Sioux Falls Lands US Youth Soccer Championships
2 Dec, 2014
US Youth Soccer has announced that Sioux Falls will be the host city for the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships. This tournament will be a part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, one of the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament series, and will take place June 23-28 at Yankton Trails Park. The 2017 tournament will generate an estimated $8,400,000 in economic impact for the city, and was last held in Sioux Falls in 2009.
"We are pleased to return to South Dakota for the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships,” said Bob Hart, Region II (Midwest) Championships Director. “We are certain the Sioux Falls park facilities and community support will combine to present a memorable event in the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.”
Sioux Falls’ Dakota Alliance Soccer Club (DASC) along with the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), bid for the 2017 Championships. A site visit was held in September with bid negotiations recently completed. Rex Rolfing and Mark Glissendorf, lead the charge on behalf of DASC, with Frank Gurnick assisting, as well as Rich Jensen with the South Dakota State Soccer Association.
The 2017 US Youth Soccer Midwest Region II (Midwest) Championship will attract around 200 Boys and Girls teams in the 13U through 19U age divisions, bringing in approximately 10,000 people to Sioux Falls. Regional winners will earn a berth into the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships.
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 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-13 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-14 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group division earn a direct path to the National Championships. Overall, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's 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.
Mission: To market the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a one-of-a-kind visitor destination, and to provide premier visitor services, and increase visitor spending, in order to enhance economic impact throughout the community.