Ocean City Today

Beach 5 Sand Soccer tourney this weekend

By Kara Hallissey | Jun 22, 2017

(June 23, 2017) Approximately 2,000 athletes will participate in the 10th annual Beach 5 Sand Soccer tournament taking place on Saturday and Sunday with 20 fields lining the beach from Dorchester to Third Street.

The soccer players range in age from under 8 years old to adults, with 10 players on each team. They will compete in a two-day event, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday morning with both boys’ and girls’ teams playing until about 6 p.m. on June 24.

“We are a family-owned and family-focused business that loves the game of soccer,” said Angela Lewis, the administrator for Beach 5 Sand Soccer. “We wanted to provide a fun and different experience for the sport.”

The soccer-filled weekend continues on Sunday at 8 a.m. with adult teams competing until about 6 p.m.

Most championship games take place in the late afternoons and evenings.

“It's crazy fun to watch and for anyone who has played soccer on turf or grass will know how much more difficult it is to play in sand with no gear,” Lewis said.

The 200 teams will be visiting from all over the East Coast including North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

In addition, they will be selling specially designed T-shirts, socks, soccer balls and other items on site at the tournament.

In honor of the 10th anniversary, a USA Olympic soccer multi-medalist will be in attendance this weekend, Lewis said.

Beach 5 Sand Soccer teams up with Jolly Roger Amusement Park on 29th Street each year to provide a fun time for families when the kids are not playing in the tournament, she added.

“We do have a special relationship with Jolly Roger Amusement Park,” Lewis said. “They offer our participants and their families a huge discount on park and ride tickets.”

Any soccer players who missed out on this weekend’s soccer tournament will receive another chance to participate. Beach 5 Sand Soccer will be back Aug. 5 for a second tournament in Ocean City. The deadline to sign up is July 1.

Catch this weekend’s events for free on the Boardwalk between Dorchester and Third Streets from 8 a.m. to about 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Visit www.beach5sandsoccerseries.com for more information or to sign up for the tournament in August.


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