US Club Soccer Estimates Multi-Million Dollar Direct Economic Impact for 2019 National Championships
18 Jul, 2019
US Club Soccer– a prominent member of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the leading organization developing soccer clubs across America – estimates an $8.5 million direct economic impact at the 2019 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Finals, Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Finals and the National Cup XVIII Finals at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
The 2019 NPL and ENPL Finals,which took place from July 11-15, saw U-13 through U-19 boys and girls league champions from around the country, totaling more than 110 teams and 1,700 of America’s top youth players. Occurring July 19-23, the National Cup XVIII Finals will serve as the culminating event of US Club Soccer’s cup-based national championship series, welcoming 220 teams to compete among U-13 through U-19 boys and girls brackets.
As three of the most prestigious youth soccer championships in the country, the NPL Finals, ENPL Finals and the National Cup XVIII Finals are the targeted annual destination for teams competing on the national level.
The US Club Soccer national finals have occurred in Colorado three out of the past four years, and have ranked among the largest youth sports events in the state. The $8.5 million expected economic impact for the 2019 finals continues this noteworthy trend for US Club Soccer, and provides a positive foundation for first-time hosts Commerce City and DICK’S Sporting Goods Park.
“We are thrilled to bring our league-based and cup-based national championships to DICK’S Sporting Goods Park,” says Kevin Payne, US Club Soccer CEO. “Our events have had tremendous success in Colorado, and Commerce City and the Colorado Rapids are great hosts for our marquee tournaments and the thousands of athletes and their families who visit from throughout the country."
Earlier this year, US Club Soccer named DICK’S Sporting Goods its official sporting goods partner. US Club Soccer members receive special discounts to DICK’S Sporting Goods stores throughout the country and online, while DICK’S Sporting Goods is presented to US Club Soccer’s growing community of members through various digital, social and on-site marketing efforts.
Located 25 minutes east of Denver, the DICK’S Sporting Goods complex consists of 24 full-size, fully-lit fields (22 natural grass and two synthetic turf). The complex serves as the home of the Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids and the club’s development academy.
Founded in 2001, US Club Soccer boasts member clubs from all 50 states. US Club Soccer’s mission is to foster the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout the country to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club. The primary vehicle for accomplishing that ambition is Players First: a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players that emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.
US Club Soccer also prides itself on fostering the safest environment for players in youth sports. The organization implemented best-in-class background checks for all registered staff, and require personnel to complete a Sideline Sports Doc/US Club Soccer online injury recognition course, as well as SafeSport online training.
About US Club Soccer - A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.