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Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:25 am
 
April 2, 2009

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OF TABLE SOCCER
TO KICK OFF IN ST. LOUIS

- $25,000 “Foosball” Tournament to Feature Doubles Competition -

St. Louis, Missouri – Once a hub of some of the world’s largest
tournaments worldwide, an estimated 200 of the nation’s most elite
“foosball” players are once again descending on St. Louis, Missouri to
compete in the Tornado National Table Soccer Championships. To take
place April 16 - 19, 2009 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, the
tournament will include a wide variety of events, including doubles,
singles and mixed doubles with divisions for masters, pros, semi-pros
and amateurs.

As the first of two National Table Soccer Championship events in
the United States this year, this one will feature doubles category
winners, awarding winners of Men’s, Women’s, Juniors and Seniors
doubles a coveted berth on “Team USA.” In so doing, they become
eligible to compete in the International Table Soccer Federation
(ITSF) World Championships in France in 2010. Adding to the intensity
of the competition, several past National and World Champions are
expected to defend or attempt to regain their titles – but they’ll
have to first defeat an increasing number of hot newcomers!

Opening events begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16th, with
most finals occurring on Sunday the 19th. There are entry fees for
players who wish to compete in any events. Spectators and press are
welcome and there is no admission fee to enter the tournament
room. All competition will take place on Brunswick’s Tornado Table
Soccer tables, one of five official tables used for international pro
tour play.

The event is also an ITSF Master Series class tournament, and is
further sanctioned by the United States Table Soccer Federation
(USTSF). Sponsors of the event include Hilton Hotels (reservations:
1-800-314-2117) and the Valley-Dynamo Division of Brunswick, while
sponsors of the U.S. National Team include NetFoos.com, Foosball.com
and TTR MasterWraps. Professional video production is provided by
InsideFoos.com.

The annual ITSF World Table Soccer Tour includes several stops in
the USA this year, with the next ones being the Tornado Masters
Invitational in Atlanta, the Texas State Championships in Dallas,
Tornado World Championship Series in Dallas, and the Tornado National
Singles Championships in Minneapolis. Other 2009 ITSF tournaments are
scheduled to take place in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany,
Japan, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, the UK and United Arab Emirates, among
others. In fact, this year’s 50-tournament, five-continent tour will
be the largest table soccer pro tour ever!!

For additional details about this event and/or the sport of table
soccer, please see the following websites:

www.ustsf.org - USTSF official web site/Pro Tour & U.S. National Team
sponsorship opportunities
www.table-soccer.org - ITSF official website/international rankings/
news/video
www.vifa.com - The USTSA Website/USA Rankings
www.foosball.com - General Information about the Sport of Table
Soccer

For more information, photos, or for an electronic version of this
release, please contact:
Larry Davis, Executive Director, USTSF, Tel: 1-563-580-9485; Email:
larry.davis at (no spam) ustsf.foosball.com or
Brian Elliott, Tournament Director, Tel: 1-800-544-1346; Email:
info at (no spam) vifa.com

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