Desna Cup celebrates soccer and culture in Federal Way

11th annual event runs Aug. 17-19 at Saghalie Park

Desna Cup is back this weekend, celebrating its 11th annual international sports tournament and cultural festival in Federal Way.

The event itself is a hat-trick: three days of community and competition running from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, through Aug. 19, with the festival grand ceremony taking place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Saghalie Park, 33914 19th Ave. SW.

This year, enjoy soccer and volleyball tournaments, live music and performances, a worldly food court, a car show, raffles, a Kids Zone and more. Activities vary throughout the weekend.

Desna Cup 2018 is hosted by Desna Soccer Club, an organization founded in Federal Way. The founders, a group of immigrants from Russia, created the club in 1999 to help local youth prosper by developing soccer, social and sportsmanship skills.

Desna Soccer Club has four soccer teams for ages 7 to 18. The club also produces a clothing line.

By integrating aspects of love, respect and health through soccer, the organization aims to heighten the social awareness in younger generations about the importance of healthy lifestyles. The club also strives to combat juvenile delinquency and promote both physical and personal growth, according to the club’s website at

The word “Desna” derives from the name of a river in Eastern Europe, about 365 miles southwest of Moscow, Russia. According to the club’s founders, the Desna River runs between various countries and regions, uniting people and bodies of water along the way to the sea.

Desna Cup 2018 will run all weekend, starting at 5 p.m. Friday with stage performances and activities beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the tournaments begin at 8 a.m. with stage performances and activities starting at noon. On Sunday, tournaments finals, performances, and activities begin at 2 p.m.