Kootenay Youth Soccer – Mini-World Cup set to kick off

The Cup is on Saturday and includes 18 teams of 9 and 10 year-old football fanatics from Fruitvale, Trail, Salmo, Rossland and more.

Mazzochi Park in Fruitvale will be the unofficial site of the World Cup again this year.

The Mini-World Cup is set to hit the pitch Saturday and includes 18 teams of nine- and 10-year-old football fanatics from Fruitvale, Trail, Salmo, Rossland, Castlegar, Revelstoke and the Boundary all hyped for an exciting full day of soccer.

Clubs are divided into four divisions named after continents. Each team is assigned a country from that continent.

A club’s victory counts towards its continent’s total and the Mini World Cup is awarded to the winning continent.

The pitches are renamed in honour of iconic stadiums – Wembley Stadium, after England’s fabled field, Scotland’s Hampden Park, Stadio Olimpico in Rome and Brazil’s Maracana

Teams are encouraged to dress up and make flags celebrating their country.

The tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. and will wrap up at around 5:30 p.m. with the closing ceremonies featuring the parade of nations

There will also be a concession and barbecue going all day and organizers encourage everyone to come out and support a favourite team and great event.