BLUELOCK Soccer Tournament Hosted by Crunchyroll, the LA Galaxy, and Saturdays Football
AND THE LA GALAXY TO HOST “BLUELOCK”
SOCCER TOURNAMENTS BASED ON HIT ANIME
Tournaments to Be Held in Los Angeles and Dallas
Culver City, California (March 20, 2023) – Global anime brand Crunchyroll is teaming up with soccer culture leader Saturdays Football and the LA Galaxy soccer club to host a soccer tournament in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 11:00 AM PDT, in support of this weekend's season finale of the adrenaline-pumping anime series BLUELOCK. Another tournament will be scheduled for Dallas at a later date.
The BLUELOCK tournament will be held at the new Galaxy Park complex at the Dignity Health Sports Park campus in Carson, CA, just south of Los Angeles. Players will engage in a 3 vs. 3 “King of the Court” format across multiple fields that will take place over the course of 90 minutes of play. At the end of the 90 minutes, the four teams on the top two courts will play against each other in a semi-final match with the winners going head to head in a final game to determine the winner.
Everyone is welcome to play. Entry into the BLUELOCK tournament in Los Angeles is free and those interested in participating must RSVP through EventBrite. The Dallas event details will be revealed soon.
The winning team will receive a BLUELOCK prize pack that will include various exclusive swag and a custom BLUELOCK x Satrudays Football jersey that will only be available for winners of the tournament. All participants will receive a Crunchyroll free trial code to watch BLUELOCK.
Based on the award-winning manga of the same name, written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Yūsuke Nomura, and serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine with over 20 million copies in circulation, the story follows the dreams of 300 high school students who aim to become an absolute ace striker in order to join Japan's Men's National Team to help win the next World Cup tournament, however, if they are eliminated from the BLUELOCK training program they will never be able to play for the national team and their career is finished. Only one whose ego and skill triumphs over all will emerge on top.
BLUELOCK official synopsis:
Japan's desire for World Cup glory leads the Japanese Football Association to launch a new rigorous training program to find the national team's next striker. Three hundred high school players are pitted against each other for the position, but only one will come out on top. Who among them will be the striker to usher in a new era of Japanese soccer?
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About Saturdays Football
Saturdays Football has been a haven and resource for a clandestine group of artisan footballers through the ideation and execution of creative ventures examining the intersection of fashion, football, counterculture, community, and the arts. The brand believes in free access to football through "Free to Play" initiatives they have developed throughout the United States.
About The LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy are Major League Soccer's most successful club. Based in Carson, Calif. at Dignity Health Sports Park, the Galaxy have won the MLS Cup a record five times (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014), the MLS Supporters' Shield four times (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (2001, 2005), and one Concacaf Champions Cup (2000) since their inception in 1996. Led by LA Galaxy Head Coach Greg Vanney and President Chris Klein, the Galaxy are the premier club in MLS, with stars like Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Giovani dos Santos, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Javier Hernandez and Cobi Jones representing LA over the team's 27 years in MLS. For more information on the LA Galaxy, visit www.lagalaxy.com.