Youth Soccer

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Soccer fever swept around the globe in June during the World Cup playoffs. At the time, many local businesses saw a positive economic impact as fans gathered in restaurants and bars to watch the tournament.

On Friday and Saturday, world soccer is back—at least in the Miami Valley—as players from Dayton’s immigrant communities take to the field.

City of Dayton Youth Services Director Joe Parlette says the games were born out of the Welcome Dayton initiative.

Ohio kids playing soccer in 2012.
Wrightbrosfan / Flickr/Creative Commons

This year's World Cup is being played in Brazil, which spent $14 billion to prepare for the month-long tournament. Meanwhile, the  financial and cultural impact of soccer is growing around the Miami Valley.

Soccer is viewed as the “people’s game” outside of United States, according to Steve Dawson, head of men's soccer at Wittenberg University.