Youth and Adult soccer players, teams and clubs invited to register for the first-ever USSSA OmegaBall National Championship Tournament
First regional qualifying tournament dates and sites set
Registration is now open for Men’s and Women’s youth and adult soccer players, teams and clubs for the first-ever USSSA OmegaBall National Championship Tournament. Regional qualifying tournaments will be held in cities across the country as a lead-up to the first-ever OmegaBall National Championship, which will take place at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida in December.
Registration and sign-up information is available here: www.usssa.com/omegaball
The first four qualifying tournaments will take place in the Midwest region, with qualifiers set for July 14-16 at the Stuart Complex in Aurora, IL; July 29-30 in Norwalk, IA; July 28-30 in Omaha, NE, and a fourth event in Kansas City, MO (Date TBD). Teams which compete in the local tournament qualifiers will receive seeding placement for December’s National Championship.
Registration for all tournaments begins this month and additional regional tournament dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks. Space Coast Stadium, home of USSSA, will host the OmegaBall National Championship December 8-10. Games will be streamed live at www.usssalive.com.
For those not familiar with OmegaBall, it’s played on a circular field measuring 175 feet in diameter, about half the size of a traditional soccer pitch. Games are extremely fast-paced as they feature three teams of five players, three goals, no throw-ins (corner kicks only) and no offsides. Each game consists of three 13-minute periods and OmegaBall uses a traditional soccer ball.
During matches, each team tries to score in either of the other two opponent’s goals while defending their own. The unique nature of the round field fosters the no offsides component. “Cherry Picking” is encouraged and players on teams not in possession of the ball can exploit the other attacking team, steal the ball and score at any moment. Play resumes immediately after an out-of-bounds play or a score.
Featuring professional, semi-professional and international men’s and women’s players, OmegaBall made its debut in March 2022 with a regional event at the Great Park in Irvine, California before gaining national prominence in August when it was tabbed for showcase to a national television audience on ESPN2 during the network’s “ESPN8: The Ocho” in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It held its most-recent event this past November at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.
For information on registering a team for the tournament or bringing an OmegaBall event to their area, interested parties may contact James Janosz of USSSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.