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USYS Mar 29, 2021

US Youth Soccer selects Florida as new host for 2021 National Championships

FRISCO, Texas — The Bradenton-Sarasota area on Florida’s West Coast has been selected to host the 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championships from July 20-25.

Given the challenges faced due to COVID, USYS has worked
collaboratively with the Bradenton-Sarasota area representatives to move the elite-level competition to the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

“We are excited to bring this year’s tournament to the Bradenton-Sarasota area,” said USYS CEO Skip Gilbert. “This unique Florida location, amidst sand and surf, will make our National Championships even more memorable for our teams and guests. We look forward to delivering another top-flight programming experience for these elite teams. Given the heritage and history of the USYS National Championships, we are are excited to see our players challenge themselves given the enormous hurdles they’ve faced this past year.”

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“We are thrilled to have been selected as host for the 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championships, coming to Premier Sports Campus in the Bradenton-Sarasota Area this summer,” said Elliott Falcione, Executive Director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are honored to host this historic youth soccer championship in Lakewood Ranch and are thrilled to work with US Youth Soccer to make this event memorable for the athletes and attendees.”

The Florida Youth Soccer Association will serve as the host USYS state association for the event, in conjunction with Chargers Soccer Club and the representatives of Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

The Premier Sports Campus touts 23 FIFA-regulation Celebration Bermuda grass fields on a 140 acre campus. With its own airport (Sarasota Bradenton International Airport), some of the world’s best beaches, award-winning dining options, historical parks, museums and nature preserves, the destination was seen as the clear choice for USYS.