ATLANTA (Feb. 27, 2017) - ‘Soccer in the Streets’ announced today the seventh annual ATL Champions League 2017, one of its traditional fundraising events. The tournament, to be held on May 21st, is set to break all previous records, as it is set to grow from 12 to 16 participating teams, with an average of 240 players hitting the pitch.
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“In recent years, we have had to leave interested players out because the teams fill up so quickly, leaving disappointed people on the waiting list. This year we are addressing that and taking it to another level,” said Bill Ford, Event Chairman.
The ATL Champions League sees the city’s most passionate soccer fans, representing fifteen of the most illustrious European soccer teams and our own Atlanta United FC, battle it out for the title both on and off the pitch. Behind the competitiveness and fun lays the most important aspect of this tournament: raising funds to bring soccer to lower income communities while leveling the playing field regardless of socio-economic status. The tournament helps Soccer in the Streets provide sustainable free youth soccer programs that cultivate change, education, and empower children.
Soccer in the Streets provides access and opportunities to disadvantaged children in urban neighborhoods. Using soccer as the medium, the non-profit has instilled healthy lifestyles and positive choices to thousands of children in the metro Atlanta area. With a holistic approach, the organization centers its programs on character development, life skills, mentoring, and employability. Since its establishment in 1989, Soccer in the Streets ensures all children have a chance to succeed on and off the field.
The ATL Champions League 2017 will take place in metro Atlanta, with a special announcement unveiling the location due mid-March. The reigning champions, Atlanta United, are returning to defend last year’s title. Registrations are now open with teams filling up quickly.
To sign up or to learn more about the event visit the ATL Champions League page.