Shindigz National Soccer Festival Quickly Approaching

Chivas of Guadalajara Team to Make Many Appearances

Fort Wayne, Indiana – The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will once again return to the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW Thursday, August 16th through Saturday, August 18th.  Schedules and advance tickets are now
available online at, at the IPFW box office as well as at area Walgreen’s and Connolly’s Do It Best Hardware locations.

For the first time in the history of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, a professional team will compete against college teams.  Chivas of Guadalajara will play the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. and Indiana University on Saturday, August 18th also at 7:00 p.m.  The Chivas vs. Indiana University game will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.  The Chivas of Guadalajara reserve team, made up entirely of Mexican professional soccer players, will put on clinics and will also be available for autograph sessions throughout their three-day stay in Fort Wayne.

Chivas to Play at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival

Chivas to Play at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival

The Chivas of Guadalajara team is scheduled to make several appearances throughout the city during their three-day stay in Fort Wayne.  Stops include Foster Park West: off Winchester Rd east of Bluffton Rd,Georges International Market: 2021 Broadway Ave, Kreager Park: N River Rd, some of the Bandido’s locations, the Woodland Lounge: 918 Woodland Plaza Run Suite H, Fort Wayne Sport Club: 3102 Ardmore Avenueand, of course, throughout the event at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival.  The Chivas of Guadalajara team will be joined by legend Salvador “Chava” Reyes Monteón throughout its travels.  He will be available for photographs and autographs throughout the event as well.

What began in 2000 has now become the nationally known phenomenon of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival.  What was merely a soccer event has now turned into a full-fledged, grass roots community supported soccer festival.  Corporations, foundations, and personal donations are the backbone of the festival.  The beneficiaries of the event are the city of Fort Wayne for the national recognition it receives; the area youth for the hands on interaction with the soccer players and coaches from national major universities; the local business people of Northeast Indiana, for the added commerce brought to the area; the area universities, for the added exposure and the average Fort Wayne citizen who knows nothing about the game, but loves to have fun in a family oriented atmosphere.

Currently, the Shindigz National Soccer Festivalhas evolved into a true community soccer festival, including youth clinics put on by major university coaches and players, wide ranges of live entertainment, opportunities for youth involvement, food vendors, giveaway prizes, and for the 21 and older crowd, beer tents, all located at the beautiful Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Shindigz National Soccer Festivalis honoured again, this year, to bring top-ranked college soccer teams, along with a highly prestigious Mexican professional team, to Fort Wayne.  Due to the great history of the event, Shindigz National Soccer Festivalhas been recognized nationally as the premier event to attend for pre-season collegiate soccer. For further information, please contact Terry Stefankiewicz, President of Shindigz National Soccer Festival at 260-750-3967 or

Big Heads, Big Sports Trend, Big Fun

The biggest trend in college basketball student sections is really B-I-G.  Three feet tall, big head cutouts, numbering 150 strong at some schools are waved as an attempt to distract visiting players when shooting free throws.  Whether they are effective is debatable, but it’s clear their popularity has taken off.

“The big heads are very popular during the NCAA tourney. Those watching the games from parties at home or in bars wave personalized big head cutouts of their guests to produce a few laughs, while cheering on their favorite teams,” remarks Jacquie Downey, Director of Sales and Marketing at Shindigz, a leading national party supply company.

Making a BIG Impression

High schools are enjoying the action, too. Administrators and parents create big head cutouts to recognize players and coaches during games. “It was the highlight of the night and the talk of the town,” says one mother who used them during her sons’ final high school football game.

Cheering families of marathon runners find the big head cutout’s huge three feet size make a huge impact when their runner turns the corner and sees themselves larger than life.

“They’re not just for sporting events anymore. We get many orders for milestone birthdays.  Big head cutouts showing the guest of honor as a child and an adult really makes a big impression,” adds Downey.

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Since 1926, Shindigz has been a part of over 22 million events and delighted customers with creative party ideas, supplies, and decorations.

Shindigz National Soccer Festival Features 44 Teams

Shindigz National Soccer Festival

Shindigz National Soccer Festival

The 2011 Shindigz National Soccer Festival returns to IPFW’s Hefner soccer fields for another year filled with 16 top-ranked collegiate soccer teams. The 2011 Shindigz National Soccer Festival will not only host a “who’s who” of nationally ranked Universities, but 28 high school teams as well during the August 19, 20 and 21 event. This year’s line-up includes the 2010 National Champion Akron, 2010 National Runner-Up Louisville and Final Four participant, University of Michigan.

