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Javanon Cup Presented by

the NSCAA
APRIL 11 - 13, 2014

Elizabethtown, KY
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Nether United Spring Invitational
APRIL 19, 2014

Delaware County, PA
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Challenger Invitational
MAY 10 - 11, 2014

Manheim, PA
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Columbia Invitational
MAY 23 - 26, 2014

Columbia, MD
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GotSoccer Southeast Qualifier
JUNE 6-8, 2014

Jacksonville, FL
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GotSoccer Central Qualifier
JUNE 14-15, 2014

Elizabethtown, KY
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Mason Dixon Cup
JUNE 14 - 15, 2014

Hagerstown, MD
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Kirkwood Boys Premier
JUNE 14 - 15, 2014

New Castle, DE
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Adidas Washington Gateway Classic

JUNE 14 - 15, 2014

Olney, MD

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Southern Maryland Classic

JUNE 14 - 15, 2014

Waldorf, MD

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WAGS Qualifier
JUNE 21 - 22, 2014

Fairfax, VA
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The Robbie
JUNE 28-30, 2014

Toronto, ON

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Mid-Atlantic Cup
JUNE 28 - 29, 2014 BOYS

JULY 12 - 13, 2014 GIRLS

Lancaster, PA

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NSCAA College Showcase -

Northwest
JULY 18-20, 2014

Tacoma, WA

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NSCAA HS Summer Showcase
JULY 25-26, 2014

Indianapolis, IN

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West Chester Summer Classic
AUGUST 1-3, 2014

West Chester, PA
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Kirkwood Paul Wellborn

Boys College Showcase
AUGUST 2-3, 2014

New Castle, DE

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Chesapeake Kickoff Challenge
AUGUST 16- 17, 2014

Columbia, MD
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OBGC Capital Cup
AUG 29 - SEPT 1, 2014

Olney, MD
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Keystone Cup
AUG 31 - SEPT 1, 2014

Lancaster, PA
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Javanon

Fall Invitational
SEPT 20-21, 2014

Elizabethtown, KY
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WAGS Rael Vodicka Memorial
Tournament Presented by the NSCAA

OCT 11 - 13, 2014

Fairfax, VA
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SAC Columbus Day Tournament
OCT 11 - 12, 2014

Columbia, MD
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Columbia Fall Classic
NOV 15-16, 2014 - Boys Weekend

NOV 22-23, 2014 - Girls Weekend

Columbia, MD
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NSCAA College Showcase - Midwest
NOV 22-23, 2014
Kansas City, KS

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Baltimore Boys College Showcase
NOV 28-30, 2014

Baltimore, MD
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Tottenham Hotspur

America Cup
DEC 6-7, 2014

Columbia, MD

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PA Classics Winter College Showcase

DEC 6-7, 2014 (Boys Weekend)

DEC 13-14, 2014 (Girls Weekend)

Lancaster, PA

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Amanda Post Memorial Tournament

U9 - U12 Small Sided Only

MAR 7-8, 2015 Boys Weekend

MAR 14-15, 2015 Girls Weekend
Columbia, MD
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Baltimore Mania
MAR 22 - 23, 2014 - Boys Weekend

MAR 29 - 30, 2014 - Girls Weekend

Baltimore, MD
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Southern Soccer Showcase
APRIL 4-6, 2014

Advance, NC
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Twin City Boys College Showcase
APRIL 11-13, 2014

Advance, NC
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Tournaments
IN THE NEWS

Elite Tournaments Gains Four New Events through Sports Concepts Partnership

Columbia, MD – Elite Tournaments proudly announces that it will be partnering to manage the 2014-2015 APC Premier Cup Tournament Series. Over the past few years, the APC Premier Cup powerhouse series has grown from a relatively small event, to four major tournaments spanning multiple weekends throughout the year.

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5 Best and 5 Most Underrated Soccer Complexes

 

We asked Mike Libber, president and owner of Elite Tournaments, to give us his favorite soccer venues for tournaments. As an added bonus, he also included five underrated venues. Agree? Disagree? Let us know (so we can tell Mike what he got wrong).

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Elite Tournaments Crosses the Pond

Elite Tournaments plans more than 50 events annually across the country, but for a lucky few, the international scene will be in play. They’ve teamed up with Tottenham Hostpur, an English Premier League team, to bring 32 youth players to the London club’s home turf to take part in a residential program.

