TAMPA, Fla. - Score at the Shore, one of the nation’s most prestigious soccer showcases, will return to Tampa Bay in 2011. After considering 61 potential cities and counties, Score at the Shore awarded both the Boys and the Girls event to the Greater Tampa Bay and Pasco County area for the sixth consecutive year.

“Score is very excited to be returning to the Greater Tampa Bay area after a tough bid process to host the events in 2011,” commented Shannon Duke, tournament logistics manager. “We feel as though the area has so much to offer in terms of hotels and a great city atmosphere. With Score doubling in size over the past few years, we are confident that it will continue to grow and have a very high economic impact on the area.”

Since its creation in 1999, the annual Score at the Shore Winter Invitational continually attracts top teams and hundreds of college soccer coaches and scouts from across the country.

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Tampa Bay & Company and the Hillsborough Tourist Development Council have partnered with the Pasco County Sports Commission and Tourist Development Council to host the Winter Invitational over Presidents Day weekend in February 2011. The Winter Invitational is scheduled to be played at various venues in both Pasco and Hillsborough Counties.

Tampa Bay hosted the 2010 Winter Invitational from February 13-15 and set a record with 288 teams competing in the U13 through U19 age groups. The tournament utilized of total of 42 hotel properties and generated approximately 7,000 hotel room nights.

“It has been a privilege to work with Score at the Shore over the years and witness firsthand how their Winter Invitational has become one of the top soccer events in the country,” commented Sales and Events Manager for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission Jason Aughey. “Our community is excited to continue this incredible relationship and looks forward to ramping up our efforts to provide Score at the Shore and its participants with the very best that Tampa has to offer in 2011.”

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission works closely with Tampa Bay & Company and the community to attract, promote and organize major amateur sporting events, as well as grassroots youth sports programs that foster the ongoing development and quality of life for the entire Tampa Bay area.

For more information on the 2011 Score at the Shore Winter Invitational, visit To learn about existing partnership opportunities, contact Shannon Duke at 336-307-2053 or