The largest international youth soccer tournament in the country will take place in Las Vegas Presidents' Day weekend, Feb. 18-20. A record 358 youth soccer teams from around the world will compete during the annual Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Showcase. More than 6,400 soccer players ages 14 to 19, from seven foreign countries and 23 states, will square off in soccer fields around the valley. The event is co-hosted by the city of Las Vegas and the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club, and is expected to attract at least 121 college soccer coaches and recruiters from across the country to scout for both male and female athletes. The economic impact to Las Vegas, including hotel rooms, vehicle rentals, dining out, and other tourist expenditures, is expected to be more than $7 million, according to Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club President Roger Tabor. Spectator admission and parking are free at all games.
"It just keeps growing," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said of the event. "This showcase is one of two youth soccer tournaments sponsored by the city of Las Vegas every year on our world-class soccer fields. It's a win-win for everyone. The young people spend the weekend making new friends, playing the sport they love, enjoying our great spring weather while much of the country is still suffering winter, connecting with college recruiters and having the time of their lives in fabulous Las Vegas. They bring a boost to our local economy with the money they spend here and bring our Las Vegas youth some great soccer competition. We can't do better than that."
Matches will begin at 8:40 a.m. on artificial turf and 10 a.m. on grass fields each day; a total of 38 fields will be used. Play will continue until 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the following locations:
- Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex, 7353 Eugene Ave., 10 fields (tournament headquarters and location of college coaches/recruiters);
- Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex, 7901 W. Washington Ave., 11 fields;
- Ed Fountain Park, 1400 N. Decatur Blvd., 5 fields;
- Teton Trails Park, Grand Teton Drive at Thom Boulevard, 2 fields;
- Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive, 2 fields;
- Freedom Park, 850 N. Mojave Road, 2 fields;
- McCarran Marketplace Park, 5800 Surrey St., 2 fields;
- Las Vegas Sports Park, 1400 N. Rampart, 1 field;
- Alexander Dawson School, 10845 W. Desert Inn Road, 1 field;
- Faith Lutheran High School, 2015 S. Hualapai Way, 2 fields.
All championship games will be played on Monday at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex, with start times from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Individual medals are offered for first and second place; team trophies will be awarded to first-place teams in each age group. Medals and trophies will be presented to winning teams following each championship game, beginning about 11 a.m. Monday and continuing to approximately 4 p.m. All teams placing first through fifth receive points toward their overall team ranking.
Teams will travel from Australia, Canada, the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Mexico and Poland, as well as the following U.S. states:
Alaska Kansas Nevada Pennsylvania
Arizona Michigan New Mexico Texas
California Minnesota New York Utah
Colorado Missouri Ohio Washington
Idaho Montana Oklahoma Wisconsin
Illinois Nebraska Oregon
Accepted teams, player profiles, college coaches expected to attend, tournament schedule and program, participating hotels, and more information is available on the event website at www.LVMayorsCup.com. Results will be posted there as they are finalized.
The tournament has received the top rating — Premier Elite Tournament — from Gotsoccer.com, the nation's top rating service for youth soccer.