PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A handful of high school soccer teams are celebrating the new year with big couple of days, and nights, in Panama City Beach.
Arnold High School is hosting the first annual Florida USA Soccer Challenge, with the matches set to take place at the new Panama City Beach Sports Complex.
"We have six boys teams and four girls teams," Marlins boys coach Jona Hammond said. "It's the first year that we're doing it and we hope that it grows and obviously brings money to Panama City and the beaches, hotels and restaurants, and some of the attractions. Everybody has one game on Friday and two on Saturday."
Coach Hammond adds hosting these games at the new P.C.B. Sports Park makes this even more exciting, with the series of matches taking place at the same spot, two at a time.
"Oh it's awesome you know, J.D. Woods has done a good job of running that complex and getting tournaments there." coach Hammond says. "So we're honored to be able to host a soccer tournament there. We look forward to it, it's definitely helpful for everybody involved. For us as a high school, for the other teams that are looking for games around this time. And for the community, it brings money."
The girls lineup includes Arnold, Bay, Mosley, and Choctawhatchee. The boys side features six teams: Arnold, Bay, Leon, Mosley, Niceville (ranked No. 3 in the nation by MaxPreps), and North Bay Haven.
Matches begin at 3 Friday and continue at 5 and 7. Saturday's slate starts at 8 a.m. and continues through 5 p.m.
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