09/07/2016 12:27 EDT | Updated 09/07/2016 12:30 EDT

Syrian Refugees Play Soccer With Calgary Police

This is why they call soccer the beautiful game.

Language barriers didn't stop Calgary police officers and Syrian refugees from facing off in a friendly soccer match on Monday.

"It is kind of a welcome to Canada and a discussion of how, in this case, what we have in common is a love of the game," Sgt. Graeme Smiley told CBC News.

The Syrian Soccer Sons team is made up of boys aged 10 to 19 who practice a few times each week.

"... what we have in common is a love of the game."

Some of the players were sitting in refugee camps just a few months ago.

“This is not a field of soccer,” said Sam Nammoura of the Calgary Syrian Refugee Support Group to Global News. “This is a field of dreams.”

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Members of the Syrian Soccer Sons practice in advance of Monday's soccer game in Calgary. (Photo: Sam Nammoura)

The game was played ahead of the North American Police Soccer Tournament, taking place from Sept. 7 to 9 in Calgary. The Calgary Police Service Diversity Resource Team came up with the idea for the practice match as a way to engage the community.

“Sport has an incredible ability to bring people together,” Const. Kelly Mergen said in a release. “It’s a place people from all communities can find common ground.”

The game ended in a 4-4 tie, Metro News reported.

Watch a video of the game above.

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