2008 Champions Cup Sites Announced

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – US Club Soccer’s 2008 Champions Cup will consist of two independent events contested over Easter weekend (March 20-23) at locations in Florida and Arizona.

The Champions Cup is a boys’ only invitational tournament that is available to U.S. Soccer Development Academy programs, as well as other competitive clubs. The 2008 edition of the tournament will be played at the David Maus Toyota Complex in Sanford, Fla. outside of Orlando and the CAP Basin Sports Complex in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The US Soccer Development Academy is a grassroots program implemented this summer and designed to improve the United States as a soccer playing nation by revamping the nation’s youth system.

Given the participation of US Soccer Development Academy teams, each club will field teams in the U14, U16 and U18 age groups (calendar year birth date). Points earned based on results in each age group are totaled by club to determine a club champion.

“The 2008 Champions Cup offers both Academy and non-Academy clubs a high-level competition that fosters club camaraderie,” US Club Soccer Executive Director Bill Sage said in a statement. “Academy clubs will be able to integrate their U14 teams into a meaningful event while connecting them to the Academy program. Non-Academy clubs, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to measure themselves against Academy members.”

The Champions Cup format follows the Development Academy mandate of one game per day. Contested as a round robin, each team will play half of a game against two opponents on each day (i.e. two, 45-minute games). A brief break will occur between games.

While individual age group winners will be recognized, the Champions Cup champion will be the club with the most cumulative points from its participating teams in all three age groups. Separate champions will be crowned in Sanford, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz.

Clubs interested in participating in the 2008 Champions Cup should contact their Regional US Club Soccer Representative. More information about the Champions Cup including past results, standings, photos and quotes can be found on the Champions Cup page at www.usclubsoccer.org.

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