A sea of soccer players and families overflowed the Mesquite Sports and Events Center and every other playing venue in Mesquite during the weekend of Jan. 8 and 9. The Eighth Annual Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA) Presidents Cup will continue for two more weekends, Jan. 15 and 16 and again in February. The event is hosted by F.C. Mesquite a member of UYSA’s Southern Region.
Over 230 teams are competing for the Cup in three age groups, 8-11 boys and girls, 12-18 boys and 12-18 girls divisions. This translates to approximately 2600 kids plus parents and siblings. The population of Mesquite increases dramatically when UYSA comes to town.
The teams travel from every corner of Utah and are a boon for local business. It’s pretty easy to see the impact if you travel around town. The restaurants and hotels are full of families enjoying the milder climate and hospitality Mesquite has to offer.
“We are using 20 sports venues in Mesquite and Bunkerville,” said F.C. Mesquite Board of Directors member Lindy Hulet. “It’s been tough finding 50-plus volunteers per day to cover all the venues. We need to service UYSA or we could lose the event to St. George. The Cup was hosted by St. George until the overflow came to Mesquite several years ago. UYSA Directors became enamored with the facilities and decided to move the whole event to Mesquite three years ago.”
“F.C. Mesquite has four teams competing in this year’s Presidents Cup, Hulet said. “Our club has over 400 members and continues to grow. We will play again this spring after a one year hiatus. The Club is attempting to bring other soccer events to Mesquite. A new tournament the ‘Coyote Cup’ will be held in March.”