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May 29, 2008

 

State Cup booters in town

Cortland will serve as the host community for the 2008 New York State West State Cup Final Four Soccer Championships Friday through Sunday.
The annual event — held in Rochester in past years — is sponsored by the Cortland Regional Sports Council in partnership with the Cortland County Youth Soccer Association.
According to an e-mail from NYS West Soccer Association President Michael Radecke, there will by 64 teams with 1,152 total boys and girls competing at the different levels from U-12 top U-19. Teams from Buffalo to Rochester, Corning, and Syracuse will be participating in eight age brackets. No local teams qualified for the tournament.
NYWSA has committed to Cortland for next year’s event, as well. This event could pump an estimated $500,000 into the local economy over the three-day run.
“Local hotels, restaurants and stores will reap the benefits of having this many soccer players, coaches and spectators in town for this event, “ said sports council executive director Machell Phelps. “We’re thrilled because once again we’ve shown that Cortland can be a viable venue for sports and recreational activities. People want to be here and of course we’re happy to have them here.”
Winners of the New York State West State Championships advance to the U.S. Youth Soccer Regional Championships in Portland, Maine. Winners at the regional level advance to the national finals to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas in late July.
This NYSWSA State Cup had previously been played in Rochester, but was awarded to Cortland for 2008 and 2009 through a competitive bidding process. 
The round-robin format tournament will be played on fields at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex, Holloway Field, and three other fields around the stadium complex as well as the new Tompkins Cortland Community College Athletic Complex.
Play on Friday begins with under 17 and under 18 age divisions taking the field. Games are scheduled for 4:30 p.m., 6:15 and 8 p.m. Friday. Scheduled start times are 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday with Sunday times of 8 a.m. 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. There is a list of the teams and their game times on the NYSWSA web site, which is listed below.
“The quality of competitive soccer you will see, especially in the older age divisions, is unparalleled,” says James Jacob, president of the Cortland County Youth Soccer Association. “This is the level of play that many coaches and players strive for”.
Each summer the United States Youth Soccer Association crowns a boys and girls national champion in each of its age divisions, from under 14 through under 19 brackets. The National Championship Series provides approximately 185,000 players on 10,000 teams from 55 state associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation, while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
A form of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships were first held in 1935 and, after adding age groups throughout the years, reached the present format in 2001.
For additional information on the NYSWYSA State Cup Final Four Championships, please visit www.nyswysa.org/statecup or www.cortlandsports.org.