Little Caesars Sun Bowl International
Soccer Tournament To Feature 170 Teams
Texas (June 6, 2008) - The Little Caesars Sun
Bowl International Soccer Tournament will hit El Paso again this weekend for the ninth time.
The tournament has now become the largest youth soccer event in the
By the time the weekend is over,
approximately 2,500 boys and girls will compete in 300 matches over two days.
This tournament has steadily grown from 42 teams in 2000 to 170 teams this
"For the third straight year, we have
reached 170 teams and we could have easily gotten to 200 teams," said Bernie
Olivas, executive director of the Sun Bowl Association. "Nine years ago we
struggled to just get teams and now we cannot accommodate all of the teams that
want to participate."
This year's field includes teams from
Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and
Mexico. It also includes 43 teams
from out of town, a number that reached 40 for the third straight year. In the
tournament's first year, just 14 teams came from outside of El
"Our growth depends on soccer fields and
with the addition of the new 13-field complex in West El
Paso, it only helps us provide a top-notch tournament for the city,"
said Olivas. "At the Sun Bowl Association, we strive to enhance tourism in
El Paso through
sport, adding to the overall economic impact of the city. But beyond that is the
fact that we are getting quality out of town competition, which helps make
El Paso soccer
The tournament will be played at five
El Paso parks this year - the new Northeast Regional Park, Nations-Tobin, Sue Young, Todd Ware and
"We are really excited where this
tournament can be this time next year," said Olivas. "With help of Paula Powell
and the El Paso Parks and Recreation and the addition of the new Westside
complex and the expansion of the Northeast Regional Park, I really feel like we can get the
tournament over 200 teams in 2009."
This year's field features eight
returning champions from last year - El Paso
America Jr. (U10 Boys), Inter
Boys), El Paso AYAX (U12 Boys), El Paso Jaguares (U13 Boys), El Paso Desert Rats
(U15 Boys), El Paso Atletico (U17 Boys), El Paso Heat (U11 Girls) and El Paso
Lady Arsenal Gunners (U12 Girls).