The Utah Summer Games is excited to announce the addition of a new sport to its competitive line-up: indoor soccer. Given that a large majority of the Summer Games competitions run in the summer months, this spring addition is one of few opportunities for SUU’s students to go for the gold before leaving campus at the end of the spring semester.
The indoor soccer competition will run April 26–27, and given the sport’s growing popularity among the University’s students — as evidenced by the overwhelming success of SUU Soccer’s recent campus Futsal competition — Utah Summer Games Director Casey McClellan hopes Thunderbirds come out in force for one last hurrah before the semester ends.
“Indoor soccer is an thrilling sport and a perfect compliment to the Games,” said McClellan. “We’ve seen its popularity grow within the community and hope it will be a chance to get everyone excited for the main event in June,” The traditional soccer competition is one of the Summer Games’ largest draws for athletes of all ages year after year.
A slight departure from the traditional soccer match, however, the indoor competition will be played on a court with only four players and smaller boundaries.
Competition is open to athletes aged 12 and older and will be comprised of six divisions, determined by age, gender and playing ability are available.
For the Thunderbird set, players who are 17 years or older in age will compete at two levels: intermediate and open league. The open division is for advanced competitors, including current or former college players and former professional players — all of whom are not eligible to play in the intermediate league.
There will also be two youth divisions: 12-13 YO and 14-16 YO.
Excited to join with soccer enthusiasts at SUU and throughout the state, the Utah Summer Games inviting all to register and compete in the inaugural indoor soccer games. Each team is guaranteed three games, and all players will receive a 2013 Summer Games t-shirt.
Other Summer Games competitions that are annually held in the spring rather than summer months include water polo, which will run April 26 – 27.
Online Registration for both events is open through April 17 and is available at utahsummergames.org.
The Games will then open in full-force June 6, with its traditionally spectacular opening ceremonies on June 13. Registration is open for all sports, ranging from wrestling to archery to gymnastics. Other new additions for the 2013 Utah Summer Games are coed volleyball and cross fit — both will be offered in June.
In its 28th year, the Utah Summer Games was first conceived by former SUU president, Gerald R. Sherratt. Today, more than 10,000 players from across the state and its surrounding communities compete in the Games.