It’s been a wild week in the media for New England Beach Soccer. Following our featured article in The Boston Sunday Globe, we were also featured in our local paper “The Gloucester Daily Times”. I’ve been receiving the times at my doorstep since I was in elementary school and I have come to the realization that no matter how old you get, it is still a special feeling to be mentioned in The Gloucester Daily Times. Give it a read by clicking the link below.
The Gloucester Daily Times: Nick Curcuru
June 7, 2012
There are several unique sporting events in Gloucester that represent the city’s character such as the Greasy Pole and the Blackburn Challenge. City residents Joe LaRocca and Mike Torres are hoping that the New England Beach Soccer Cup can be added to that list in the future.
LaRocca and Torres, 23 and 24 years old respectively and both 2006 Gloucester High School graduates, started the outdoor beach soccer tournament in 2010 as a trial run, and next Saturday, June 16, the tournament will back at Good Harbor Beach (9:00 a.m.) and revamped.
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The Boston Globe: John Vellante
June 3, 2012
Soccer on the sand coming to Gloucester
A few were born and raised here; others played their high school soccer here. Many others moved on, but will be returning in two weeks for a grand reunion of sorts for old time’s sake.
They will flock back to participate in the third annual New England Beach Soccer Cup on the sand of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester. Games are scheduled for June 16-17, runing from 9 a.m. until dusk. It’s a 5-on-5 (plus goaltenders) round-robin tournament featuring 12 teams — most from Gloucester, but others from Southern New Hampshire University, Saint Anselm College, Endicott College, and Salem State University.
Today we are introducing a new segment to the website called “Tournament Talk”. Tournament Talk are short question answer segments with different players and contributors to The New England Beach Soccer Cup. Our first interview was with Luke Cosgrove of JellyFish FC. Check out what Luke had to say by hitting play on the media player above. Enjoy!
Many participants will be completely new to beach soccer and thus, unfamiliar with the set of rules pertaining to the game. Beach soccer has a very diverse set of rules compared to a traditional 11v11 soccer. Before your team begins training for this year’s event, I think it might be beneficial to read through this list of beach soccer rules and regulations. In my past experience, it is the team that is most familiar with the new set of rules that benefits the most because they are able to use certain rules and regulations to the teams advantage. Hope this serves you well. http://www.nebeachsoccer.com/cup/rules
When we started organizing the first tournament two years ago, our vision was solely to give the soccer community something new to enjoy. It was a way to meet with friends, hang out under the sun and play the game that we all love. Our first tournament was made up of local players enjoying the chance to catch up and unite in the game that brought everyone together in the first place.
Over the years, we have developed the tournament into a very special and highly anticipated event. Our tournament has received national recognition for bringing a new, exciting form of entertainment to the area. This year’s tournament is made up of teams traveling from all over New England to compete in the most unique soccer tournament in the region. We have teams made up of collegiate athletes, former competitive players, Club teams from the area, and former friends and teammates coming together to test their skills on the beach.
No matter how competitive the tournament gets or however much it grows in the future, the mission always remains the same. The tournament is meant to give the soccer community something to celebrate and come together for. I welcome all fans of the game to come down to Good Harbor Beach on June 16th and 17th to take part in the event. Participating or spectating, there will be something for every fan to enjoy.