Parks and Recreation
May 16, 2019
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County will continue to play host to several of the Club Champions League’s (CCL) major soccer events through 2022, thanks to recently renewed contracts. This is the second, multi-year contract signing between CCL and Chesterfield, bringing four of its major events to River City Sportsplex 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 and 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 four events to River City Sportsplex in FY19, and the first event as part of this contract extension will be the CCL February College Showcase, taking place Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020.
“Chesterfield County is extremely pleased to continue our relationship with the Club Champions League through 2022,” said Dr. James Worsley, director of Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation. “The CCL is a valuable partner, and we look forward to welcoming the many athletes, parents and coaches to Chesterfield for many years to come.”
Sports tourism continues to surge in Chesterfield County and the CCL is a leader in the success of the region. In FY18, sports tourism's local economic impact reached $41 million, which was an increase of $2.4 million over the previous year, and the CCL events contributed $3.3 million to the overall economic impact for the county.
“Sports tourism continues to make a significant and positive impact on the Richmond region," said J.C. Poma, sports development manager at Richmond Region Tourism. "We are excited the Club Champions League will continue to call Chesterfield County and River City Sportsplex home for its large-scale soccer tournaments and events.”
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.