In addition, we have a second facility, Sylvan Lake Park, which is located 5 minutes from Seminole Soccer Club Complex. Built in 1993, Sylvan Lake Park features six full-size championship-caliber soccer fields. The facility has been an official training site for the US Soccer Federation National teams, including the training home of the 1996 United States Women’s Gold Medal Olympic Soccer Team. The facility has also been used as a training site by numerous international soccer clubs including the 1994 Republic of Ireland World Cup team. Sylvan Lake Park has hosted many high-level youth and adult soccer tournaments, including the USASA National Cup Finals. In addition to the soccer fields, the facility boasts a 15,000 square foot training center that includes locker rooms, training room, weight room, and meeting space.
A concern we have have heard from a few teams is the potential heat in Florida. We will be carefully managing game schedules and taking this into consideration. Games will be played early in the morning, late afternoon, and in the evening under lights. No games will be played in the middle of the day unless it is cool. We will also make sure that the older age groups are scheduled during the cooler parts of the day. Water sprinklers and tents will be also available at the facility.
We are also happy to announce that we are expanding the acceptance of international teams in all age groups. At the moment, negotiations with several soccer clubs in Europe are taking place. As part of this effort, we have assigned a full-time volunteer to recruit more international teams to make this a more global event. More details to come on this.
The USASA Veterans Cup website will be updated by the middle of next month with links to register online and pay by credit card. We are also in the process of building a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111882298867626).
Finally we are happy to announce that the beer garden is back for Florida!
National Veterans Cup Committee