6TH ANNUAL DALLAS INTERNATIONAL GIRLS CUP 2016: A HUGE SUCCESS
6TH ANNUAL DALLAS INTERNATIONAL GIRLS CUP 2016: A HUGE SUCCESS
The 2016 Dallas International Girls Cup concluded on Sunday with final matches that lived up to the excitement of the tournament all week. The 2016 tournament was the biggest edition yet with more than 100 of the best girls’ teams from around the world. This year the tournament welcomed 10 nations including Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, England, Finland, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, and the United States. Over 80 college coaches were in attendance during the tournament as well scouting and recruiting domestic and international players.
Kicking off the tournament on March 22nd was our international opening ceremony. This year our featured guest was Anson Dorrance, Head Coach of the women’s soccer team at the University of North Carolina, which has won 22 National Championships, 2nd most among a school in a single gender specific sport. Anson Dorrance was also the head coach of the US Women’s National Team from 1986-1994 and won the 1st Women’s World Championship in 1991. Dorracne also coached WNT legends such as Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Tisha Venturini, and Cindy Parlow as well as 6 players on the US Team from this recent World Championship.
On Wednesday, the tournament hosted reception for all of the international teams during the tournament. During this event international and out of state teams were recognized by the Mayor of Farmers Branch, Mayor Phelps and Ahmed Ashmawy, director of coaching for the Dallas Texans. Local Dallas teams hosting families from the international teams were in attendance as well, and were given recognition for volunteering their homes to athletes from other countries and providing a true Southern Hospitality experience.
This year we welcomed the Arsenal FC Ladies, one of the top pro clubs in the world in England, to their first Dallas International Girls Cup. On Thursday evening the Arsenal Ladies played in a featured game of the tournament against the best ECNL team in their age category, D’Feeters U14 ECNL. The Arsenal Ladies came away with a 3-1 win in this game. This set the tone for them the rest of the tournament as they ended up winning the championship in the U14 division with a 3-0 win over Lonestar SC ECNL in the championship match. It was an honor to have such a prestigious club competing in the Dallas International Girls Cup. John Bayer, the Arsenal Ladies Manager said, “We were delighted to take part in the Dallas International Girls Cup for the first time. It was a fantastic learning experience for our young U14 players and the tournament organizers could not have done more to make us feel welcome and valued”. We hope to see them back next year!
On Saturday, the U-20 US Men’s National Team faced off against the U20 Tigres team in an exhibition match for the tournament participants. This was a great opportunity for the young athletes in our tournament to see some of the best young soccer players in the world and future pros. The U20 US Men’s National Team won the game!
On Sunday, the tournament finals took place and most of the games live up to the billing as they were fiercely competitive games between great teams. Finalists were: Dallas Texans South 04 Girls and San Diego Surf EGSL 04’ (U12), Solar Chelsea Red 03 and Sting 03 Gutierrez (U13), Arsenal Ladies FC and Lonestar Soccer Club 02G ECNL (U14), FC Dallas 02 ECNL and Dallas Texans ECNL U15 (U15), Solar Chelsea Elite 00G and Dallas Texans ECNL U16 (U16), Dallas Texans U17 ECNL and Solar Chelsea SC 99G Elite (U17).
Winners for each age category are as follows: U12 Dallas Texans South 04 Girls, U13 Solar Chelsea Red 03, U14 Arsenal Ladies FC, U15 FC Dallas 02 ECNL, U16 Solar Chelsea Elite 00G, and U17 Dallas Texans U17 ECNL.
Top Clubs Confirmed for 2016 Tournament
We are excited to announce that San Diego Surf Soccer Club has confirmed their participation in the 2016 Dallas International Girls Cup!
Below is a list of clubs that will be competing along with San Diego Surf at the tournament.
International teams that confirmed participation include: JyPK or United (Finland), AIK Stockholm (Sweden), Arsenal Ladies (England), Blackburn Rovers Ladies 2 teams (England), Ballerup Skovlunde Fodbold (Denmark), TSV Lengfeld (Germany), Barking Abbey Academy (England), and Oost Nederland (The Netherlands).
