HUBER HEIGHTS — The 30th edition of the adidas Warrior Soccer Classic, presented by the Kettering Sports Medicine Center, will attract over 500 teams and 300 referees May 28-30 to the Huber Heights area. Last year, the event was projected to have a $9.375 million economic impact on the Miami Valley.
Nearly 550 teams applied to compete in this tournament with the number of teams accepted dependent on the number of fields and referees. Teams will be traveling from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. Tournament Director Carol Maas said that 1,500 hotel rooms have been booked for the tournament each night.
Maas said she believes this tournament to be one of the fourth largest in the country. She said so many team return each year because of a good, centralized location. She said yearly she receives feedback from participants and referees concerning the hospitality of the Warrior Soccer Club and that they enjoy this tournament.
“We just try and make this a good experience for the kids,” said Maas.
The tournament will again be held at five sites this year. This includes 14 fields at Thomas Cloud Park, 14 fields at the 50-acre Warrior Soccer Complex on Fishburg Rd. in its fourth year of operation, 11 fields at the Vandalia Recreation Center, 12 fields at Hobson Freedom Park and nine fields at the city of Oakwood Old River Park.
Games start at 8 a.m. on all sites with the last game starting around 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Finals for some of the younger age groups will be on Sunday afternoon or Monday. The remainder of the finals will be held at both the Warrior Soccer Complex and Cloud Park on Monday.
Visitors to the Warrior Soccer Complex will notice a new four foot high wooden fence recently erected along the road for safety purposes. Maas said the club recently seeded 15 additional acres at the Warrior Soccer Complex that they hope will be ready either this fall or next spring for a possible six fields (6v6 or 8v8) for the younger children.
The Warrior Soccer Club, in existence for 33 years, will have over 25 teams participating in the tournament. Maas estimated that 200 volunteers from the Warrior Soccer Club will be working the tournament.
“We absolutely could not do it without the volunteers and their enthusiasm and their support of this event,” said Maas. “This also allows us to have the wonderful complex that we are enjoying today and are expanding upon. It’s a wonderful legacy for the children and a place to go and for the families because many people have over 29 years have put in a lot of time and a lot of effort into this event. It continues to be a high quality tournament because of that.”
The Warrior Soccer Classic is free for anyone who wishes to watch the tournament.
“Come and enjoy our level of play and watching some good soccer and some kids and families enjoying the activity and celebrate Dayton with all of the teams in town with everyone else,” said Maas.
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