Jefferson Cup set to conclude 2023 event with Boys Showcase Weekend
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Richmond, Va. – This weekend, the 2023 Jefferson Cup will wrap up play with the Boys Showcase, an event that will host 440 high level teams in the U15-U19 age groups. (Full Schedule)
For over 40 years, the Jefferson Cup Boys Showcase has been one of the top youth soccer tournaments in the country. The event, hosted by Richmond Strikers Tournaments, will take place March 31-April 2. (College Coach List)
The Jefferson Cup is a four-weekend tournament that is hosting more than 1,700 of the top boys and girls youth teams from across the United States and Canada play for top honors and in the high school-aged groups hundreds of college coaches. The Boys Showcase is preceded by the Boys U9-U14 Weekend (March 4-5), Girls U9-U14 Weekend (March 11-12), and the Girls U15-U19 Showcase (March 24-26).
In total, teams attending the Jefferson Cup’s Boys Showcase represent clubs from 25 different U.S. states, along with several more from Canada and Puerto Rico.
The states represented at this weekend’s showcase include: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Teams accepted into the tournament are highly-accomplished members of the nation’s most competitive leagues, including MLS NEXT, ECNLN Boys, Elite Development Program (EDP), US Youth Soccer National League and US Club Soccer National Premier Leagues (NPL), among others.
Included in this year’s competition are Richmond United ECNL B09, Richmond United UNITED ECNL B08, Richmond Kickers YSC BU17 Elite Black B’06, and FC Richmond 2004/2005 Magic Elite NAVY who automatically qualified by winning the Premier Division in their age group at last year’s Capital Fall Classic.
The competition will have two different formats: a traditional tournament style format for the U15 age group with multiple winners across the fourteen divisions and a showcase style format for the U16-U19 age groups. Select games will be livestreamed on BallerTV.
The Jefferson Cup features some of the nation’s top natural grass playing surfaces in the country with over 32 synthetic turf fields, including the River City Sportsplex, which is one of the nation’s largest turf complexes. (Field List)
Once again, the Boys Showcase will include multiple additional opportunities for players. Among these opportunities are the Jefferson Cup Players Combine and the ‘Own The Goal’ Goalkeeper Showcase.
The Players Combine will feature players from across the country in a series of short games aimed at maximizing recruiting opportunities. Each combine will feature three mini-games to be recorded via VEO. The VEO link will be sent to all participants as well as all college coaches attending Jefferson Cup that weekend. The Jefferson Cup Showcase weekends are two of the most highly attended soccer showcase weekends in the country. Over 200 college coaches from Division I, II, III and NAIA are expected to attend the Boys Showcase weekend.
In the ‘Own The Goal’ Goalkeeper Showcase, goalkeepers will have enhanced opportunities to showcase their skills in front of college coaches. Each ninety minute goalkeeper session will include a variety of training scenarios with the aim of highlighting each keepers skills that might be overshadowed during a regular game.
For more information about this year’s tournament, view the Tournament Guide.