The White Eagles Polish Canadian Sport Association is celebrating 65 years of sport and culture in Calgary with a big soccer tournament this weekend.

Eight teams are taking part in the tournament, which kicked off Friday night at Foothills Athletic Park.

The sports association was started in 1948 by Polish war veterans who wanted to bring the community together through the Polish national sport — soccer.

"The Polish people consider it to be a part of their culture and they identify strongly with it," said Kasia Stevens, one of the tournament's organizers. "A lot of our members have been playing soccer since they were little."

In all, there are about 150 players and 50 volunteers joining in.

Six of the teams are from Calgary and two have come down from Edmonton to take part.

Games run until 5 p.m. MT on Saturday and will resume again at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

The tournament is open to the public and admission is free.