With the kick-off of the 35th annual Schwan's USA CUP youth soccer tournament at the National Sports Center just four weeks away, the tournament is again tracking to attract close to 1,200 teams.
Set for July 12-20, 2019, The USA CUP is the largest soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere.
Last year’s tournament attracted 1,150 teams, the third largest in the history of the tournament. The high mark for team registration was set in 2016, with 1,178 teams. Teams are still being accepted into the tournament at this date, but it looks like the final total of accepted teams will again fall in the same range as recent years.
“Until the NSC can add more playing fields, the tournament’s capacity is right about where we have ended up the last four years,” said USA CUP director Jen Een. “We are optimistic the NSC will build additional fields in the future, which will allow us to accept more teams.”
Aaron Schmidt, USA CUP Recruiting Director, reports that so far 19 countries are solidly registered for the 2019 tournament.
“Some international teams are still working to secure visas, so we may add an additional country or two,” said Schmidt.
Here’s the early look at the international line-up for the countries confirmed for the 2019 tournament:
Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Haiti, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S.
For more information go to nscsports.org.