The allure of sun, warmth and thrilling competition converge as hundreds of top youth soccer teams from throughout the intermountain region gather at various locations in St. George, Washington and Ivins for the Rage Invitational, set for Feb. 16, 17 and 19.
“The Rage Invitational prides itself in delivering the best fields available and draws the best referees by making certain they have the best logistical support. Rage has also built a team committed to providing the best service, with immediate and timely responses,” said Tournament Director Paul Miravete. “Our tournament brings an estimated 11,000 people into the St. George and Washington City area for fun recreational weekend of soccer.”
Hosted by Rage FC, a non-profit organization that organizes competitive soccer teams, the third annual edition of the Rage Invitational has grown substantially in a short period of time. The number of teams participating has increased to 266 this year – a jump of nearly 50 percent from 2017 when it attracted 185 squads. The 2018 total more than doubles the size of the 2016 inaugural event (132).
The three-day tournament is sanctioned by the Utah Youth Soccer Association and involves boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18. Tournament venues and schedules can be found at http://ragefcutah.com/tournament-details.
“Spring and soccer have become synonymous with Southern Utah,” said Kevin Lewis, Director of the St. George Area Sports Commission. “It’s fascinating to watch the speed and skill that are on display in these developing soccer players who yearn for future glories. That they get this type of experience in the winter is a testament to our area’s beautiful weather and the magnificent facilities our region has to offer.”
About the Office of Sports and Recreation
The St. George Area Sports Commission was established by the Washington County Commission to help responsibly grow the sports and recreation economy in Washington County, Utah, through the promotion and development of sports, and outdoor recreation.