LOCAL SPORTS: Greater Grand Forks Soccer tournament will be revived this weekend
The Greater Grand Forks Soccer tournament has been revived and will hit local soccer fields with approximately 1,300 athletes this weekend.
After the 23rd annual tournament in 2009, the event took a break the past four years.
But it will be back Friday through Sunday at Bringewatt Park and South Middle School fields, featuring roughly 80 teams.
“We had a growth in our club and wanted to bring it back,” said Julie Vorachek, Greater Grand Forks Soccer Club director. “We’ve exceeded our goal of teams for the first year.”
Vorachek said it wasn’t tough to fill the tournament.
“They love the Grand Forks hospitality,” she said. “We have good fields and there’s a lot for families to do in town. We do a lot of traveling to Minneapolis and South Dakota, so we wanted a local tournament and have everyone come to us.”
Teams from Canada, Minnesota and North Dakota — in boys and girls age groups from 5 to 18 — will participate in the tournament that is expected to wrap up before 2 p.m. Sunday in time for athletes and fans to watch the World Cup final.
The GGFSC, which is sponsoring the event, currently has more than 250 athletes and has 12 summer competitive traveling teams.
Grand Forks boys teams to watch, according to Vorachek, are the 11-and-under team that won a tournament in Fargo last weekend and the U18 team that won a tournament in Lakeville, Minn., a few weeks ago.
The top girls teams have been the U14 and U17 teams that both finished second in Lakeville.
Vorachek said the Canadian teams have historically been strong in this tournament.
The event will be held at Bringewatt Park (U8 through U12) and the South Bowl/South Middle School (U14 through U18).