Soccer Tournament Looks to Get Kids to the Next Level

This weekend Snap Soccer is giving young soccer players the opportunity to be scouted by college coaches at the first College Showcase on the Coast.

The tournament features both boys and girls divisions in U13 to U19 age groups. The kids will be playing three games in a showcase format in front of about 20 college coaches. Not only will the teams get the chance to play in front of coaches, there will also be a session where they can learn more about the college recruiting process.

              While the event is relatively small, with only about 30 teams expected, the organizers hope this will become an annual event.

“Everyone starts somewhere,” said tournament director John Guidroz. “We want to be able to grow this event in the coming years to really give our young players the chance to continue their soccer careers beyond high school and help their parents learn just how they can help their kids achieve that dream.”

Foley Sports Tourism Complex Director David Thompson said these kind of events are important to the city as they develop create demand.

“By developing a pipeline for young soccer players, Snap Soccer is increasing the demand for tournaments,” Thompson said. “Opportunities for scholarships and the chance to play at the next level opens doors for a lot of kids. That gets parents excited about putting their kids into sports in the first place.”

The event is open to the public. While there is no admission fee there will be one-time $5 parking fee. To learn more about this or any FSTC events, visit our events page.