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Oceanside celebrates beach soccer

OCEANSIDE — The city of Oceanside will host a Beach Soccer Championship event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 15 and May 16. There will also be a free skills clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. May 14 at the Oceanside Harbor stadium where professional players will teach children how to play beach soccer.
The weekend will also include professional beach soccer championship games, samba dancing, entertainment and several food and retail vendors.
“This is a huge sports festival that brings the best youth and adult sand warriors from all over the world including professional players from Senegal, Brazil and Portugal that will be playing for a $10,000 purse and bragging rights,” said Marc Koehler, director of the event.
Last year the soccer championships generated an estimated $1.8 million for the local economy, according to a study done by SDSU business students.
“With leisure travel down, sporting events provide a great opportunity for communities like Oceanside. Parents tend to put their children’s activities first and build vacations around them,” said Leslee Gaul, director of tourism for the California Welcome Center Oceanside.
For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.beachsoccerusa.org.

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