(Feb. 28, 2020) The 32nd annual St. Patrick’s indoor soccer tournament series kicks off at Northside Park on 125th Street, this weekend.

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The tournament will take place on two weekends, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. at Northside Park on 125th Street.

The first games of the competition will begin today, Friday, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the first matches will start at 8 a.m. 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. This weekend’s event will feature co-ed players 18 and older as well as Men’s 30 and older divisions.

“It’s become a huge tradition in Ocean City with our St. Patrick’s Day tournaments,” Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department Program Supervisor Kim Allison said. “It brings in a lot of people from out of town. We do have a lot of local teams now, but back in the day it really started as a lot of teams from out of town that would come and play here.”

There will be 23 teams competing in two divisions this weekend. Seventeen teams will participate in the adult co-rec division (18 and older), while six squads will battle in the over 30 division.

Every team is guaranteed three games with at least one game in a playoff bracket during the single-elimination tournament.

“It’s exciting … indoor soccer is much quicker of a game than outdoor soccer,” Allison said. “There’s some great competition. We have people from Virginia, we have teams from Pennsylvania and we have teams, obviously, from Maryland and Delaware. There are some good rivalries, there’s some bad rivalries. It’s definitely never a dull moment.”

The St. Patrick’s indoor soccer tournament will resume on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, with games starting on Friday, March 13, as early as 11 a.m. and lasting until 11 p.m. The tournament will end Sunday, March 15, around 4 or 5 p.m.

The event will feature men’s and women’s 18 and over divisions. The total number of teams participating for this segment of the tournament has not been finalized, Allison said.

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

“Most of our teams are sponsored by restaurants or businesses,” Allison said. “So, they’re playing really for bragging rights.”

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

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