VIRGINIA TO HOST 2017 & 2018 REGION 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS

For Immediate Release

VIRGINIA IS AWARDED THE 2017 & 2018 REGION 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Spotsylvania County, Virginia. January 28, 2015

The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) was awarded the bid to host the 2017/2018 USYS Region 1 Championships by the Presidents of Region 1 at the USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Association) Annual Workshop in Philadelphia on January 16th, 2015.

The Region 1 Championships are held annually and attract hundreds of State Champion youth teams and thousands of visitors from the 15 states that make up Region 1 of USYSA. The competition is held over a five day period each summer. The 2017 Championships will be held from June 29th-July 4th and the 2018 Championships will be held from June 28th-July 3rd. The Fredericksburg Region including Spotsylvania County, the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County will be rolling out the red carpet for the Region 1 Championship teams, their families and other visitors who will enjoy world class playing fields, hotels, restaurants and attractions.

The competition venues will include the Virginia Soccer Training Center at the Spotsylvania Sportsplex which will serve as the Headquarters Facility and will host all semi-final and final matches. The Virginia Soccer Training Center is owned and operated by VYSA and boasts 9 FIFA regulation fields including two with artificial surfaces and lights. Patriot Park in Spotsylvania will add another six FIFA regulation fields and the new Embrey Mill complex in Stafford will round out the twenty plus fields required to host the Championships.

VYSA President Denise Edwards commented “We are excited to be able to bring the Region 1 Championships to Spotsylvania County and the surrounding area. We are committed to providing a world class event and making these Championships life long memories for the players and their families”.

Spotsylvania County Administrator Doug Barnes added “The Virginia Youth Soccer Association met with a Spotsylvania County team and others locally last fall toward the goal of bringing the 2017-18 Region 1 Soccer Championships, plus the hundreds of families and fans which would accompany the young athletes, to the County and area.  We congratulate all for a successful bid!  We look forward to hosting of teams, competitions and visitors for this important event.  While you are here for the Championships, Spotsylvania extends an open invitation for all to enjoy the dining, commercial and tourism amenities that the County has to offer to add to your enjoyable visit.”

 “Securing the Region 1 Championships is a significant win for the Virginia Youth Soccer Association.   The City of Fredericksburg is pleased to partner with VYSA, Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties to bring this exciting event to the region and maximizing its benefits,” said City of Fredericksburg Mayor, Mary Katherine Greenlaw.   

“We are thrilled that Stafford County has been selected as one of the hosts for the Region 1 Championships,” said Gary Snellings, Chairman of the Stafford Board of Supervisors. “In addition to Embrey Mill Park, which is a world-class facility that will feature 11 lighted athletic fields, concessions and a playground, Stafford has much to offer these athletes and their families: excellent hotels, wonderful dining and shopping amenities, and unique tourism sites that will show how Stafford played a significant role in our nation’s history. We look forward to inviting these visitors to our community, and hope that this is the beginning of a long and successful partnership with the Virginia Youth Soccer Association.”

About the Virginia Youth Soccer Association

The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) www.vysa.com is a member of the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer representing over 170,000 youth players, coaches and administrators in the Commonwealth of Virginia and DC. VYSA oversees programs including the Olympic Development Program (ODP), the National Championship Series (State Cup), the VYSA Academy Program, Coaching Education and more.

About the Virginia Soccer Training Center

The Virginia Soccer Training Center www.vysatcom is owned and operated by VYSA and is one of the finest soccer training facilities on the East Coast. Situated on 50 acres of former farmland in Spotsylvania County half way between Washington, DC and Richmond, the facility boasts nine FIFA regulation fields including a small stadium. The facility will be the future home of VYSA’s State offices and indoor training facility.