(March 1, 2019) The 31st annual St. Patrick’s indoor soccer tournament series kicks off at Northside Park on 125th Street, this weekend.

Competition will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and continue until about 11 p.m. On Sunday, the tournament will start at 9 a.m. and finish up around 4 p.m.

Teams will have two pool-play games, followed by a single-elimination bracket.

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Adult soccer players will compete for trophies and free T-shirts.

The St. Patrick’s soccer tournament series no longer includes youth teams. Those groups competed in a new tournament, held Feb. 8-10 and Feb. 22-24, at Northside Park.

This weekend’s event will feature players 18 and older.

“When it first started it was originally just for youth and it was more of a youth tournament held for local teams on the shore,” Recreation Manager Kim Kinsey said. “It started to expand and we started adding more divisions and we started allowing more teams to come in.”

There will be 16 teams competing in two divisions this weekend. Twelve teams will participate in the adult co-rec division (18 and older), while four squads will battle in the over 30 division.

Teams are guaranteed three games with at least one game in a playoff bracket during the single- elimination tournament.

“We have a great facility here that we’re able to offer indoor soccer for,” Kinsey said. “A lot of people love to come down St. Patrick’s Day weekend and participate in different festivities going around town, so I think it’s a great getaway for them and they get to play a sport they love. It’s a great, healthy experience to have fun.”

The St. Patrick’s indoor soccer tournament resumes on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, with games starting on Friday, March 15, as early as noon and lasting until 11 p.m. The tournament will end Sunday, March 17, at 4 or 5 p.m. The event will feature men’s and women’s 18 and over divisions.

Champions and finalists will receive a free T-shirt and trophies.

There is no fee for spectators to watch the games at Northside Park. For more information, call 410-250-0125.

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