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Three-day Soccer Event Highlights Rising Talent

Edited by Titus Falodun | 5/30/2014, 12:27 p.m.
The attention of soccer is growing in the capital of the South, and SoccerViza, a traveling soccer combine, will be ...
SoccerViza’s three-day combine event will be held from June 16 to 18 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

ATLANTA – The attention of soccer is growing in the capital of the South, and SoccerViza, a traveling soccer combine, will be held from June 16 to 18 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

Players have already registered and more are invited to register for the three-day event, which will be attended by scouts and coaches from an array of European teams. As usual, the combine roster will be capped at 60 players, with the format running the usual bevy of 9 versus 9 short-sided games, followed by a series of 11 versus 11 games. The low cap on players guarantees every player in attendance will receive a fair share of attention from the observing scouts and coaches.

Located off of the famous I-85 and I-285 interchange, a few miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, Silverbacks Park has a complex of world-class fields and a stadium that can seat more than 5,000 spectators. In addition, the Park played host to the 2013 Soccer Bowl and is used by a host of local soccer teams of all levels.

With this combine being held during the summer transfer window, teams will have the full flexibility that the break has to offer in terms of scouting.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.soccerviza.com.

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Photo courtesy of Monica Nwaigwe Photography.

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