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Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 3:00 pm | Updated: 1:45 pm, Tue Sep 30, 2014.

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One of the most popular youth soccer tournaments in Arizona was born in Ahwatukee Foothills, and continued to build upon its success last weekend at its eighth annual event.

The Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Fest, which took place Oct. 21-23, saw 200 teams compete for their respective titles. The competition has built a reputation outside the state as 43 teams came to town from places like California.

Over the weekend 339 games were played by both boys and girls teams, from division U7 to U18. The majority of the games took place at either Pecos Park in Ahwatukee or at the Tempe Sports Complex.

Alec Gefrides, president of the Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club, said the tournament is always a big boost to the local economy. He said it usually brings up to 7,500 people to the area.

"This is the first year we broke 200 teams, and it is important that we continue to draw teams in from around the state, especially with the economy the way it is," Gefrides said. "Our niche is because we have so many teams, we can match them up with similar skill levels, whereas some other tournaments are nothing but competitive, and some teams will just get dominated."

The Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Fest started in 2004 with just 56 teams competing. With the help of coaches and players of the local soccer club, that number has grown just about every year since. The Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club began in 1999 when 20 teams from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA broke off to form its own organization. They have built a strong following and reputation in Ahwatukee and the Phoenix-metro area in the years since, and now boast a coaching staff that consists of 15 professional coaches from seven different countries. The club also has a strong connection with the Arizona State University women's team, and regularly have players coach younger girl's teams.

To find out more about the Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club, visit www.afscsoccer.org. For more information about the tournament, visit www.ahwatukeesoccerfest.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

 

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