Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) March 26, 2007
Enthusiasts and top athletes from around the world are already beginning to converge on Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in a unique sports event: the Valley-Tornado Hall of Fame Classic and International League Championships of Table Soccer (a.k.a. "foosball"). Taking place March 28-April 1st, 2007 at the Riviera Hotel, about 400 of the world's best foosball players will be on hand to compete for the titles, cash and prizes in one of the largest tournaments of the year.
All eyes will be on members of the U.S. National Table Soccer Team and Team USA as they face many top international rivals for the first time since the fiercely competitive 2006 season. Team members and other elite American players will get an early chance to gauge their foosball capabilities against some of their likely 2007 World Tour competition, including world #1-ranked player Frederico Collignon of Belgium.
As an International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) sanctioned event, the top finisher in Open Singles will automatically win an expense-paid trip to the ITSF World Championships Finals in Italy in October, while all participants in Open Singles, Open Doubles and Women's Singles will also earn rankings points towards additional trips to Italy. In addition to tournament competition, the Las Vegas event will also feature announcement of this year's inductees into the Foosball Hall of Fame, and the annual Valley International Foosball League Championships & awards banquet, the culmination of a year of worldwide table soccer league competition.
The competition will take place on Tornado Table Soccer™ tables, made by the Valley-Dynamo division of Brunswick, Inc., and is sanctioned by both the ITSF and the United States Table Soccer Federation (USTSF). With categories for men and women and beginner through Master, the annual Las Vegas tournament is open to all comers. Numerous specialty events are also included such as 15 & Under Doubles, 40 & Over Doubles, Forward Shootout, and Goalie War, with most finals held on Sunday the 1st. There are entry fees for players who wish to compete in an event, but there is no admission fee to enter the tournament room and spectators are most welcome to visit.
Other ITSF 2007 World Tour events in the United States are scheduled to take place in Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Colorado, Louisiana and Texas, while table soccer players from over 40 countries are gearing up for further ITSF competition in Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa and the UK, among others. In fact, this year's 55-tournament, five-continent tour will be the largest worldwide table soccer pro tour ever!
For additional details about the event and the sport of table soccer, please see the following websites:
http://www.vifa.com - Tournament/league information site
http://www.table-soccer.org - ITSF official web site/international rankings/news
http://www.foosball.com - General information about the sport of table soccer
http://www.foosworld.com - Information about players & regional events across the U.S.A.
http://www.ustsf.org - USTSF official web site/U.S. National Team sponsorship opportunities
For more information, photos, or for an electronic version of this release, please contact:
Dave Courington, Promotions Director, Tel: 1-800-248-2837
Larry Davis, Executive Director, USTSF, Tel: 1-563-580-9485