Philadelphians encouraged to show their ‘Love of the Game’ through digital mural

West Philadelphia native Nilé Livingston designed “Love of the Game."
Jeff Fusco

It’s time for Philadelphians to get in the game.

Philadelphia Soccer 2026, the city’s official FIFA World Cup 2026 bid committee, and Mural Arts Philadelphia this week launched a digital mural to encourage local residents to support of the city’s efforts to host matches for the World Cup, and also to give people an opportunity to contribute to public artwork.

Entitled “Love of the Game,” the online mural allows individuals to upload personal photographs that show their passion for soccer, whether as players or fans. The digital mural will accept photographs now through Feb. 28, 2022. If Philadelphia is selected as one of the host cities for the World Cup,  Philadelphia Soccer 2026 and Mural Arts Philadelphia plan to have the design painted and installed. 

“’Love of the Game’ is an inspiring piece of art, which perfectly captures the beauty of both soccer and our great city,” said Philadelphia Soccer 2026’s Daniel J. Hilferty in a statement. “To have thousands of local soccer fans be able to support our bid by being an active part of this digital mural will only further demonstrate to FIFA, CONCACAF, and U.S. Soccer the passion we have for hosting the World Cup in 2026.”

Designed by Nilé Livingston, an artistic force for Mural Arts Philadelphia and founder of Creative Repute, “Love of the Game,” was commissioned especially for Philadelphia Soccer 2026 and recently unveiled at Lincoln Financial Field. According to the release, the design goal for the mural was to capture the vibrancy, agility, focus and wonder of soccer while also highlighting how the international sport is reflective of 21st century Philadelphia, notably in its rich, growing diversity.

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“It is always a privilege for Mural Arts to play a role in the city’s major events, especially those on the international stage. At the very core of Mural Arts is a passion for using the transformative power of art to ensure equal access to resources and opportunities,” said Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia. “We are so excited to launch this digital mural during Mural Arts Month because art, like sports, is a participatory experience. We encourage the entire region to participate in this amazing mural by uploading photos showing how you ‘Love the Game.’”    

“Love of the Game” is now live and accepting photo submissions at Philadelphia2026.com. All photographs submitted for inclusion in the digital mural are subject to review and approval by Philadelphia Soccer 2026 and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Once approved, those submitting a photo will be notified by email of its addition to the digital mosaic and linked to its exact location. 

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