The 7 Elite Academy International Tournament has smashed all records for registrations, with limited spaces left for clubs to show their interest.
A total of 184 teams have already registered for the tournament so far, which takes place as planned in Saint George and Washington City from February 4th to 6th.
That number beats the record 138 teams that took part in 2020, as clubs look for a return to competitive soccer after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
Thousands of players from across Utah, Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming are set to part in the event, which will also include a Pre-Academy Jamboree for younger players.
The registration deadline is January 17th and 7 Elite Academy CEO Daren Woolstenhulme is looking forward to the start of the event.
He said: “We have worked incredibly hard to create an event that welcomes young people back to competitive tournament soccer in a safe, secure environment.
“It became clear early on that with restrictions in place across Nevada, we would be far better placed to host all games in Saint George and Washington City.
“With full support from local authorities and the youth soccer community, we’ve been able to build a tournament that will live long in the memory of all those taking part.
“That support has really helped us to plan the event with safety and confidence.
“It is great to see that so many teams already registered and I want as many players as possible to sample the unique atmosphere of our 2021 tournament.
“We have lined up a full range of entertainment and food options, so it is going to be an event for all the family to enjoy.”
Games will take place at Sullivan Soccer Complex in Washington City and Little Valley Fields in Saint George, alongside further top-class locations across the area.
Limited slots are still available for teams to join the tournament.
7 Elite Academy has again secured the services of professional officials, with penalty shoot-outs at the end of games - for an extra point - also set to return.
Nick Nield, 7 Elite Academy Tournament Director, said: “I am so thankful to every single club that has put its faith in us and registered teams for our tournament in Saint George and Washington City.
“It is very important that young people and their families can safely enjoy soccer in Utah, with the added bonus of some much-needed sunny weather!
“The fields we have secured are some of the finest in the region and will ensure players can showcase their skills in every game.
“The use of penalty shoot-outs and top-class officials generated a unique competitive spirit in 2020 and we’re looking forward to more of the same this year.
“Overall, this is an unmissable opportunity for players and their families to celebrate the best that youth soccer in Utah has to offer.”