More than 100 soccer teams arrived at the Waxahachie Sports Complex to participate in the third annual Midnight Madness Soccer Tournament.

The tournament started Saturday afternoon and wrapped up late that night, with more than 800 players from youth through adults in attendance.

Most of the teams were from the DFW Metroplex area, with some teams traveling from as far away as Abilene.

Hosted by the Waxahachie Soccer Association, the tournament was an open roster registration for teams of all skill levels.

“We will have under-6 age group kids playing while their parents will be playing later in the adult divisions,” assistant tournament director Amanda Martin said, noting that the teams were divided into age groups per U.S. Soccer Association guidelines.

“The playing fields are different from standard soccer fields,” Martin said of tournament play. “The field is shorter and more narrow. There will be only four members on the field for each team and there will be no goalkeeper. The game rules are slightly different.”

The association normally hosts two tournaments a year, including an early spring tournament that serves to raise operations funds.

“This year would have been our 35th year,” Martin said. “But it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. We were real lucky to get this one in.”

According to tournament organizers, 100% of the money raised from entry fees and donations goes directly to the Waxahachie High School boys and girls soccer programs.

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