BARBOURSVILLE, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- The U.S. Youth Soccer Region East Regional Championships are returning to Barboursville in 2015 and 2016. The West Virginia Soccer Association made the announcement on Monday.
The championships were held in Barboursville back in 2009 and 2010 and featured the top 272 teams in the Under-12 through Under-19 age groups.
The tournament will begin with opening ceremonies at Joan C. Edward Stadium on the Marshall University campus. Preliminary games will be played at the Barboursville Soccer Complex and YMCA Kennedy Center. US Youth Soccer Region I Champions will be crowned following final games.
More than 5,000 players, coaches, teams and tournament officials, who also bring along their families are expected to attend the six-day tournament that is estimated to have a $14 million per year in economic impact on the Barboursville/Huntington/Charleston area, according to a news release.
“We are excited to have the Region I Championships in West Virginia for a second time and look forward to working with US Youth Soccer and Region I,” said Len Rogers, president of West Virginia Soccer Association. “Each year, the nation’s top players look forward to another two years of incredible competition as the best teams in Region I earn their way from state championships to these regional championships.”
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to once again show our soccer families our bustling city and share our southern hospitality,” said Village of Barboursville Mayor Paul Turman, Sr.
The championships were held in Lancaster, Pa. this year. They will move to Rhode Island the next two summers.