Regional events in Lancaster, Penn., Fox Cities, Wisc., Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Boise, Idaho, total more than $36.5 million to local economies in 2011
FRISCO, Texas (June 1, 2011) - The 2011 US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships, to be played June 20-26, will provide an estimated economic impact of more than $10 million to the Boise, Idaho, area.
Local restaurants, hotels, retail stores and others will benefit from the more than 20,000 visitors, made up of players, coaches, teams and tournament officials, and their families, traveling to the seven-day tournament.
The top 248 Boys and Girls US Youth Soccer teams From Region IV, including at least 16 teams from the host Idaho State Soccer Association, will compete at the Simplot Sports Complex.
"We are thrilled to host the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships and look forward to ensuring a wonderful experience for all of the teams coming to Idaho," said Craig Warner, executive director of Idaho Youth Soccer Association. "Not only is it a great opportunity to host such a successful event for the participants, but this tournament will generate a significant economic impact for the entire area. We had great feedback after hosting in 2006 and look forward to this summer."
The US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships will feature top teams in the Under-12 through Under-19 age groups and begin with round robin games Monday, June 20 through Wednesday, June 22. After a day off to rest, quarterfinal matches will be played Friday, June 24 and semifinals Saturday, June 25. The US Youth Soccer Region IV Champions will be crowned following final games on Sunday, June 26.
US Youth Soccer State Champions and select wildcards in the U-12 through U-19 Boys and Girls age groups from 14 state associations, including host Idaho State Soccer Association, will participate in the event. The other state associations represented include Alaska, Arizona, California-North, California-South, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Regional winners of the U-14 through U-19 Boys and Girls brackets will earn a berth to the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 26-31 at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz.
The dates and locations for the 2011 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships and the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships are:
Opening Ceremony: June 30 | Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa.
Hempfield High School Complex, East Petersburg Elementary Soccer Complex and Classics Park
Round Robin: July 1-3
Semis: July 4
Finals: July 5
USA Youth Sports Complex and Southwest Fields
Round Robin: June 25-27
Semis: June 28
Finals: June 29
Round Robin: June 17-19
Quarters: June 20
Semis: June 21
Finals: June 22
For more information on the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org,
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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.