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Fort Niagara plays host to annual soccer tournament Some of the top youth soccer players in the Niagara Region and beyond will flock to Fort Niagara State Park this weekend for Niagara County's largest and longest running annual youth sporting event. The Niagara Pioneer Soccer League is hosting the 32nd annual Niagara Pioneer Soccer League International Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Niagara State Park. The venue is one of the best for a tournament as it features 20 fields 12 full size, five mid size and three small size. The NPSL is a non profit organization thats mission is to foster the development of youth soccer in the Niagara Region of Western New York. This event nike huarache ultra is its major fundraiser which helps it support its house and travel leagues that serve about 800 young athletes in the Niagara area. Over the two days, Tournament Director Chris Woods and the NPSL are figuring the tournament will bring in about $1 million to the Niagara area through hotels, restaurants and the tournament itself. Of the 160 teams competing, 139 are from New York, including 23 Niagara Pioneer teams along with others from Lockport, Wilson, Grand Island, Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. Over 2,850 boys and girls from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and nike oregon project Ontario will all be competing for the crown in nine age groups from under 10 to under 19. "It provides great competition and you get to play a lot of teams that you don't normally play in your league," Woods said. ". In one half, we're definitely trying to nike training shoes promote soccer and the other half it gives us the opportunity to bring in those club level teams to the tournament where you get to play teams that you don't get to play week in and week out." The tournament has enjoyed continued success because of the great venue. Fort Niagara State Park offers much more than soccer for the teams and their families to do. "We have all 20 fields at one centralized location. So, we have the ability to put on and host all 160 teams at one centralized location," Woods said. ". It's a fun, family event. We have the Fort here with the pool, Old Fort Niagara, the ability to come and stay and picnic. . "It allows us that one stop shop. . . We have that one centralized location." Spectators are welcome to head out and watch as some of the top young athletes take to the pitch. The experience is one soccer fans will seldom get the chance to enjoy.