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Ohio State and Notre Dame face off at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 in preseason showcase featuring all Big Ten teams

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The last two weekends in August, the ShindigZ National Soccer Festival (SNSF) will transform Fort Wayne into a mega Soccerpalooza. This highly anticipated event will feature 20 of the finest men’s college teams in the country, including for the first time, all of the Big Ten Conference teams. The two-weekend extravaganza combines fabulous soccer with an array of music, food, prizes, youth clinics and a host of other activities, all taking place at IPFW’s Hefner Soccer Complex. 

The event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 20, with the Northrop High School Boys’ Invitational followed on  Aug. 21, by the Snider High School Girls’ Invitational and wraps up that evening with St. Francis vs. Indiana Tech and Grace College vs. Illinois Tech Women’s teams.

Aug. 27 begins the men’s collegiate competition where SNSF is very proud to host a three-day showcase of the premier college programs in the nation. Big Ten and other powerhouse teams scheduled to play include: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State, Notre Dame, Duke, Loyola, Louisville, Evansville, Denver and Butler. SNSF and Fort Wayne will also play host to The Big Ten Officials Clinic as part of the Soccerpalooza. Seventy of the top officials in the country will also converge on the city for their annual training and clinic sessions.

Ticket prices, media details and other information can be found on the National Soccer Festival website (www.nationalsoccerfestival.com) and the Soccerpalooza event website (www.FWsoccerpalooza.com). Information regarding the Big Ten Conference can be found at www.bigten.org.

Eleven years ago, Terry Stefankiewicz envisioned a soccer showcase in Fort Wayne, Indiana which would bring in a few well-regarded collegiate programs to introduce high-level soccer to our community. What began as a dream has exploded in to a 48-team, 5-day Soccerpalooza putting the city of Fort Wayne on the national “soccer map”. In 2010, The National Soccer Festival partnered with ShindigZ to become its title sponsor and assist in the continued expansion of the SNSF. The SNSF is a non-profit organization that has not only developed into a nationally known soccer event, but has also evolved into an organization that is focused on community outreach programs, future educational scholarships and the advancement of youth soccer in Northeast Indiana. Our unparalleled success is a true testament to the Fort Wayne community. Local corporate and foundation support along with personal donations and the tremendous volunteer base is truly the backbone of our prosperity.