Ready for better news? If you and your playing buddies think you can compete at a pretty high level at the game, you can take a crack at it — it’s an open tournament and anyone can enter a team without qualifying.
Teams will descend on Osceola County from around the country, and world, for the Jan. 17-19, 2020 tournament. Competition will be across multiple divisions, formats and age groups.
There are separate adult and youth tournaments, who will play in formats from 4-on-4 to 9-on-9.
The adult bracket will feature some of the top teams in the country, vying for medals, theme park tickets and up to $30,000 in prize money.
The youth teams will also be playing for trophies and medals, and SeaWorld is now a title sponsor of the Orlando World Championships and will be giving away free tickets to all winning youth teams for use on Jan. 20. One youth division will also be featured in a national television broadcast (NBC Sports has been a broadcast partner in the past).
Former Oklahoma State softball player and county resident Mariah Gearhart, who was on the 2018 International Federation of American Football women’s team that won the world title in Panama last year said she will be fielding a team in the event.
Registration prices start at $350 per team; late fees go into effect Dec. 1. Teams must furnish their own flags or purchase them on site.
Play will be across the 10 fields at the newly-expanded Austin-Tindall complex on Boggy Creek Road, as well as other auxiliary sites.