Chris Ferrell and his Fort Lowell Soccer Sisters team plan on having fun tonight.
A lot of it.
Serving as a head coach for the first time in the Tucson Association of Realtors Shootout, Ferrell and his team will arrive tonight at Fort Lowell Park at 6 for the Parade of Athletes.
The coach said he’s looking forward to the spirited competition of the tournament over the next three days. His team of 8-and 9-year-olds are excited about something else.
“They are geeked up for the parade with the face painting and the wigs and everything,” Ferrell said. “The games will be neat, but most of these girls are more interested in all the other stuff that comes with the tournament and that’s great.”
The three-day tournament offers a little bit of everything for everyone.
Here’s a breakdown:
What it is: The three-day tournament is a staple for the local soccer community.
Now in its 23rd year, the Shootout provides good competition and a fun atmosphere.
“It’s a blast,” said Curt Cannon, the vice president of operations for the Shootout. “I think it’s something teams look forward to playing in all year and it shows when they’re out here.
Who’s playing: There will be 358 teams on hand. Teams age groups range from under-8 to under-16.
Some of the premiere teams in the tournament will participate in the Dick Giebner Highlight Games Saturday at Fort Lowell Park. The first one is set for 9:10 a.m., and the final one will begin at 7:05 p.m.
In that span, some of the top teams in the tournament from Texas, Mexico and New Mexico will play.
When and where is it: Tournament play begins today and runs through Sunday. Games will be played all over the city at 45 different sites.
A full schedule of games can be found at fortlowellshootout.com
“It’s my first year coaching in it, but I’ve been involved in it for years,” Ferrell said.
“I’ve volunteered for years out there. If you’re involved in Fort Lowell Soccer Club like I am, you’re volunteering. That’s just how they roll.”