Top teams from the U.S. and Canada that have confirmed participation include: Gulf Coast Texans Soccer Club (FL), Colorado Storm (CO), San Diego Surf ECNL (CA), Challenge SC (TX), Ottawa South United (Canada), Virginia Rush (VA), Houston Rush (TX), Vaughan OPDL (Canada), Sting SC (TX), Northern Steel SC (PA), Mutiny (FC), D'Feeters SC (TX), Dallas Texans SC (TX), Whitby Iroquois (Canada), Liverpool FC America (TX), Classics Elite (TX), Andromeda FC (TX), Davis Legacy SC (CA), Solar Chelsea SC (TX), Texas Spirit (TX), Galaxy Blues SC (CA), Fort Worth FC (TX), UIFC (CA), and FC Dallas (TX). Apply now while there are still spots open!
AIK Stockholm Returns to the Dallas International Girls Cup
In addition to the great international teams we have competing in the 2016 Dallas International Girls Cup we are excited to include AIK Stockholm to the list!
AIK Stockholm is one of the top professional clubs in Sweden and will be sending one of their girls youth teams to the tournament.
AIK Stockholm was represented in our 2015 tournament, this year a different team from the club will be experiencing their first DIGC!
This team has a very talented group of girls, they have been very successful in all tournaments they competed in the last year.
In 2015 they played in the top division for girls born in 2001 in Stockholm. Despite being a year younger then the rest of the girls in their division they came out on top! Along with winning their division AIK were the runner ups at the Gothia Cup 2015 for the girls U14 class, losing the final in a shootout. In 2014 they competed in the Gothia Cup and came out victorious!
International Teams Accepted for 2016 Tournament!
In this newsletter:
- Arsenal Ladies in Dallas!
- International teams competing
- Featured tournament games
- Applications are now available – apply today!
We would like to give a big welcome to the new and returning international teams that will be competing in the Dallas International Girls Cup 2016!
The U14 Arsenal Ladies from the famous pro club in England will be coming the Dallas International Girls Cup for the first time in 2016! We are excited to have a team from one of the top pro soccer clubs in the world at the tournament. We can’t wait to see this team on the field and wish them the best of luck in the tournament!
Ballerup Skovlunde Fodbold from Denmark will be competing once again for the fourth time! After losing the final in 2014 on penalty kicks, Ballerup returned in 2015 and brought home the championship trophy this time! We can’t wait to see the club once again in 2016 and watch them compete for another trophy!
During the tournament we will choose the best ECNL teams in the same age categories as Arsenal Ladies and Ballerup-Skovlunde and have them play a featured game of the tournament!
Blackburn Rovers from England will be returning once again for the 2016 tournament with two teams! In 2014 their U16 made it to the championship but fell to the NJ Stallions. We are thrilled to have two teams from another top pro club in England!
JyPK United from Finland will be competing in the Dallas International Girls Cup for the first time! JyPK will be competing in the U13 age category and they are the first team ever from Finland to play in the tournament. In July of 2015 they competed in Sweden at the Gothia Cup and won in the finals taking home the championship trophy! Can’t wait to see you all in Dallas!
We are looking forward to a great event in 2016 and we expect more than 90 teams from around the globe. Applications for the 2016 Dallas International Girls Cup are available on the website now, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible so your team isn’t left out. Applications can be found on the tournament website by clicking HERE.
2015 Dallas International Girls Cup A Huge Success!
Premier International Tours and the Dallas Texans, the #1 youth soccer club in the U.S., are excited to announce that the 2015 Dallas International Girls Cup was a tremendous success! The 5th edition of the tournament has been our biggest edition yet including more than 80 of the best girls’ teams from around the world. The 2015 Dallas International Girls Cup welcomed 8 nations including, Colombia, Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, England, Canada, and the United States. We had over 80 college coaches in attendance during the tournament scouting and recruiting the high level athletes competing during the Dallas International Girls Cup.
Kicking off the tournament on March 31st was our international opening ceremony. This year our featured guest was Becky Burleigh, the head coach for the University of Florida Gators women’s team since 1995, who coaches players such as Abby Wombach, Heather Mitts, and Danielle Fotopoulous.
The level of competition that has been showcased during the tournament is very impressive; each nation took the fields each day ready to compete to the best of their ability. The weather was very cooperative during the tournament, excluding a slight thunderstorm delay on the first day and a little bit of rain on Sunday for the Championships resulting in the U14 and U15 games being postponed.
