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The wait for Seattle area soccer fans is almost over, in a short time the 4th annual All Nations Cup will begin with an Opening Ceremony hosted by the Muckleshoot Tribe.

On Friday July 14th, just one week after the FIFA World Cup ends, Seattle's own All Nations Cup 2006 will open, beginning the two week long soccer tournament and cultural festival. This year 37 local teams will represent their home countries at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

As representatives of their countries and wearing traditional dress, each team will be welcomed by the Muckleshoot Tribe in the tradition of the Coast Salish Tribes. Following the traditional protocol for acknowledging and greeting guests coming onto Muckleshoot land, the All Nations Cup Opening Ceremony promises to be a moving ceremony celebrating the colors of our area, as well as celebrating our common humanity.

Right after the ceremony, All Nations Cup will begin as Opening Match, Mexico verses Guatemala kicks off in the Stadium. The next day Qualifiers Festival Weekend will continue as fifty eight matches will be played and decided. And it's not just soccer; the Qualifiers Festival Weekend features music, dances, and food around the world, as well as numerous youth activities.

On July 29th the Championship Match will mark the end of All Nations Cup 2006 as one team emerges as the All Nations Cup Champions and the tournament closes with the Closing Celebration featuring Grammy nominated Brazilian musician Jovino Santos Neto and his Band Alecrim.

More information on All Nations Cup Info:

All Nations Cup will be held at the Starfire Sports Complex in Fort Dent Part, Tukwila. (6840 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila, WA 98188)

Participating teams this year include: Afghanistan, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Denmark, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania, Tibet, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Vietnam.

All Nations Cup Detailed Schedule and Admission:

July 14
FREE Opening Ceremony

July 15-16
$5/day Qualifiers Festival Weekend

July 22-23
$5/day Round of 16, Women's Regional, Master's Division, Youth Games

July 25-27
$5/day Quarterfinals and Semifinals

July 29
$10 Championship Games Day

Full Tournament Passes are available for $28
Children 12 and under are admitted FREE to all events

For more information about the tournament, ticket sales or volunteer opportunities, visit  or contact Sister Communities at (206) 267-9000.

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