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Nearly 150 teams expected at youth soccer tourney

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— The ongoing Steamboat Soccer Academy camps will quickly give way to one of the community's largest youth events of the calendar year.

The Steamboat Mountain Tournament brings 150 soccer teams -- mostly from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming -- together for three days of games throughout town.

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Check-in runs from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Mountain Resorts, the headquarters for this year's tournament.

At that point and throughout the weekend, it will be hard to miss the cars and SUVs painted with encouraging words to players and teams.

The championship games in nearly every bracket are Sunday.

The Steamboat Mountain Tournament features divisions for players 10 and younger through 18 and younger. There will be no U10 girls division this year, tournament director Gayle Dudley said.

With construction on an artificial turf field under way, Gardner Field at Steamboat Springs High School is not available this summer.

Instead, games will be played at Emerald Park, Christian Heritage School, Whistler Park, the Ski Town fields, Steamboat Springs Middle School and Strawberry Park Elementary School, Dudley said.

The divisions will be scattered at various venues, but no field is more than 10 minutes from downtown Steamboat.

The Steamboat Mountain Tournament is a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association, one of the largest youth associations in town. The SSYSA works with developmental players, as well as traveling teams.

Steamboat will have more than a dozen teams in this year's tournament.

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