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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

 

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Day 4 – The quarter an semifinals will be held today. Many teams have been eliminated from the tournament but will still be able to compete. Many teams are taking advantage of the friendly games put on by Premier International Tours for those who lost during group play. Most of these teams don’t often have to opportunity to play against foreign soccer teams, so the experience is priceless.
 
Day 5 – The last tournament day has finally arrived and with it the Dallas International Girls Cup finals. 6 different age groups from 3 different countries will be competing for the trophy and a travel voucher to Europe. Each winner will receive a $5000 travel credit towards the Dana Cup in Denmark or the Gothia Cup in Sweden or the team can choose to go to both tournaments and receive a $10,000 travel credit. 
 
Many hard fought soccer battles took place on the fields in Farmer’s Branch, TX but we could only have 6 winners. Click here for pictures of the winning teams. 
 
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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.

 

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First International Teams Are In!

This week we received the registration and commitment from the first international teams for the 2014 Dallas International Girls Cup!

Ballerup-Skovlunde Fodbold from Denmark will be participating in the tournament again in 2014. They were participants in the 2012 Dallas International Girls Cup and were co-champions that year, so we are excited to see this high level team back again to compete for another championship in 2014!

Himmelev Veddelev BK, also from Denmark, is from Himmelev, a small town just outside of Copenhagen in Denmark. They play in the top division in their region, and they have several girls that play on the regional team for that area in Denmark, and they have one player on the U16 youth national team of Denmark.

Preston North End FC from England returns again after competing in the Dallas International Girls Cup in 2012 and 2013. Preston North End FC is representing the area of Lancashire, England. Preston North End FC was the founding member of the English Football League in 1888/1889 season, and the home of Preston North End FC continues to hold the exclusive title of being the oldest professional football site in the world. Since then, Preston North End WFC has grown to become one of the strongest junior girls clubs in North England.  

 

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Tom Sermanni, U.S. National Women's Team Coach and featured speaker at tournament opening ceremony, praises Dallas International Girls Cup!

News Update April 15, 2013

Tom Sermanni, U.S. National Women's Team Coach and featured speaker at tournament opening ceremony, praises Dallas International Girls Cup!

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3rd Dallas International Girls Cup: a tremendous success!

News Update March 31, 2013

The Dallas Internationals Girls Cup kicked off March 26 and hosted 88 teams from many U.S. states and England, Ireland, Canada, Sweden and Australia. Most international teams were accommodated with host families of the Dallas Texans.

Tuesday night the Dallas International Girls Cup organized a spectacular opening ceremony at the McFarlin Auditorium at SMU. More than 2,000 attended a show including video presentations, national anthems played by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, performances of the Wildcats Wranglers and Q and A with our featured guest Tom Sermanni, Head Coach of the U.S. National Women Team - in Dallas, TX.

Wednesday night the tournament hosted the coaches and managers reception at the Omni Park West Hotel. All 6 countries, sponsors, partners and Farmers Branch town officials were present.  Thursday night hundreds of soccer players attended the tournament dance party held at the Omni Park West Hotel. The Wildcat Wranglers were on hand to teach the girls Texan line-dancing with Bill Cody as the DJ. It as an exciting evening the girls will be talking about for months to come.

4 International teams made it through to the tournament quarter finals; St. Albert Impact, the Newfoundland's Provincial Team and Ottawa South United from Canada and Sodra Sandby from Sweden. Ottawa South United made it to the semi's where they stranded against the high level team of D'Feeters.

After 5 days of fierce competition the following teams won the Dallas International Girls Cup 2013: Dallas Texans in the U12, Solar Chelsea Red in the U13 category, Tophat 17 Gold from Georgia in the U14 category, D'Feeters from Dallas in the U15 category, Colorado Rush in the U16 category and Solar ECNL in the U17 category beating the Newfoundland Provincial Team from Canada.

All teams won a trophy as well as a travel certificate worth $10,000.00 to be used towards a trip to the Gothia Cup in Sweden and the Dana Cup in Denmark for 2014.

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The Dallas International Girls Cup is now underway with representation from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Sweden and top ranked teams from the U.S.

News Update March 28, 2013

The spectacular opening ceremony took place Tuesday evening at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU in Dallas.  Special guest Tom Sermanni - Head Coach of the U.S. Women's National team gave an inspiring interview to the over 2,000 people who attended.

Entertainment from the Wildcat Wranglers wowed the spectators and showcased their talent with several performances and the 6 national anthems were played by the Dallas Symphony Brass Quintet.

A special thank you to Nike for being our event sponsor, bringing in Tom Sermanni and providing various video clips for those in attendance.

This highly competitive tournament kicked off Wednesday morning with preliminary games for all teams.  More news to follow.

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