MLS Futbolito to Tour U.S.
One of the
nation’s most successful grassroots soccer initiatives returns to fields across
America this summer, as thousands of soccer players of all ages and from all
walks of life will again lace up their cleats to participate in the eighth
edition of MLS Futbolito, Major League Soccer’s official 4-v-4 tournament. The
13-event national tour, presented by Panasonic, kicks-off in Miami on Sunday,
May 23, 2010 in celebration of this World Cup summer.
Futbolito, the largest touring Hispanic event hosted by a U.S. professional
sports league, is a series of all-day events targeting the League’s growing
multicultural fan base and hosted by the local MLS team.
Futbolito represents a bridge that connects the soccer community around the
country to our League and our clubs,” said David Wright, Vice President of
Partnership Marketing, MLS. “Entering its eighth year, MLS Futbolito has
become a well-known and highly anticipated event where soccer is celebrated by
the entire family.”
50,000 people, between participants ages 6 to 55 and spectators, attended MLS
Futbolito 2009 across 13 markets from coast to coast. Highlights included
the event in Foxborough, MA, held in conjunction with the New England
Revolution at Gillette Stadium that took place on the same day as the
Revolution’s SuperLiga match against Santos Laguna. This event included a
record-breaking 208 teams, making it one of the most successful MLS Futbolito
events in its history. Each participant was able to play in at least one
match on the grounds of Gillette Stadium, making it an unforgettable experience
for participants and their families. In 2010, Futbolito will once again take
place at Gillette Stadium on July 10.
league broadcast partner, and their popular sports show, “Republica Deportiva”,
Univision’s sports lifestyle program on Spanish-language television in the
U.S., will broadcast its fourth consecutive live annual show from the Miami MLS
Futbolito event to officially kick off the 2010 grassroots series.
legends and TV personalities who have assisted and participated in MLS
Futbolito in the past include former World Cup legends Marco Etcheverry,
Teofilo Cubillas, George Weah, Carlos Valderrama, Mauricio Cienfuegos and
Noticiero Univision’s lead anchor Jorge Ramos.
will continue to work with the League’s community outreach initiative, MLS
W.O.R.K.S., in supporting their initiatives such as Active Bodies Active
Minds, a soccer-centered initiative that provides reading and fitness resources
to motivate and reward children for being mentally and physically fit.
to MLS Futbolito presenting sponsor Panasonic, associate level partners include
adidas, Degree Deodorant, Fox Sports en Español, Glidden Paints, Makita, NAPA Auto
Parts, Pepsi, The Home Depot, Visa, Volkswagen and Xbox 360.
information about MLS Futbolito, visit the event’s official site: www.MLSFutbolito.com. Below is the 2010 MLS Futbolito
schedule, including park addresses, as well as the official competition format
and registration information.
2010 MLS Futbolito
May 23 – Miami
8011 SW 127th
June 5 – Dallas
June 19 – San
Educational Park Dr.
San Jose, CA
July 10 – New England
July 17 – New York City
Meadows Corona Park
111 54th Ave.
July 31 – Chicago
August 7 – Washington D.C.
August 14 – Columbus
1818 W. Broad
1100 W 10th
August 28 – Houston
September 11 – Los Angeles
2200 E. Philadelphia
September 18 – Portland
*Locations to be
confirmed and announced in the coming weeks.
Format and Registration Information
The 4-v-4 tournament
is open to players of all ages, abilities and affiliations. Team rosters can
consist of up to seven players (four field players and three substitutes) and
each team will play in round-robin action, with the possibility of advancing to
the single-elimination championship playoff.
registered for the competition will be divided according to age groups and
competitive levels with winners in each division receiving prizes. In addition
to participating, each registered player will receive a ticket to an MLS match
(in applicable markets), and the chance to win prizes from the sponsors. There
will be $3,000 in cash prizes ($2,000 for first place and $1,000 for second
place) for adult premier.
information on the competitions and events in both English and Spanish can be
found on the official web site for Futbolito: www.MLSFutbolito.com. Teams can register for competitions,
obtain all rules and regulations and learn about the competition dates and
locations. Additionally, interested participants with questions can call
toll-free at +1-888-MLS-FUTBOLITO. The entrance fee is $150 per team for those
competing in the Adult Premier Division and $120 per team for all other