BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — Two of the nation’s premier youth soccer tournaments can be returning to West Virginia in 2022.
Leaders within the Kanawha Valley announced on Monday that the 2022 US Youth Soccer Jap Regional Championships and Jap Presidents Cup have been awarded to Shawnee Sports activities Complicated and the Barboursville Soccer Complicated. These competitions are along with the 2021 USYS Jap Regional Presidents Cup that had already been awarded to Shawnee Sports activities Complicated and Barboursville.
The amenities have been set to host the identical occasions in 2020 however they have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Given the hardships our communities have confronted over the previous 12 months, U.S. Youth Soccer needed to assist our communities by renewing their dedication to host the premier occasions in 2022,” West Virginia Soccer Affiliation President Len Rogers stated throughout a Zoom press convention.
The Shawnee Sports activities Complicated and the Barboursville Soccer Complicated co-hosted each the Presidents Cup and the Eastern Regional Championship in 2019. In 2019, simply the Jap Regional Match introduced round 4,500 athletes on 260 groups from 13 states to the realm. The groups within the match traveled from a dozen states together with Maine, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango stated in earlier occasions they practically had 50 lodges bought out spanning a number of counties in West Virginia. He estimated the financial impression of those annual tournaments are $28 million.
The dates for the tournaments are Presidents Cup, June 17-21, 2022, and Jap Regional Championship, June 24-30, 2022.
Barboursville Mayor Chris Tatum stated the partnership between his village and Kanawha County has labored properly. He believes extra occasions will come to the realm, particularly as Barboursville completes a $1.8 million funding on the Barboursville advanced together with artificial turf, lighting upgrades, and different enhancements.
Barboursville has hosted the regionals in 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2016 however Tatum stated having Shawnee open was a gamechanger.
“This partnership was a pure to deliver extra individuals to the realm. We like to point out off and put our greatest foot ahead for the oldsters that go to right here,” Tatum stated.