American Youth Football National Championships moving to Paradise Coast Sports Complex

American Youth Football has announced that its 2023 national championships will be moving to the Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples, Fla.
American Youth Football has announced that its 2023 national championships will be moving to the Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples, Fla.

NAPLES, Fla. – American Youth Football (AYF), the nation’s largest youth football and cheer program, and Collier County in Florida have reached an agreement to bring the 2023 American Youth Football National Championships to Paradise Coast Sports Complex.

The parties have been working behind the scenes for months to finalize the partnership to relocate the event and its multimillion-dollar economic impact to Collier County.

The AYF National Championships is the largest of its kind, with more than 200 football teams competing in a week-long event. In 2021, the event drew participants from 27 states, who will all stay in Collier County hotels, under AYF’s stay-to-play platform.

The move should generate more than 20,000 room nights to Collier County, based on AYF’s hotel usage in 2021, according to data from Osceola County, the former home of the national championships.

“Paradise Coast Sports Complex is proud to host an event of such significance and thank the AYF leadership for sharing our vision that this venue should have the biggest and best events in youth sports,” says complex general manager Adrian Moses. “The economic stimulus to Collier County that this event will provide can be attributed directly to Paul Beirnes and the Tourist Development Council, and their continued support of Paradise Coast Sports Complex.”

The event attracts some of the best youth football players in the country–as 10 percent of the NFL’s 2022 first-round draft picks played in AYF’s national championships or all-star games. Other notable AYF alumni include Kavon Thibodaux (New York Giants), Chris Olave (New Orleans Saints), and Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh Steelers), along with 2021 Heisman Trophy Winner Bryce Young of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

“Collier County’s development of PCSC as a premier sports destination, featuring 10 artificial-turf fields–including the 3,500-seat PCSC Stadium–and all the amenities, made the decision to move the event an easy one,” says AYF VP of Operations Craig Karahuta.

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