DALLAS, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 05/24/12 -- Red Bull Game Breakers returns this summer for the third year of intensely competitive 7-on-7 high school football action. More than 3,000 players from 174 legendary high school football programs from across the nation will compete. The winners from 10 qualifiers will advance to the Red Bull Game Breakers National Finals on July 11-13 at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas. NFL All-Stars, and "game breakers" in their own right, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie Bush will provide inspiration from the sidelines.
"I think it's really cool to see some of the top talent from across the country competing against each other out here," said Reggie Bush. "You always hear about Texas and Florida, but here you get to see who really has the best talent in the country."
Red Bull Game Breakers isn't your average 7-on-7 tournament. The format is designed to reward points for both offensive and defensive plays. Using half the length of a traditional football field, teams can score points for each game-breaking moment, including first downs, touchdowns, PATs, interceptions, defensive stops, and Red Bull Red Zone stops. For the low down on all the tournament rules, visit www.redbullusa.com/gamebreakers.
"This tournament is a great opportunity for high school players to compete on a national level," said Dallas Cowboys Outside Linebacker DeMarcus Ware. "In this 7-on-7 competition they can measure themselves against the best in the country. I'm glad these kids have this opportunity because I didn't have anything like this when I was younger."
Returning this year are the defending 2011 National Champions Arlington Martin High school from Texas and the Cinderella-story underdog, Clairton High School from Columbus, OH.
Red Bull Game Breakers Qualifiers
May 29 - New Orleans Qualifier - Tad Gormley Stadium
June 2 - Oklahoma Qualifier - East Central High School
June 5 - Kansas City Qualifier - Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
June 8 - Denver Qualifier - John F. Kennedy High School
June 12 - San Diego Qualifier - Helix High School
June 16 - Birmingham Qualifier - Homewood Soccer Park
June 19 - Austin/San Antonio Qualifier - 5 Mile Dam Park (San Marcos)
June 22 - Houston Qualifier - Houston Amateur Sports Park
June 26 - Fort Worth Qualifier - Arlington Martin High School
June 29 - Dallas Qualifier - Jesuit College Preparatory School
Red Bull Game Breakers Finals
July 11-13: Dallas, Jesuit College Preparatory School
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