Parks and Recreation
Feb. 8, 2021
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County will continue to host several of the Club Champions League’s (CCL) major soccer events through 2024 thanks to recently renewed contracts facilitated through Richmond Region Tourism. This is the third multi-year contract signing between CCL and Chesterfield—bringing four of its major events to River City Sportsplex, Mary B. Stratton Park and Horner Park.
The Club Champions League is no stranger to Chesterfield, hosting as many as five events in a single year, including the College Showcase Series and the Fall Festival. As the first, and now largest, club-based youth soccer league in the United States, the CCL’s College Showcase events are unique in that league matches are a club-versus-club format where players can show off their talents in hopes of being discovered by more than 500 college coaches.
"Chesterfield County and Richmond Region Tourism have been tremendous partners to the CCL,” said Brian Kuk, executive director of the CCL. “The quality facilities along with the level of professional service provided to the CCL are the primary reasons we have extended our contract with the county. We are proud to call Chesterfield County and the Richmond region home to CCL events for years to come."
The CCL is bringing five events to River City Sportsplex in FY21, and the first event as part of this contract extension will be the CCL Fall Festival scheduled for Sept. 18-19, 2021.
“Chesterfield County is pleased to continue our relationship with CCL,” said Bob Smet, director of Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation. “The CCL is a great partner, and we look forward to welcoming athletes, parents and coaches to River City Sportsplex.”
Sports tourism continues to surge in Chesterfield County, and the CCL is a leader in the success of the region. In FY19 and FY20 combined, sports tourism's economic impact for Chesterfield County reached $64 million, and the CCL events contributed $13.7 million to the overall economic impact for the county during the same time frame.
“Sports tournaments like Club Champions League events are important for our region now more than ever,” said J.C. Poma, director of sports relations at Richmond Region Tourism. “We were grateful to help coordinate this partnership and are excited that organizers chose to extend their partnership with Chesterfield County and River City Sportsplex for three more exciting and soccer-filled years.”
About the Club Champions League
The CCL offers superior competition, a model for player development and a governing board made up of professional soccer directors. The Club Champions League strives to activate and accelerate youth soccer development through it.