The event takes place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort from December 27 through January 3.
Six of the nation’s No. 1-ranked teams are among those set to compete including the Celtic SC (Baltimore, MD) U17 boys, the NEFC Elite (Massachusetts) U15 girls, the JFC Storm (Jacksonville, FL) U16 girls, the FC Dallas (TX) Premier U18 boys, the Virginia VSA Heat Blue (Haymarket, VA) U18 girls, and the Loudon (VA) 98 Red U16 boys.
The Disney Soccer Showcase is rated as the top youth soccer tournament and this year’s event will feature 660 teams – including the Italy-based AS Roma U18 academy team. Thirty teams from the U.S. Soccer Federation Developmental Academy teams and clubs are also set to compete.
The teams competing in the Soccer Showcase are selected based partly on overall results in high-level competition. More than 11,000 athletes will be at this year’s Showcase with more than 20,000 coaches and fans. The Soccer Showcase is also the leading college recruiting event in the country.