XENIA – The Ohio Galaxies inaugural Thanksgiving Showcase November 27-29 will bring mens and womens soccer together for the first time at Athletes in Action in Xenia.
In the past, the Galaxies have had separate weekends for mens and womens soccer. This year, in an attempt to encourage more colleges and coaches to come see local area soccer players compete at the highest level, Ohio Galaxies Futbol Club (OGFC) members have brought the events to just one three day event.
Each team competing will play one game each day over the three day weekend. There are over 60 teams playing the days after Thanksgiving from states as far away as West Virginia. Many college coaches will be able to see potential college candidates compete in this College Showcase Tournament. Colleges and coaches are represented from states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio. The Showcase tournament is designed to give a quality experience to college coaches so that they can have a good “look” at potential local area college candidates. Competition will be at the highest level offering an exciting experience for players, coaches and spectators alike.
The Showcase is designed to provide participants with the highest level of competition no matter what the Ohio weather brings. All of the matches will be played on state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields.
Mens matches will be played at one of the finest soccer facilities in the Midwest, Athletes in Action. With two full-sized NCAA synthetic turf soccer fields and an interchangeable, fully lit, football/soccer field, the sports complex provides the opportunity to comfortably host the Showcase regardless of weather conditions.
Womens soccer matches will be on the Wright State University campus at the Rinzler Student Sports Complex. This complex is located just minutes from Athletes in Action and features a fully lit NCAA soccer field and an interchangeable turf football/soccer field. Additional womens games will be played at Beavercreek High School. All of the facilities locations and addresses can be found on the Galaxy website, www.OhioGalaiesFC.com .
The OGFC Showcases, both Thanksgiving and Spring, will bring in an estimated total of $2.8 million to local area businesses in lodging, retail, transportation as well as business services and food and beverage. It is believed that the Thanksgiving Showcase will contribute approximately $1 million to the area economy this fall. OGFC President, Nancy Shields believes area businesses will see a substantial boost this upcoming fall and spring because of the Showcase, making the tournaments important events for the area.
Everyone is welcome to see their favorite local area soccer players compete with teams from all over the Midwest.
Womens soccer matches will be on the Wright State University campus at the Rinzler Student Sports Complex. Additional womens games will be played at Beavercreek High School.