Public Welcome To Attend Games – Free Spectator Admission
The Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase is back for the 12th year as the largest international youth soccer tournament in the country during Presidents’ Day weekend, Feb. 16-18 (boys), and Feb. 22-24 (girls). The annual showcase expects 458 male youth soccer teams and 264 female teams, all ages 11-19, from 33 foreign countries and 33 U.S. states, to compete on valley fields at 10 different parks. The event is co-hosted by the city of Las Vegas and the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club, and is expected to bring about $28+ million into the local economy, according to Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club President Roger Tabor. The showcase is expecting college soccer coaches and recruiters from across the country to scout the young athletes. Spectator admission and parking are free at all games. Parking is limited; carpooling and public transportation are recommended. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seating.
“Now we have to split this tournament into two weekends in order to have the space, the time and the referees to accommodate all the teams who want to play. This is our largest registration ever for the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Soccer Showcase,” said Las Vegas Ward 4 Councilman Stavros S. Anthony. “It’s our 12th annual tournament over Presidents’ Day weekend. Every year, more young players come from all over the world to play soccer on our world-class fields. They play the game they love and enjoy our wonderful weather, meet with college coaches and recruiters, make new friends, boost our economy and bring great soccer competition to our youth. It’s a wonderful time for all, and I’m so proud Las Vegas hosts such a great event!”
The first weekend, matches will be played from 8 a.m. on artificial turf fields, and 10 a.m. on grass fields, to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Teams are guaranteed four games. Championship games will be played at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex, 7353 Eugene Ave., starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 and 24. Medals and trophies will be presented to winning teams following each championship game, expected to be 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Individual awards are offered for first and second place.
The event is co-hosted by the city of Las Vegas and the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club. For more information, including schedules, maps, teams, and rules, go online to www.lvmayorscup.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The website will be updated daily with scores and standings; follow the tournament on Facebook @lasvegasmayorscup and Twitter @LVMayorsCup.