USL AGM, SYL North American Finals in Tampa; EPL great Alan Shearer to make appearance
USL News Release
Monday, October 8, 2006
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced details surrounding the 2006 USL SoccerFest, featuring the USL Annual General Meeting and Super Y-League North American Finals, which will be held in Tampa, Florida from November 16-21.
Launched last year with the USL AGM and SYL Finals on separate weekends, the USL SoccerFest will bring the two events together for the first time in USL history this fall.
The 2006 USL SoccerFest will also feature the introduction of the Five-A-Side Frenzy, a small-sided tournament for local soccer players, bringing the local Tampa Bay community together with the best clubs and players from throughout North America at one venue.
“The one-day five-v-five tournament gives local youth an opportunity to play the beautiful game with their friends in a fun environment,” said James Ward, USL Director of Business Development. “The Five-A-Side Frenzy is one of the features we feel will make the USL SoccerFest even more inclusive of Tampa area soccer players.”
Also scheduled for the 2006 USL SoccerFest are a guest appearance and autograph session with international and English Premiership great Alan Shearer. Last year’s event featured an appearance by US international Clint Dempsey, who went on to play in the World Cup and earn recognition as US Soccer Player of the Year. Alan Shearer's involvement comes courtesy of United Soccer Leagues and USL SoccerFest sponsor UMBRO, who have provided Shearer with product for his whole career. Having hung up his boots last season, Shearer is participating in a tour of international soccer nations as an ambassador for UMBRO and will arrive in Tampa fresh from recently visiting Australia and New Zealand.
The Players’ Village will return to the Super Y-League North American Finals featuring street soccer, a video game tournament, soccer tennis, a futsal demonstration and more. The futsal demonstration is in conjunction with the recent announcement of USL’s partnership with the Super F League and will feature a special field supplied by Sprinturf, the official turf supplier of United Soccer Leagues.
Saturday, November 18, the second day of the Super Y-League North American Finals, will be highlighted by the opening of the Players’ Village, a 20th Anniversary Celebration featuring food and music, and the Super Y-League North American Finals Showcase Match where two of the league’s premier teams will square off in a scheduled tournament match that will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel December 2 at 5:00 pm ET.
The events will take place at three venues with the AGM being held at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, the official host hotel of the USL SoccerFest, and the Super Y-League North American Finals at the University of South Florida and Ed Radice Sports Complex. The Five-A-Side Frenzy, Showcase Match and Players’ Village will be held at the Ed Radice Sports Complex.
“I am excited that the USL SoccerFest has become symbolic of the club development aspect of United Soccer Leagues and is also connecting with the soccer community of our headquarters in Tampa with the Five-A-Side Frenzy,” said USL President Francisco Marcos.
Events and schedule are subject to change.