VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The ever popular Ferguson North American Sand Soccer Championships has been canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Organizers said they were eager to get back to normal. The championship was originally pushed back but has now been canceled.
They listed rising COVID-19 numbers, requirements to be safe and sanitized and "logistical challenges," as some reasons why the decision was made to cancel.
550+ teams had already registered, the release said.
This weekend usually brings the largest beach soccer tournament in the world to the Oceanfront and generates between $8 million and $11.5 million in economic impact for Virginia Beach.
Here are the steps organizers provided for people who registered:
- Team registration fees - will be 100% refunded. We have to do each refund manually, so please be patient with us as this may take up to 2 weeks to process every individual team refund. Refunds will be issued to the original payment method received (credit card/check).
- Hotel Reservations - your hotel reservation will automatically be cancelled on Friday, July 10. If you wish to keep your hotel reservation and make a family vacation to Virginia Beach. Please click this link for more information about the hotel cancellation plan and/or to lock in the discounted oceanfront rates for what would have been our sand soccer weekend.
- 2021 NASSC - our hotel system is live and ready to take your reservations for 2021 NASSC slated for June 11-13, 2021. Please click here to book your 2021 NASSC hotel room. Our Stay-to-Play policy will be in effect for 2021.
The 2021 weekend is still planned for June 11-13.