Like many people, I often think that football - or 'soccer' as the Americans charmingly call it - involves too many players. Cut down versions, like 'five-a-side' have proven quite popular - while my personal choice would be 'none-a-side' with everybody spending some much more productive time in the pub instead.
Well, the sport got at least two players closer to how I envision it, with the World Soccer Tour choosing the Myrtle Beach Resorts as the location for the championship of their famous 'three versus three' tournament.
Yep, you heard that right. Settle down this August at a comfortable Myrtle Beach Resort and you'll be able to watch six people kicking a ball around at the newly renovated Grand Park and surrounding Myrtle Beach Accommodations.
“This is the first national soccer championship for Myrtle Beach", said Myrtle Beach Accomodations president and CEO Brad Dean, "and the first such championship to be played at Grand Park.”
“It will be great for the athletes and spectators to have this caliber of sporting event close to a prime shopping, dining and entertainment spot on the Grand Strand.”
While you might never have heard of it, the World Soccer Tour attracts upwards of a thousand high-school aged athletes each and every year, who get to compete after qualifying at one of fifty tournaments held across the country.
And yes, I said 'country.'
Because just like the inopportune title of the 'World Series' of baseball, the World Soccer Tour consists entirely of teams from the United States - making it a very small 'world tour' indeed.