The Swift Current United Soccer Club is ready to host one of Swift Current’s largest youth sporting events in recent years this weekend.
34 boys and girls soccer teams will take part in the Southwest SoccerFest Classic over the next three days. 62 games will be played in Swift Current over the course of just under 50 hours at five fields from Friday evening until Sunday.
14 Swift Current United teams will take part in the 17th annual tournament in eight different divisions ranging from under-10 all the way up to under-18 boys.
The most heated competition promises to occur in the U10 Boys division, the largest single division the tournament has ever hosted. Swift Current will have two U10 Boys teams vying for SoccerFest supremacy.
The U10 Girls division will feature three United teams joined by the Weyburn Mini Red Devils.
The U12 Boys division will feature four teams with two Swift Current United teams in action.
The U12 Girls field will consist of five teams, two from Swift Current, two from Moose Jaw and an entry from Weyburn.
The U14 Div II Girls will host Prince Albert Celtic for a pair of games over the weekend. The United Boys will be one of three U16 teams in action throughout the course of the weekend.
The U14 Boys division consists of the United U14 Boys, the United U14 PSL Girls, Kindersley, and Brandon.
The U18 Boys division rounds out the largest ever edition of SoccerFest with three teams, including the U18 United Boys, fresh off a gold medal result during their tournament debut in Medicine Hat two weeks ago.
The tournament will consist of teams from three provinces with entries from Coaldale, Regina, Kindersley, Prince Albert, Weyburn, Moose Jaw, Meadow Lake, Melfort, Swift Current, and Brandon.
Last year’s tournament, also held on the last weekend in May, was cut short due to heavy snowfall, but tournament organizers are optimistic that more moderate weather and a diverse field throughout eight divisions will result in the most successful SoccerFest tournament to date.
SoccerFest action will begin Friday at 6:30 p.m. and continue all day Saturday and Sunday at the Irwin School and Comp. High School Fields.