The largest international youth soccer tournament in the country will take place in Las Vegas Presidents’ Day weekend, Feb. 15-17. An expected 490 youth soccer teams from around the world will compete during the seventh annual Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase tournament. More than 8,000 soccer players, ages 14 to 19, from 13 foreign countries and 29 U.S. 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 bring more than $18 million into the local economy, according to Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club President Roger Tabor. The event also will attract more than 500 college soccer coaches and recruiters from across the country to scout for both male and female athletes. Spectator admission and parking are free at all games. The city of Las Vegas and the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club also host the annual Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Soccer Tournament every October for teams of players ages 9-15.
“This showcase is one of two annual youth soccer tournaments sponsored by the city of Las Vegas on our world-class soccer fields,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “This will be our biggest Mayor’s Cup tournament yet. It’s a win-win for everyone. The young people make the trip of a lifetime to fabulous Las Vegas. They connect with college recruiters, play their hearts out in a sport they love, enjoy our great weather while much of the nation is shivering, have a lot of fun, make new friends, and bring a boost to our local economy with the money they spend here. It doesn’t get better than that.”
Matches will be played from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Teams are guaranteed four games. Men’s championship games will be played on Monday at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex, 7353 Eugene Ave., starting at 10 a.m. Medals and trophies will be presented to winning teams following each championship game, expected to be 2:15-2:45 p.m. and 3:45-4:30 p.m. There will be no matches Sunday evening, Feb. 16, to allow teams to attend the Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge between the Colorado Rapids and Chivas USA at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Teams are expected from Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Japan, Mexico, Panama and the United States.
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. Updated information and 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.