With the excitement of AYSO National Games 2014 just ending last month, AYSO is pleased to announce that Palm Beach County, Fla. will be the destination for the next biennial National Games in 2016.
AYSO Section 14, which overseas Regions in most of Florida and several other surrounding states, will partner with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to host the National Games at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Fla., from July 3 -10, 2016. Palm Beach County was previously home to the Games in 2010.
“We are very excited to see the AYSO National Games return to Palm Beach County for 2016,” said AYSO National President Mark Stewart. “The International Polo Club converts into one of the most stunning soccer facilities imaginable with 30 soccer fields side by side on pristine natural grass. We expect the National Games to again be an important economic contributor to Palm Beach County, but also a tremendous event for thousands of AYSO soccer players from across the U.S. We know it will be an amazing experience for all.”
National Games is expected to be the largest summer sporting event to take place in Palm Beach County this decade. Though the county hosted the Games in 2010, it is anticipated that in 2016 it will be even larger because of the event’s substantial growth in team and player participation.
“The AYSO National Games starts off a week-long celebration that brings together AYSO players, volunteers and parents from across our country,” said AYSO Section 14 Director Richard Schwartz. “Over 4,000 players and approximately 10,000 individuals will be converging in Palm Beach County during the tournament week.”
“Winning the bid for the 2016 AYSO National Games is a historic occasion for Palm Beach County”, remarked Guy Quattlebaum, President of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. “Hosting one of the largest sporting events for the most popular sport across the globe further elevates Palm Beach County’s stature as an elite sports destination. We are proud to have been home to the 2010 AYSO National Games and can’t wait to see this event return in 2016.”
More National Games information will be coming soon.