Perennial ACC soccer powerhouse Duke will be accompanied by Creighton, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Denver, Michigan State, Ohio State,   Xavier, IPFW, Saint Francis and Indiana Tech.  Girls and boys high school powers from the Fort Wayne area and throughout Indiana, plus the addition of four Michigan schools, will square off on the pitch Friday and Saturday.

In addition to plenty of great soccer, families will enjoy a midway filled with games and activities for the kids. Try out the Speed Kick game or bounce in one of the bounce houses. Have your child’s face painted by Sweetcakes Entertainment or receive a fun balloon art sculpture. For the adults, a beer tent will serve ice-cold adult beverages.  Music will also be heard throughout the weekend soccer event making it a top midwest soccer party.

Advance Tickets can be purchased at any of the ProFed locations or Connolly’s Do It Best hardware stores through out the Fort Wayne, Indiana area, or at Soccer Plus. Tickets will also be available at the gate: $5.00 for students (college I.D. & under) for the entire weekend, $5.00 for adults for a day pass or $10.00 for adults for a weekend pass.

The Shindigz National Soccer Festival has grown to include the spring Kickin’ It At the Diamond as well as this annual multiday Festival in August. Teams attending the festival over the years have won 38 of the 52 NCAA National Championships and of the 48 teams who competed in the 2010 NCAA tournament, nine of them, including six who made the sweet sixteen and three who made the final four, are competing this August.

Gear Up for the World Cup with a Soccer Themed Party

Personalized Soccer Stand In

Personalized Soccer Stand In

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is just a few weeks away, and soccer fans all over the world are getting ready to celebrate the culmination of another great season. If you love the sport, you can celebrate with your friends and family by throwing a soccer themed party!

For such a momentous television event, you’ll want to gather together a lot of party supplies. Find some mylar balloons in the shape of soccer balls to really get this party started!

Since it’s summertime, why not make your event an outdoor bash? Gather everyone together for a barbecue, and set up tables outside for some delicious dining. You can easily find plates that fit in with the soccer motif!

When the game starts, you’ll want to encourage your friends to cheer on their favorite teams. Hanging up a personalized soccer banner rooting for the country you support is a great idea. Or why not display your team’s national flag proudly in your living room?

Be sure to send your guests home with some great party favors to help them remember your event. Soccer key chains, travel mugs or temporary tattoos are all fantastic choices. Or make some noise with a Soccer Ball Clapper.

With all these great decorations, your friends will go wild for this year’s soccer World Cup!

ShindigZ National Soccer Festival Comes to Fort Wayne

Indiana, Notre Dame Soccer to Tangle at Parkview Field

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Two of the Nation’s top college soccer teams in Indiana will lock horns in downtown Fort Wayne during the 2010 ShindigZ National Soccer Festival. The Indiana Hoosiers will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in an exhibition game set for April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Parkview Field.


ShindigZ National Soccer Festival

ShindigZ National Soccer Festival

“This will be a great exhibition and we are happy to be partnered with Shindigz and Parkview Field,” ShindigZ National Soccer Festival director Terry Stefankiewicz said. “This game will not only match two of the top teams in the state of Indiana, but two of the better teams in the country.”

The Hoosiers are seven-time national champions while the Irish have won five conference crowns. Both teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2009.

Tickets purchased in advance are $7 for adults, $5 for kids (college age (College ID required) and under. On the day of the game, they will be $9 for adults, $7 for kids college age-with a college ID and under.

The game will be the first non-baseball sporting event played at Parkview Field since its opening in April 2009. The facility is the home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Class-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

“Parkview Field had an extremely successful first season and now we are excited to be the host for the ShindigZ National Soccer Festival,” TinCaps president Mike Nutter said. “This event will showcase the facility and its ability to host unique events.”

For the first time, ShindigZ has come on board as the primary title sponsor of the National Soccer Festival.

“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the ShindigZ National Soccer Festival,” ShindigZ President Shep Moyle said. “As the largest party supplier in the country, we are excited to be part of a very special event at Parkview Field that will benefit all of northeast Indiana. We look forward to working together to continue to grow and expand the ShindigZ National Soccer Festival for the benefit of our youth and families across the Midwest.”


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