PONTIAC, MI — AmeriSoccer USA, LLC and Silverdome operators are â€¨pleased to announce it will host an invitational International Soccer â€¨Tournament at the Pontiac Silverdome on February 4 & 6, 2012.
The International Soccer Tournament to be held at the Silverdome will feature world class football teams from Argentina, Hungary and Mexico to play a championship match at the Pontiac Silverdome.
Event Promoter Pius Oleh, President of AmeriSoccer USA, LLC has been working with the international teams and the Pontiac Silverdome operators for more than one year to plan this match to bring professional soccer to Metro Detroit. Soccer is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in the United States and is the most widely watched spectator sport in the world.
This International Soccer Tournament will feature four international teams to compete in Detroit. The soccer teams are: River Plate of Argentina; UNAM Pumas of Mexico; Ferencvarosi FC and Vasas FC of Hungary. The teams will fly to Detroit for this special match tournament from European matches.
“We are very excited to bring world class soccer tournament play to Metro Detroit,” said AmeriSoccer President Pius Oleh. “As a passionate fan of this world game of football, I am confident the many amateur soccer fans in Southeastern Michigan will want to see this match in-person and we have already received great interest from many soccer clubs and local schools.” Mr. Oleh is the only registered FIFA Match Agent in the State of Michigan and one of 17 in the United States.
The tournament schedule begins with the teams arriving on February 2 â€¨and playing warm-up and practice games at the Silverdome on February 3. â€¨The official game schedule is Saturday, February 4, 2012, Game 1, UNAM â€¨Pumas FC, Mexico vs. Vasas FC Hungary at 2 p.m. Game 2, River Plate FC â€¨Argentina vs. Ferencvarosi FC Hungary 6 p.m Monday evening a championship match will follow a consolation match to be held at 6 p.m. with Invitational Tournament Championship game at 8 p.m.
Some 40,000 soccer fans from Metro Detroit and surrounding areas are expected to attend. Tickets for each day of the match are $30 general admission. A two-day ticket is also available for a $50. Tickets available online at Silverdomevents.com or by calling the box office at 248-338-2500. Group discounts available on block ticket purchases.
Updates on the teams, key player profiles and other event information is also available on FaceBook.com/Silverdome and on Twitter at @silverdomenews. The teams will travel to Dallas, Texas the following week from the Detroit match to play at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas .
About FIFA and world football:
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football), commonly known by the acronym FIFA. The success of FIFA’s diverse investments in the worldwide development of football seems to be leaving its mark not only with increasing match attendances and TV audiences but, according to the latest statistics, also in the number of people around the globe actually playing the game.
Two hundred and 65 million male and female players in addition to five million referees and officials make a grand total of 270 million people – or four percent of the world’s population – who are actively involved in the game of football. These are the impressive findings of the 2006 Big Count, a FIFA survey of its 207 member associations, which, after being conducted for the first time in 2000, was repeated last year under the same conditions and offers an interesting insight into the development of football worldwide.