The Edmond Sun

June 13, 2013

2013 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships to bring more than $8 million to Edmond area

Regional events in Kingston, R.I.; Des Moines, Iowa; Edmond and Honolulu total more than $30 million to local economies in 2013


Special to The Sun

FRISCO, Texas — The 2013 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships presented by the National Guard, to be played June 21-27, will provide an estimated economic impact of more than $8 million to the Edmond area.

Local restaurants, hotels, retail stores and others will benefit from the more than 3,600 players, coaches, teams and tournament officials, along with an estimated 12,000 spectators attending the seven-day tournament. Visitors to the Edmond area will book an estimated 10,000 room nights at area hotels.

The top 200 Boys and Girls US Youth Soccer teams from Region III, including at least 19 teams from the host Oklahoma Soccer Association, will compete at the Edmond Soccer Club Complex.

“It is an honor to hold the US Youth Soccer Southern Regionals in Edmond and set the tone for the prized US Youth Soccer National Championships this July in Overland Park (Kan.),” said Carl Tipton, chair of the local organizing committee. “Soccer means a great deal to this community. We are delighted to host the best players and teams from across the region in this elite competition and utilize our top-tier facilities and volunteers.”

Anyone wishing to help volunteer at the event can visit esctournament.volunteerhub.com.

The event’s opening ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on June 20 at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. It will feature a moment of silence to honor the victims of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. To assist the relief efforts, a designated area will be set aside for players, families and all attendees to make donations to those affected by the tragedy. Items such as water bottles, canned foods and other useful supplies are recommended as donations.

In addition to the donation of goods, the Oklahoma Soccer Association has set up an account to accept monetary donations that will be used to benefit the citizens of Oklahoma. You can make a donation using the following methods:

1. Mail a check to:

Oklahoma Soccer Association Disaster Relief Fund

PO Box 270725

Oklahoma City, OK 73137

(Made out to: OSA Tornado Relief Fund)

2. Use the online donation link for either credit card or electronic check — link will be provided shortly on this page.

Region III Championships, By The Numbers*:

- $8 million impact to local economy

- 12,000 spectators expected

- 3,600 players

- 1,200 volunteers

- 208 teams

- 200 college coaches attending

- 14 champions crowned

- 12 State Associations represented



*Estimates, subject to change

US Youth Soccer State Champions and select wildcards in the U-13 through U-19 boys and girls age groups from 12 state associations — including from the host Oklahoma Soccer Association — will participate in the event. The other state associations represented include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, South Carolina, South Texas and Tennessee.

Regional winners of the U-13 through U-19 Boys and Girls brackets will earn a berth to the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships presented by the National Guard July 23-28 in Overland Park, Kan.

The dates and locations for the 2013 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships and the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships are:

US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships | Kingston, R.I.

University of Rhode Island

Opening Ceremony: June 27 | Meade Stadium

Round Robin: June 28-June 30

Semis: July 1

Finals: July 2

Teams: 256

Age Group: U12 – U19

 

US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships | Des Moines, Iowa

James W. Cownie Sports Complex

Registration: June 21

Round Robin: June 22-24

Semis: June 25

Finals: June 26

Teams: 212|

Age Group: U13 – U19

 

US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships | Edmond

Edmond Soccer Club Complex

Opening Ceremony:  June 20 | Wantland Stadium

Round Robin: June 21-23

Quarters: June 24 (U14, U15, U16)

Semis/Quarters: June 25 (Semifinals U13 & U19/ Quarters U17 & U18)

Finals/Semis: June 26 (Finals U13 & U19 / Semifinals U14-U18)

Finals: June 27 (Finals U14-U18)

Teams: 208

Age Group: U13 – U19

 

US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships | Honolulu, Hi.

Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex

Round Robin: June 17-19

Quarters: June 21

Semis: June 22

Finals: June 23

Teams: 248

Age Group: U12 – U19

US Youth Soccer National Championships | Overland Park, Kan.

Overland Park Soccer Complex

Player Luncheon: July 22

Round Robin: July 23-26

Finals: July 27-28

Total Number of Teams: 88

Age Group: U13 – 19

For more information on the US Youth Soccer National Championships, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org,the online home for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, providing the latest in news, information and more. Get all US Youth Soccer National Championship Series updates are on Twitter @usysncs.

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 year-long 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-15 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 top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. For more information, visithttp://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer): US Youth Soccer — “The Game for ALL Kids!®” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5-19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game.For more information, visitwww.USYouthSoccer.org.