It’s no secret that soccer has been booming in the U.S in recent years, even one of the greatest players of all time will be playing in America. For those that love the sport, here’s an event that is a definite must to attend. On July 7th-8th, local soccer apparel company Icarus Football will be hosting the Icarus Cup at Drexel University’s Vidas Athletic Complex.
“Our goal with the Icarus Cup is to celebrate the two things we care about most at Icarus: grassroots soccer and jersey design. We’ve been running the Icarus Cup for three years now, starting with 40 teams and now bringing 80,” states Robby Smukler, founder of Icarus Football.
Icarus Cup is slated to be much more than just a tournament. Guess can expect more of a festival vibe than your run of the mill sporting event. “Not only will the Cup host an 80-team 7v7 soccer tournament, but Icarus will be bringing the festival atmosphere off the field, with an Icarus pop up shop, games, freestyle soccer juggling from @foreignculture, as well as a beer garden by @tworobbers, food trucks featuring Tabachoy, Char, Hummingbird Island and Pom Pom, stand up, live music and a DJ. On top of that we’ll also have an Icarus pop-up shop where people can buy our favorite pieces from the Icarus kit collection,” Robby adds.
The tournament itself will feature 80 teams competing in seven divisions with three open divisions of varying skill levels, two for women/non-binary players, and two mixed divisions. The top open division is for the most competitive teams, but teams can enter at whichever level they feel most comfortable. For those with no team, registration also features a draft where single players can sign up as a “free agent” and be assigned to a team. Every team team receives custom jerseys and each match is officiated by professional referees. Interested teams and players can sign up on IcarusCup.com
“We’ve organised the Cup in conjunction with CASA, who run the largest amateur soccer league system in the region, so they’re helping us to really get the local community involved. We’d just like people to know that though the 7v7 tournament is the centerpiece of the Icarus Cup, but we’d love for people to come grab some food, drinks, shop the vendors and watch some of the footy!”states Robby