Several local youth soccer teams are scheduled to compete, along with 293 other elite soccer teams from across the country, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The teams will be traveling to Walt Disney World Resort, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, to take part in the Disney Junior Soccer Showcase, presented by AS Roma.
The teams include:
Coral Gables Soccer Toros, U14;
Coral Gables Toros, U13;
Pinecrest Premier Blue, U13;
Pinecrest Premier B Blue, U13;
Pinecrest Premier G Blue, U14;
Pinecrest Premier B Blue, U11;
Pinecrest Premier Blue, U11;
Pinecrest Premier Blue, U12;
Kendall SC 01 White, U12, and
Kendall SC 02 White, U11.
Through an open registration process soccer teams in ages U11-U14 are given the opportunity to compete against high-quality competition at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This provides younger athletes the opportunity to experience the same top-notch tournament organization as their older counterparts competing in the original Disney Soccer Showcase in December, which features elite athletes seeking college recruitment.
Highlights from the games will be broadcast on a variety of ESPN platforms such as ESPN3.com, the ESPNWWOS YouTube channel, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex digital network, and the Walt Disney World Resort dedicated in-room TV channel.
The Disney Junior Soccer Showcase is one of nine youth soccer tournaments held at the complex throughout the year aligning with major school holidays. In addition, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex hosts the Disney Soccer Academy where young players can train and learn alongside soccer pros such as English Premier League player Craig Bellamy. The complex also is the site of the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, a pre-season soccer tournament that attracts MLS soccer teams.
For more than 15 years, Disney Sports has been offering amateur athletes, coaches and their families the opportunity to train, compete, gain recruitment and celebrate like the pros at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. For more information on how teams can participate, visit <www.ESPNWWOS.com> or call 1-407-828-3267.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 350 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the nation, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries. Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 230-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including Champion Stadium, the HP Field House, the Jostens Center, the Hess Sports Fields, a track and field facility, a tennis complex and a baseball/ softball sportsplex. It also is home to the ESPN Innovation Lab, a real-world testing ground for the ESPN Emerging Technology Group that develops groundbreaking on-air products like Ball Track and ESPN Snap Zoom.
In addition, the complex features 56 highdefinition cameras and 40 high-definition video screens, including three jumbo screens, which can capture and display footage from any event taking place at the complex. The camera and video screens, as well as a 20-zone audio system, are controlled through the state-of-the-art HD and 3-D Production Center with direct links to ESPN facilities in Bristol, CT; New York, and Los Angeles.