Oceanside was alive this past weekend with the glory of beach soccer.
The Coop Beach Soccer Championship’s 6th annual tournament celebrates the best of soccer and the beach. The event took place last weekend and soccer fans were treated to great pro beach soccer as kids delighted in a fun competition to become the 2011 champions.
The additional bonus? The local Oceanside economy gets a huge estimated 2 million dollar boost. Tournament director Marc Koehler along with his partners were hands on working hard all weekend to assure a high quality and fun-filled soccer tournament.
With more than 300 youth soccer teams competing on the sand in Oceanside Harbor, the COOP Beach Soccer Tournament was a huge success. More than an estimated 30,000 people came to the soccer event, which featured professional beach soccer teams from as far away as Japan and Portugal. One of the best pro teams at the tournament was from Florida. The local PASL Champions, the San Diego Sockers were triumphant and won their share of matches including the final played against the U.S. Nationals. The San Diego Sockers won 4-3 thrilling the sun-tanned fans as well as head coach Phil Salvagio. General Manager John Kentera was on the sand cheering his team to victory and greeting fans of all ages. Kentera said, "This beach soccer event is great, everyone here is having a wonderful time and the pro soccer is very competitive. It is great to see so many people come out for soccer and to meet some of our fans."
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The Oceanside Harbor is a terrific location with restaurants and shops all within walking distance of the beach tournament, which has its own array of excellent food and fun shopping. Joe’s Crab Shack served up the best hamburgers and coconut shrimp one could hope to ever find on the beach. The event is one of the best in San Diego country. It is a relaxed, fun filled weekend for the entire family.