The 20th anniversary of the Players College Showcase tournament was held over two weekends on March 8-10, 2019 (Boys) and March 15-17, 2019 (Girls) in Las Vegas. The — Soccer Tournament is one of the largest in the nation and is considered as one of the most prestigious showcase events for college recruiting. The tournament was founded in 2000 by Dr. Saeed Bonabian and is hosted by the Players Soccer Club. The inaugural Las Vegas Soccer Tournament event in 2000 included 40 teams representing 700 players.
The 2019 Players College Showcase tournament included 1,300 youth soccer teams (500 Boys and 800 Girls teams) from the United States and abroad. Teams from 44 different State Associations as well as international teams from Canada, South Korea, and Great Britain participated in the 2019 showcase. Over 1,150 coaches from the nation's leading men's and women's collegiate soccer programs attended the tournament to identify and recruit players. In addition, representatives from the US Youth National Teams, the Major League Soccer (MLS), and United Soccer League (USL) attended the tournament for player identification and scouting.
All the major soccer complexes, totaling 70 fields from Clark County, the City of Las Vegas, and the City of Henderson were used for the tournament. A record number 24,630 players participated in the 2019 Players College Showcase over two weekends. 127,600 visitors from outside Southern Nevada attended the event during the two weekends, including the players, families, coaches, and scouts. The economic impact of the Players College Showcase to the local economy is estimated to be over $40 million for the two weekends.
The Players College Showcase was the first tournament nationally where teams competed in a showcase format without elimination process to allow players to express their talents freely. Over the two decades the Players College Showcase tournament has expanded and has become one of the nation's top college recruiting events in addition to playing a major role in making Las Vegas a favorite destination for youth sporting events.
"The dates for the Players College Showcase are set as March 13-15, 2020 (Boys) and March 20-22, 2020 (Girls)" stated Saeed Banabian.
ABOUT THE PLAYERS COLLEGE SHOWCASE TOURNAMENT
The Players Soccer Club founded by Dr. Saeed Bonabian provides playing opportunities for players ages 4 to 19 in Southern and Northern Nevada. The club has a thirty-year history of producing some of the best youth players in Nevada. The club alumni include hundreds of successful collegiate players with some moving onto play professionally. The club offers a dedicated and most knowledgeable professional coaching staff while providing a very affordable program for youth players in Nevada.
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