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June 15, 2017

Thank You

To all,

Thank you to all those attending the 5th annual I88 Challenge. I hope you and your team enjoyed their soccer experience here at the Wright National Soccer Campus. At the Oneonta Soccer Club we strive to do more than rolling out some soccer balls on a patch of grass. A positive memorable experience is what we are striving for.

This year we had 96 teams from throughout New York and Pennsylvania participate. While the sheer number of teams does not necessarily guarantee a good experience it does lead me to believe we are doing something right.

I truly value any constructive comments, whether it's positive, negative or somewhere in between. So, feel free to send me any of your thoughts. Keep in mind, a number of suggestions in 2016 were incorporated into this year’s event.

Hope to see you next year. The tournament dates for 2018 will be announced around mid-September.

Thanks,
Brett

April 7, 2017

I88 Challenge / CaptainU Partnership

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The I88 Challenge is proud to announce it’s partnership with CaptainU. CaptainU will be putting together the official roster book to be made available to college coaches.

Since CaptainU was founded in 2008, over 2 million high school athletes have used their platform to promote themselves to college programs. Currently, over 3,000 athletes commit to colleges each month using CaptainU. Their networking platform provides players and parents a tool to manage the college recruiting process and maximize their exposure to college coaches at the upcoming I88 Challenge tournament.

For more information visit the CaptainU website.

Have questions? Contact: help@captainU.com.

March 13, 2017

I88 Challenge on Track to Max Out Early

After hosting a record number of teams in 2016, the 2017 I88 Challenge, is on track to break last year’s record. Tournament officials are confident another application record will be set. To date, applications are over 80% higher than last year at this time. All age groups are expected to be filled before the April 12th entry deadline. As of the publication date of this article no age groups are closed out but many are close.

"I am not looking to host 200 teams" says Tournament Director, Brett Buzzy. However, "it is gratifying to see so many applications - it leads me to believe we are doing something right." Despite the record number of applications "we will not accept more teams then we can comfortably accommodate. Our goal is create a positive soccer experience for the players, coaches and spectators" added Buzzy.

The tournament, in its 5th year, is held at the beautiful Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta, NY.

November 13, 2016

Event Dates Set for 2017

The Oneonta Soccer Club has announced dates for The 5th Annual I88 Challenge Youth Soccer Tournament. The spring 2017 tournament will be held the weekend of April 29th & 30th at the beautiful Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta, NY. While it is a two day event teams participate only on one of the two days, based on age.

Team registration opens on Monday, November 21st. Do not delay in applying and risk missing this great soccer experience. Last year 23 teams applications were unable to be accepted.

  • U10 (Boys & Girls Divisions) - Saturday, April 29th
  • U12 (Boys & Girls Divisions) - Sunday, April 30th
  • U14 (Boys & Girls Divisions) - Saturday, April 29th
  • U16 (Boys & Girls Divisions) - Sunday, April 30th
  • U19 (Boys & Girls Divisions) - Saturday, April 29th
Players Pose at the Strong as Heck Tournament
Players huddle before tryouts begin
Players line up for the start of Tryouts.
Players pose in front of the large, blue Hartwick scoreboard. The score reads two to zero Oneonta.
Players line up for the start of the event.
One girl in an OSC blue uniform jumps just after kicking the ball as an opposing player persues
An Oneonta Soccer Club player smiles and laughs with a teammate
A group of teammates and their coach pose for a picture after winning second place in the tournament