Q: What is the process in inviting clubs to participate?
A: We have assembled a Selection Committee consisting of leading youth soccer professionals, former head coaches, and technical directors who will be diligently seeking the best teams to compete in the tournament.
Q: Will the Prospect Cup be televised? TV and Digital?
A: Yes, the event will be televised on Univision Deportes Network in Spanish. We will announce our English-language partner soon. The content will also be distributed internationally and domestically via various digital platforms.
Q: Beyond the competition, what other activities will be part of the Prospects Cup?
A: We are excited about not only the on-field experience, which will be both challenging and exciting, but we are creating activities and events that will allow the diverse athletes to interact with each other and learn from each other. We want to ensure that in addition to a sporting event that this is also be a valuable culture exchange. We will be hosting an Opening Draw on Sunday, December 17 which will place the teams in their respective brackets. Additionally, we will be hosting an Athlete Reception on Monday, December 18 which will bring the athletes together allowing them to showcase the uniqueness of their club, city and country with their new found friends.
Q: How was the host city chosen?
A: We used a bid process to invite communities that were interested in hosting this event and formed a city selection committee using internal and external experts to evaluate what we believed were critical criteria. We focused on selecting a destination that would offer the young athletes and their families a special experience both on and off the field. Certainly the history of hosting major sporting events played a key role. Additionally, we wanted a partner city that was excited about helping grow the brand of the Prospects Cup and showcasing the world-class nature of the event.
Q. Why was Kissimmee chosen?
A: Kissimmee was chosen for its world-class facilities, commitment to families and ideal weather in December. It was difficult to choose since the other cities are great destinations and each had something special to offer, but we felt that Kissimmee had all the right elements for this inaugural event in particular.
Q: How many years will a Prospects Cup be held in each city?
A: We have yet to determine. So many cities have expressed interest in hosting the Prospects Cup in future years that we will see whether it is an annual process or every other year.
Q: Will you ever open up the bidding to international cities?
A: Right now we are entirely focused on creating a tremendous first-year event. The long-term vision absolutely includes being able to bring this event to any city around the world. After all, soccer, or football, is the world’s most popular and watched global sport.
Q: How can members of the general public attend?
A: We are currently working through our marketing and sales strategy, which will allow the local community to engage with the Prospects Cup via watching the best youth soccer in the country or participating in a Prospects Cup fan zone which will be located right next to the Championship Stadium at the Omni Champions Gate.
Q: How much will the tickets be? Where can you get them?
A: We are currently working through our ticket pricing strategy for the public. We will be working though the local soccer community as well as normal ticket distribution channels to ensure fans have access to watch this great event.
Revised April 18, 2017
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