HISTORY OF PREMIER SUPERCOPA
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Back in Dallas and back on its traditional dates, Premier SuperCopa 2021 was the largest the tournament has ever been throughout its rich history. 194 teams traveled from over 25 states across the country to compete against the best U9-U12 boys and girls teams in the nation. After 2020’s tournament was impacted by Covid-19, it was great to see a full field back in action at America’s Championship… and the competition that took place on the pitch did not disappoint!
Before the tournament kicked-off, the opening ceremonies were held at Texas Live! in Arlington, TX. Over 5,000 players, coaches, families and fans poured into the entertainment venue to celebrate the start of the week with a parade of teams, the 2022 Premier SuperCopa location reveal, Q&A with previous USMNT player Robbie Findley, player swag exchange, prize giveaways, food & Beverage and a USWNT game-watch party. The stage was set for the tournament, and all were eager to get started on Thursday morning.
Group play on Thursday and Friday was as tight as its ever been, as most groups came down to a couple points or a tiebreaker. This is always the goal of the tournament competition team because it proves that these truly are the best teams in the country. After two hard fought days of group play, the competition team re-seeded and re-bracketed each age group for weekend quarterfinal win-or-go-home play.
After a riveting day of quarterfinal games on Saturday concluded, everyone from the tournament went to watch FC Dallas play Minnesota United at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX. Not only did Premier SuperCopa have dedicated sections within the stadium for the attendees, but a player in the tournament signed the National Anthem, all teams in attendance received a shoutout on the jumbotron AND there was a post-game fireworks show! A wonderful evening at the MLS match concluded the off-the-field events for the week, as championship Sunday loomed large for the teams that were still fighting for Premier SuperCopa glory.
Sunday at Premier SuperCopa was unlike any championship Sunday ever before. The atmosphere was electric and the play on the field matched suit, with 14 overtime Penalty Kick shootouts determining the fate of teams in the semifinals and finals. At the end of it all, champions and finalists from each bracket stood tall on the stage and hoisted trophies and medals in front of screaming fans from across the nation. CO2 and sparkler cannons blasted into the sky for yet another memorable experience for all involved.
We can’t wait to do it all over again in Salt Lake City, UT for Premier SuperCopa 2022!
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If there was one word used to describe Premier SuperCopa 2020, it would be resilience. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the location and date of the tournament was moved to ensure the safety of the competitors, coaches, family, fans and staff. Originally, SuperCopa was set to take place in Cincinnati, OH in mid-June. After careful consideration and in-compliance with local health guidelines, SuperCopa was moved to September 4-7 in Dallas, TX. Logistical changes did not stop teams from traveling from across the country and Mexico to compete for the chance to claim Premier SuperCopa glory, as the 2020 tournament showcased the top-tier talent of nearly 100 U9-U12 Boys & Girls squads from 50 different clubs across 16 different states and Mexico. Family & fans that weren’t able to make the trip were able to view all of the action online, as FloFC provided live broadcasts throughout the entire weekend.
Although social distancing guidelines limited SuperCopa’s ability to host the annual Coaches Social, Members Party, Bracket Reveal & the TeamFirst Player’s Clinic, the atmosphere at MoneyGram Soccer Park was still electric from the first whistle on Friday to the crowning of champions on Monday. The tournament proved that no matter what, SuperCopa strives to host the most diverse competition available for U9-U12 boys & girls teams in the country. Thus, living up to its reputation as “America’s championship”; and reminding everyone that with a bit of resiliency, hard work, positivity & trust, no circumstance is insurmountable.
2020 was a Premier SuperCopa that will never be forgotten due to the hurdles that no one could have predicted. On Monday afternoon as champion’s hoisted their trophies and cheers echoed throughout the park, it was, as it always is, worth all of the hard work to create those lifelong memories for players, coaches, families & fans. We ALL have what it takes!
MIA HAMM, KRISTINE LILLY, TISHA VENTURINI | VIP WORLD CUP WATCHING PARTY | NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME | eSPORTS TOURNAMENT | FLOSPORTS | PARADE OF TEAMS | AMERICA’S CHAMPIONSHIP
The Premier SuperCopa 2019 tournament was hosted in Dallas, Texas at the beautiful MoneyGram Soccer Park. 188 teams traveled in from 20 different states representing 83 different youth soccer clubs, each with dreams of being crowned as the best team in America. The field of competition represented the most competitive teams in the US with the must-watch action kicking off early Thursday morning. FloSports joined the SuperCopa as part of a multi-year agreement to live stream games each of the four days of the competition.
SuperCopa Week 2019 kicked off on Tuesday, June 11th with a VIP World Cup Watching Party attended by hundreds of players, coaches, and family members. Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini joined the party to watch the game, sign autographs, and take pictures. Team USA capped off the festivities by posting an impressive 13-0 victory over Thailand as their first win on the way to being crowned 2019 World Cup Champions.
