SHINDIGZ NATIONAL SOCCER FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 16TH YEAR

The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will once again return to the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW on Friday and Saturday, August 21st & 22nd. Several top-notch high school and collegiate teams will participate in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. Full schedules are now available online at www.NationalSoccerFestival.com. Advance discount tickets can now be purchased at Fort Wayne-area Connolly’s Do It Best Hardware locations and Soccer Plus. As in years past, tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the days of the event.

Friday, August 21st, will feature Indiana Tech vs. Goshen University and Trine University vs. Anderson University in Women’s competition. Michigan State will take on IPFW while Xavier University faces the Ohio State University in Men’s competition.

Friday also begins the Bishop Luers High School Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Invitational. Saturday, August 22nd continues the High School Soccer Invitational, will feature the local ‘darby’ of Indiana Tech vs. the University of Saint Francis Men’s competition and will culminate with Indiana University vs. Marquette University in the final, showcase match of the day.

There is definitely something for everyone at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will still continue to feature an exciting Midway full of family friendly activities, delectable festival food and informational soccer clinics. On the Midway again this year, will be both Sumo Soccer, Frisbee games and Sky Zone Dodge Ball for attendees to encounter. Make sure that you are a ‘Part of the New Party’ as you participate in this year’s Shindigz National Soccer Festival.

What began in 2000 has now become the nationally known phenomenon of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. What was merely a soccer event has now turned into a full-fledged, grass roots community supported soccer celebration. Corporations, foundations and personal donations are the backbone of the festival. The beneficiaries of the event are the city of Fort Wayne for the national recognition it receives; the area youth for the hands-on interaction with the soccer players and coaches from national major universities; the local businesses of northeast Indiana, for the added commerce brought to the region; the area universities, for the added exposure and the average Fort Wayne citizen who knows nothing about the game, but loves to have fun in a family oriented atmosphere.

Currently, the Shindigz National Soccer Festival has evolved into a true community soccer celebration, including youth clinics put on by major university coaches and players, wide ranges of live entertainment, opportunities for youth involvement, food vendors, giveaway prizes, and for those 21-and-older: a beer tent; all located at the beautiful IPFW west campus of Hefner Fields. Shindigz National Soccer Festival is honored again, this year, to bring top-ranked college soccer teams, along with highly prestigious high school teams, to Fort Wayne. Due to its great history, Shindigz National Soccer Festival has been recognized nationally as the premier event to attend for pre-season collegiate soccer.

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