Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports to Host MLS All-Star Skills Challenge On July 30

This July, the 2019 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge will be coming to Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex. This special one night event will feature domestic and global soccer icons facing off in a test of three skill challenges.  

Via MLSsoccer.com

Via MLSsoccer.com

What’s happening:

  • Major League Soccer today announced that MLS stars and global soccer icons will headline a new addition to the league’s midseason celebration — the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by Target.  
  • A groundbreaking collaboration with the world-renowned soccer skills duo, The F2 Freestylers (Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove), the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge will bring audiences a chance to experience the world-class stars of MLS in a unique competitive setting beyond gameday.
  • Held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, on Tuesday, July 30, at 8 pm ET, the event will engage audiences around the world with an interactive digital-first distribution.
  • Not only will fans be able to watch on MLSsoccer.com and the MLS App, the competitive showcase will be streamed live in English, Spanish and French across the digital platforms of all five MLS domestic media partners.
  • U.S. media partners include:
    • ESPN
    • FOX
    • Univision
  • Canada media partners include:
    • TSN
    • TVA
  • The MLS All-Star Skills Challenge will take place at the sports complex the day before the 2019 MLS All-Star Game, set for Wednesday, July 31, at 7:30 pm, at Exploria Stadium.
  • Additionally, both domestic and global audiences experiencing the action via interactive streams on Twitch (twitch.tv/mls) and Twitter (@MLS) can join the action and impact the eventual champion through a fan vote.

What they’re saying:

  • Camilo Durana, Senior Vice President of Properties and Events, MLS: “Skills are a core part of soccer culture and they are influencing a shift in the way fans around the world are consuming and playing our sport. MLS is committed to delivering innovative content to fans everywhere. Through this event, both fans in Orlando for the All-Star Game presented by Target and fans globally will be able to enjoy additional experiences with our world-class athletes beyond matchday.”

About MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by Target:

  • Hosted by the F2 Freestylers, this challenge will be a 90-minute event that features three teams competing in three skills authentically rooted in the sport.
  • One team will be crowned the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge Champions and a donation will be made to the charity of its choice.
  • Teams competing:
    • MLS All-Stars
      • Wayne Rooney
      • Carlos Vela
      • Jonathan dos Santos
    • Orlando City SC
      • Nani
      • Chris Mueller
      • Jhegson Sebastián Méndez
    • Atlético de Madrid
      • Koke
      • Two other players to be named at a later date
  • Skill challenges include:
    • Shooting
      • The pressure is on and accuracy is key as each team takes shots on goal, attempting to hit targets with varying point values based on degree of difficulty.
    • Touch and Volley
      • Technique and creativity will be on display as each player showcases his ability to score dynamic goals. Players will receive a series of crosses served in by their teammates and attempt to score on goal.  
      • Different points will be awarded based on the whether the shot is a full volley, bicycle kick, etc.
    • Passing
      • Each team is on the clock to score as many points as possible in two minutes by hitting static and moving targets that range in points based on degree of difficulty.
  • Points in each of the competitive skills will be earned based on accuracy, as well as style.

Just for kicks:

  • The MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by Target will be part of an exciting night of action at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  
  • As part of a dual-event ticket, fans will be able to enjoy:
    • MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer at 5 pm ET
    • MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by Target at 8 pm ET  
  • Tickets are available for purchase at: www.MLSsoccer.com/AllStar.
  • For the ultimate fan experience close to the action, check out the official MLS All-Star Game all-access packages by going to www.MLSOnLocation.com. Experiences include:
    • On-field access after the game
    • Premium hospitality
    • The MLS Skills Challenge presented by Target
    • Meet and greets with MLS stars
    • And more!
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