Friday, March 21, 2014

Over 200 Youth Soccer Teams to Travel to Decatur for International Soccer Tournament

Third annual Open Cup is set for April 11-13, 2014 at Jack Allen Recreation Complex.

The Open Cup, an Alabama Youth Soccer Association and United States Youth Soccer Association sanctioned tournament, is set to return to Decatur April 11-13, 2014. The tournament is expected to draw in over 200 teams from across the United States as well as internationally for three days of matches at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex. 

According to Event Organizer Scott Spencer, approximately 215 soccer teams are expected for this year’s tournament, including a number of international teams. “Five countries will be represented at the third annual Open Cup,” said Spencer. “Youth teams from Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Mexico, Bermuda, 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 3,000 hotel room nights and nearly $1.7 million in direct spending in Decatur and surrounding areas. Most 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, with the Spirit of America fields in Point Mallard Park as a secondary location.

The three day tournament offers USYSA affiliated Premier, Competitive, 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.

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