The Sun Belt Conference Women’s Soccer Championship is back at Foley Sports Tourism (FST) October 31 – November 4. The championship has found a home in Foley where they’ve been held since 2016.
The teams participating in this year’s tournament are Appalachian State University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University, Coastal Carolina University, Georgia State University, University of South Alabama, Texas State University and Troy University.
Texas State is seeded first after having been crowned the regular season champion. The University of South Alabama has won the championship the last five years but everyone is looking to steal the crown.
The last two of those titles were awarded on the FST Championship Field. The conference is returning to Foley for a third year because of the excellent facilities.
“It is a state-of-the-art complex that allows our coaches and student-athletes to showcase their talents and compete for an NCAA tournament berth,” said Karl Benson, Sun Belt Conference Commissioner.
The partnership also puts Foley in the national spotlight as all games are broadcast live on ESPN+. However, the city sees a bigger value in more than just the broadcast.
“We value our partnership with Sun Belt greatly, not only because it gives us national coverage, but brings NCAA Division I talent to our community,” said David Thompson, Foley Director of Recreation and Sports Tourism. “These student-athletes inspire the hundreds of girls that play club and high school soccer on our fields year round.”
A number of those teams will be on the FST challenge fields November 2-4 for the Alabama Soccer Association (ASA) State Cup. It’s scheduling that’s intentional, Thompson said, so teams can watch the Sun Belt competition in between their games.
The matches are open to everyone, not just soccer players. Admission is free for the duration of the tournament.
For more information on the Sun Belt Women’s Soccer Championship or any FST event visit our events page.