Official World Cup Events Planned In Atlanta

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None - Activities planned for the summer, according to the Atlanta Sports Council.

Restaurant Program In support of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, venues throughout the city will broadcast the games for local soccer fans. More than 50 Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau (ACVB) member restaurants and pubs will participate and distribute information on how soccer fans can show their support to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to Atlanta in 2018 or 2022.

Upon receiving a ‘check,' patrons at participating restaurants and pubs will receive a petition form to sign and show their support of Atlanta and the USA Bid Committee for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup™ bid. Starting June 9, a full listing of restaurants that will broadcast World Cup games and distribute information on how to support Atlanta's bid will be available on Atlanta.net. The program runs from June 11 – July 11, 2010. World of Coke Exhibit The World of Coca-Cola will kick off summer as it hosts the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ exhibit. This June, fans will watch their favorite team compete in South Africa. Now, fans have a chance to join the global celebration and experience this new exhibit as part of their visit to the World of Coca-Cola.

Beginning Friday, June 11 and running through Monday, July 5, visitors to the World of Coca-Cola can experience the excitement associated with the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ through the Coca-Cola 3-D film shown exclusively at the World of Coca-Cola. Fans can capture the moment and by taking a photo taken with Zakumi, the Official Mascot of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and symbol of the spirit of South Africa. Licensed Coca-Cola football-themed merchandise will also be available for purchase to take home and enjoy.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ exhibit is an added element to the attraction and is included in general admission to the World of Coca-Cola. Make plans now to bring your friends and family to experience this one of a kind football exhibit! For more information, please visit www.worldofcoca-cola.com. Cabbagetown Viewing Party The Cabbagetown Soccerfest Committee prepares to hold the only kid-friendly, "green" and "sustainable" FIFA World Cup™ event in the Atlanta area. The festival begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a LIVE showing of the Argentina vs. Nigeria game on a 9' by 12' LED screen in Cabbagetown Park on Kirkwood Ave., followed by the USA vs. England match.

Kids' activities will take place all day long including clinics and camps and skills competitions put on by our partners Georgia Soccer and the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association. Members of our new women's professional team the Atlanta Beat will be present to meet the children.

All proceeds will go to benefit the SOS Children's Villages and the Cabbagetown Neighborhood Association. For more information please go to our web page www.atlantasoccerfest.org. Atlanta International Soccer Challenge Club América will take on Manchester City on July 28, at the Georgia Dome. This soccer match celebrates the second year of top international professional soccer in Atlanta and the first year of the Atlanta International Soccer Challenge. Club América is defending last year's win over AC Milan by taking on Manchester City of the Barclays Premier League. Club América will be the home team for this event.

Tickets and information for this year's match can be obtained by visiting www.atlantainternationalsoccerchallenge.com or Ticketmaster. Group tickets of 10 or more can be obtained by visiting www.gasoccer.org

Event organizers expect that a dozen players from FIFA World Cup™ teams will be participating in the match, including Pavel Pardo and Memo Ochoa from Club América and Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.

The Atlanta International Soccer Challenge is partnering with Junior Achievement of Georgia for this event. For more information, visit www.georgia.ja.org. Pelada The Atlanta Premiere of the soccer documentary, "Pelada," presented by Georgia Soccer and Powerade, will be held on July 8, at 7 p.m. at the World of Coca-Cola. Two players. 25 countries. One game.

Away from professional stadiums, bright lights, and manicured fields, there's another side of soccer. Tucked away on alleys, side streets, and concrete courts, people play in improvised games. Every country has a different word for it. In the United States, we call it "pick-up soccer." In Trinidad, it's "taking a sweat." In England, it's "having a kick-about." In Brazil, the word is "pelada," which literally means "naked"—the game stripped down to its core. It's the version of the game played by anyone, anywhere—and it's a window into lives all around the world.

"Pelada" is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars who didn't quite make it to the pros. Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, "Pelada" is the story of the people who play.

Director Ryan White, a graduate of Chamblee High School and player for Norcross Youth Soccer, will be at the screening and available for a Q&A after the film. For tickets call Georgia Soccer at 770-452-0505.


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