Bakersfield Sports Village Soccer Complex will be the site of the inaugural California Invitational Tournament. Photo Credit: PSS
Youth Soccer News: Inaugural California Invitational Set for Memorial Day Weekend
Tournament will include teams from Baja California Norte, with top sides at U12 and U13 receiving bids for the 2014 Copa Rayados Internacional in San Antonio, Texas - Finally, a new and exciting youth soccer tournament in California.
California Invitational Tournament first youth soccer tournament is set for the Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26, 2014. Organized by Premier Soccer Services (PSS), a professional soccer management company that runs tournaments in a all across the USA, the California Invitational will provide teams with a high-quality event on the sixteen championship-level fields of the Bakersfield Sports Village Soccer Complex. The location was selected as it is ideal for both Cal North and Cal South teams, as well as competitive teams from Nevada, Arizona and other regions.
The California Invitational will feature teams from U9 through U14 playing a guaranteed four games over the weekend. There will be Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions, with awards presented to first, second and third place finishers. The multiple divisions will ensure that every team has a challenging field to compete in and all players are challenged in an exciting youth soccer tournament.
As a bonus, champions in the Gold Division in U12 and U13, both boys and girls, will receive an automatic bid and waived entry fees to the 2014 Copa Rayados Internacional (CRI).
This prestigious youth tournament is hosted by Mexican professional club CF Monterrey Rayados and takes place November 26-30 in San Antonio, Texas. The winning U12 boys’ and girls’ teams will receive bids for the U13 CRI level and U13 boys’ and girls’ teams will receive bids for the U14 CRI level. Age groups for the CRI are based on the next seasonal year, and thus are one year older than current age divisions.
This will be the first year that the CRI has expanded to include girls’ teams because of the great interest and demand internationally. The tournament will feature a four-game minimum and triple elimination.
"It's exciting to have these events recognized and have the champions rewarded to advance to an international tournament later in the year,” says PSS President Scott Spencer. “The timing of the spring events should give enough time for champions to make plans to compete in the event as well."
Since 2007, PSS has been involved in organizing events and programs from the grassroots level to international and professional soccer. Their first events included the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama and the 2007 Superclasico exhibition featuring the reserve teams of Club America and CD Guadalajara (Chivas). The company has also been involved in clinics, tours and events around the world with such organizations as the Ghana U17 Women’s National Team, the Philippines U19 Men’s National Team, Sheffield United FC and CF Monterrey Rayados.
The California Invitational will also benefit from a partnership with the Liga Menor de Tijuana (LMT), the largest youth league in Tijuana and Baja California Norte. With the agreement, LMT will send representative teams at several age divisions to compete in the tournament. The LMT teams will be similar to ODP team, representing the entire region rather than a single club.
For the tournament, U9 and U10 teams will play 8v8, while U11-U14 teams will play full 11v11 matches. There will be a maximum of 14 players for U9 and U10 teams, while U11 and up will have a maximum of 18 players. Teams may have up to a maximum of five guest players, and players may only be registered on one team.
California Invitational Tournament
Dates: May 23-26, 2014
Location: Bakersfield Sports Village Soccer Complex
Deadlines: Early Registration – April 1; Regular Registration – May 1
Fees: U9-U10 $445 (Early Registration); $545 (Regular Registration)
U11-U14 $545 (Early Registration); $645 (Regular Registration)
Match Play: 8v8 (U9-U10); 11v11 (U11-U14)
Team Limits: 14 (U9-U10); 18 (U11-U14)
Guest Players: Limit 5 per team*
*Each guest player must have a laminated current USYSA player pass or appropriate national association pass and medical release forms. Guest players must be listed on the proper state association guest player roster form.
For more information or to register, visit the California Invitational website.
About Premier Soccer Services: Premier Soccer Services (PSS) is a professional soccer management company organizing tournaments in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Washington, California, and Tennessee. In 2013, the estimated economic impact on communities from PSS events will reach over $10 million. PSS specializes in professional management as well as marketing regionally, nationally, and internationally, with a specialty of the Mexican market. PSS has offices in Mexico to market specifically to this region. PSS's marketing approach is towards traveling teams and accompanying family to drive the economic impact on the area and increase the visibility/ profile level of the event and location.