Jefferson Cup adds state-of-art fields

Jefferson Cup adds state-of-art fields
August 16, 2011

Held annually for more than 30 years, the Jefferson Cup is highly regarded as one the premier tournaments in the nation.

Rated the No. 1 youth soccer tournament in the country in 2009, the Richmond, VA, event selects around 700 teams (350 boys and 350 girls) annually from age groups U10 to U19. The action unfolds over a two-weekend period in March that’s divided by gender: with boys kicking off from March 9-11, 2012 and girls from March 18-20, 2012.

Played out across 14 soccer facilities, to maximize the player experience, it’s no wonder the Jefferson Cup is one of the best soccer events in the country.  

boys youth club soccer player hoist a soccer trophyThe Jefferson Cup remains one of the most popular tournaments.
"I think it comes down to the quality that we provide and the experience for the players," said Assistant Tournament Director Steve D'Adamo. “It’s really been a great success in the past.”

According to D'Adamo, the Richmond Strikers organization focuses on three things to make the tournament one of a kind: provide quality playing fields, produce quality competition and have great organization.

With the addition of new partner SportsQuest, the 2011 edition featured 25 soccer fields - a mix of natural grass surfaces and synthetic turf fields — to ensure full tournament play.

Each year, the Jefferson Cup hosts over 150 State Cup Champions and other top soccer clubs from around the country. Receiving an average of 1,100 applications per year, the Strikers have had to turn down more than 500 teams per year over the past four years in a tough selection process.

In addition to hosting top talent from all over the U.S., more than 400 college coaches attended this year's competition. D'Adamo said it offers the players an opportunity to be observed where they otherwise may not have a chance.

While the application process has not opened for the 2012 Jefferson Cup, expect tons of teams to apply for next year. Because of the high demand, the Strikers tournament committee conducts a four-week research period to select the participants. Some of the criteria includes: team history, results, results against other teams in the application pool; placement in state, regional, and national competitions along with team makeup and ranking.  

Just a few of the considerations that help to make Jefferson Cup a standout event.  

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