Beginning this weekend, more than 1,100 youth soccer teams from throughout the U.S. will be traveling to Greater Raleigh over the next five weeks for the CASL visitRaleigh.com National Soccer Series presented by Chelsea Football Club.
Games will be played at 14 venues throughout Wake County (plus one in Wilson), with the WRAL Soccer Center serving as the primary competition site.
The action begins this weekend with the Girls Shootout on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 6-7), with 220 teams expected.
Here is the complete schedule for the National Soccer Series:
Nov. 6-7 CASL visitRaleigh.com Girls Shootout (220 teams) ... ages 10-14
Nov. 13-14 CASL visitRaleigh.com Boys Shootout (150 teams) ... ages 10-14
Nov. 19-21 CASL visitRaleigh.com Boys Showcase (345 teams) ... ages 15-19 ... plus more than 350 college coaches in town for recruiting
Dec. 3-5 CASL visitRaleigh.com Girls Showcase (445 teams) ... ages 15-19 ... plus more than 400 college coaches in town for recruiting
Combined, the National Soccer Series will bring 1,160 teams to the Raleigh area, generating more than 25,000 hotel room nights and approximately $8.2 million in direct visitor spending. It ranks as the largest youth sporting event ever held in the Triangle, in terms of number of teams and economic impact.
More facts & figures from the National Soccer Series:
Number of teams: 1,160
Number of states represented: 40
Number of athletes: 20,880
Number of coaches: 2,300
Number of hotels: 125
Number of games played: 1,900
Charlie Slagle, CEO of CASL ... 796-8985 (cell) ... email@example.com
Scott Dupree, Vice President for Sports Marketing, Greater Raleigh CVB ... 645-2657 (direct) or 414-4022 (cell) ... firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Soccer Series web sites:
Official CASL tournament web site: http://www.caslnc.com/home/default.asp?menu_category=Tournaments
Official GRCVB National Soccer Series web site: http://www.visitraleigh.com/CASL_soccer