Back by popular demand, Apollo boys soccer Head Coach Nikos Agisilaou has Legion Park booming with the biggest Street Soccer Bowl to date.
Street Soccer started back in 2007 when Agisilaou would make up their own tournaments, but the street soccer court at Legion was built in 2017. There are currently 41 teams for the Bowl’s fifth season, as they had to reopen the registration for the state tournament teams waiting for the results of their state games.
There are a number of divisions as well, including Adult Open, High School Gold, High School Silver, Middle School Gold. Middle School Silver, Middle School Bronze, Girls Middle School Gold. The Bowl is divided into pool play groups, with everyone playing their division matchups and trying to qualify for the knockout round.
“We are looking forward to the competition of all levels,” Agisilaou said. “This has always been our passion since we were younger. Being from an immigrant family seeing all the different cultures this event brings together is very special to us.”
Given the vast variety of local talent that will be displayed on the court at Legion Park until June 9th, it’s no secret that the Soccer Street Bowl is a great way to fine-tune one’s skills.
“This bowl is very beneficial but also everyone now gives their best effort to make sure and schedule their vacations around this event,” Agisilaou said. “It’s been a big hit and makes me happy since it was one of our goals from the start. Kids that participate in Futsal or an event like this are more elite players.”
And Agisilaou hopes to keep the bowl running for years to come, as there’s been increased success—something that Nikos hopes to continue to do while growing and strengthening relationships with all of those within the community.
“This bowl is growing each year,” Agisilaou said. “If you want to help in any way, get in contact with me. We strive to support local people, businesses and what they all bring to our city. We are always up for different ideas and ways to make this event more exciting and fun for the kids participating. Our main goal is to get a second court right there beside the court at legion so if you would like to join our group pushing for that, let me know.”