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June 14, 2014

Youth soccer invades Tomato Bowl for annual tournament

JACKSONVILLE —

Soccer teams representing countries from all across the globe have converged upon Brazil for the 2014 FiFA World Cup.

At the historic Tomato Bowl in downtown Jacksonville Saturday youth soccer clubs from most of the soccer-playing communities in East Texas joined a team from Plano for the Jacksonville Soccer Association's Tomato Fest 4 X 4 Tournament, played on eight mini fields drawn off on the Tomato Bowl playing surface.

Teams were segmented by age, with brackets for groups U6 all the way to U14, plus U12 thru U18 Open.

For their hard days work under the hot-Texas sun trophies were handed out to the top two finishers in every division where at least six teams were entered.

The action went rapidly, both on the field and on the clock — each match consisted of two, 10-minute halves.

Many teams, families and friends assembled portable pop up canopies that lined the majority of the perimeter around the playing fields.

But the day was about far more than just soccer for most.

When teams had time for a break from their matches, they made the quick trip out of the Tomato Bowl and onto Commerce Street where the 30th Annual Jacksonville Tomato Fest was in full swing, giving those soccer players and their families a chance to cool off with an ice cold refreshment, or grab something tasty to eat and possibly even do a little shopping.

Viva Tomato Fest 4 X 4 Tournament!

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