Chattanooga Region Set To Host Largest Homegrown Youth Soccer Tournament

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Chattanooga Football Club, the Chattanooga Sports Committee, East Ridge Futbol Club, North River Soccer Association and Redoubt Soccer Association are set to host the largest youth select soccer tournament ever in this area on Saturday and Sunday at the North River, Redoubt and Camp Jordan complexes.

Redoubt Soccer Association board member Greg Love said, “As of an April 22, conference call with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), we have over 150 teams registered."

Mr. Love said the number is up from 70 teams at this time last year before the 2013 Scenic City Cup.

"Knowing that at a maximum 40 teams are local teams, we will have over 110+ travel teams coming to experience our community … absolutely wonderful,” Mr. Love said. 

Representatives of this “Scenic City LOC” (four soccer organizations and one sports tourism entity) have been playing very well in the sandbox together over the past year to achieve one common mission.

The LOC has a goal of producing the most effective and efficient soccer experience through a well-coordinated and organized tournament while maximizing the experience for all athletes and spectators participating in this Scenic City Cup. 

“This past year of planning has been a lot of fun!  I can’t wait to see the action this weekend,” said Mark Harrison of North River.

The tournament currently has 84 girls teams and 75 boys teams registered within different age group divisions ranging from U8 – U18.  “This represents is an estimated $528,000 of direct economic impact associated with this weekend soccer tournament,” said Tim Morgan, president of the Chattanooga Sports Committee highlights.

East Ridge Director of Parks and Recreation Marvin “Stump” Martin is impressed with the way the soccer organizations have worked together.

“It has been a wonderful experience working with these guys and seeing our county-wide event flourish in its second year,” Mr. Martin said.

With the Chattanooga Football Club Women’s team in it’s inaugural year and CFC recently being awarded entry in the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, Krue Brock with the CFC is excited for the future of soccer within this region. He said, “Soccer continues to grow in our area and the second annual Scenic City Cup further verifies this growth.  CFC is proud to be a part of the team that will continue to cultivate the growth of our homegrown soccer tournament that showcases youth soccer here in Chattanooga.” 

For more information on the tournament, contact Tim Morgan of the Chattanooga Sports Committee. 


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