Saturday, March 30, 2013

Strong Internation Presence Expected at Soccer Tournament in Decatur

Second annual Open Cup is set for April 12-14, 2013 at Jack Allen Recreation Complex.

The Open Cup, an Alabama Youth Soccer Association and United States Youth Soccer Association sanctioned tournament, is slated to return to Decatur April 12-14, 2013. The three-day tournament made its debut in 2012 where 200 youth soccer teams made their way to the River City for competitive matches at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex.

According to Event Organizer Scott Spencer, approximately 240 soccer teams are expected for this year’s tournament, including a number of international teams. “Seven countries will be represented at the second annual Open Cup,” said Spencer. “Youth teams from Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, Panama, Mexico, and across the United States are already registered and will be staying in the North Alabama region for up to six nights.” The tournament is expected to generate more than 2,200 hotel room nights and nearly $1.7 million in direct spending in North Alabama. All matches will be held at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex, one of the South’s premier soccer complexes boasting 11 fields and two championship fields with seating for up to 3,000 spectators.

The three day tournament offers USYSA affiliated Premier, Challenge, Classic, and Academy level U9-U19 girls’ and boys’ competitive soccer opportunities. There will be a minimum of two divisions per age division/gender – an elite level of play and 1-2 competitive divisions tiered lower. Trophies will be awarded to the championship and runner-up teams in each age division.

The Jack Allen Recreation Complex will also serve as host venue for the tournament April 11-13, 2014. For complete registration information or more information on the tournament, visit    

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