ROCK HILL -- More than 1,900 players, coaches and officials are in the Rock Hill area this week for the annual U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships.
The tournament opened with a full round of games at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Manchester Meadows soccer complex.
The event, considered by many soccer officials to be the most prestigious youth soccer event in the country, features finalists in various age divisions from local tournaments that began earlier this year. More than 10,000 teams competed in various U.S. Youth Soccer tournaments, with regional champions advancing to the Rock Hill event.
The tournament has a strong Charlotte presence.
The Player Luncheon took place Tuesday at the Charlotte Convention Center, with former U.S. National Team player Paul Caligiuri as keynote speaker.
Games are scheduled at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Championships will be played Saturday and Sunday. Age-group divisions range from 14 to 19, with competition for boys and girls.
Details about the tournament are available at official tournament website.