This will be the sixth year we are taking young Australian players to Las Vegas and Los Angeles to play in the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup and visit with UCLA, the University with THE BEST soccer programme and team in the country!
Once a year, the City of Las Vegas co-hosts the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Soccer Showcase for Boys and Girls aged between 14-19 years. The next one is 18 – 20 February, 2017. This is President’s Day Weekend (and Valentine’s Day weekend). The Mayor’s Cup is a Soccer Tournament giving teams the opportunity to play before college coaches and recruiters from around the United States. Most teams come from the US with additional teams from Mexico, Canada, Russia, UK, Germany, Poland, France, Australia, Dominican Republic, Denmark, Cayman Islands and Sierra Leone.
In 2016, over 550 teams in total were represented with around 50 of them being outside North America (that is non-US and non-Canadian teams).
Las Vegas is a unique destination for our youth with so much more than glitz and glamour on offer, the kids truly get a fantastic educational and cultural experience as well as they get to mix it with the locals, see what the Strip is all about and explore the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon and the amazing man-made Hoover Dam.
Prior to arriving in Las Vegas we will play against various local teams and attend a one day UCLA training camp and tour of the facilities.
You can check out their website for more information.Where can I get more information about the Mayors Cup?
The Mayor’s Cup is a Stay and Play Tournament. This means that all Australian and NZ teams must register for the tournament and book via Pure Travel, a Sydney based Las Vegas specialist travel agency. Pure Travel has negotiated special discounted rates with preferred hotels to accommodate all our players. Please note that neither LV Mayor’s Cup nor Pure Travel markup hotel prices to the participating teams. You may register a whole team or an individual child. If you do not have a team we can place you either in an Australian team or with a local USA team. We also organize US training camps and US College recruitment opportunities.
Check out what players, coaches and parents from previous years’ had to say about the Mayors Cup in our Testimonials page.
Contact our office on 02 9407 8400 for more information.
* Price may vary due to USD currency rate change.
* The itinerary is not final – subject to change.
John Curran coached our Under 19’s team in 2014 and is the Director of Soccer at Sydney University.
John was born and raised in Glasgow Scotland before immigrating to Australia. After his arrival in Australia, John played for a number of State League teams including Melita Eagles before retiring from competitive football due to injury and taking up his first coaching role with the Eagles, winning the minor premiership. His coaching success continued with Sydney Amateur club Joy winning the NSW Amateur Cup, 1st and 2nd grade premierships and Knockout Cup before being selected coach of the NSW amateur team for the national championships. Success followed him to Balmain SC where the club won their first premiership and automatic promotion.
Since then he has been involved in youth football and the development of young players, fostering some players to higher levels overseas. When Manchester United wanted to establish an academy in Australia and John was asked to take on the role of chief scout and recruited 68 players for the initial season partnership with Parramatta Eagles. Many of these players have gone onto play A-League, with overseas clubs and Australia (there are far too many names to mention). Suffice to say he is still committed to youth development with his Director’s position at Sydney University since 2008.
Joshua Walters is the Assistant Coach at UCLA. In his first season as a Bruin in 2013, Josh helped lead UCLA to its first-ever NCAA women’s soccer championship and was named the NSCAA Pacific Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Josh has nine years of Division I experience and came to UCLA from Central Florida, where he served as the program’s recruiting coordinator in 2012 where he helped lead the Knights to their first Conference USA Tournament championship.
Josh was an assistant coach with the women’s soccer program at Utah State from 2007-10, serving as the recruiting coordinator and first assistant responsible for general attacking shape, set pieces, recruiting visits, team travel, video analysis, camps and scheduling. Along with his duties for Utah State, Walters also earned positions on both the Region IV and Utah Olympic Development Program (ODP) staffs. In his first two years at Utah State, Josh was instrumental in helping the Aggies increase their goal total from 18 in 2006 to 40 in 2007.
Josh and the UCLA (University of California, LA) team will be hosting our girls for a training session and tour of this amazing campus where the sports facilities are just to die for! If this doesn’t inspire you, then nothing will.
The Las Vegas Mayors Cup is a very important event on the Las Vegas calendar as it brings over 400 teams to their city each year from all over North America and the world. Check out this interview with Valerie Davis, Manager of the Sydney All Stars and Roger Tabor, the President of the Las Vegas International Mayors Cup.
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