Community Lands 2014 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships
DAYTON---- The US Youth Soccer Association has selected Beavercreek and the John Ankeney Soccer Complex as the site for their June 2014 US Youth Soccer (USYS) Region II (Midwest) Championships.  In 2010, when the community last hosted this five day event, nearly 12,000 people came to the area and generated an estimated economic impact of $7.5 million dollars.  The USYS Region II (Midwest) Championships encompass 14 youth soccer state associations.   Approximately 210 teams and more than 3,500 players ranging in age from 13 to 19 for both boys and girls divisions will compete in the 2014 tournament.

Tom Frisbie, Executive Director of Ohio South Youth Soccer Association (OSYSA), and Jim Martella, President of OSYSA submitted a formal bid with assistance from the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau (D/MCCVB) and the Greene County Convention &Visitors Bureau (GCCVB), to host this prestigious tournament.

We were honored to host the USYS Region II (Midwest) Championships in 2010 and knew we wanted to do everything in our power to get the Tournament back to our community again states Jacquelyn Y. Powell, President & CEO of the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau.  In addition to successfully hosting the 2010 Tournament, our area has a great soccer reputation as a result of hosting major annual youth tournaments such as the adidas Warrior Soccer Classic Tournament, the Beavercreek Classic Tournament, and the Mead CUSA Cup Tournament.  The entire soccer and hospitality community is delighted to have won the bid to host the 2014 USYS Region II (Midwest) Championships.

According to Kathleen Young, Executive Director of the Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau, When youre potentially competing with 14 state associations that are a part of the Midwest Region to host this event, you have to emphasize the unique benefits of your destination.  We stand out as an affordable, highly accessible central location, with the necessary quantity of outstanding tournament quality soccer fields in one location (60+ acre John Ankeney Soccer Complex), and a successful track record of having the infrastructure and superb customer service to host a tournament of this caliber.

Tom Frisbie, Executive Director Ohio South Youth Soccer Association states  OSYSA is very excited that Beavercreek was selected to host the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships.  Ankeney Park and Athletes in Action are great facilities and both venues will provide the players, coaches and fans with an unforgettable experience. We are looking forward to working with our colleagues at the Dayton/Montgomery County and Greene County CVBs as well as the local organizing committee in Beavercreek to put on another fantastic event!

Convention & Visitors Bureaus are non-profit organizations funded by customer hotel/motel bed taxes.  They serve as economic catalysts by marketing and promoting their communities, providing services for tourism events, conventions, leisure and business travel and advocacy for destination development.
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