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More than 2,500 expected in Gainesville for soccer tournament this weekend

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - Allen Creek Soccer Complex is hosting a portion of the Publix Atlanta Cup, the largest soccer tournament in the Southeast, this weekend. Allen Creek is one of 12 venues throughout the metro Atlanta area hosting the three-day youth tournament, which begins Saturday and continues through Monday.<br /> <br /> "The Publix Atlanta Cup is Georgia Soccer's annual kick-off to the fall soccer season," said Tournament Director Sharron Safriet. "The tournament brings teams from across the Southeast, and this year from as far away as Louisiana, to play competitive matches throughout the Metro Atlanta area over Labor Day weekend. We invite fans to come out and enjoy some great soccer at the Publix Atlanta Cup!"<br /> <br /> Hall County Parks & Leisure Director Mike Little said Allen Creek is expected to play host to approximately 50 teams with over 2,500 players, coaches, referees and spectators. <br /> <br /> "We are expecting male and female athletes, ranging from nine to 19 years old, from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana and Alabama," he said.<br /> <br /> This is the 13th consecutive year Allen Creek Soccer Complex has hosted a portion of the event.
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