The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will once again return to the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW Thursday, August 22nd through Saturday, August 24th. Schedules are now available online at http://www.nationalsoccerfestival.com/
Advance discount tickets can now be purchased at Fort Wayne-area Walgreen's, 800 Degrees Restaurants and Connolly's Do It Best Hardware locations. Tickets can also be purchased on the days of the event at the gate as in years past.
Once again, several top-notch high school and collegiate teams will participate in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. Also, for the first time in the history of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, see a match between the back-to-back NCAA Men's National Champions. North Carolina (2011 NCAA Men's National Champion) will take on Indiana (2012 NCAA Men's National Champion) on Saturday, August 24th.
New this year, at halftime of the Indiana vs. North Carolina game on Saturday night, August 24th, will be the Edy's Ice Cream Quick Scoop ice cream eating contest. Twelve lucky contestants will be drawn randomly the day of the contest to participate. Be the first to finish all of your Edy's ice cream and you could win Edy's ice cream for a year as well as other great prizes from Walgreen's and Lassus Handy Dandy. Find out all of the details and register to participate now at area Walgreen's, Hall's Restaurants, Lassus Handy Dandy locations and Connolly's Do it Best Hardware locations. You must be at least 10 years old to register and participate.
What began in 2000 has now become the nationally known phenomenon of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. What was merely a soccer event has now turned into a full-fledged, grass roots community supported soccer festival. Corporations, foundations, and personal donations are the backbone of the festival. The beneficiaries of the event are the city of Fort Wayne for the national recognition it receives; the area youth for the hands on interaction with the soccer players and coaches from national major universities; the local business people of Northeast Indiana, for the added commerce brought to the area; the area universities, for the added exposure and the average Fort Wayne citizen who knows nothing about the game, but loves to have fun in a family-oriented atmosphere.
Currently, the Shindigz National Soccer Festival has evolved into a true community soccer festival, including youth clinics put on by major university coaches and players, wide ranges of live entertainment, opportunities for youth involvement, food vendors, giveaway prizes, and for the 21 and older crowd, beer tents, all located at the beautiful Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Shindigz National Soccer Festival is honored again, this year, to bring top-ranked college soccer teams, along with highly prestigious high school teams, to Fort Wayne. Due to the great history of the event, Shindigz National Soccer Festival has been recognized nationally as the premier event to attend for pre-season collegiate soccer.