The Daily Courier
Youth soccer teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico will kick up their heels at area fields starting Friday in the [seventh] Annual Yavapai Cup.
The event, which has grown from 112 teams to 144 this year, will be hosted by Yavapai Soccer.
“Part of the attraction is the weather,” Yavapai Soccer president Mary Sterling said. “It’s so hot in the Valley. And we have so many nice fields to play on up here thanks to the City of Prescott Valley.”
The tourney, which will have boys and girls division from U10 to U19, will be played on fields in Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott starting Friday at [6:15] p.m.
Saturday’s and Sunday’s games start at 8 a.m., and run for the rest of the day.
Yavapai Soccer will be represented by teams in the U10 boys, U12 boys, two U17 girls teams and a U18 boys team.
Prescott AYSO will also be represented.
Along with the youth games, the Phoenix-based Arizona Sahuaros, Embry-Riddle and Yavapai FC – a team made up of former area prep and college standouts – will participate in a round-robin tournament at ERAU on Saturday starting at noon.
“A lot of kudos go out to Yavapai Soccer for being able to attract a team like the Arizona Sahuaros. They’re going to put on a good show for the kids,” Bradshaw Mountain boys soccer coach and Yavapai Soccer director of coaching Philip Reid said.
Yavapai Soccer is a non-profit organization that promotes the sport of soccer to the area’s youth.