Regional events in Lancaster, Pa., Saginaw Mich., Greenville, S.C., and Phoenix total more than $43 million to local economies in 2012
The 2012 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships presented by the National Guard, to be played June 15-21, will provide an estimated economic impact of more than $10 million to the Greenville, S.C., area.
Local restaurants, hotels, retail stores and others will benefit from the more than 4,200 players, coaches, teams and tournament officials, who also bring along their families to the six-day tournament. Visitors to the Greenville, S.C., area will book an estimated 12,000 room nights at area hotels.
The top 200 Boys and Girls US Youth Soccer teams from Region III, including at least 14 teams from the host South Carolina Youth Soccer Association, will compete at the MeSA Complex.
"It is an honor to hold the US Youth Soccer Southern Regionals in Greenville, S.C., and set the tone for the prized US Youth Soccer National Championships this July in Rock Hill," said Pearse Tormey, chair of the local organizing committee and co-executive director of host club CESA. "Soccer means a great deal to this community. We are delighted to host the best players and teams from across the region in this elite competition and utilize our top-tier facilities and volunteers."
US Youth Soccer State Champions and select wildcards in the U-13 through U-19 Boys and Girls age groups from 12 State Associations, including from host South Carolina Youth Soccer Association, will participate in the event. The other state associations represented include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas and Tennessee.
Regional winners of the U-14 through U-19 Boys and Girls brackets will earn a berth to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships presented by the National Guard July 24-29 at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.
The dates and locations for the 2012 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships and the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships are:
US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships | Lancaster, Pa.
Classics Park Soccer Complex, Hempfield High School, Elizabethtown College
Opening Ceremony: June 28 | Clipper Stadium, Lancaster, Pa.
Round Robin: June 29-July 1
Semis: July 2
Finals: July 3
Age Group: U12 – U19
US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships | Saginaw, Mi.
Saginaw Township Soccer Complex
Registration: June 22
Round Robin: June 23-25
Semis: June 26
Finals: June 27
Age Group: U13 – U19
US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships | Greenville, S.C.
Opening Ceremony: June 14 | Fluor Field
MeSA Soccer Complex
Round Robin: June 15-17
Quarters: June 18 U14, U15, U16
Semis/Quarters: June 19 Semifinals U13 & U19/ Quarters U17 & U18
Finals/Semis: June 20 Finals U13 & U19 / Semifinals U14-U18
Finals: June 21 Finals U14-U18
Age Group: U13 – U19
US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships | Phoenix, Ariz.
Reach 11 Sports Complex
Round Robin: June 18-20
Quarters: June 22
Semis: June 23
Finals: June 24
Age Group: U12 – U19
US Youth Soccer National Championships | Rock Hill, S.C.
Player Luncheon: July 24
Round Robin: July 25-27
Finals: July 28-29
Total Number of Teams: 60
Age Group: U14 – 19
For more information on the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org, the online home for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, providing the latest in news, information and more. Get all US Youth Soccer National Championship Series updates on Twitter and Facebook.
About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the National Championship Series provides top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. For more information, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.