Off the field, activities continued on Wednesday. Teams were able to get professional team photos taken inside Toyota Stadium (home to FC Dallas) with the National Soccer Hall of Fame as the backdrop. Teams also toured the Hall of Fame and participated in additional activities such as Nerf Battle, an eSports Tournament, and even got pointers from Mia, Kristine, and Tisha in a short clinic hosted at the Toyota Stadium fields.
With games kicking off on Thursday, the competition on the field was fierce as the best in America began competition with the hopes of playing their way into Championship Sunday. Group Rounds came to an end on Friday and teams were reseeded for their Playoff Rounds. Friends and family back home were able to catch the action via live stream on the Championship Fields. Teams were even able to watch their games each evening from the video on demand offered by FloSports. Elimination Rounds began early Saturday morning and the excitement was contagious as each team vied for a chance to walk the awards stage on Sunday.
The traditional SuperCopa Members Party was hosted Saturday evening free of charge at the stunning 200,000 sq. ft. Texas Live venue. The 2019 Parade of Teams kicked off the activities as teams paraded in uniform and by club/state on a designated route ending on stage for a picture opportunity in front of the thousands of spectators in attendance. Players and family members enjoyed games, food, and the annual SuperCopa Exchange as part of the festivities of the evening. The evening was capped off with the SuperCopa 2020 destination of Cincinnati, OH being announced.
Championship Sunday kicked off early the morning of the 16th and the best in America began the Finals rounds to see who would be crowned Champions and Finalist for 2019. The tournament again had the most diverse competition available for U9-U12 boys & girls teams in the country and once again solidified its status as AMERICA’S CHAMPIONSHIP.
Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, & Tisha Venturini | Colorado Rapids Aurora | Sports Park | Fan Zone | Bracket Reveal
The Premier SuperCopa 2018 was played in Denver at the beautiful Aurora Sports Park. 184 of the most competitive teams in America traveled into Colorado representing states as far away as Hawaii, Florida, California, Texas, and New Jersey. International teams participated from Canada and Mexico to round out the most diverse field of teams in the tournament’s history.
Once again Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini attended the Opening Ceremonies hosted at Dicks Sporting Goods Park as part of the Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire MLS game. SuperCopa players, coaches, and managers we invited to parade as a team at field level immediately prior to the big game.
Tournament games kicked off Thursday morning and the competition was nothing short of impressive. A coaches social was hosted by Hudl in the evening with games continuing all day Friday. A playoff bracket reveal was debuted for the first time in tournament history with hundreds of attendees participating to be the first to view the playoff competition.
Playoffs kicked off early Saturday morning and the excitement was felt across the vast complex. All attendees were invited to the traditional Members Party Saturday evening for food, drink, and participate in the newly introduced SuperCopa Exchange, where players exchanged pins, t-shirts, trading cards, and other items with players from other territories.
Sunday kicked off early with Champions being crowned throughout the day. First and Second place teams from Gold, Silver, and Bronze divisions in each age group paraded across the awards stage in the Fan Zone with a 17′ LED jumbo screen displaying World Cup action in the background.
The weather and backdrop of the Rockies made the 2018 SuperCopa even more special. This year’s tournament was unanimously voted as the best event in SuperCopa history by the tournament organizers.
Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, & Tisha Venturini | Do you Have What it Taks?
The Premier SuperCopa moved from Dallas to the Chicago area for 2017 and introduced it’s new tagline, “Do You Have What It Takes?”. The excitement was unrivaled. The boys and girls tournaments combined into a four day event and was hosted by the beautiful Mercyhealth SportScore Two complex with 26 soccer fields sitting on 180 acres.
Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini participated in the SuperCopa Opening Ceremonies and took time out to speak to the coaches and players, later signing autographs and taking pictures.
The tournament was an amazing success hosting 78 different clubs from 24 states and Canada.
“An invitation to the coveted Premier SuperCopa hosted by u90c is every youth coach and squad’s dream… Pitting yourself up against the top 24 squads in the country isn’t easy…”
— Brody Hildebrand, Solar Soccer Club, Dallas, Texas
Boys Weekend & Girls Weekend, Girls U13 Division, 9v9 for U10 Divisions
U90C is pleased to announce the combining of the boys and girls divisions under the single brand of Premier SuperCopa. The pilot launch of Premier SuperCopa G with a scaled back team count in 2015 enabled a proof of concept solidifying that both genders’ events will bring overwhelming success long term.
Premier SuperCopa for 2016 and will host a boys tournament weekend and a girls tournament weekend immediately following. The boys tournament continues to host the U9-U12 age divisions while the girls tournament will add the U13 age division starting in 2016. In addition, the tournament committee is only offering the 9v9 format for the U10 age division to better align with the new USSF directive towards smaller sided soccer.
