WV State soccer tournament helps boost economy in Southern West Virginia

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS)– The West Virginia state soccer tournament took place this weekend in Beckley. Since 2004, 16 teams have traveled to Raleigh County to compete for a championship title.

Co-Director for State Soccer Tournament Dave Laraba said the tournament is always a good way to boost the economy of Southern West Virginia as players and their families stay at local hotels, eat at restaurants, and shop at local stores.

“There are a lot of people that the first time they come to Southern West Virginia is they come to this tournament, so it’s a great way to get people to see what’s down here,” Laraba said.

Laraba said they will start working on organizing next years tournament in August.

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