Furniture City Classic set this weekend

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 09:36 PM

Four soccer facilities across the city will buzz with activity Saturday and Sunday.

A total of 19 fields at Phillips Park, the High Point Soccer Complex, Morehead Recreation Center and Brentwood Fields will serve as venues for the 28th edition of the Piedmont Soccer Alliance’s Furniture City Classic, which will include 123 teams from North Carolina and Virginia.

The tournament is open to under-10 to under-18 divisions for girls and u-10 to u-14 classes for boys.

PSA president David Miller said about 70-75 of the teams are in-state clubs that travel from more an hour away, 20 or so are from Virginia and 30 are from the Piedmont Triad Football Club that comprises 13 and up teams from High Point, Kernersville and Jamestown.

Registration began Thursday and continues today. Play begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“One thing that we think that separates this from other tournaments is our fields and facilities,” PSA official and former High Point Central coach David Upchurch said. “The High Point Parks and Recreation Department does a great job to get the fields ready and make them really shine. And then part of the reason for our longevity is our Southern hospitality.”

That sentiment was echoed by Taylor Hallman, a coach for the GRYSA u-18 team from Thomasville, as she registered her team.

“The fields and facilities are some of the best we play on,” Hallman said. “And the officials are decent. We have been at some tournaments where they are really awful.”