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Tottenham Hotspurs American Cup Update

 

Tottenham Hotspur Soccer School website posted an article about the US and Canadian players selected to go to the second annual Tottenham Hotspur American Trophy.

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Tottenham Hotspurs American Cup brings Comcast Sportsnet out to Covenant Park.

Comcast Sportnet Baltimore made an appercance at the Totttenham Hotspurs American Cup to take a look at the rare opportunity this event brings to young American soccer players.

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INSIDER SERIES: Michael Libber, Elite Tournaments

 

 

Q&A: Megan Ditchman, Elite Tournaments

Connect Sports spoke with Megan Ditchman, Elite Tournaments’ marketing manager about her thoughts on the current state of sponsorships for youth events. Elite Tournaments is a for-profit company based in Baltimore, running more than 50 events each year.

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The Sports Effect

 

Baltimore, MD - The sports related travel market is a $182-plus billion U.S. industry annually. It generates use of more than 47 million hotel rooms annually. And, most notably, in the U.S., 27% of all travel is sports related.......

Mt. Airy-based Elite Tournaments, which hosts and manages sports tournaments throughout the state as well as nationally, is one of those groups growing and expanding throughout the region and across the U.S.

This past Memorial Day, one of its keystone events — the Columbia Invitational soccer tournament — grew by well over 80%, from 325 teams to 600 teams, and had to turn away close to 100 teams due to field limitations.

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Elite Tournaments Proudly Announces

Major Growth in North Carolina

Mount Airy, MD –Following last year’s success with the Twin City College Showcase, further negotiation took place between Elite Tournaments and Twin City Youth Soccer Association, resulting in a new agreement that includes all four existing Twin City Soccer events. Elite Tournaments was very impressed with the quality of the club and the facilities that they encountered when doing business with Twin City.

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The Columbia Foundation and Family of Amanda Post just awarded the third annual Scholarship Winner

 

The Amanda Post “AmandaWins” River Hill High School Student-Athlete Scholarship and The Amanda Post “AmandaWins” Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County Student-Athlete Scholarship were created by Amanda’s family, friends, teammates and classmates based on how Amanda would want her memory perpetuated and focusing on that for which she was so passionate…excellence in academics and athletics, and being part of the RHHS and SAC communities. Each scholarship is awarded annually to help defray tuition/room & board/expenses for the recipient’s freshman year of college.

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Elite Tournaments Director of Officials, Mohammad Samadpour Named US Development Academy Referee of the Week.

May 24, 2012 - Mohammad Samadpour earns Referee of the Week honors for his performance during this past weekend’s U-17/18 match between Baltimore Bays Chelsea and Match Fit Chelsea. Samadpour had worked 16 Development Academy matches. The Maryland-based referee has also previously worked United Soccer League games.

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Elite Tournaments Presents the

McDonogh/Pipeline Summer Classic

Mount Airy, MD – Maryland based sports management company, Elite Tournaments is proud to once again announce a new event within the state. This time they will be teaming up with two large entities in the area to create a monumental partnership and to deliver an original small sided event. In addition, Elite Tournaments will take over management of the McDonogh/Pipeline Futsal Tournament, now in its 3rd year, which will be held this December.

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Coast to Coast Expansion for Elite Tournaments and the NSCAA

Mount Airy, MD -
Elite Tournaments announced today the next step in its ground breaking partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA.) The NSCAA College Showcase- Northwest event will be the fourth showcase to debut and will take place July 27- 29, 2012 in Tacoma, Washington.

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PA Classics & Elite Tournaments
Announce Partnership

Elite Tournaments inks partnership with Pennsylvania Classics youth club
MARYLAND-BASED COMPANY CONTINUES STEADY NATIONWIDE GROWTH

Mount Airy, Md. - Elite Tournaments is proud to announce its latest event management partnership, this time with youth soccer powerhouse Pennsylvania Classics.
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Elite Tournaments is Accepted into the Maryland Green Registry

The Maryland Green Registry is a group of Maryland Businesses working to Help build a smarter, greener, more sustainable Maryland.

