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Amherst's AIM soccer tournament forced to cancel after rainy spring

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Posted at 9:42 AM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 09:48:48-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — A major tournament for soccer families in Western New York, the AIM Cup, has been canceled due to field conditions.

In a message on the Amherst Soccer Association website, organizers say a rainy spring is to blame. The message includes, "our fields are not playable, so for the safety of all involved, we had to cancel." The tournament is played at the North French Soccer Complex on North French Road near the I-990 on-ramp.

Refunds are being issued for all players.

Registration fees for the AIM Cup are in the hundreds of dollars. Teams in the U9/10 division pay $375 to participate, while teams in the U11 to U19 divisions pay $475. The tournament typically draws thousands of players and their families to Amherst-- this year's Cup was expected to feature 14 boys' divisions and 12 girls' divisions, with each division containing several teams.

The tournament had been expected to run from Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2.