USL NEWS RELEASE: Wednesday, August 11, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa will once again become “Soccer City” from November 18-23 when the United Soccer Leagues SoccerFest takes over the town for the sixth consecutive year. Centered on the USL Super Y-League’s 12th Annual North American Finals, USL SoccerFest is the annual destination for the players, coaches, executives and fans that have made USL the largest organization of elite-level leagues in North America and the Caribbean.
Other components of USL SoccerFest 2010, presented in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, will include the popular Five-A-Side Frenzy small-sided tournament at Tampa’s Ed Radice Soccer Complex and USL Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Hyatt Regency Tampa.
This season’s edition of USL SoccerFest will take the festivities to a new level. One exciting addition for 2010 is a private party hosted by The Florida Aquarium on Thursday, November 18 for all AGM participants. USL has launched a brand new website – www.uslsoccerfest.com – featuring all the pertinent hotel, event and tournament information for participants as well as local soccer player and fans.
“USL SoccerFest has fully become the signature event of the calendar year for our system of leagues,” USL President Tim Holt said. “We look forward to building on the success of the previous five years of hosting this event in the Tampa Bay area, while expanding upon the participation of the local soccer community.”
The 2010 USL SoccerFest is expected to draw more than 10,000 participants, family members, and spectators from throughout the world, with guests expected to fill more than 8,500 hotel room nights, consume more than 75,000 meals and use more than 800 rental cars.
The 12th Annual Super Y-League North American Finals will feature 140 boys and girls teams and nearly 3,000 players from throughout the U.S. and Canada competing for the right to be called national champions in the U-13 through U-17 age groups. Teams qualify from their respective regions (Mid Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Pacific Northwest, South Atlantic and Southeast) and will compete for national titles November 19-23 at Tampa’s Ed Radice Soccer Complex and the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center in Pasco County.
Founded in 1999, the Super Y-League is a professionalized system serving as one of the first steps in developing youth soccer players in North America. Affiliated with U.S. Soccer, the league is designed for talented youth players striving for professional careers. The most talented boys and girls participating in the Super Y-League are chosen for the SYL Olympic Development Program Camps, from which the top players are often selected for National Team programs.
Participating clubs represent the youth academies of some of the top professional clubs in North America, including Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, DC United and Columbus Crew, as well as the youth side of Women’s Professional Soccer team the Washington Freedom. Several professional USL clubs also field Super Y teams, including the Real Maryland Monarchs, Richmond Kickers, Harrisburg City Islanders and F.C. New York.
The SYL North American Finals will once again feature an interactive Player’s Village, home to players, families and members of the Tampa soccer community, and a fully-enclosed small-sided field which serves as the feature field for the local Five-A-Side Frenzy tournament. The Five-A-Side Frenzy, which incorporates many of the components of futsal, features local teams of all ages and skill levels and is slated for November 20-21. For Five-A-Side Frenzy registration information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uslsoccerfest.com.
The USL AGM, set for November 18-21, will draw hundreds of owners and executives from USL’s professional and amateur teams, as well as other influential figures in the soccer community. The annual gathering features operations and strategic planning meetings, as well as annual team and executive awards presentations and the USL Hall of Fame dinner.
Ed Radice Soccer Complex & Land O’Lakes Recreation
The majority of the 2010 SYL North American Finals, including all championship matches, will be played at the Ed Radice Soccer Complex. The sprawling facility serves as home for the W-League’s Tampa Bay Hellenic and to Hillsborough County United – the 2006 U17 boys Super Y-League Champion. Fields at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center will host preliminary and semifinal action.
United Soccer Leagues
Founded in 1986, United Soccer Leagues has become the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America by building on the vision, commitment, and passion of players, fans and investors. Now in its third decade of operation, USL continues to be a driving force in the growth of soccer in the United States, Canada and Caribbean. USL provides a clearly defined path for the progression of male and female soccer players beginning at the youth level (USL Super Y-League/USL Super-20 League), continuing up through the amateur level (USL Premier Development League/USL W-League) and on to the professional level (USL First Division/USL Second Division). A platform for countless players to reach for their dreams each year, USL is devoted to developing the sport at the grassroots level in every community across the region.
Tampa Bay Sports Commission
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission is a private, non-profit, 501c3, charitable corporation that serves the entire Tampa Bay area as the lead organization for bidding on and hosting major amateur sporting events. Our mission is to attract, promote and/or organize major amateur sporting events, and grassroots youth sports programs, that foster the ongoing development and quality of life for the entire Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay Sports Commission works to unite all interests in the Bay Area under one full-service approach that provides leadership and guidance for the benefit of all parties involved with amateur and youth sports. The Sports Commission works with area convention and visitors bureaus to provide a wealth of services to potential events and their governing bodies.
USL Public Relations – Jay Preble / David Wagner – Tampa, FL – 813.963.3909 – Twitter: USLsoccer