NEW YORK (AP) — The World Cup is entering its semi-final stage — not THAT World Cup, the New York City World Cup.
The New York tournament gives soccer enthusiasts a chance to play with an international scope without leaving Riverside Park in Manhattan.
Paul Ribadeneira (rib-bah-dehr-NAYR'-rah) says he first organized the annual tournament in 2010 to give New Yorkers a "fix" in between FIFA World Cup tournaments, held every four years.
The New York tournament has 20 teams, representing countries from all over the world. More than 200 players of various nationalities participate.
This Saturday, France, Italy and Ivory Coast are battling to beat defending champion Chile. The final is Sunday. The winning team's captain gets a trophy. The players each receive a medal and the bragging title of "World Cup" champions.