Dallas Cup

Dallas Cup

Every Easter week, Dallas Cup, the most prestigious youth soccer tournament in the U.S. and one of the top annual youth soccer tournaments across the globe, opens its arms to the soccer world. And each year it gets bigger, as youth teams and clubs from around the world descend on Dallas to participate in one of the most competitive tournaments in all of youth soccer. The tournament traditionally consists of approximately 40% international teams, 40% American teams outside of Dallas, and 20% Dallas-area teams. Each year more than 100,000 spectators watch teams from all over the world compete for the coveted Boot and Ball trophy.

As the elite youth soccer tournament in the country, Dallas Cup makes a tremendous impact on the local region each year. In addition to the economic impact, Dallas-area residents are able to witness some of the top amateur soccer players in the world before they become stars. Based on the event’s history, during any given year fans who attend Dallas Cup matches figure to be watching future World Cup stars in action.

2019 Dallas Cup Stats

  • Since 1990 over 100 Dallas Cup alumni, representing 16 countries, have played in more than 500 World Cup matches
  • In the past two FIFA World Cups, one out of every eleven goal scorers were a Dallas Cup alumnus
  • Since 2002, Dallas Cup alumni have been awarded 25 “Man of the Match” selections at the FIFA World Cup, including the likes of Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, among others
  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia featured the first Dallas Cup alum to score in a World Cup final, when Croatia’s Ivan Perisic netted a goal against France

Before They Were Stars

Looking back at the worldwide soccer superstars who made their way through Dallas to take part in Dallas Cup, it’s amazing to imagine just who graced the fields at Cotton Bowl Stadium, MoneyGram Soccer Park, Toyota Stadium, and other facilities hosting Dallas Cup matches. Just a few of those names include Wayne Rooney, Paxton Pomykal, Omar Gonzalez, Raul, Michael Owen, Michael Bradley, Freddy Adu, Guiseppe Rossi, Jesse Lingard, Jonathan Dos Santos, Junihio, Kieran Trippier, LAndon Donovan, Edmilson, David Beckham, Clint Dempsey, Chicharito, Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Guardado, Adnan Januzaj, and Adam Lallana.

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