High Point, NC -- Thousands of up-and-coming soccer players flocked to High Point this weekend for a major tournament.
The Furniture City Classic, hosted by the Piedmont Soccer Alliance, kicked off its 28th year Saturday.
More than 175 teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia are competiting in the tournament. There are 9,000 players, as well as several referees, coaches, officials, and thousands of spectators, involved in the event.
Players' ages range from 8 to 18 years old, and there are leagues for male and female players.
Event organizers say the tournament has more than 200 hotel rooms blocked off in Greensboro and High Point to accomodate everyone attending.
The tournament, which is the second largest event in the city, behind the Furniture Market, brings in an estimated $2.3 million annually.
The event runs until Sunday evening.