LAS VEGAS, NV – Youth soccer teams from around the globe will flock to southern Nevada for the 11th annual Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase. This year’s event is expected to draw 430 male youth soccer teams and 237 female youth teams from 19 different countries and 27 states across America.
Athletes ages 11-19 will compete at seven different field over the weekend. Organizers had to split the competition up into two weekends due to the record number of registrants. The tournament begins on Saturday, Feb. 17 and ends Feb. 19 for the boys teams and lasts from Feb. 23-25 for the girls teams.
Players, coaches, and parents aren’t the only ones who will be enjoying the competition. An estimated 350 college coaches and recruiters will be in town with their eyes on the next great prospect. Roger Tabor, president of the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club, said the event will be a $27 million benefit to the local economy. The Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club cosponsors the event with the city of Las Vegas.
International teams will come to Las Vegas from Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Haiti, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Sweden, The Netherlands, and The Virgin Islands.
American teams will make the trek from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will present awards to the champions at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19 at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex at 7353 Eugene Ave.
For more information call 702-258-0279 or visit www.LVMayorsCup.com.
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