On Wednesday we held a reception for all of the international teams during the tournament. During this event international teams were recognized by the Mayor of Farmers Branch, Mayor Phelps, and given a gift for participating in the 2015 Dallas International Girls Cup. Local Dallas teams hosting families from the international teams were in attendance as well, and were given recognition for volunteering their homes to athletes from other country and providing a true Southern Hospitality experience.
Thursday night all teams who participated in the tournament this year were invited to attend an international dance party held at the Omni. Players from each team met on the dance floor in great spirits and displayed how their country likes to break it down on the dance floor.
The finals were between Solar Chelsea Red 03G and Solar Chelsea 03G (Prev. FC Dallas Gold) (U12), Solar Chelsea 02G Red and Challenge 02 (U13), Dallas Texans ECNL and D’Feeters 01 ECNL (U14), Dallas Texans ECNL and D’Feeters Soccer Club ECNL (U15), Dallas Texans ECNL and Ballerup-Skovlunde Fodbold (U16), Dallas Texans ECNL and Texas Spirit North ’98 (U17). Winners for each age category are as follows: U12-Solar Chelsea Red 03G, U13-Solar Chelsea 02G Red, U16-, U17- The U14 and U15 winners will be determined later this month.
The Dallas International Girls Cup 2015 is underway!
April 1st marked the beginning of the Dallas International Girls Cup 2015. Over 80 teams including 11 international teams are in attendance this year. There are teams from Denmark, Canada, England, Mexico, Colombia, and Sweden all competing for the prestigious title of DIGC champion. The tournament kicked off with an exciting opening ceremony with special guest appearance by Becky Burliegh, head coach of the Florida Gators, National Anthems and sponsor recognition that included Nike, Gatorade, and the city of Farmers Branch.
The tournament has been a huge success so far with great weather, excluding a slight thunderstorm delay on the first day. The level of competition is extremely high much like the girls' spirits. Stay tuned for more updates and check our website for scores, pictures and much more!
Dallas International Girls Cup once again partners with the United Nations Association to support the Nothing But Nets campaign
The Dallas International Girls Cup, along with its organizers, Premier International Tours and the Dallas Texans, have partnered with the Dallas chapter of United Nations Association (UNA) to support the Nothing But Nets campaign for the second year. This campaign raises money to send mosquito nets to Africa, protecting families from malaria. Malaria is spread by a single mosquito bite, and these nets can be used to save lives.
This year, local businesses pledged money for every goal scored, which was matched by Premier International Tours, the Dallas Texans, and UNA Dallas members, and further bolstered by other local supporters. As a result, the event raised enough money to deliver 185 nets to families in need!
The 2015 Dallas International Girls Cup is hoping to raise more money to send more mosquito nets to Africa, to help save even more lives. The Nothing But Nets campaign will have a tent at the Ross Stewart soccer complex during the tournament playing days. Please stop by if you would like to donate or just simply get more information on this campaign.
For more information check www.dallasinternationalgirlscup.com and the tournament Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dallas-International-Girls-Cup/1393353687568127
About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Since then, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million to help deliver more than 7.5 million bednets to families in need. Campaign partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S., the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, and Junior Chamber International, among others. It costs $10 to purchase and deliver an insecticide-treated bednet, provide education on its proper use, and provide other malaria reduction interventions that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.
International Teams Confirmed To Participate In 2015 Tournament!
Last week we received the registration and commitment from the AIK Stockholm from Sweden and Ballerup Skovlunde Fodbold from Denmark for the 2015 Dallas International Girls Cup!
AIK Stockholm from Sweden will experience their very first Dallas International Girls Cup in 2015! AIK plays in the St Eriks Cup league, playing in the highest division against girls a year older. AIK is ranked as number 1 in Stockholm. They have won everything you can win in Sweden at their age including back to back championships for last two years at the Gothia Cup.We can’t wait to see their unique style of play match up against the top teams at the Dallas International Girls Cup!
Ballerup Skovlunde Fodbold from Denmark will be participating in the tournament for their third year! They were participants in the 2012 and 2014 Dallas International Girls Cup and were co-champions in 2012 and were runners up last year ending the game with an incredibly shootout in 2014. We are so excited to see this high level team back again to compete for another championship in 2015!
