RACINE — The West Racine human foosball tournament scheduled for Saturday and Sunday has been canceled due to a lack of interest, the West Racine Alliance announced Wednesday evening.
The single-elimination tournament, organized by the WRA, was meant to see teams of six play the novelty sport in the empty lot on the northeast corner of the intersection of Grove and Washington avenues. Human foosball involves a human-sized foosball field complete with poles running across it. Players cannot take their hands off the poles, but they can shift left to right, just as in a real foosball table.
Human foosball has been gaining popularity in recent years, with tournaments cropping up throughout the country. Jill Boyd, a WRA board member, in June told The Journal Times that the group began planning the event after another board member saw a tournament while on vacation.
The tournament was set to allow up to 25 teams. Only four had signed up as of Wednesday, Boyd said in an email.
“It’s difficult to get everything together with volunteers only and no real budget for advertising,” Boyd said. “We haven’t given up on the idea though. We just need to regroup and pull it together.”
The West Racine human foosball tournament was the second sports tournament in the city to be canceled within the past two weeks. Real Racine announced on July 3 that it was canceling the qualifier round of its Pro-Am Beach Soccer tournament.
Real Racine cited a lack of interest due to other soccer tournaments in the area and budget uncertainties stemming from Mount Pleasant’s decision to end its contract with the organization, which promotes tourism and development in Racine County. Mount Pleasant currently contributes nearly $700,000 in room tax revenue to Real Racine each year, making up 54 percent of the organization’s budget.
Though the qualifier was canceled, the beach soccer national championship, also planned for North Beach, is still up in the air. Real Racine said it will re-evaluate the championship’s status as teams continue to register.