“The last 3 tournaments have been amazing from start to finish. The competition is ridiculously good. The structure, organization and professionalism of the event is the best I’ve ever been associated with in 25 years of youth coaching.
You guys truly have it figured out and have provided my group with 3 years of “Soccer Memories” that they will never forget.“
— Kris Plumhoff, KC Fusion, Lenexa, Kansas
“As a father of 4 travel soccer players over the past 15 years, I have been too many top level tournaments that do not live up to the hype. Dallas Premier Super Copa is without a doubt the leading player’s tournament in the country with the best competition, highest skilled players, and fantastic format of any tournament I have ever attended. What is special about this tournament is the effort it takes to qualify out of your bracket to enter the Premier Super Copa field of 8… Dallas Premier Super Copa is the benchmark for all tournaments and every team should aspire to participate in this event.“
— Stewart Day, Day Communications, Inc. Publishers of Nashville, Rutherford, Summer and Williamson Parent Magazines
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The Premier SuperCopa continues to gain popularity and momentum following the June 2014 tournament. Despite many requests to offer older boy’s divisions, SuperCopa continues the commitment to offer the only national championship level tournament in the United States that focuses on and honors the youngest teams. With the world-wide strength of the US Women’s National Team, Premier SuperCopa will add U9 through U12 Girls divisions for 2015. The 2015 tournament dates coincide with the Women’s World Cup allowing the event to include activities surrounding the World Cup and illustrating to these young girls the exciting path now available to women in soccer. As with the boys the event begins smaller, accepting only 16 teams per age group with the expectation to expand to match the boys 24 teams in 2016.
“Thank you for a great tournament. On behalf of the Pateadores, we appreciate all of the hard work your team put into running a top notch tournament.”
— Matt Swindle, Pateadores Soccer Club, Irvine, CA
The demand created by in the inaugural Dallas Premier SuperCopa led to its doubling in size with the addition of U11 and U12 boys age groups for 2014. This was due to the U10 teams of 2013 insisting on having further opportunities to attend the tournament. Premier SuperCopa remains an invitation only tournament with teams chosen mostly by the SuperCopa Selection Committee, and the 4 game format with reseeding for playoffs is firmly in tact. Over 200 teams applied to the tournament, but acceptance is limited to the top 24 teams in each age group, thus guaranteeing an experience well worth each team’s time and financial commitment. These teams are known as the Elite24 signifying their position as one of the top 24 teams in their age group in the United States.
“The Dallas Premier SuperCopa tournament is without a doubt is the best tournament in the country for top level teams that want to have exposure to a professional environment. Playing against MLS Academy Teams and watching the pros at the MLS game was an experience of a lifetime for all our players and families. Just an amazing overall quality!”
— Jose Londono, TSC Boys Academy Director
Premier SuperCopa began in Dallas, Texas in 2013 with the goal of providing a tournament with the highest level of competition combined with the most diverse team selection in the United States for U9 and U10 boys. Teams this young had never traveled this far, but this group of “The Original 48” SuperCopa teams had a superior experience creating demand that led teams to begin requesting acceptance to the 2014 event while the 2013 event was still in progress.
The mission of Premier SuperCopa is unique in that it focuses solely on the young, developing teams throughout the country who are playing soccer at a spectacularly high level for their age. It is the only tournament with a nation-wide reach which only includes U9 through U12 teams. Everything offered, on and off the field, at Premier SuperCopa is designed specifically with this age group in mind; there is the experience of an elite player but surrounded by only others your age. Teams have the tactical challenge of playing 11v11 soccer (U10-U12) on excellent field conditions but with sizes adjusted slightly to be age appropriate. Most SuperCopa teams struggle to find competition in their local leagues and find that their development receives a boost from 4-6 games of evenly matched competition. Premier SuperCopa guarantees teams a 4 game minimum. 3 group round games are played within brackets of 4, and all teams advance to quarter final playoffs. Before beginning quarter finals teams are re-bracketed into 3 groups of 8 (SuperCopa, Silver, and Bronze groups) based on their point totals from their group games. Quarter finals then begin with each bracket of 8 teams ensured to be grouped in similar levels, and quarters, semis, and finals are played to declare a champion in the SuperCopa, Silver, and Bronze divisions. This format provides for 4 games for all teams, 5 games for 50% of the teams, and 6 games for 25% of the teams. Travel is expensive, and Premier SuperCopa offers the maximum soccer possible.
“The SuperCopa playoff format was great, as we played pretty much 3 one goal games in our preliminary round but would not have advanced (the team the won the supercopa came from our group). But due to the format were able to go on and win one of the playoff brackets. And for teams coming a long way it makes it worth the trip.”
— John, Canton Celtics Soccer Club