Shindigz National Soccer Festival Returns for 12th Year

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Chivas of Guadalajara Team to be Main Attraction

The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will once again return to the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW Thursday, August 16th through Saturday, August 18th. Schedules and advance tickets are now available online at , at the IPFW box office as well as at area Walgreen’s and Connolly’s Do It Best Hardware locations.

For the first time in the history of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, a professional team will compete against college teams. Chivas of Guadalajara will play the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. and Indiana University on Saturday, August 18th also at 7:00 p.m. The Chivas of Guadalajara reserve team, made up entirely of Mexican professional soccer players, will put on a clinic and will also be available for autograph sessions throughout their three-day stay in Fort Wayne.

Chivas of Guadalajara, or Club Deportivo Guadalajara, (often simply known as Chivas) is a Mexican professional football club based in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Chivas competes in the Primera División de México (Mexican First Division) and is the most successful club in Mexican football, having won 11 First Division, 7 Campeón de Campeones, 1 InterLiga, 1 Copa Challenger, 4 Copa Oros de Occidente and 2 Copa México titles. Chivas is one of the ten founding members of the Mexican First Division and, along with longstanding rivals Club América of Mexico City, has never been relegated to the second-tier division. Most recently, Guadalajara was the runner-up of the 2010 Copa Libertadores. Chivas is the only football club in Mexico to exclusively field players of Mexican heritage. The team has constantly emphasized home-grown players and has been the launching pad of many internationally successful players, including Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, Carlos Vela, Omar Bravo, Carlos Salcido and Salvador “Chava” Reyes Monteón. The team's three colors (red, white, and blue) symbolize "Fraternity, Union and Sports". The team mascot, as well as their nickname, is the goat or chiva. According to FIFA, Chivas are Mexico's most successful and popular team.

What began in 2000 has now become the nationally known phenomenon of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. What was merely a soccer event has now turned into a full-fledged, grass roots community supported soccer festival. Corporations, foundations, and personal donations are the backbone of the festival. The beneficiaries of the event are the city of Fort Wayne for the national recognition it receives; the area youth for the hands on interaction with the soccer players and coaches from national major universities; the local business people of Northeast Indiana, for the added commerce brought to the area; the area universities, for the added exposure and the average Fort Wayne citizen who knows nothing about the game, but loves to have fun in a family oriented atmosphere.

Currently, the Shindigz National Soccer Festival has evolved into a true community soccer festival, including youth clinics put on by major university coaches and players, wide ranges of live entertainment, opportunities for youth involvement, food vendors, giveaway prizes, and for the 21 and older crowd, beer tents, all located at the beautiful Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Shindigz National Soccer Festival is honored again, this year, to bring top-ranked college soccer teams, along with a highly prestigious Mexican professional team, to Fort Wayne. Due to the great history of the event, Shindigz National Soccer Festival has been recognized nationally as the premier event to attend for pre-season collegiate soccer.

For further information, please contact Terry Stefankiewicz, President of Shindigz National Soccer Festival at 260-750-3967 or terrystefankiewicz(at)gmail(dot)com

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