WOODS CROSS – The 30th annual Mayor’s Cup kicked off Tuesday to the biggest number of participating teams in the tournament’s history.
Encompassing all ages, some 368 teams with over 5,000 players have taken to or will take to soccer fields across Davis County in what is now the second largest soccer tournament in the state of Utah.
The tournament started Tuesday, Aug. 26 and will run through Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1.
“We’ve had teams come from Utah and Idaho,” said April Smith, spokesperson for Forza Futbol Club. “This year is going to be a big year for the tournament and for the local economy. It’s a great tournament to be a part of.”
Many of the participating teams this year will come from Davis County including Bountiful’s own Forza club. Teams from the Jordan school district, Weber County and Cache County, among others, have also participated in the past and are expected to be playing throughout the week.
“It’s a fantastic tournament and a great opportunity for soccer fans to come out and watch some of the other teams,” said Dave Newman, director of coaching for Forza and head coach of the Woods Cross High School girls’ soccer team. “To have the tournament like this for as long as it’s been held tells you how well put together this tournament is.”
In addition to the tournament will be the annual Speed Kick and Goalie Wars competitions. The speed kick tests a players ball speed against others in the competition and costs $1 for two attempts.
Winners in each age group will receive a $20 Scoreboard gift card. The fastest overall girls’ kick will receive an iPad Mini; the fastest overall boys’ kick will receive an XBOX One.
All of the proceeds from the competition will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Reliance Foundation.
The Goalie Wars will grant goalies only in a one-day competition the opportunity to see if they’re the best overall goalie in the tournament.
The competition will take place on Saturday, Aug. 30. The coach of the winning goal keeper will receive a free registration into next year’s Mayor’s Cup.
A new competition was added this year called On Target, testing a players accuracy on shots.
There will also be a separate, but more fun, exhibition using bubble balls. The bubble balls will have players inside a giant ball playing soccer and is meant for exhibition purposes only.
“The tournament keeps getting bigger every year and the local communities really come out to support their teams, which feeds back into the hosting cities,” Smith said. “We know that this is going to be a successful tournament and we’re supporting some great causes this year.”
For more information visit forzafutbolclub.com/Tournament/index_E.html.