It’s back! The Huntsville Horizon Cup soccer tournament returns after a brief hiatus

The Huntsville Horizon Cup will be held March 26-27 at the Merrimack Soccer Complex. (Huntsville Sports Commission)

Soccer players from all over the south will convene in the Rocket City this weekend for the annual Huntsville Horizon Cup tournament at the Merrimack Soccer Complex. The tournament features teams U9 to U15 divisions to play on 14 soccer fields throughout the weekend.

Last year’s tournament was cancelled due to weather, but Saturday and Sunday in Huntsville are expected to be sunny and dry, giving way to a weekend full of top-notch competition.

Teams from across the region to compete in the Huntsville Horizon Cup

Soccer teams ranging from U9 to U15 divisions will compete in the Huntsville Horizon Cup tournament this weekend. (Huntsville Sports Commission)

The tournament kicks off Saturday at the Merrimack Soccer Complex located at 3501 Triana Blvd SW Huntsville, AL 35805.

Here are some details about the event:

  • 14 Soccer Fields
  • 14 Lighted Fields for night play
  • Fields 1-10 are natural grass fields located on Triana Boulevard.
  • Fields 11-14 are turf fields located on Ivy Avenue
  • Picnic Tables are located close to the concession area and at the north and south ends of the building located on the east side of the complex on Triana Boulevard.

What the soccer tournament means for Huntsville

Last year’s Huntsville Horizon Cup soccer tournament was cancelled, but this year’s event is expected to attract hundreds of youth soccer players to the city. (Huntsville Sports Commission)

Cancelling last year’s tournament was especially tough on the Huntsville Sports Commission, as the city missed out on millions of dollars in lodging, dining and other tourism revenue from the tournament. With hundreds of soccer players and their families in the city this weekend, hotels and restaurants can expect a nice boost as teams from multiple states come to Huntsville.

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