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Nations Cup return a success

By Matthew Cheung

Published 3:38 PDT, Mon July 25, 2022

Last Updated: 3:40 PDT, Mon July 25, 2022

Richmond hosted the Nations Cup earlier this month. The annual tournament, which was cancelled in 2020 and 2021, was hosted at Hugh Boyd, Minoru, and South Arm parks. 

Nations Cup president Jeff Wilson called the event a “very successful tournament after a two-year hiatus due to COVID.” 

The tournament showcased the soccer talent of people from all over British Columbia, attracting more than 1,000 participants and at least 10,000 spectators. Players were pooled together based on their ethnic backgrounds and/or countries of origin. 

Players from across the province were able to put their skills on display for fans. This year saw some teams repeat as champions and new teams rise to the accession and pull off upsets. 

In the men’s open, Croatia upset the defending champions, India, in a 2-0 victory. In the women’s open, the Canadian team repeated their 2019 results and defeated Italy by a score of 3-1. 

England was able to win in both the men’s over 30 and men’s over 38 tournament by scores of 2-0 and 2-1. Romania defeated England 3-1 in the men’s over 45 tournament, and India was able to defeat the previous tournament’s defending champs, China, by a score of 2-1 in the men’s over 52 tournament. 

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