Anyone still depressed about England and all the other home nations failing to qualify for Euro 2008 is being urged to keep next summer’s hottest gay sports event in mind.

The International Gay Lesbian Football Association World Championship is coming to London between 24th and 30th August 2008.

Teams from all over the world will take part in the event, to be held in Regents Park, with the finals to be played at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium.

The organisers behind London 2008 believe that football should be enjoyable for all, free from discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and accessible to people of all backgrounds and all sporting abilities.

Leftfooters FC, a gay football club based in Regent’s Park, are hosting the tournament. They have been working with the Football Association for the past two years.

The FA will provide technical support for the tournament, and will help to recruit match officials and volunteers for the biggest gay sporting event ever hosted in the UK.

Registration is now open for those wishing to register as players, officials or spectators.

There is also the opportunity to get involved with the festival of

football as a volunteer.