(Via Dallas Cup) – The 2017 Dallas International Girls Cup (DIGC) and IberCup USA concluded on Sunday with final matches that lived up to the excitement of the tournament all week. Between the two tournaments, almost 200 teams from around the world came together for the event.
This year the tournament welcomed participants from 17 nations including Guatemala, Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, England, Finland, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Colombia, Panama, Chile, South Korea, Canada and the United States. Almost 100 college coaches were in attendance during the DIGC tournament scouting and recruiting domestic and international players.
Kicking off the tournament on April 11 was our official international opening ceremony in a packed Alfred J. Loos Arena with more than 7,000 spectators. The opening ceremony included a parade of nations, a country western dance group, a show band and guest speakers. This year our featured guest was Jane Campbell, who was the youngest Goalkeeper to ever be called up to the United States Women’s National Team, at age 17. Campbell commented on her experience playing at Stanford and recently being drafted to the Houston Dash, as well as her time spent with the Women’s National Team.
On Wednesday, tournament games started and in the evening the tournament hosted a reception for all of the international team coaches and managers. During this event, international and out of state teams were recognized by the Mayor of Farmers Branch, Mayor Phelps and Ahmed Ashmawy, Director of Coaching of the Dallas Texans, the tournament host club. Local Dallas teams hosting international teams were in attendance and were given recognition for volunteering their homes to athletes from other countries and provided a true Southern Hospitality experience.
On Sunday, the tournament concluded with the finals for each group and most of the games live up to the billing as they were fiercely competitive games between great teams.
Dallas International Girls Cup Finalists were:
U12: Dallas Texans South 05 Girls and Solar Chelsea 05 Pulpaneck.
U13: Dallas Texans South 04 Girls and NTH Top Hat 04 ECNL.
U14: FC Dallas 03 ECNL and Solar Chelsea 03 ECNL.
U15: Lonestar 02 ECNL and Solar Chelsea 02 ECNL.
U16: Dallas Texans 01 ECNL and Solar Chelsea 01 Wells.
U17: Dallas Texans 00 Fort Worth and Dallas Texans 00 ECNL. U18: IF Lyseng (Denmark) and Solar Chelsea 99 Composite.
Winners for each age category were:
U12 Dallas Texans South 05 Girls, U13 NTH Top Hat (GA), U14 Solar Chelsea 03 ECNL, U15 Dallas Texans 01 ECNL, U16 Dallas Texans 01 ECNL, U17 Dallas Texans 00 ECNL, and U18 Solar Chelsea 99 Composite.
The Dallas Texan’s girls’ teams defended their home turf winning 4 of the 7 age categories. Solar Chelsea, another local Texas team also fared well winning 2 age categories. NTH Top Hat from Georgia won a tightly contested championship game against a strong Dallas Texans South team.
IberCup USA Finalists were:
U9: PSG (TX) and Continental FC (PA)
U10: EFF Bagoso (Panama) and Manchester City FC (England),
U11: Dallas Texans 06 Dallas and RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)
U12: FC Dallas and Atletico Madrid (Spain)
U13: Club Menedy (Guatemala) and Liverpool FC (England).
The teams from pro-clubs Manchester City, RSC Anderlecht, Atletico Madrid, and Liverpool FC dominated the competition and all won the championships in their age categories with the U9 Continental FC team being the lone U.S. team to win a championship.
However, the top USA teams in the IberCup did not leave empty handed, as the best
U.S. team in the U9-U12 age groups won a free travel package to an international IberCup tournament in Portugal, Spain, Denmark and Japan.
The top U.S. teams included:
U9: Continental FC – won a travel package for IberCup Estoril in Portugal.
U10: PST Attack – won a travel package for the IberCup Scandinavia in Denmark.
U11: Dallas Texans – won a travel package to the IberCup Japan.
U12: FC Dallas – won a travel package to IberCup Costa Del Sol in Spain.