There are a multitude of soccer tournaments this summer and some of them even allow parents and coaches to sign up players that aren’t part of an organized team. This can be a great way for your child to enhance their skills and increase their level of play in preparation for the upcoming fall season. Another benefit of some of these “one-off” type tournaments is exposing your child to players from other leagues that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to compete against. It can also be a fun day or weekend trip with potential opportunities for sight seeing in the area (fitting this in around game times, of course). This can be a great, non-committal way of testing the travel team waters if your child has not yet advanced to that level, giving you an idea of what lies ahead to gauge both you and your child’s interest level. There are tournament fees involved and potential travel costs (depending on where you live) but it’s a great way to fit in some summer soccer!
I’ve listed some tournaments in the region and I’ve also provided links to search for additional tournaments if you don’t see what you’re looking for here.
3v3 Live – Philadelphia
This 3v3 tournament is open to male & female teams, U6 to Adult. Parents or coaches can organize and coach 3v3 teams. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games, each participant receives a 3v3 Live T-Shirt and medals will be awarded to the players of the top 3 teams in each division. Tournament date is 07/14 in Levittown, PA and the cost to play is $170 per player. The registration deadline is July 1 so act fast if interested! Click here for more info.
Battle at Hilltop Tournament
An organized team soccer tournament (talk to your child’s coach about registering their team) for male and female players that currently play at a recreational level. This tournament is hosted by West-Mont United Soccer Association and will be played in Collegeville, PA. The team formats are U9-U12 8v8 and U12-U15 11v11. The girls tournament will be played on August 18-19 and the boys tournament will be played on August 25-26. Application deadline is July 20 and costs are based on age bracket, U9-U12 is $500 and U12-U15 is $550. Click here for more info.
Exeter United 3v3 Soccer Tournament
This 3v3 tournament is hosted in Exeter Township, just outside of Reading, PA. 3v3 teams are open to boys, girls and Co-Ed teams for U9-U13 age groups. The cost of registration is $130 and the deadline is July 27. Game day is August 11 (rain date is August 12) with games starting at 8am. They subscribe to an “in and out as quickly as possible” theory which means most teams should be done in 3-4 hours max instead of waiting all day for the end of the tournament. Click here for more info.
This is the first ever Hershey Cup hosted by Hershey Soccer Club and it looks like a fun one! This is open to all teams in the North East for U8-U15 boys and girls. Level of play is Premier/Travel and team formats are 8v8 and 11v11. Cost of 8v8 is $500 and 11v11 is $525 with an application deadline of July 1. Games will be hosted in Hershey, PA on August 18-19. There will be food and fun between games to keep the kids happy! Click here for more info.
Whether your child is participating or not, you may want to at least be a spectator for the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships to be held at Clipper Stadium (home of the Barnstormers baseball team) in Lancaster, PA between June 28 and July 3. The winners of the championship move on to represent Region I at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hills, SC from July 24–29. This tournament will showcase the best youth soccer players in the region and is great to watch for you and your young players! Click here for more info.
If you would like to search for a tournament in your area I would recommend going on Soccer-Tournament-Guide.com. Be advised that the information posted may not be 100 percent accurate as far as age ranges, costs, etc. However, it will give you an overview of tournaments in your area and you can then check out the specifics by visiting the hosting club’s site.