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WAGS Annual Tournament Joins NSCAA Showcase Series

 

Reisterstown, Md. – The Washington Area Girls Soccer League is proud to announce that its annual showcase event, the WAGS Rael Vodicka Memorial Tournament, will join the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s showcase series starting in 2012.

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Opportunities to Compete

Elite's very own Mike Libber was interviewed for SportsEvents Magazine

 

One of the biggest challenges facing elite athletes today is opportunity, according to Michael Libber, president of Elite Tournaments, which organizes elite-level soccer tournaments from U9-U19 players in the Mid-Atlantic region, Florida, Louisiana, and Kansas. “The biggest challenge these players have is to be seen. Timing is everything,” he said. Turn to page 36 to read more+

 

 

Big soccer tourney translates into big dollars for Howard County

By Rachel Bernstein Daily Record Business Writer

Covenant Park in Ellicott City is one of the six venues playing host to games in the tournament

Starting Friday, a youth soccer tournament will invade Columbia for the holiday weekend and bring in money for the area’s hotels and restaurants.

The 36th annual Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament will host 462 teams, bringing about 6,200 hotel room nights to the area’s lodging industry and untold dollars to restaurants and other attractions.

“We’re looking forward to this weekend,” said Alicia Smith, director of sales for Staybridge Suites in Columbia. The 118-room hotel is sold out this weekend, and all 22 rooms it has set aside for families and children playing in the tournament are booked. Smith said she’s been working with tournament organizers for the past four years she’s been with the hotel, and the number of families has grown over the years.

“There has definitely been more demand over time,” Smith said.

The tournament will bring in teams from 18 states and Canada, from the under-9 age group to the under-19s. More than 275 college coaches will visit during the weekend to scout out the young talent, tournament organizers said. Read more+

Weekend Wrap Up: Columbia Invitational

Another successful year of the Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament wrapped up in and around Columbia yesterday.  Thousands of soccer players and their families invaded the friendly confines of Howard County this past weekend for one of the premier soccer tournaments in the country put on by Maryland’s own Elite Tournaments.  The tournament hosted 462 teams from 18 different states and Canada over the course of the four-day tournament, and OSM stopped by to check out the games and festivities. Read more+

 

Elite Tournaments’ Role in the Growth of Soccer in Maryland

By: Margaret Perry for MDBizMedia

Maryland-based Elite Tournaments will be running a youth soccer tournament in Columbia this weekend, which is expected to bring in close to $4 million in revenue for Howard County.

The Mt. Airy based company, which recently announced a partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), hosts and manages sports tournaments both in Maryland and across the nation.

This summer and into next fall, Elite Tournaments will host 10 soccer tournaments throughout the state of Maryland for a variety of age groups ranging from U-9 to U-19. The first of these tournaments will be held in Columbia over Memorial Day Weekend. The games will be held at six different locations including fields in Howard County, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County, and at UMBC in Baltimore. Read more+

 

 

Elite Soccer Tournaments Teams Up With NSCAA

By Eric Slack

Question: What is one of the most important concerns for U15-plus club coaches when looking at what tournaments to attend?

Answer: College coach attendance. One recent announcement aims to solve that concern and then some. Back in May, Elite Tournaments and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) teamed up on a three-year partnership to hold a series of elite showcase tournaments and coaching education events across the country.

 

Elite Tournaments got its start in 2000 as a fundraiser for 10 teams. Since that time, it has organized more than 130 youth soccer events for nine different clubs, colleges and international and professional organizations. In 2010, it ran 16 tournaments over 18 weekends across the Mid-Atlantic region and in Louisiana, New Jersey and Bermuda. Read more+

 



UMBC Soccer Complex Renamed Elite Tournaments Field at UMBC Soccer Stadium

 

Catonsville, MD - UMBC’s soccer complex has been renamed Elite Tournaments Field at UMBC Soccer Stadium, it was announced today jointly by Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown and Elite Tournaments’ Founder and President Mike Libber.  

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Elite Tournaments signs

Nationwide Partnership with NSCAA

MARYLAND-BASED COMPANY PROUD TO AFFILIATE WITH TOP COACHING ORGANIZATION

Mount Airy, Md. - Elite Tournaments has signed a groundbreaking new partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to stage elite showcase tournaments and coaching education events across the United States.

