Major Competitions Make Raleigh Center of Soccer Universe Again

Raleigh, N.C. – The Greater Raleigh area and the Town of Cary will become the center of the soccer universe again in as several leading youth and collegiate competitions will take place over the next five weeks.

Some of the events include the NCFC Youth’s Showcase Series, ACC Women’s and Men’s Soccer Championships and the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship (College Cup,) all taking –place between Nov. 8 and Dec. 15. Combined, these events are expected to generate more than $24.8 million in direct economic impact throughout Wake County and the surrounding area.

All of this activity comes after the area hosted the Women’s International Champions Cup earlier this summer and the NWSL Championship in October.

The Triangle has a history of successful soccer programs and is home to one of the largest and oldest youth soccer clubs in America, NCFC Youth. Since 1974 the organization has provided youth soccer opportunities to players of all ages and skills.

The organization also provides opportunities for youth soccer players to be recruited for college play via the Showcase Series, which will kick-off this weekend.

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“This is our 39th year hosting the Showcase Series, and the event has grown over the years thanks in part to the growth of our local hospitality industry, field development and support from our community,” said Gary Buete, NCFC Youth CEO.

Matches will be played at 29 venues throughout Wake County and surrounding areas, with WRAL Soccer Park (a 22-field complex), serving as the main competition site. Attendees will also utilize more than 70 hotels throughout Wake County.