(June 7, 2019) The 25th annual Sand Duels Soccer Challenge will take place on the beach between North Division and Wicomico streets, this Saturday and Sunday.
“It is amazing to watch teams start out at our youngest under eight division and now play in our adult divisions,” President of Soccer Event Services Kerrie Snead said. “We are lucky to have created friendships with many of the teams we get to see each June.”
The event consists of men’s, women’s, coed, youth and senior divisions. Players range in age from 8-80 years old. Competitions will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Around 800 games will be played throughout the weekend.
“Due to the continued support from the [Town] of Ocean City, our event is something many teams look forward to their whole season,” Snead said. “Our tournament allows both younger and experienced players to develop their talents in a competitive, yet fun environment on the beach.”
Games will be played on 24 fields, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Five hundred teams comprised of more than 5,000 players will compete throughout the weekend.
“This is a great family event that combines soccer with the gorgeous beach Ocean City has to offer,” Snead said. “It’s a good competition but also a fun end to many team’s seasons.”
There are different sections throughout the day. Players who participate in the morning competitions will finish at 2 p.m. New teams will begin at 2 p.m. and play until about 8 p.m., leaving plenty of opportunities for players to explore Ocean City.
“Everyone’s guaranteed three games,” Snead said. “Then, we give awards in first and second for every division.”
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event, a special tournament T-shirt will be available for purchase as well as additional merchandise.
Beachgoers can observe the competitions for free, and a 30-foot soccer ball tent used as headquarters will be set up for any questions regarding the tournament.
Later in the season, there will be the first adult-only tournament held Saturday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information or to sign up for next year, check out ocbeachsoccer.com, “Sand Duels Beach Soccer” on Facebook, or call 443-277-2600.