US Club Soccer – a prominent member of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the leading organization developing soccer clubs across America – is returning its 2017 national championship events – 2017 NPL Finals and National Cup XVI Finals – to Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.
The 2017 NPL Finals, slated for July 13-17, is the targeted destination for all U-13 through U-18 boys and girls NPL teams throughout the country, as the culminating event of year-long, league-based competition.
The National Cup XVI Finals, which will take place July 21-24, is the closing event of US Club Soccer's 16th annual cup-based national championship competition. Member teams in U-11 through U-18/19 boys and girls age groups are eligible to compete in National Cup XVI Regional events, with winning U-13 through U-17 teams from Regionals or qualifying state cups advancing to the National Cup XVI Finals. Regional dates and locations will be announced soon.
Grand Park is 20 miles north of downtown Indianapolis and suited well for a national championship setting. It has 31 soccer fields, 26 baseball/softball diamonds and a pair of indoor facilities spanning more than 400 acres. One month ago, the City of Westfield celebrated the opening of a 370,000 square-foot indoor field sports and event facility at Grand Park, featuring three full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and administrative offices. Annually, Grand Park receives about 1.5 million visitors. US Club Soccer hosted the 2015 NPL Finals and National Cup XIV Finals two summers ago.
“Participating at our Finals events is a great accomplishment, and Grand Park provides a rewarding, national championship atmosphere for those deserving teams,” US Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne said. “Grand Park was an ideal facility last year and, as it continues to grow, it will be even better next year.”
Recent national championship host cities include: Chicago (2012); Aurora, Colo. (2013 and 2016); Greensboro, N.C. (2014) and Westfield, Ind. (2015).
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 development 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.