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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- There's quite a few soccer fans across southern West Virginia, and they are all ready to watch arguably the biggest sporting event in the world -- the World Cup.

Lifetime soccer player, Jason Logan of Raleigh County, says soccer's American fan-ship started to develop after the 1994 World Cup held in the United States.  He's enjoyed watching others in the area jump on the bandwagon.

"You have small towns like Beckley that [have] YMCA soccer programs and other soccer leagues that help the sport grow."

Down I-77 off exit 1, you can watch semi-professional soccer in Bluefield.  The Kings Warriors call the East River Soccer Complex home.  Their next home game is Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

Finally, for younger players, they say the sport helps them make friends.  "There's a lot of teamwork in it," says Hunter Pack, 13, an aspiring professional soccer player.  "You still have little problems every now and then, but you also get to meet a lot of people and have really cool experiences with it."

His friend Elijah McKan adds, "You can bond a lot [playing soccer].  [We've] been friends for four years now because of [soccer]."

Logan, Pack and McKan all plan on tuning into the World Cup.  They'll be rooting for the United States and Italy, Portugal and Brazil, and Portugal, respectively. 

 
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