We are looking forward to a great event in 2015 and we expect more than 100 teams from around the globe. Applications for the 2015 Dallas International Girls Cup are available on the website now, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible so your team isn’t left out. Applications can be found on the tournament website by clicking HERE.
Dallas International Girls Cup partnered with the United Nations Association for their Nothing But Nets Campaign
Last month the Dallas International Girls Cup, along with their organizers, Premier International Tours and the Dallas Texans, partnered with the United Nations Association for their Nothing But Nets Campaign. This campaign raises money to send mosquito nets to Africa for malaria eradication. These organizations pledged money for every goal scored, to be matched from local supporters. As a result of this we were able to put together enough money to buy between 100-120 nets which will save 100-120 lives!
During the Opening Ceremony Anya Cooper, a board member of the United Nations Association, did a question and answer interview with our MC. Anya discussed the purpose of the United Nations and how it fits in with sports by working with the United Nations Foundation, Sports Illustrated and sports writer Rick Reilly creating Nothing But Nets, allowing a way for athletes to help the UN fight malaria.
Dallas International Girls Cup 2014
The Dallas International Girls Cup is ready to kick off! The Premier International Tours staff has arrived and is ready to get the ball rolling. The last few days we have had the pleasure of meeting and greeting many international girls teams from all over the globe. The Dallas International Girls Cup is expecting over 80 competitive soccer teams from England, Canada, Australia and Denmark this year, along with many local US teams.
The opening ceremony was a great success! The international teams were introduced and shared some great pictures of their countries and clubs. The sponsors Nike and Gatorade shared some great video clips and information along with a guest appearance from National Soccer Hall of Fame member, Anson Dorrance, former USNWT coach and current head coach at UNC.
Day 1 – Today is the first official tournament day. Teams are on their way to the fields, eager to get the competition going. The weather is sunny, slightly windy and about 65-70 degrees, so a wonderful day for SOCCER. As the girls are arriving most of them are in awe of the fields. Perfectly groomed soccer pitches ready for the fierce competition the DIGC has to offer.
Day 2 – As I am making my way across the tournament most girls have agreed that whether they call it a pitch, field or grass: “it looks amazing!” One of the girls from New Mexico Rio Reign said “the grass feels like a thick carpet”. The tournament is running flawlessly so far and the participants are having a blast.
The international coaches and team managers reception was a great hit last night. President of Dallas Texans soccer club, Paul Stewart was in attendance and shared a few words with the participants, along with the mayor of Framer’s Branch. After dinner the participating international teams shared gifts with the mayor to show their appreciation for hosting the tournament.
The second day of soccer, once again, was a huge success! The weather, once again, was “soccer” perfect! The girls are performing well and enjoying the high level of competition the Dallas International Girls Cup has to offer.
Day 3 - Day 3 of the DIGC 2014, again, was a great success! The weather was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky and 70-80 degree weather. Today marks the end of group play and will be the decider on who goes on and who goes home.
Participating Teams are Finalized!
News Update March 20, 2014
The teams are set for the 2014 tournament! This year we have more international teams than ever before with 14 teams coming from 6 different countries. To see the list of participating teams click here. We are very excited about the teams that are participating and can't wait to see the competition be at it best.
The Dallas International Girls Cup is only a few weeks away! Group divisions for all age groups will be announced next week, and the tournament game schedule will be set and posted the week of April 1st.
We are very excited to announce that there will be a women's college soccer game played at the Ross Stewart Soccer Complex on Saturday, April 19th between two top Division I colleges, Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech University. There is no fee to watch the game. Game time to be confirmed and this will be posted on the schedule on the tournament website when set.
- First International Teams Are In!
- Tom Sermanni, U.S. National Women's Team Coach and featured speaker at tournament opening ceremony, praises Dallas International Girls Cup!
- 3rd Dallas International Girls Cup: a tremendous success!
- The Dallas International Girls Cup is now underway with representation from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Sweden and top ranked teams from the U.S.
- US National Women’s Coach Tom Sermanni opens the Dallas International Girls Cup
- The field of teams is now set for the tournament and the tournament group divisions/brackets are complete!
- Last chance to get your team’s application in by Feb 1st deadline.
- Dublin Select U17 Girls
- The Dallas International Girls Cup finals will take place today!
- The Dallas International Girls Cup continues to live up to its already sterling reputation.