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Top Youth Soccer Tournaments

We often get asked which are the top youth soccer tournaments out there. The answer, of course, depends very much on what you're looking for. Some may argue, for example, that the Dallas Cup provides the highest level of play, but if you're a U12 girls travel team, it might not be the best fit for your team.

Similarly, the largest tournament in the world may be the Gothia Cup and, hey, 30,000 active participants can't all be wrong, can they? But if your budget doesn't stretch as far as Sweden, that's not particularly helpful information.

In this part of the site, we'll try to introduce you to a number of tournaments and dig a little deeper than the typical marketing blurb. That way you can get a much clearer picture of what to expect if you sign up. We'll also introduce you to some of the tournament directors who make this industry tick, and get a few insights from them into just what makes a successful tournament.

We'll try and give you the low-down on each tournament, with information about the number and quality of fields, the level of play, the kinds of teams you're likely to face, etc. And we may feature events that offer something just a little different from the typical soccer tournament experience.

We'll also try and get hold of some photos where possible so that you and your team can have some idea of what to expect when you get there. We've provided a teaser paragraph on this page and a link through to a more complete page about each profiled tournament.

If you want to nominate your own favorite soccer tournament, drop us an email and we'll have someone get in touch. Here, then, are our profiles of some of the top youth soccer tournaments in the world.

Soccer Tournaments in the United States

MSC Kickoff Classic Logo MSC Kickoff Classic The Manhattan Soccer Club Kickoff Classic has become the top-ranked boys and second-highest ranked girls tournament in New York East. MSC Kickoff Classic utilizes Randall's Island and other fields in the region to provide a first class tournament experience in the heart of New York City.
Having become one of the most competitive tournaments in the country means that the MSC Kickoff Classic is bringing in some of the best teams in Region 1, as well as teams from outside the region and the country. more

FC Alliance A non-profit organization, Tennessee's FC Alliance is the product of the merger of Smokey Mountain Soccer Association and Impact United Soccer Association in 2008 and the influx of coaches and directors of Knoxville Crush in 2010.
Today, the club serves 1,500 youth players and serves eastern Tennessee. It runs five premier tournaments each year that are among the leading tournaments in the South East Central United States. more
FC Alliance Logo

Dallas Cup Logo Dallas Cup The Dallas Cup is one of the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournaments in the United States, and is considered by many soccer experts to be the highest caliber youth tournament in the entire world.
The tournament takes place at Pizza Hut Park, the $80 million state-of-the-art soccer complex in Frisco, TX that also serves as the home field for the MLS team FC Dallas. more

Golden Goal Challenge Located near Lake George in New York, the Golden Goal Challenge is a totally unique soccer tournament experience, offering a week-long stay where teams live and dine in an Olympic style village atmosphere. During the week, they participate in training sessions, team-building activities and, of course, games.
Teams pay a flat fee and then all they have to do is show up. Golden Goal handles lodging, food, and scheduling more
Golden Goal Sports Park

North American Sand Soccer Championships North American Sand Soccer Championships
Some teams enter faraway youth soccer tournaments to prepare for the upcoming season. Others do so to give their players a taste of higher-level competition or to raise the profile of their clubs and aid their recruitment cause.
But for a truly different soccer tournament experience, Dick Whalen thinks he has the answer: Sand Soccer. more

Seacoast United Columbus Day Invitational
As one of the leading soccer clubs in New England, Seacoast United is well known for the competitive level of its teams. But it is also known for the quality of its youth soccer tournaments. The organization runs several events, both indoor and outdoor, from its New Hampshire home base and surrounding facilities.
For Matt Sprague, the club's director of coaching on the girls' side, the highlight of them all is the annual Columbus Day Invitational. more
Seacoast United Logo

North American Sand Soccer Championships Schwan's USA Cup
When it comes to tournaments, it doesn't get much bigger than the Schwan's USA Cup.
Now in its 27th year, the USA Cup has cemented its legacy as the largest international youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere, with over 1,000 teams coming to the Minneapolis, MN area each July. more

If you host a soccer tournament that you would like us to profile, please contact us at If you can send us a logo and a few photos, too,so much the better.

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