Youth soccer championship kicks off on Thursday
BATON ROUGE - With soccer fever taking over the country after the U.S. victory over Ghana on Monday, fans and families will have a chance to see the future of U.S. Soccer as the 2014 Region III Youth Soccer Championships kick off Thursday in Baton Rouge.
Hundreds of youth soccer teams from the South with divisions ranging from age 13 to 19 will descend on the city for a weeklong tournament at the Burbank Soccer Complex.
Baton Rouge last hosted the tournament in 2010 and, after the 2014 Miss USA Pageant and Bayou Country Superfest, the event marks another opportunity for the city to capitalize on what has been a busy year for tourism.
Some downtown restaurants and shops are even offering discounts to tournament participants and families who wear their team jerseys on Thursday, according to a Visit Baton Rouge spokesperson.
Visit Baton Rouge said they partnered with the Arts Council of Baton Rouge to give out custom hand-painted soccer balls at local attractions and restaurants to encourage visiting players and families to explore the city.
The tournament will run from June 19 to June 26 and complete schedule information can be found at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region III website.