The 2017 San Diego Surf Cup
By James R Ryan
July 28, 2017 marks the start of the 37th annual Surf Cup soccer tournament in San Diego, California.
Players from all across the country travel to San Diego — America’s Finest City — to test their skills against the Best of the Best — and some of these players travel far.
In fact, the 16,872 elite youth soccer players travel an amazing estimated 53,699,588 miles hoping to take home a 2017 Surf Cup trophy.
This whopping distance is nothing new for the Surf Cup, which fills up just fewer hotel rooms than San Diego’s biggest tourist event, Comic Con. But why are so many willing to travel the distance every year?
Aside from great playing conditions on beautiful, professional maintained grass fields at the Surf Cup Sports Park and the So Cal Sports Complex, many players travel to San Diego in hopes of making their soccer dreams come true.
With over 450 college coaches in attendance at the 2016 Surf Cup, players are fairly certain that a scout from the college of their dreams will be at the tournament. With that being said, there is no surprise that the 2017 Surf Cup has attracted players from all across the USA and even overseas.
Players from 16 different states and 5 different countries are coming to compete at Surf Cup.
“The Surf Cup is a great tournament to come to and recruit at because there’s thousands of kids from all over the country. Can’t beat the competition, the weather, or the atmosphere. I’ve been coaching for 17 years and it’s one of my favorite tournaments to come to,” said Michelle Myers, Head Coach at Loyola Marymount
Why do such an enormous number of college coaches schedule a plane flight to San Diego every year? College coaches attend the Surf Cup in search of the next Alex Morgan or Landon Donovan, who, played in this tournament themselves.
“We come to the Surf Cup Series to scout for talent that is unmatched by any other youth soccer tournament in the country,” said Anson Dorrance, Head Coach University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer
Whether it is this year or ten years from now, don’t miss out on seeing the best teams, coaches, players, and college scouts unite together at the Surf Cup in San Diego, California.