Palm Beach Soccer Academy’s Palm Beach Cup, one of the largest soccer tournaments in Florida, returned to The Palm Beaches from May 7-9 for the first time since 2019. The annual event featured both boys’ and girls’ soccer teams competing at five different venues in Palm Beach Gardens: Gardens North County District Park, Joseph R. Russo Athletic Complex, PGA National Park, Mirasol Park, and Lilac Park.
Over 160 teams and 2,500 athletes from across Florida and beyond traveled to The Palm Beaches to compete. The participating teams contended for titles in both boys’ and girls’ divisions competing in age groups ranging from Under-9 to Under-19.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with the Palm Beach Soccer Academy. After years of consistent growth, the Palm Beach Cup has transformed into one of the largest soccer tournaments on the Florida Youth Soccer Association calendar. The tournament projected that over the course of the weekend that over 2,000 spectators attended the event.
The competition was highlighted by two longstanding awards, the Dan Borislow Award and Mary Jo McCool Award, which were presented to the most outstanding male and female player who showed the most consistent work ethic during the Palm Beach Cup. Goalkeepers swept the awards with Yener Bartolon of Palm Beach Soccer Academy’s U-19 team and Ana Gutierrez of the Lake Worth Shark’s U-14 team taking home their respective honors.
Hosting an event of this magnitude is made possible by the vast inventory of fields available in Palm Beach County. One of The Palm Beaches’ newest facilities, Gardens North County District Park, contains 10 lighted multipurpose fields which were designed with FIFA regulations in mind. The adjacent Joseph R. Russo Athletic Complex also supplies two state-of-the-art multipurpose fields. PGA National, Lilac, and Mirasol Park each provide multipurpose fields perfect for high-level soccer such as the Palm Beach Cup.
“We are excited that as more sports return to Palm Beach County that one of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s oldest partners is able to bring elite soccer competition back to our world-class venues,” said George Linley, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.