The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 30, 2013

Indoor soccer this weekend at KSI Sports

By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer

— Register-Herald Sports Writer

Two hundred boys and girls will gather in Shady Spring this weekend for the second annual KSI Sports “It’s So Shweet” Indoor Soccer Tournament. The event is sponsored by Sheetz.

The tournament will run Saturday and Sunday in the old Shady Spring Middle School gymnasium, which is now home to KSI Sports.

Tournament director John Foster has seen plenty of interest and growth in the game of soccer in the region, especially of the indoor variety.

“Soccer is growing tremendously,” he said. “We just finished our indoor soccer league for the season and had 164 kids come out.”

Instead of the traditional 11 players on the pitch in the outdoor game, indoor soccer utilizes four players and a goalkeeper and possesses a much higher-paced game.

“The game is a lot of fun, it gets really competitive and all are our refs are indoor certified,” Foster added.

The event will feature teams from all over the state.

“Right now we have two teams from Huntington, a team from Ripley, six teams from Greenbrier County, a couple from Fayette and Nicholas and some local kids,” Foster said.

There will be teams for boys and girls U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 and each team has a maximum of 12 players. Entry fees are $125 and teams can register through tonight by visiting

The games will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday and will run through the evening, before beginning again at 9 a.m. Sunday.

“We’ll finish up at four or five on Sunday, just in time for everyone to get home for the Super Bowl,” Foster said.

The champion and finalist teams will each receive a T-shirt. Each participant will receive a coupon good for one made-to-order drink and made-to-order sandwich from Sheetz.