FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Hundreds of soccer players from all over the region will be in action on Saturday, July 6, when ¡MLS Futbolito!™, the official 4-v-4 tournament of Major League Soccer, returns to the New England area.
MLS Futbolito, Major League Soccer’s multicultural grassroots initiative, has been a record-setting success in the New England region, with more than 190 teams competing in past years’ events. MLS Futbolito is the largest touring multicultural event hosted by a U.S. professional sports league, and is a series of day-long events targeting the League’s multicultural fan base.
The highlight of the tournament comes that evening, when the winning teams will be recognized on the Gillette Stadium field at halftime of the Revolution’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
“MLS Futbolito has been a tremendous success in New England and we’re once again pleased to host the event at Gillette Stadium,” Revolution president Brian Bilello said. “Interest grows for the tournament every year, and the competition level increases in every division. It’s a fantastic event for participants and fans, alike.”
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 San Jose, at 7:30 p.m., that evening.
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-San Jose match, and the chance to win prizes from the tournament’s sponsors.
Gatorade and Castrol join associate level partners Allstate, adidas, The Home Depot, Makita, Pepsi, Volkswagen, Xbox and Quaker as sponsors of the 2013 edition of MLS Futbolito.