Hundreds of elite soccer players will make their way to Decatur the first weekend in November for the Division I and Division II State Cup preliminaries. Hosted by the Alabama Soccer Association, the preliminaries are a qualifier for the Final Four tournament to be held in Montgomery the following weekend.
Set for November 1-3, 2013, the Division I State Cup (U15-U18), Division II State Cup (U14-U19) attracts some of the best soccer players from across the state of Alabama. All games will be played at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex. The top four winners in each age division will advance to the Final Four tournament set for the following weekend in Montgomery.
The Division I and Division II State Cup preliminaries have been held in Decatur since 2007. “The State Cup preliminaries provide a welcoming economic boost to our local economy at a time when leisure and business travel is typically at a low. Each player brings family members and throughout the three-day tournament, they dine and shop with local merchants. Previous tournaments have pumped more than $300,000 into Decatur and Morgan County directly benefiting hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and retail outlets,” said Decatur/Morgan County CVB President/CEO Melinda Dunn.
Alabama Soccer Association is the governing body for all soccer clubs in Alabama who qualify to participate in these events. For more information on the State Cup preliminaries, visit their website at www.alsoccer.org and click on the events tab.
The Jack Allen Recreation Complex contains 10 international size lighted fields with laser-graded certified sports turf and a computerized irrigation system. With the additional fields located in Point Mallard Park, Decatur has quickly become known nationally as a top rated soccer tournament location. For more information on the Jack Allen Recreation Complex, visit www.decatursports.com.