaver Trappers
  • 1995 (Berlin): Team Frankfurt
  • 1996: Not held
  • 1997 (Washington): Stochastic Force
  • 1998 (Amsterdam): Team Joost
  • 1999 (Fort Lauderdale): Berlin Magic Pirates
  • 2000 (Cologne): Towanda 2000
  • 2001 (London): Aztec Parma
  • 2002 (Sydney): Amhurst Aztecs
  • 2003 (Boston): Boston Strikers
  • 2004 (San Francisco): SF Spykes
  • 2005 (Copenhagen): Pan Fodbold and the Hilde Brand
  • 2009 (Washington DC): Women Exhibition - Philadelphia Falcons
  • 2010 (Cologne): Hobbergasen Erlangen

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