Posted on March 4th, 2018

With SoccerFest rapidly approaching (8 weeks away!), the Volunteer Management department is focusing all of it’s energy into recruiting volunteers for our event. SoccerFest would not be successful if it were not for those who volunteer their time and hard work on event day. SoccerFest prides itself on being an event for the Amherst/Western Massachusetts community. To give back to the community in which they live, a large amount of our volunteers come from the UMASS student body. Our Director of Volunteer Management, Allison, is currently working on reaching out to UMASS professors to schedule times to present before classes about the opportunity to volunteer for SoccerFest 2018. We hope to have around 200 volunteers for this year’s event. In order to make this happen, we do not limit ourselves to only UMASS volunteers. We welcome anyone who may have an interest in volunteering to fill out our interest form or email our department email listed below. While we are working towards recruiting the desired number of volunteers for this year, we will also be preparing for training sessions held prior to the event. The Volunteer Management’s main goal for this year is to ensure that every volunteer feels 100% needed during their time with SoccerFest.
Interested in volunteering for SoccerFest 2018? Fill out our interest form in the ‘Volunteer’ tab on our website. Feel free to reach out to our Volunteer Management department with any questions, comments or concerns at .

Posted on February 27th, 2018

​As February draws to a close, the Supercuts SoccerFest sponsorship team has been very busy trying to bring the biggest and best sponsors on-site for this year’s SoccerFest. Our four-man staff consisting of – Mike, Adam, Shawn and Justin have been working tirelessly to bring the biggest and best sponsors on-site for your enjoyment! Since our last update we have solidified partnerships with two brand new sponsors, PiNZ and the Springfield Thunderbirds! We are also in the process of signing our very first Fun-Zone Title Sponsor so stay tuned for our next update to reveal who that company is going to be. We are still in contact with companies like Texas Roadhouse, FineDesigns, Padula Brothers and Easthampton Savings Bank about possible partnerships but, don’t worry because some fan favorites like Bueno Y Sano, Supercuts, Umass Dinning and Puma will be back for the 2018 festivities!
Our team is dedicated to bringing the SoccerFest fans exciting and new opportunities on event day so you can go home happy and with some great products to show off and awesome stories to tell! If you have any companies you think would be a great fit for SoccerFest 2018 or even future SoccerFests, please feel free to email, and you will get a reply promptly!
Have a wonderful end of February and start signing up your teams now to take advantage of great soccer, exclusive prizes and unmatched fun at SoccerFest 2018 on April 28th!

Posted on February 6th, 2018

​The youth soccer partnership department is rolling full steam ahead for this semester! We've added two amazing new members to our group with Joshuea and Lindsey joining us. Armed with a wealth of knowledge in both event management and soccer, we look forward to the fireworks our team will create to make this event as much of a wonderful experience for the little ones as it will be for our adult teams.

This year we are pleased to be serving both Amherst Youth Soccer and Northampton Soccer Club. Not only will there be amazing soccer clinics and games being put on show, we will also have a FunZone packed with exciting activities for our youngest participants to spend a day having fun and staying active. Watch this space!

Within our department, our members are hard at work creating detailed plans and going over past years to make the SoccerFest experience an even better one. We were at an AYSA event last semester having a blast with the players, and we look forward to working with everyone involved at AYSA and NSC.

Should you have any question about this year's events and offerings for our youngsters, please drop us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Posted on January 3rd, 2018

​The Marketing team at SoccerFest took charge of many tasks these past few weeks leading up to the New Year. Primarily, pursuing indoor soccer facility promotions and palm card handouts which consisted of both palm cards and flyers being distributed to potentially interested participants with the hopes of establishing recognition of our event and its appealing details. Much work also went into the town banner design and implementation with the plan to put up said banner in the town of Amherst as we come closer to event day. In addition, making sure our web-based marketing and information is displayed to the public regularly as well as making sure that our messages are conveyed with clarity to website viewers and page visitors. All the team’s plans and future tasks are set forth by the Marketing Plan of 2018 to better the performance and make sure the team meticulously completes its objectives. Other tasks include contacting the various partners of the event and other members of the community in hopes of continuing our long-term connections with one another. The International Programs Office for example, offers to help us in getting the word out to our surrounding community in their email blasts or the Women’s Soccer team at UMass provides us with the necessary communication with its own network as well. Long-term connections are crucial for the Marketing team this year with the intentions it has to deliver the right message at the right time to the event’s participants and attendees. 2018 is a much busier time for this department as the time approaches for the event’s opening, the team has to make sure that every element of the overall plan is put into motion and is applied to the goals of our event. Additional members will be brought into the department this year with the hopes of accomplishing all tasks set out by the marketing plan while making sure the implementation of each task is meticulously performed. 

For any further questions or comments
Contact: Peter Geara (

by Shelley Hobson, Matt Bloom on December 17th, 2017

​Registration & Hospitality Update
We’ve had a fun and busy fall semester in our Soccerfest class. We worked with AYSA, the UMass Women’s Soccer team, and Rugged Maniac building connections with one another and our community. The Registration & Hospitality department hasn’t been as active as some other departments this past semester, but that is soon to change in the upcoming couple of months! Two new members will be joining the Registration team and we will begin working on our registration and VIP tent responsibilities. Over this upcoming winter break, we will be opening up 2018’s registration so anyone ready to go can sign up!
Contact: Shelley Hobson (

Finance Update:
 This semester has been all about preparation for the finance department. We started by researching all previous year’s SoccerFest finance reports and budgets to get an idea of how to allocate money to each department. We have begun creating an initial budget factoring in our current and projected inflows and outflows. In addition, we have made a few purchases including shelving for our storage unit and marketing collateral to distribute at local facilities. It has been a great learning experience so far, teaching us about beginning to balance a budget and the procedures involved with making purchases. Moving forward, as we obtain new sponsors and team registrations begin, we will be able to make significant purchases that will make this year’s SoccerFest the most fun and exciting event yet.

​Contact: Matt Bloom (
We are excited to bring you a smooth and efficient registration process this upcoming semester! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and come back excited to be a part of Soccerfest 2018!

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