Copa Del Mar: A Summertime Tradition for Youth Soccer

Copa Del Mar: A Summertime Tradition for Youth Soccer

Hosted by the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks, Copa Del Mar has become a mainstay of summer soccer in San Diego and Southern California. From July 12th through the 14th, the DMCV Sharks family will come together to run this SoCal tradition. Games will be played at the Del Mar polo fields (Surf Cup Sports Park) and surrounding fields.

Copa Del Mar to field 2012 brackets

Copa Del Mar is one of the few summer tournaments to offer competition for 2012 birth-year teams. Teams with players who turn seven this year will be able to play 7v7 games on the fabulous Del Mar fields.

Waiting List expected

The popularity of the event has skyrocketed. Tournament Director, Jordan Shadeed, explains, “We expect to have 350 to 400 teams this year. In recent years, we’ve had to turn away almost a hundred teams. At the same time, our staff works really hard to make sure every bracket is evenly matched. Nobody enjoys playing in a bracket that is completely lopsided. Therefore, we put in a lot of hours to make sure that teams are going to get a great experience. Because the event is so popular, we really recommend that teams sign up early to make sure they get a spot.” HERE is the tournament page with more info.

Great Prizes and Perks for Coaches

I asked Shadeed what makes Copa Del Mar such a popular San Diego tournament. He told me, “We have really great prizes for the winning teams, which is fun. But we also make it a family experience. Families aren’t constantly running from one location to the next. Because of that, parents can relax and enjoy watching their kids play. We will also be setting up a coaches corner where the coaches can enjoy snacks drinks and food in between their games. I’m also working on some more fun additions and prizes. Stay tuned for more about that. I’ll let you know as soon as we have the details finalized.”

Jordan Shadeed, Copa Del Mar director

Tournament info

To learn more about Copa Del Mar and sign up your team, CLICK HERE.


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    Ryan 3 years

    I have to say that the scheduling of this tournament is horrible. Our team played 1 game on saturday. Then 2 games on sunday. Now we are playing in the championship in our 3rd game of the day. The team we are playing is playing their 2nd game of a day. How can you give an advantage like that to a team. We will not be doing this tournament again. Very disappointed.

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      Sorry to hear that. I’ll pass along your feedback to Sharks. Thanks for taking the time to post your comment. I recommend you email the tournament director and let them know as well. There should be an email address on the tournament website.