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Youth soccer tournament goes on despite haze and Portland heat wave

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Between the wildfires, the heat and the haze, the conditions posed a big problem for kids playing in the Mount Hood Challenge Soccer Tournament.

The youth soccer tournament started Friday and has games through the weekend.

The matches are happening all over the area, with Wilsonville High School, Hillsboro High School and West Linn High School serving as just some of the pitches for the tournament.

While there have been concerns that the numerous daily games in these conditions could be dangerous, tournament organizers said they're aware of the heat and air quality issues and that safety is their first priority.

Colleen McKinney has a son playing in the tournament, and she said it is best to keep a watchful eye.

“I think it’s important, I think it’s good to be vigilant for kid’s health,” she said. “It’s also a nice time for the coaches to actually look at the kids. They can kind of get eyes on the kids because kids always think they’re okay, and they can kind of check in with them.”

One tournament official told FOX12 that teams and individuals have the option not to play and that there are also mandatory water breaks every 15 minutes during play.

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