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Northern Michigan University soccer teams-sponsored adult, youth soccer tourneys in mid-July seek teams

MARQUETTE — The men’s and women’s soccer teams at Northern Michigan University were so pleased with the success of a pair of tournaments last year in their sport intended for the general public that they will offer them again this summer.

Their 6-vs.-6 adult coed and 3-vs.-3 youth tournaments will be held simultaneously at the Wright Street soccer fields near the corner of Wright Street and Lincoln Avenue in Marquette over two days in mid-July.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Year 2 of our summer 3v3 tournament,” Wildcats women’s soccer head coach Jon Sandoval said. “Last year was a huge success and we had a great community turnout. We expect an even bigger turnout this year.”

The coed event is open to adults ages 18 years and older, while there will be multiple age brackets in the youth tourney when they are both held on July 13-14.

“After a successful Year 1 and the return of our annual (Superior) Dome tournament this past winter, the NMU soccer programs can’t wait for our next edition of the 3v3 and 6v6 tournaments,” Northern men’s head coach Alex Fatovic said. “With expanded game times and more teams than last year, we expect this to be a fun event for the community along with being competitive.

“I also personally look forward to defending our adult division title,” he added with a laugh, “so make sure you register your team today before divisions lock.”

Registration is available online at the NMU Tickets website at https://nmu.universitytickets.com/, and paging down to mid-July events.

Both tournaments includes three guaranteed games for each team. Registration fee is $250 per team. Tourney schedules till be emailed two weeks prior to the event.

Teams in the 6v6 Co-Ed Adult Tournament can have up to nine players on a team roster, while six are allowed in the 3v3 Youth Tournament. The adult event can include up to 12 teams and the youth tourney up to eight squads in each division.

The youth event has seven divisions — Under-10, Under-12 and Under 14 for both boys and girls, along with a high school coed division, so organizers urge entrants to make sure they are in the correct age bracket.

Once registered, team captains are asked to email cvang@nmu.edu with your team name and roster. Waivers will be sent via email to be filled out and must be completed prior to participation. Event organizers will also need shirt sizes for each player.

For more information, email Chance Vang at cvang@nmu.edu.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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