Soccer tournament brings thousands to West Tennessee

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JACKSON– Competition is fierce at the first ever spring soccer tournament held by by the Jackson Futbol Club.

“We have 85 teams covering several states – Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee,” Danielle Goodman said. Organizers said the Wolves Weekend Challenge is one of the largest tournaments ever to be hosted in West Tennessee. “We have had such a wet spring. Earlier tournaments in March and April have been rained out. So for a lot of teams this is the first tourney they have played in so its pretty exciting,” Mark Greene said. Teams began competition early Saturday morning and are expected to stay until late Sunday evening. Coaches explained there were so many entries in this year’s tournament they had to turn teams down. “Its a lot of fun and we enjoy coming to Jackson,” Dianna Riddick said. Organizers and Coaches both said the tournament is expected to generate money not only for the local futbol club, but thousands of dollars for Madison County as well. “For Jackson and Madison County this is hugely important. 90 teams and several thousands of people, there’s a lot of money being generated for the city,” Coach Clay Hanna said. All 85 teams competing in the tournament are guaranteed to play three games. Jackson Futbol Club said they have more than 350 kids in their program and field around 25 teams every year.

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