By Jason Pan / Staff Reporter
New Taipei City will host two days of World Cup Taiwan football next month, in which the international community and overseas students will organize a tournament that will focus on cultural exchanges and friendships, as well as competition on the field.
Eighteen teams will compete in the Taiwan 2022 World Cup on Oct. 8-9 at the Fu Jen Catholic University campus, with teams representing Taiwan, other Asian nations and countries in the Americas, Africa and Europe, organizers said on Thursday.
The motto of the weekend is “One sport, one world,” they said.
Photo courtesy of the Taiwan Digital Diplomacy Association
There would be more than just football action, with the return of the Food and Culture Festival on the sidelines, with stands selling tacos, burritos, German sausages, Turkish meatballs and other international cuisine, along with dancing, music and cultural performances, representing more than 10 countries, the organizers said.
“We want this annual football festival to attract more international attention,” said Kuo Chia-yo (郭家佑), a promoter, at a press conference in Taipei. “Furthermore, playing soccer gives Taiwanese people an opportunity to get closer to foreigners living in Taiwan.”
Diplomats from 10 of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and players attended Thursday’s briefing.
Kuo, who founded the Taiwan Digital Diplomacy Association, said visitors to Taiwan would have a chance to take home fond memories of the games and friendships made over the two days.
Hopefully, people in the international community studying or working in Taiwan would take “good experiences, friendly encounters, and interesting stories about Taiwan back to their home country to tell their friends and family, rather than just boba milk tea, stinky tofu, or… Mentioning Taipei 101,” she said.
Taiwan Football Development Association director Max Shih (石明謹) said he has been promoting football through his organization for three decades.
Sport is an “international language and a way to meet people from other countries,” Shih said.
“This World Cup in Taiwan is the best way to achieve my goals,” he said. “My organization will contribute in every way to make this year a great success. This way we can share the magic of football and the passion for the game with friends from all over the world.”
Men’s and women’s teams with players from Taiwan, Paraguay, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, Eswatini, Saint Lucia, USA, Italy, Spain and Haiti compete for trophies.
Companies such as Sportcast, ETtoday and PTS will broadcast the games in Taiwan and abroad.
Tickets for the event can be sold at the entrance or online at www.accupass.com/go/worldcuptaiwan2022.
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