Let the Games Begin! Join us in Palm Beach County, Fla., for the fun and excitement of the AYSO National Games. The National Games is a week-long festival of soccer competition, making new friends and fun in the sun. They’ll be played on the grounds of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, one of the world’s great sporting facilities. This amazing event only comes around every other year so don’t miss out! Here’s a schedule of events for the week:
TBD: Coach Check-in–International Polo Club Palm Beach
Coach check-in is when coaches pick up everything they need for the Games. At check-in, the coach will pick-up their coach ID badge and have the opportunity to ask any National Games questions they may have to the experts. Players are not required to be present at coach check-in.
Tuesday: Mandatory Coach and Referee Meeting-Location TBD, July 5, 2016
This mandatory meeting will provide information to all coaches and referees on how to have a successful National Games. We will review important roles, procedures, safety and more!
TBD: Opening Ceremony-Location TBD
The National Games is kicked off with an Opening Ceremony. This is when a parade of all of the teams participating take the field with their banner and wave to their families.
Wednesday Day: SoccerFest–International Polo Club Palm Beach, July 6, 2016
Soccerfest is a lot of the player’s favorite part of the National Games! On Wednesday, players will be divided into random teams based on age. At Soccerfest there’s no pressure of winning or losing—the only goal is to have fun and meet new friends from all across the country.
Wednesday Night: Youth Event–Rapids Water Park, July 6, 2016
On Wednesday evening, players of all ages will gather with their new friends from SoccerFest and the Opening Ceremonies for a night of fun at Rapids Water Park. The water park includes a wave pool, 35 water slides and a quarter mile lazy river.
Thursday- Sunday: The Games – International Polo Club Palm Beach, July 7- 10, 2016
The competition begins with every team being divided into different pools. At the end of the final pool play, the highest ranking team in each group will win first place, second place or a participation award. Players will experience five awesome days of soccer, new friendships and the opportunity to test their skills out against players from all over the country.