Indy Premier Soccer Club’s 26th annual Halloween Classic tournament will have a new twist this year.
This is the first time boys’ and girls’ tournaments have been held on the same weekend, said Ben Reimann, Indy Premier director of communications.
There are several sites in the Noblesville and Fishers area being used for tournament play starting Oct. 27 and concluding Oct. 29. The tournament team divisions are U8 (under 8 years old), U9-10, U11-12 and U13-15.
“It’s a huge tournament,” Reimann said. “We have 372 teams participating from eight states, as far away as Missouri. This one will be, by far, the biggest in our history. It’s grown each year.”
There are 227 boys’ teams and 145 girls’ teams. Reimann said officials are expecting more than 5,500 players.
“We’ll have more than 200 referees,” Reimann said.
The United States Youth Soccer Association-sanctioned tournament is open to club travel teams who play a regular season schedule.
Reimann said 1,100 hotel rooms have been reserved for Oct. 27 and 1,500 for Oct. 28.
There is no admission fee for spectators and concessions will be made available.
The sites being used are Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers high schools, HSE
Intermediate/Junior High, Noblesville United Soccer Club, Brooks School Elementary, Cyntheanne Park and McCordsville Sports Park.
Reimann said there are more than 2,500 players that belong to Indy Premier, a nonprofit club based in Fishers and Noblesville. Fishers Soccer Club, Noblesville Soccer Club and Indy Premier Soccer Club merged in 2014.
“We’re an open club, so we have players from all over Hamilton County,” said Reimann, who added that most players come from Fishers and Noblesville.
For more, visit indypremiersc.org