NEW YORK (May 3, 2010) – One of the nation’s most successful grassroots soccer initiatives returns to Chester this summer, as hundreds of soccer players of all ages will again lace up their cleats to participate in the eighth edition of MLS Futbolito, Major League Soccer’s official 4-v-4 tournament. The tournament will be held at Showalter Middle School in Chester. Times for the competition will be released at a later date.
MLS Futbolito, the largest touring Hispanic event hosted by a U.S. professional sports league, is a series of all-day events targeting the League’s growing multicultural fan base and hosted by the local MLS team. The 13-event national tour, presented by Panasonic, kicks-off in Miami on Sunday, May 23, 2010 in celebration of this World Cup summer.
“MLS Futbolito represents a bridge that connects the soccer community around the country to our League and our clubs,” said David Wright, Vice President of Partnership Marketing, MLS. “Entering its eighth year, MLS Futbolito has become a well-known and highly anticipated event where soccer is celebrated by the entire family.”
Approximately 50,000 people, between participants ages six to 55 and spectators, attended MLS Futbolito 2009 across 13 markets from coast to coast.
The 4-v-4 tournament is open to players of all ages, abilities and affiliations. Team rosters can consist of up to seven players (four field players and three substitutes) and each team will play in round-robin action, with the possibility of advancing to the single-elimination championship playoff.
Teams registered for the competition will be divided according to age groups and competitive levels with winners in each division receiving prizes. In addition to participating, each registered player will receive a ticket to an MLS match (in applicable markets), and the chance to win prizes from the sponsors. There will be $3,000 in cash prizes ($2,000 for first place and $1,000 for second place) for adult premier.
More information on the competitions and events in both English and Spanish can be found on the official web site for Futbolito: www.MLSFutbolito.com. Teams can register for competitions, obtain all rules and regulations and learn about the competition dates and locations. Additionally, interested participants with questions can call toll-free at +1-888-MLS-FUTBOLITO. The entrance fee is $150 per team for those competing in the Adult Premier Division and $120 per team for all other participants.
Univision, a league broadcast partner, and their popular sports show, “Republica Deportiva”, Univision’s sports lifestyle program on Spanish-language television in the U.S., will broadcast its fourth consecutive live annual show from the Miami MLS Futbolito event to officially kick off the 2010 grassroots series.
For further information about MLS Futbolito, visit the event’s official site: www.MLSFutbolito.com. Below is the 2010 MLS Futbolito schedule, including park addresses, as well as the official competition format and registration information.
Saturday, August 21
Showalter Middle School
1100 W 10th St.
Chester, PA 19013
ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the Philadelphia Union ownership group. It is comprised of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iStar Financial Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher and Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of The Buccini/Pollin Group, Swarthmore Group’s Jim Nevels (Chairman) and Paula Mandle (CEO), and Philadelphia attorney William Doran. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.