Beach Soccer Championships attract international players

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May is the month for Beach Soccer in Long Beach with the inaugural Beach Soccer Championships bringing the best youth and adult players from around the world, including professional players from Senegal, Brazil and Portugal to compete for a $4,000 purse. The action will happen the weekend of May 28-30 at Alamitos Beach in downtown Long Beach. Spectators can sit in the beach soccer stadium and enjoy live entertainment and food and retail vendors.

Openings for youth and adult teams are still available. Teams may register for the Beach Soccer Championships, through May 15, 2010 on the Beach Soccer USA website. The costs are $450, youth; $550 adults; and $650, professionals. The format of play is U8 & U9 play 6v6, all other ages play 5v5.

Originating in Oceanside, the Beach Soccer Championships is experiencing nation-wide growth. Over the past decade, Beach Soccer has journeyed from the beaches of Brazil to the hearts of millions of fans all over the globe. The participation of internationally renowned players such as flamboyant Frenchman Eric Cantona, legendary Spanish strikers Michel and Julio Salinas and Brazilian samba stars such as Romario, Junior and Zico has helped to expand television coverage to large audiences in over 170 countries worldwide, making Beach Soccer one of the fastest growing professional sports in the world and converting it into a major showcase for international commercial opportunity.

The local youth Soccer Club, Beach FC, is the hosting organization. For more information about The Beach Soccer Championships and a schedule of events, please visit the Beach Soccer USA website.

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