Manchester City Cup Prepares for an exciting 2017 Youth Soccer Tournament
San Diego’s Manchester City Cup is preparing for the 2017 edition of its annual tournament hosted by Surf Cup Sports — Registration opened on Thursday — and applications are already coming in from around the country and abroad. The prestigious youth soccer tournament will be held over the Memorial Day weekend and will provide all champions and finalists out of the first place pool an automatic spot in the summer’s ‘Best of the Best’ Surf Cup tournament.
The third annual Manchester City Cup delivered by Surf Cup Sports will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, 2017, and will feature boys’ and girls’ teams competing age groups U8- U19. 316 teams took the field last year with more than 350 teams expected to participate in 2017.
Commenting on the importance of the Manchester City Cup to youth and coach development, Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola said:
“One thing my career has taught me is that to become the best player or manager you can possibly be; you need to play against the best. This is the ultimate test for any team and coach. These are the defining moments in football when bonds are forged among the group and you grow as one team.”
The goal of the Manchester City Cup is to provide a forum within which international teams, national teams and local teams can play each other, challenge themselves, and test their abilities to help them become the best they can be; all whilst providing aspiring young players with a variety of pathways to help them achieve their goals.
A unique component of the tournament is the ‘Super Group’ competition, featuring 2002 age group academy players from a range of international clubs.
This year, in the B2002 (U14) Academy Super Group will include defending champions Xolos Academy. Joining them to complete the Academy Super Group will be Manchester City’s Youth Academy, Tottenham Hotspur FC Youth Academy from London, Club America from Mexico City, LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, Crossfire Premier, Pateadores SC, FC Golden State and San Diego Surf.
Who will emerge to take the title this year from this impressive list of clubs?
“We are incredibly proud of the partnership we have with Manchester City,” said Jeremy McDonald, Vice President of Surf Cup Sports. “Over the past three years, we have worked together to host the Manchester City Cup and the success of the tournament has helped further cement Surf Cup Sports’ reputation as the leading brand for development of youth soccer players in the San Diego area and across the country.”
“This is the third year Manchester City is partnering with Surf Cup Sports to host the Manchester City Cup and we are delighted by the growth of the event since 2015,” said Gavin Rhodes, Head of City Football School. “This tournament represents a unique opportunity for young players to develop as footballers and for Manchester City to connect with soccer fans across America.”
To build on the success of last year’s coaching symposium, Manchester City Academy Director Mark Allen will return to the SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside on Wednesday, May 24th, to present a workshop open to all coaches. The event will revisit the Academy philosophy and look at how it works when implemented on a day-to-day basis and how the basic components of the philosophy can be transferred to each coach’s individual training program.
Manchester City Cup is a Class I tournament, open to USYSA, US Club Soccer, Super Y League and FIFA affiliated teams. All champions and finalists out of the first place pool will receive automatic acceptance into the summer Surf Cup tournament. All games will be played between two locations: San Diego Polo Fields in Del Mar and the SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside.
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