ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, located at Walt Disney World Resort, is the home to Disney soccer events throughout the year. These youth soccer matches and tournaments allow football players to enjoy matches on professionally maintained fields, in games with certified referees, on-site trainers and other game support.
Disney soccer events are held throughout the year. Here are dates for 2011 events and, where scheduled, 2012.
Disney’s President’s Day Soccer Festival
Feb. 19 – 21, 2011 (Feb. 17 – 20, 2012)
Held over Presidents Day Weekend, during a school holiday period for many schools, this is a Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) sanctioned event. The tournament guarantees a minimum of three matches and awards for top spots for teams with six or more players. The event is open to boys and girls in three age groups: U9 – U10, U11– U12, and U13 – U18.
Disney’s Memorial Day Soccer Shootout presented by Danimals®
May 28 – 30, 2011 (May 25 – 28, 2012)
The tournament is billed as the largest 3-day soccer tournament held at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, and attracted more then 300 teams in 2010. This Memorial Day Weekend tournament is sanctioned by the FYSA and promises a three-game minimum guarantee that uses a round-robin style of play. The tournament is open to girls and boys in age brackets U9 – U10 (6v6), U11 – U12 (8v8), and U13 – U14 (Full Sided) and U15 – U19 (Full Sided).
The Danimals National Cup is a qualifying event for the Danone Nations Cup World Finals. Winners of the Danone Nations Cup Bracket Champions representd the United States in the Danone Nations Cup; the team receives an all-expenses paid trip sponsored by Danone. The Danone Nations Cup World Finals will be held in Madrid Spain Oct. 5 – 10, 2011.
Disney Soccer Academy: Superstar Edition
June 10 – 23 and June 27 – 30, 2011
An inaugural instructional camp held over two weekends, Disney Soccer Academy will offer two four-day camps for youth players ages 6 – 18. Participants will receive age-appropriate coaching from licensed coaches, with a focus on technical deelopment and small-sided games. Also part of the sessions are appearances by professional English Premier League (EPL) players. Scheduled to appeal are Craig Bellamy, Paul Robinson, Benni McCarthy, Charlie Adam and Chris Samba (subject to change). Visit Midwest Soccer Academy for more information.
Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament
July 11 – 16, 2011 (July 16 – 21, 2012)
Now in its 14th year, the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament draws youth soccer teams from more than 20 countries. The event, sanctioned by the FYSA, is open to girls and boys in USSF/FIFA affiliated organizations.
Zico Soccer Camp recedes the Disney Cup event July 7 – 9. Zico’s soccer clinic is designed for advanced players ages 9 – 18 as well as coaches. The Disney Cup matches offer a minimum four-game guarantee (no more than one game per day). Age brackets are U9 – U10 (6v6) U11 – U12 (8v8), and U13 – U18 (11v11).
Disney’s Pre-Season Soccer Kick-Off
Aug. 19 – 21, 2011 (Aug. 17 – 19, 2011)
Youth soccer players may apply to this pre-season weekend sanctioned by the FYSA. Disney’s Pre-Season Soccer Kick-Off is open boys and girls in U9 – U10, U11 – U12, and U13 –U14 age brackets who play with USSF/FIFA affiliated organizations. There is a guaranteed three-game minimum, in a round-robin format, with awards given to top teams of six or more players.
Disney’s Soccer Showcase Qualifier
Sept 3 – 5, 2011
Sponsored by Adidas and Anthony Travel, the top two finishers in each age group earn a place in Disney’s Soccer Showcase, with winners in the top flight. The qualifier is FYSA sanctioned and open to boys, in U15 – U18 bracket who play in USSF affiliated organizations. There is a guaranteed three-game minimum.
Disney’s Junior Soccer Showcase
Nov. 25 – Nov. 27, 2011
Focused on younger players, Disney’s Junior Showcase is open to all USSF affiliated organizations for boys and girls in U11-U14 age groups and for teams at the state cup or higher. This FYSA sanctioned tournament, sponsored by Chelsea FC as well as Adidas and Anthony Travel, guarantees teams a three-match minimum.
Disney’s Soccer Showcase (Boys)
Dec. 27 – 30, 2011
The FYSA sanctioned event provides players in U15 – U18 age brackets the opportunity to be seen by college coaches. Disney’s Soccer Showcase has been named the #1 U.S. youth soccer tournament in a Soccer America survey. The event guarantees a three-game minimum for players on USSF-affiliated teams at the state cup or higher level.
Disney’s Soccer Showcase (Girls)
Dec. 31, 2011 – Jan. 3, 2012
As with the boys’ showcase, Chelsea FC Disney’s Soccer Showcase for girls is a FYSA sanctioned event. It promises a three-match minimum for girls in U15 – U18 age bracket who play on top-ranked USSF affiliated teams.
Families and other spectators are welcomed to attend the soccer games, and Disney often offers vacation packages for guests who want to make the soccer tournaments part of a Walt Disney World vacation.
For more information on Disney youth soccer events, visit the ESPN Wide World of Sports website.
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