Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror The Parade of Nations officially kicked off the Mini World Cup on Saturday afternoon. Each of the teams from Vancouver Island, and one from Whitehorse, was assigned a country. They marched onto the Cermaq turf field at Robron Park in costumes and carrying the country’s flag.

Campbell River hosted the Mini World Cup of soccer last weekend

The Campbell River Youth Soccer Association successfully hosted the Mini World Cup of soccer over the weekend.

Teams from all over the Island, as well as one from Whitehorse made the trip for the tournament. Each of the 1,200 kids, between the ages of eight and 11 got to play four games with their team. There were referees, but the scores weren’t recorded.

The highlight of the weekend was the Parade of Nations on Saturday afternoon. The teams marched with the flags of the countries they were assigned to represent, chanting and wearing costumes. The Cermaq turf field at Robron park has never been so colourful.

 

Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror Team Libya, one of the U8 boys teams from Campbell River, played team El Salvador from Comox for their first match up of the Mini World Cup over the weekend.

Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror Team Algeria, the U8 girls team from Campbell River, played against team Albania from Nanaimo in their first match up of the Mini World Cup on Saturday morning.

Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror One of the U9 boys teams from Campbell River, team Guyana, played in Pinecrest Park fields in their first game of the annual Mini World Cup against team Pakistan from Comox.

Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror One of the U9 boys teams from Campbell River, team Guyana, played in Pinecrest Park fields in their first game of the annual Mini World Cup against team Pakistan from Comox.

Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror One of the U9 boys teams from Comox marched under the Italian flag during the Parade of Nations at the Mini World Cup over the weekend.