The three-year deal brings the Maryland-based company's event management skills to new markets while helping NSCAA, the largest soccer coaches’ organization in the world, further extend its coaching education efforts throughout the country......

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Elite Tournaments - True To Its Name

When Michael Libber was 24 years old, he took a risk. He wanted the Baltimore Bays U12 soccer team he was coaching to attend a state tournament, but he knew that the entry fee was expensive. In order to help his players pay for the costs, Libber organized a mini-tournament for local U12 teams as a fundraiser..............

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Columbia Invitational: Where Tradition Meets Progression

There is a reason why Sports Illustrated, upon visiting The Annual Columbia Invitational, said that Columbia “arguably is the heartland of U.S. soccer.”  This is because the Memorial Day weekend soccer tournament, now in its 35th year, is as elite and traditional as they come.  The tournament, which is only days away, will be bringing in close to 500 teams from 22 states, not to mention 6 clubs from Canada......

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Attracting Fans and Participants in a Down Economy

By: Angela Standish

You hear it everywhere you go these days. At the sporting goods store, ballparks, arenas and concession stands. You can’t turn on the television or radio without commentators hashing over it, or sit down with a newspaper without it glaring back at you........................

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Not kids play: Youth sports eyed to boost Maryland tourism

by Ryan Sharrow Staff

Every Memorial Day weekend, nearly 9,000 young athletes hit the soccer fields in Howard and Montgomery counties primed for competition. They travel from locations in Maryland and neighboring states for the Columbia Invitational Memorial Day tournament — with coaches, parents, grandparents, friends and siblings generating significant business for local restaurants, shops and hotels........................

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Mason Dixon Cup hosts 63 youth teams

By CONNER GILBERT

In the world of youth sports, athletes and their families frequently deal with disorganized or poorly run events.

But as 63 youth soccer teams converged on the Hagerstown Soccer Club on Saturday for the Mason Dixon Cup, tournament organizer Mike Libber can proudly say that his event is different...................

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Columbia Invitational tournament gets bigger and better every year

By Stan Ber

Just when I think that the Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament may have peaked in terms of the number of teams that come here to play, I discover that there is apparently some room to grow. The 31st version of the tournament concluded May 28 and the 370 teams that came to play represented the largest turnout in the tournament's long history. Those teams came from 22 states and Canada and brought in nearly 20,000 people and an estimated $1.5 million for local merchants, according to figures provided to me by first-year tournament director, 31-year-old Mike Libber.............................................

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Columbia Tournament Shows Growth in Youth Soccer

 

By John Plevyak

In the summer of 1978, I was approached by the Catonsville Recreation Council with a request to help start its inaugural in-house soccer program. Areas like Columbia, Fallston and Edmondson Heights were gaining strength in developing youth programs to catch up with the traditional local programs like Highlandtown, Locust Point and Dundalk....................................

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Should Your Club Hire a Soccer Tournament Management Company?

Have you ever thought of hiring a professional soccer tournament management company? Perhaps you want to put on a tournament but you don’t know where to start? Your head is full of unanswered questions about fields, sponsors, publicity, scheduling, referees, trophies, hotels, t-shirts, portable bathrooms and weather forecasts. Meanwhile, you have a day job and a family and a lawn that won’t mow itself.......................................

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HOWARD HOSTS HOLIDAY

SOCCER BASH

COUNTY BUSINESSES BENEFIT AS ANNUAL TOURNAMENT DRAWS MORE THAN 6,000 YOUNG PLAYERS

By Allison Connolly

For many, Memorial Day weekend means backyard barbecues with family and friends.

But at the Soccer Association of Columbia-Howard County complex at Covenant Park in Ellicott City, it's nonstop soccer............

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Dodgeball Comes to the 'Burbs

Adults are joining leagues

By STEPHANIE MLOT and CHRIS PYBURN

Looking to recapture part of your childhood?

Then head over to Frederick, Md., and join the latest dodgeball league.

Dodgeball has been making a huge comeback across the nation following the 2004 movie "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."   On most weekends, you will find dodgeball games taking place on The National Mall in Washington, D.C.    So Frederick decided to join the fun with a new co-ed dodgeball program. The league is for locals 21 and older to participate in recreational sports....... 

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