The East Coast Premier Cup -- a soccer tournament expected to draw hundreds of boys' and girls' teams in Under 11 through Under 19 age divisions -- will be contested annually in Loudoun County, starting with the inaugural tournament in August of 2021.
Loudoun Sports Tourism, a brand of Visit Loudoun, has secured a five-year agreement with Premier Soccer Services to host the East Coast Premier Cup annually in August from 2021 through 2025.
"We’re excited to be bringing the East Coast Premier Cup to Loudoun County," Premier Soccer Services President Scott Spencer said in a prepared statement. "The opportunity to expand a top-level youth soccer event, in a corridor with the largest population base in a four-to-six-hour drive, couldn’t be passed up. We had competitive bidding from a variety of potential hosts, but Loudoun offered the best mix of location, great facilities, attractions and support from Loudoun Sports Tourism."
The 2021 East Coast Premier Cup is scheduled for Aug. 27-29, with games played across 15 fields at Evergreen Sportsplex, Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park and the Brambleton Community Park East. Future tournaments will be contested at Evergreen Sportsplex and Bolen Park, along with Hal and Bernie Hanson Regional Park -- which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2022.
Premier Soccer Services estimates 100 teams (55 out-of-market) will compete in the inaugural tournament, with that number growing to 275 teams (115 out-of-market) by 2025.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase our sports facilities and destination to visitors throughout the Eastern United States," Loudoun Sports Tourism Director of Sales, Sports & Services Torye Hurst said. "This opportunity would not have been possible without the tremendous cooperation of Chris Bourassa, Managing Director of Evergreen Sportsplex, and Dave Carver, Division Manager with Loudoun County Parks, Recreation & Community Services."
Loudoun Sports Tourism anticipates the 2021 tournament will produce 1,650 room nights for the hotel industry and more than $1 million in economic impact for Loudoun County. Overall estimations show $9.1 million in economic impact over the course of five years.
"This is outstanding news and couldn’t have come at a better time as we look to restart Loudoun’s vital tourism economy," Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson said. "Last year, we launched the Loudoun Sports Tourism brand to show our commitment to the sports industry, and securing this tournament shows our enhanced efforts in this market are already paying off."