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2021 USL Academy Cup Sneak Peek: Venue Spotlight - Presented by Marka

By Staff, 05/24/21, 2:45PM EDT


The Hillsborough County Tournament Sportsplex in Tampa, Fla. will be home to the 2021 USL Academy Cup

TAMPA, Fla. - For the first time, the 2021 United Soccer League (USL) Academy Cup, presented by Puma, will be taking place at the Hillsborough County Tournament Sportsplex in Tampa, Fla. from May 28-31.

One of the state’s top venues, the Hillsborough County Tournament Sportsplex features 15 elite tournament quality fields with professionally maintained Celebration Bermudagrass playing surfaces that contain a modified USGA field drainage system to prevent soaking. 

One of those 15 fields -- The Championship Field -- will hold the elite group finals on Monday morning and is featured prominently at the front of the Sportsplex. The Sportsplex prides itself on its premium LED lighting and MuscoVision cameras with connected live stream video, making this year’s USL Academy event more accessible than ever.

With two sets of bleacher area seating, the venue is able to seat approximately 300 people in total.

“We are incredibly excited to host the inaugural USL Academy Cup national tournament at one of the premier soccer complexes in the country,” said USL Technical Director Liam O’Connell. “The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Tampa Sports Authority, and Hillsborough County have all been tremendous partners in making this event a reality, and we can’t wait to provide all participating players & teams a memorable experience while on-site at this facility.”

Additionally, Hillsborough County Tournament Sportsplex has a 35,000 sq.ft. plaza outside of the fields where the USL Academy will have the Player Village as well as other special experiences for attendees, and where the Tournament HQ will be stationed. The Sportsplex houses four locker rooms and permanent restroom facilities, and there is plenty of onsite and close distance parking for guests traveling by vehicle.

Located just off of I-4 and I-275, The Sportsplex is the ideal location for those who wish to explore more of the Tampa Area. The fields are just minutes away from world-class hotels, restaurants, and activities. In addition, it is less than 20 minutes away from attractions like Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and the Florida Aquarium.

We encourage attendees to go out and explore all that Tampa has to offer during the downtime of the tournament. There will be plenty to do both at the USL Academy Cup and around Tampa for all ages to enjoy!

For more information on USL Academy, visit or find us on Twitter at @USL_Academy.

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