Tampa, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, announced Monday the inaugural USL SoccerFest will be held in Tampa, the home of the organization’s headquarters, in the fall of 2005. The USL SoccerFest is comprised of the USL 2005 Annual General Meeting and the Super Y-League North American Finals.
The USL SoccerFest is expected to become an annual event in Tampa with a multi-year partnership between USL and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission being finalized that would make Tampa the home of the USL SoccerFest through 2008. Future editions of the USL SoccerFest are expected to feature the USL AGM and SYL North American Finals being held concurrently.
“I am very proud to announce that we are bringing the USL SoccerFest to Tampa, my personal and soccer home,” said USL President and Founder Francisco Marcos, who served as director of public relations and vice president of soccer operations for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League for eight years in the 70′s. “Heading into our 10th year with our headquarters in Tampa and 20th overall, there could be no more fitting place to hold the USL SoccerFest. We feel this event will be the beginning of many wonderful things in the Tampa area for the soccer community.”