For the 28th consecutive year, the Davis World Cup will be played on Memorial Day weekend at different venues throughout the city.
The soccer tournament is the largest of its kind in Northern California, according to event director Christine Ziccardi.
“The Davis World Cup was developed to mimic the World Cup soccer tournament, which combines the two goals of playing and watching fun, fair and competitive soccer as well as fostering camaraderie between teams,” Ziccardi said. “All teams are assigned a name of a FIFA country and are given a flag that represents their country, which creates a true ‘World Cup’ atmosphere.”
At the 2014 tournament, 128 boys and girls youth AYSO select teams from the U10 to U19 age groups will play 320 games from Saturday through Monday.
“I know that when my daughters play in the Davis World Cup soccer tournament, they recognize players from other regions who return every year to play in this annual event,” Ziccardi continued. “I hear from many players, coaches and parents that the Davis World Cup is their favorite tournament of the season and they look forward to it every year. It’s a great way to end the soccer season.”
The tournament festivities will begin Friday night with the opening ceremony at the Community Park solar panels, hosted by Davis AYSO Commissioner Jen Boschee-Danzer.
The weekend will conclude with championship and consolation games Monday afternoon.
Representatives from Sacramento Republic FC will be on hand Saturday afternoon and evening to hand out swag before the popular Keeper Wars take place at Yudin Field starting at 6:30 p.m. for the U10 and U12 divisions and 8 p.m. for everyone else.
— Reach Evan Ream at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanReam