Team numbers closing in on last year’s record total – 1,178
Blaine, Minn. (June 5, 2017) – The 33rd annual Schwan’s USA CUP won’t kick off until July 14-22, 2017. While registration is still open, with teams still signing up, a look six weeks out make this year’s tournament look as diverse and large as fans have come to expect.
The tournament is the largest soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere. Last year’s total of 1,178 teams was a record. Beating that total will be challenging, but the USA CUP marketing staff is still hard at work recruiting teams.
“Notable this year is a girls’ team from Spain and more teams from China that we have ever had,” said the Recruiting Director Aaron Schmidt. “We are confident we will have more international teams this year than we attracted last year.”
To date, 1,051 teams have registered for the 2017 tournament, just 127 teams short of last year’s record turnout.
Schwan’s USA CUP is held on the campus of the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine, Minn. The tournament is unique as the only tournament of its size in the world that holds all its games on a single contiguous campus. The 600 acre sports campus will offer 50 full-sized soccer fields. In addition to soccer fields, the NSC boasts an 8,500 seat stadium, an eight-sheet ice arena, an 18-hole golf course, and a cycling velodrome. Schwan’s USA CUP is the facility’s flagship event, its largest and most diverse.
Here is the breakdown of where the registered teams and referees are coming from:
Country breakdown: Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Haiti, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Sweden, Uganda.
Canada provinces sending teams: Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan.
U.S. states sending teams: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin.
Referees coming from the following countries: Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Romania, St. Kitts and Nevis, Uganda, United Kingdom, and United States.
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