Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Quick Facts
Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has enjoyed a rich history of combining marquee teams and talented up-and-coming players with the ability to forge long lasting friendships and memories across many nationalities and cultures. Below are some of the interesting facts that makes Dallas Cup so special.
The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is an annual event held during Easter Week (Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday). As such, the calendar dates change every year.
To ensure the highest level of competition each year, the Dallas Cup is an invitation only tournament.
The approximately 180 teams that are accepted into Dallas Cup are divided into 8 age categories ranging from U-13 through U-19 and the prestigious U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group.
Throughout the tournament’s history, Dallas Cup has hosted teams from 47 U.S. states and over 100 countries across 6 continents.
Over 900 international players participate in the tournament each year.
On average, Dallas Cup entertains over 100,000 spectators during the tournament week.
The Dallas Cup contributes more than $17 million annually to the local North Texas economy.
Throughout Dallas Cup’s history, many participating players have gone on to great notoriety as professional players and World Cup participants. A few of the stars that have gone to play in the world’s biggest stage include David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Wayne Rooney, Chicharito, Raul and Michael Bradley.
One out of nineteen players on the 2014 FIFA World Cup rosters were Dallas Cup alumni.
In fact, Dallas Cup alumni have gone on to play in over 450 World Cup games!
One of the most unusual Dallas Cup alumni is Basketball Hall of Famer, Hakeem Olajuwon. He turned heads in the early Dallas Cup tournaments as a goalkeeper for the Lagos Stars of Nigeria.
Dallas Cup is possible due to the hard work and dedication of our 1,000+ volunteers which log more than 7,000 hours per year.
Over 5,000 participants & spectators travel to Dallas by air each year.
Dallas Cup teams, referees, scouts and spectators use over 8,500 hotel room each tournament.
On average 30 international teams and 30 international referees take part in the Dallas Cup HomeStay Program with local Dallas families.
I was reminded of this annual tournament while reading about the proposed creation of professional American Cricket League and of course all the mixed use development necessary to keep afloat the sport stadium. This quip, specifically, reminded me of the International Futbol tournament Dallas hosts each year:
...In the 2010 census, Collin County counted nearly 32,000 Asian residents of Indian ethnicity. That county hosted a national youth cricket tournament in 2014.
Here's a DMN link about Cricket Plano... https://www.dallasnews.com/news/plano/2 ... tournament
This could be a nice tag-team for youth sports in North Texas, annual Soccer and Cricket tournaments.... of course maybe getting ahead of it all considering a pro-Cricket league is simply a proposal right now, but should that happen, I see no reason an event partnership in North Texas could not and would not form around dual tournaments in the Spring.
Anyway.... The Dallas Cup, it's the big fish in a smallish pond (youth soccer tournaments).