The Rainbow Project are proud to be holding two football tournaments to raise awareness of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia in sport.


As part of the 2017 Belfast Pride Festival, The Rainbow Project, kindly sponsored by CPL Recruitment, brought Football vs Homophobia to Belfast after its overwhelming success at Foyle Pride 2016. Football vs Homophobia is an international initiative to encourage participation in football and to oppose homophobia and transphobia at all levels of the sport – from grassroots to top flight professional clubs.

Fourteen teams took part in a 6 a side tournament held in Seaview Stadium, North Belfast on Sunday 30th July.

Director of The Rainbow Project, John O’Doherty said: ‘Sport has the unique ability to bring people together and develop a sense of belonging and teamwork. Too many LGBT people feel excluded from participating in sport and so events like Football vs Homophobia give people the opportunities to take part in sport and have a good time while at the same time taking an important stance against prejudice in sport so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game without fear or prejudice or stereotyping.’


The second tournament will be held during Foyle Pride Festival on Friday 25th August from 14:00.  The tournament will take place at Bishop’s Field, Creggan. 

Teams will be six-a-side, playing 10 minute matches.   For the purposes of adhering to the FIFA laws of the game, and due to best practice, there will be a men’s tournament and women’s tournament.  You can choose which category you fit into best.  You must be aged over 16 to participate.

You can register as a single player, and we can assign you to a team (this is pending availability).   Each player registered will receive a pair of our rainbow laces, but if you would like to buy some you can do so here