We are approaching soccer season in Dallas. Whether youth tournaments or professional matches is your cup of tea, Dallas has it all over the next four months. The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary from April 14-20th. The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is globally recognized as one of the most prestigious youth boys tournaments for ages 13-19. The tournament annually brings more than 900 international players resulting in numerous FIFA World Cup alumni, 250 elite referees, FIFA and CONCACAF officials, 200+ teams and more than 100,000 attendance over the course of Easter Week. This year's event will kick off as always with the Gordon Jago Super Group triple header at Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park including the Welcome World Opening Ceremonies and fan activations on the plaza. Tournament play will continue at Richland College and MoneyGram Soccer Park in Dallas followed by more Super Group games at the Cotton Bowl and Championship matches at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Following that event, the Next Generation Cup has moved to UT Dallas on May 17-19, 2019 to showcase some of the top youth boys competition in the country from both select and recreational leagues.
A featured partnership for the Dallas Sports Commission over the next four years centers around Dallas' World Cup bid partners FC Dallas, the Dallas Cowboys and the Mexican National Team to play a feature #Mextour match in our city each year. Following 2018's match against World Cup finalist, Croatia, Dallas welcomes back El Tri to take on Ecuador at AT&T Stadium on June 9th leading into CONCACAF Gold Cup play. Additional activity organized by the Dallas Sports Commission and its partners will include watch parties, fan fests, live entertainment, and corporate social responsibility programs within the community establishing Dallas as the second home for the Mexican National Team. This is a huge opportunity to show the world that Dallas is the ideal destination for hosting World Cup games in 2026. For more information, visit www.mextour.org
The U90C Premier Super Copa returns to Dallas for the first time since 2016 with their boys and girls invitational tournament at MoneyGram Soccer Park from June 13-16th. This event features 96 boys and 96 girls teams in the U9-U12 age groups competing in the best 7v7 and 9v9 action in the country. Additional programming includes National Soccer Hall of Fame tours, a clinic hosted at Toyota Soccer Park with legends Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini-Hoch, kick off parties, Women's World Cup watch parties and a parade of teams.
Continuing an incredible month of soccer in Dallas - Costa Rica headlines Group B action in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on June 20th at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. The draws for the remaining group B countries for CONCACAF Gold Cup will take place April 10th to see who makes their way to Texas! Tickets and additional information can be found at https://www.fcdallas.com/stadium/gold-cup-2019. Look for additional information this spring and visit us at our FC Dallas Watch Parties, Read for Me program, and Univision Cinco De Mayo Festival.
All of these great soccer events continue to build the Dallas portfolio in anticipation to serve as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The growth of soccer within the DFW metroplex is unprecedented as is the number of soccer events we are able to host from Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park and MoneyGram Soccer Park in Dallas to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and Toyota Stadium and Soccer Complex in Frisco. It's a top priority and would be an honor to return the World Cup to Dallas in 2026 with the help of great partners such as FC Dallas, the Dallas Cowboys and many others. Not enough? More announcements are planned from July through November so stay tuned to all Dallas Sports Commission social channels for the latest news and events.