WEST BOULEVARD: World language students hold annual soccer tournament

Monday, October 3, 2011 | 4:58 p.m. CDT; updated 3:21 a.m. CST, Monday, November 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — World language students at West Junior High will have a soccer tournament from 2:55 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Members of the Spanish, French and Go (English language learners) clubs sign up to participate in the annual World Language Soccer Tournament. The tournament has been in place for more than 15 years. In the past, Latin and Japanese clubs participated as well.

The tournament will be round-robin format to ensure each team plays at least twice and plays a different team each game. Eleven players per team per game will be chosen at random, allowing 11 to 25 players per club for the entire tournament.

"Overall, its a lot of fun," Leslie Hoffman, Spanish 1 and 2 teacher, said. "Some kids get pretty competitive though."

Together, the clubs have about 160 members. Not all students in the clubs have signed up to play and not all of those who did sign up are guaranteed playing time.

Students not on teams are encouraged to attend and cheer. According to Hoffman, parents typically provide snacks for each club. In addition to the club sponsors, teachers of other subjects come to referee the games.

The French Club has won the tournament for the past two years. A traveling trophy is passed to the winning club each year. 

The tournament will be held on the southern portion of the Activity and Recreation Center, located next door to the school, due to construction on the school's fields.

Students must arrange rides at 4:15 p.m. from the ARC parking lot and will not be allowed to re-enter the school after the tournament.

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