FRISCO, Texas (August 31, 2022) – US Youth Soccer (USYS) is excited to announce that one of its signature events, National Presidents Cup, will be held July 7-12, 2023, at the Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita, Kansas.
The 2023 National Presidents Cup will be the 15th-annual edition of the event and comes on the heels of a fantastic competition this summer.
“We are extremely happy to bring National Presidents Cup to Wichita, Kansas,” said USYS CEO Skip Gilbert. “It will prove to be an ideal host city with its central location and excellent amenities, making it a memorable experience for all. US Youth Soccer is eager to work with Kansas Youth Soccer, Visit Wichita, Stryker Sports Complex, and the City of Wichita to truly make this an event to remember.”
“Kansas Youth Soccer is ecstatic about having the opportunity to show off another great soccer community in the great state of Kansas,” said Kansas State Youth Soccer Association Executive Director Joe Burger. “Wichita has a great soccer history; we look forward to showcasing the great soccer facilities and amenities that were born from Wichita's passion for the game. The commitment from the State of Kansas, City of Wichita, Visit Wichita, and the Stryker Soccer Complex to create a second to none event for teams that earn the right to represent their state and region at National Presidents Cup will be unmatched. We look forward to seeing everyone in Wichita in July of 2023!”
The event is projected to bring more than 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials, plus players’ friends and family to Wichita, with an estimated local economic impact topping $4 million.
“Wichita is honored to host the 2023 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup,” said Wichita Vice Mayor Becky Tuttle. “As a centrally located facility, our Stryker Sports Complex is optimized for tournaments of all sizes. We are thrilled that USYS is coming to Wichita, and welcome other tournament directors to discover what USYS has – that Wichita is the perfect place for teams, fans, and families.”
Visit Wichita submitted a bid earlier this year to host the event, in collaboration with the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas Youth Soccer and the state of Kansas. The bid provided information about the city, its facilities and amenities. The organization also coordinated site visits to give USYS a first-hand look at the city.
“Wichita is an amazing sports city, a place where sports thrive and Midwest hospitality stands ready to welcome visitors from all over the country. I am proud of the effort put into this bid by our team at Visit Wichita and the collaboration with city, county and state officials that gave us a competitive edge to bring this event to Wichita,” said Visit Wichita President & CEO Susie Santo. “The National Presidents Cup represents some of the best youth soccer players in the nation. We are thrilled for Wichita to host this prestigious event and introduce the US Youth Soccer organization, the players, and their fans to the heart of the country.”
The Stryker Sports Complex, consisting of 11 all-turf fields, is one of the premier facilities in the country and will serve as a worthy host facility for National Presidents Cup. Its ideal location places it near numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options.
“To say that we are excited and humbled to have been chosen is an understatement,” said Stryker Sports Complex General Manager Larry Inlow. “Athletes and spectators alike can expect to see fantastic teams, experience excellent competition, and create lifelong memories. We look forward to receiving teams from across the nation, introducing them to our great city and supporting them as they compete for a national championship.”
ABOUT THE UNITED STATES YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION (US YOUTH SOCCER)
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to provide world-class support, resources, and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play. US Youth Soccer registers nearly 2.5 million players annually. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 54 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches, and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game.
ABOUT THE US YOUTH SOCCER PRESIDENTS CUP
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is designed for teams seeking additional challenges to play against teams of similar abilities for a national title. Presidents Cup provides a progressive and competitive experience to teams, allowing them to participate in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie, and community from the state to regional to national levels of US Youth Soccer. The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is a separate series of events from the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. For more information, visit USYouthSoccer.org/Presidents-Cup/.
ABOUT VISIT WICHITA
Visit Wichita markets the Greater Wichita area and advocates for the city as a destination, increasing travel and tourism as a key economic driver for the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by president and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2019 travel and tourism contributed more than $1.1 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area.