Representatives from the City of Crossville, CRYSA and The Tennessee State Soccer Association met last Thursday at First National Bank to announce the Kohl's American Soccer Cup coming to the Dr. Carl T. Duer Soccer Complex June 4-5.
"I want to thank everybody for coming today to celebrate this occasion. I want to thank First National Bank for hosting this wonderful event today," said Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III.
"We are extremely excited to be chosen as a host city for the Kohl's American Cup in June," said City Manager Curtis Adams recently.
Bryan Flanagan, state administrator for the Tennessee State Soccer Association, said, "We learned a lesson from last year."
Added Steve Hill, Crossville Parks and Recreation director, "The Kohl's American Cup is the largest recreational soccer tournament in the nation, and it is a tremendous privilege to be chosen as a location for the spring schedule. This speaks volumes about the quality of the Duer Soccer Complex and the efforts of the Crossville Recreational Youth Soccer Association (CRYSA)."
The Tennessee State Soccer Association has 40,000 players and 5,000.
The Spring Tour for the Kohl's American Cup began in Tampa, FL and Shreveport, LA, and will end with a pair of tournaments in Utah June 24-25.
Flanagan indicated the Kohl's American Cup has been formerly sponsored by Snickers and Tide, and was moved to the spring a couple of years ago.
The United States Soccer Association officially announced the date for this highly successful event in January. All events will feature Kohl's American Cup Soccer experience, which comes with three larger-than-life inflatables, soccer games, numerous events, prizes and events for the participants and their families.
According to Flanagan, the application deadline is two weeks before the tournament begins. After the applications are received, the brackets for the tournament will be done for teams in U8 through U18 recreation teams.
Kohls will also supply a full goodie bag, while the state soccer association will supply medals.
There will be 25 referees from the area.
"In the past, I have taken CRSYA teams to the Kohl's Cup when it was held in Columbia. The experience was great. It is an honor for Crossville to be chosen to host this event. This will give our local teams the opportunity to compete without having to travel," Angie Spitler said recently.
Flanagan indicated there could be 20-100 teams entered in the tournament. The rosters will range from 10 players on the U8 teams to 22 on the U16 squads.
CRYSA will enter teams in the tournament.