St. Pat’s Soccer Returns Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The 23nd Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s annual St. Patrick’s Soccer Tournament returns next week with 150 teams and hundreds of players from all over the mid-Atlantic region expected to converge on the resort for the four-weekend event.

From modest beginnings 23 years ago when competition was held in just four divisions, the annual St. Patrick’s Tournament has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and is now one of the largest events of its kind. The tournament attracts some of the best youth and adult soccer programs from all over the mid-Atlantic region.

The 2011 tournament will host over 150 teams competing in 12 divisions and will be held over four weekends beginning next Friday, February 25. The tournament will be held on three consecutive weekends starting February 27-27, March 4-6, March 11-13 and March 18-20. Because the event has grown over the years and the field now exceeds the space the venue at Northside Park provides, a priority system was introduced this year. For more information, contact the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department at (410) 250-0125.