This weekend is the last weekend of competition for the 2024 Jefferson Cup, with 475 teams from throughout the nation competing in the Boys U15-U19 Showcase.

The Jefferson Cup Boys Showcase has been a premier youth soccer competition in the United States for more than 40 years. Richmond Strikers Tournaments is hosting the tournament, which is scheduled for March 22–24. Additionally, this year’s event will mark Inter Milan Academy’s debut as the Jefferson Cup’s official sporting partner.

Over 1,800 of the best boys’ and girls’ youth teams from the US and Canada compete in the four-week Jefferson Cup, which attracts hundreds of college coaches to watch the high school-aged divisions compete for top honors. The Girls U9-U14 Weekend (March 9–10), the Boys U9-U14 Weekend (March 2-3), and the Girls U15-U19 Showcase (March 15–17) take place before the Boys Showcase.

Teams participating in the Jefferson Cup Boys Showcase include clubs from twenty-five states in the United States, as well as a few more from Trinidad & Tobago and Canada.

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are the states represented at this weekend’s showcase.

Highly successful teams from the most competitive leagues in the country—MLS NEXT, ECNL Boys and ECNL Regional Leagues, National Academy League, Elite Development Program (EDP), US Youth Soccer National League, and US Club Soccer National Premier Leagues (NPL)—are among those that have been accepted into the tournamentWake FC 09 North NPL, Richmond Strikers 2009 Elite ECNL RL, Wake FC 07 South NPL, and Wake FC MLS 2 U19 are competing in this year’s championship. The latter two teams automatically qualified by winning the Premier Division in their age group at the Capital Fall Classic the previous year.

There will be two distinct styles for the competition: a showcase format for the U16–U19 age groups and a regular tournament-type format for the U15 age group, featuring numerous winners across the fourteen divisions.

With over 32 synthetic turf fields, including the largest turf complex in the country, River City Sportsplex, one of the best natural grass playing grounds in the country, is part of the Jefferson Cup experience.

The third annual Jefferson Cup Players Combine will take place during both the boys’ showcase. To maximize recruiting possibilities, players from all across the nation will compete in a series of quick games in front of some of the best NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA college coaches. Three minigames that can be recorded via VEO will be included in every combo. All competitors will receive the VEO link, as will college coaches present at the Jefferson Cup that weekend. Two of the most popular soccer showcase weekends in the nation are the Jefferson Cup Boys and Girls Showcase weekends. The Boys Showcase weekend is anticipated to draw in over 200 college coaches.
The ‘Own The Goal’ Goalkeeper Showcase provides goalkeepers with an expanded platform to demonstrate their abilities to college coaches. The purpose of each ninety-minute goalkeeper session is to showcase each goalie’s skills that could be overlooked in a typical game by using a range of training scenarios.

NextPro will be providing High Definition Game Film and highlight reels for players attending the Boys Showcase. BallerTV’s live stream allows fans who can’t make it to the Showcase weekend contests to watch matches from home.


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