MLS Futbolito returns to Gillette Stadium July 8
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Hundreds of soccer players from all over the region will be in action on Sunday, July 8, when MLS Futbolito, the official 4-v-4 tournament of Major League Soccer, returns to the New England area. MLS Futbolito is being presented locally by MetroPCS.
The New England Revolution will host MLS Futbolito, Major League Soccer’s multicultural grassroots initiative, on Sunday, July 8, at Gillette Stadium. The highlight of the tournament comes that evening, when championship match will be played on the game field during halftime of the Revolution’s match against the New York Red Bulls.
MLS Futbolito is the largest touring multicultural event hosted by a U.S. professional sports league, and is a series of full-day events targeting the League’s multicultural fan base.
“MLS Futbolito has been a resounding success in New England and we’re excited to once again have a partner like MetroPCS supporting the event,” Revolution Vice President of Business Development Craig Tornberg said. “Every year, interest in the tournament grows and the competition level increases in every division. We’re looking forward to another outstanding event at Gillette Stadium in 2012.”
Registration for the New England Futbolito event is currently open at MLSFutbolito.com. Complete tournament rules and information are also available at the web site. Additionally, interested participants with questions can call toll-free at 1-888-MLS-FUTBOLITO. The entrance fee is $150 per team for those competing in the Adult Premier Division, and $120 per team for all other participants.
The teams’ entry fees also include tickets to the Revolution’s match against New York at 7 p.m., on Sunday, July 8.
“Futbolito is an authentic, multicultural grassroots tournament that showcases talented local players in the region. This is small-sided soccer at its best, with a very authentic feel and atmosphere." Tornberg added.
The 4-v-4 tournament is open to players of all ages, abilities and affiliations. Team rosters can consist of up to seven players (four field players and three substitutes) and each team will play in round-robin action, with the possibility of advancing to the single-elimination championship playoff.
Teams registered for the competition will be divided according to age groups and competitive levels. Winners of each division will receive prizes with the first- and second-place teams in the Adult Premier Division competing for $3,000 in cash prizes. In addition to entry into the tournament, each registered player will receive a ticket to the Revolution-Red Bulls match, and the chance to win prizes from the tournament’s sponsors.
The national partners for MLS Futbolito are adidas, Allstate, The Home Depot, Makita, Pepsi, Quaker, Volkswagen and Xbox.