TAMPA, Fla. - United Soccer Leagues announced that the 2008 USL SoccerFest will be held November 20-25 in Tampa, the home of the organization’s headquarters, in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. The USL SoccerFest, launched in the fall of 2005, is comprised of the USL Annual General Meeting and the Super Y-League’s 10th Anniversary North American Finals.
The USL SoccerFest is an annual event in Tampa with a multi-year partnership between USL and the TBSC.
“The 2007 USL SoccerFest was extremely successful on a number of different fronts,” said USL Senior Director of Commercial Development James Ward. “In 2008 we are looking at ways to bring the event to an entirely new level by creating additional elements that will integrate local organizations and businesses throughout the community. Our goal is to make this soccer celebration an event in which the entire area can become involved.”
The USL Annual General Meeting will be held at the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Tampa. The USL AGM will draw hundreds of key figures from USL’s First and Second Division tiers of professional soccer, the Premier Development League, W-League, Super-20 League and Super Y-League. The event will be held Thursday, November 20 through Sunday, November 23.
The Super Y-League North American Finals runs parallel to the AGM. The event begins Thursday, November 20 and concludes Tuesday, November 25. The SYL finals are considered one of the top youth soccer events in North America.
“We are extremely pleased to be the host hotel for the 2008 USL SoccerFest,” said Hyatt Regency Tampa General Manager Derrick Morrow. “We know it will be another very successful event for USL, and wish them the very best in the years to come.”
“SoccerFest 2008 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Super Y-League,” said USL President and Founder Francisco Marcos, who served as director of public relations and vice president of soccer operations for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League for eight years in the 70’s. “We have come a long way from just a handful of teams (16) that launched this pioneering league in 1999 to nearly 600 today.”
“We could not be more excited to continue this dynamic partnership with United Soccer Leagues,” said TBSC Executive Director Rob Higgins. “Last year’s event had a tremendous economic and social impact on our incredible soccer community.”
The 2007 USL SoccerFest was a tremendous success. The SYL North American Finals featured an interactive Players’ Village that was home to a fully functional Sprinturf field, which was one of the main fields for the newly-launched local Five-A-Side Frenzy tournament. A FIFA 2008 video game tournament and UMBRO Soccer Shop rounded out the exciting events housed in the Players’ Village.