LAKEWOOD RANCH Premier SuperCopa, an elite invitation-only soccer tournament for the top youth soccer players in North America, will be hosted by the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch next month.
Organizers liken the tournament to ""the Little League World Series for soccer, and it is projected that more than 17,000 athletes, coaches, family members, and fans will attend the four-day tournament, which takes place June 15-18.
The Premier SuperCopa, dubbed America s Championship, is the highest level of competition in the U.S. for U9 - U12 competitive youth teams. The 2023 tournament will host 216 teams, comprised of more than 3,200 athletes from around the country.
""This is another example of why Premier Sports Campus is a special asset in our destination, said Elliott Falcione, Executive Director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. ""This iconic national soccer event will bring a multi-generational clientele to our community, resulting in an economic stimulus for our hospitality industry.
SuperCopa+, a national tournament of the best U13-U16 teams in the country, took place at IMG Academy in May, 2022. Organizers say the success of that tournament led to the selection of PSC to host the Premier SuperCopa this year.
""U90C Sports is excited to return to the Bradenton Area this year with one of our flagship events, Premier SuperCopa, said Jeff Stanley, President of U90C Sports. ""The Bradenton Area is proving to be a popular destination for our Premier SuperCopa teams and families. With the miles of beaches and copious amounts of off-the-field activities available, this year s participants for the 11th annual Premier SuperCopa are really looking forward to the time they are going to spend in Florida while competing for America s Championship.
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