Soccer tourney kicks back up in city
The recent excitement over the World Cup may have kicked up the profile of soccer in the country, but the game has carried a status in the city for close to 30 years.
That local tradition will continue this coming weekend when the Furniture City Classic Soccer Tournament plays out again on fields across High Point.
The event, which traditionally ranks as one of the 10 largest conventions in the city each year, should draw more than 8,000 people, according to the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tournament is estimated to have $2 million impact on the local economy, the CVB reports.
The tournament will involve 120 teams, said David Upchurch, director of coaching for the Piedmont Soccer Alliance. Teams will take part from the Carolinas, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the CVB.
Players range in age from 8 to 18, with boys’ and girls’ teams participating.
“There will be teams from the coast all the way up to the mountains,” Upchurch told The High Point Enterprise.
Games are played at the Phillips Park Soccer Complex, Morehead Field, the High Point Sports Complex and Brentwood Park. The quality of the soccer facilities in High Point, Upchurch said, is one reason that the tournament has been played here for 29 years.
“The condition of the fields is fantastic,” he said. “The city does a great job of pulling it off, and our city government does a fantastic job of supporting it.”
The tournament also benefits the community.
The event raises money for the Piedmont Soccer Alliance to make improvements to the Phillips Park Soccer Complex on Hedgecock Road in northwest High Point. The alliance will sell tournament shirts, with part of the proceeds going toward the Susan G. Komen organization that addresses breast cancer.
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At a glance
• The 29th Furniture City Classic Soccer Tournament takes place Saturday and Sunday. Games begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and wrap up around 5 p.m. Sunday. A full schedule and more information on the tournament is available at: www.psastars.com