Indoor Soccer Tourney Season In Full Swing

OCEAN CITY- The indoor soccer tournament season continues in Ocean City this weekend with the second round of the new Ocean City Indoor Cup, followed by the opening of the annual St. Patrick’s Tournament next weekend.

For three decades, the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department hosted the St. Patrick’s Indoor Soccer Tournament over four weekends from mid-February to mid-March. The tournament featured around 150 teams competing in various gender and age groups from youth to adult.

This year, however, the format changed, essentially splitting the old St. Patrick’s Tournament into two separate tournaments. As a result, the Ocean City Indoor Cup was created and the opening round two weeks ago featured youth teams ages 10-14. The second round of that tournament, featuring youth teams ages 15-18 gets underway on Friday and will concluded on Sunday.

The old St. Patrick’s Tournament gets underway next weekend and this year for the first time will feature adult teams only. Next weekend, March 1-3, the tournament will feature men’s and women’s teams age 18 and older. For the first time ever, the St. Patrick’s Tournament will feature men’s and women’s teams competing in an open 30 and older format. All of the action will take place at Northside Park.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.