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FRISCO, Texas (May 9, 2017)
— The 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships
, to be played June 23-28, will provide an estimated economic impact of $17 million to the Sioux Falls, S.D., area.
The top 224 Boys and Girls US Youth Soccer teams in the 13-and-Under through 19/20-and-Under age groups from Region II will compete at Yankton Trail Park during the event. With a direct estimated economic impact of $10 million and an indirect estimated economic impact of $7 million, the event is expected to have a significant influence on the community.
“Sioux Falls is honored to have the opportunity to host the 2017 Region II Championships,” said Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether. “An event of this caliber brings such excitement and economic benefit to a community. From hotels and restaurants to retail and attractions, we realize the impact of hosting the event will be felt throughout the city! We appreciate the opportunity to share the wonderful quality of life we offer and are eager to roll out the red carpet for all attending.”
Local restaurants, hotels, retail stores and others will benefit from the more than 4,900 players, along with the team coaches, tournament officials, college coaches and numerous spectators attending the six-day tournament. Visitors to the Sioux Falls, S.D., area will book an estimated 14,000 room nights at surrounding hotels.
"Sioux Falls is a familiar host for the Region II Championships as the area also held the event in 1999, 2005 and 2009," said Region II Championships Chair Jonathan Meersman. "We look forward to another amazing event in Sioux Falls at the beautiful Yankton Trail Park."
For all working media who would like to attend the Region II Championships in Sioux Falls, individuals must complete a Media Credential Application
The event consists of US Youth Soccer State Champions from 14 state associations, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio South, Ohio North, South Dakota and Wisconsin. US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League Premier Division champions and select wild cards will also join the State Champions at the event.
The Region II Championships is part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's oldest and most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. Following individual state championship tournaments, the Regional Championships are the second leg of the National Championship Series. Regional winners of the 13-and-Under through 19/20-and-Under brackets earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas.
2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships | Sioux Falls, S.D.
Yankton Trail Park
Preliminary Games: June 23-25
Semis: June 27
Finals: June 28