INDIANAPOLIS — Making its return for the third year in a row, the NCAA and Elite Tournaments will host the NCAA Men’s College Cup Showcase during the 2017 Men’s College Cup (Dec. 8-10) in Philadelphia.

“We are excited to work with Elite Tournaments to bring this event to the eastern region of the country for the first time,” said NCAA assistant director of championships and alliances Paula Buckhaulter.  “As we grow the initiative of exposing youth to NCAA championships, we’re looking forward to the continuing possibilities and opportunities that come with hosting a youth soccer event in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s College Cup.”

This year’s showcase will be played at the brand-new Delaware Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Delaware. Opened in spring 2017, the 85-acre complex features 12 synthetic turf fields with lighting and scoreboards, centered by a 700-seat championship stadium.

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Last year’s event in Houston hosted more than 130 boy’s premier and elite club teams (Under-15 through U-19) representing Mexico and 12 states (Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Washington).

“Having hosted a successful event in Houston we are looking forward to another exciting tournament on the East Coast,” said Matt Libber, vice president of Elite Tournaments.  “With the new location and a brand new state-of-the-art facility we expect to draw some of the best competition to this year’s showcase.”     

The showcase will feature three games per team in front of more than 200 college coaches in attendance. As an added benefit, each team will be recognized on the field at Talen Energy Stadium during the College Cup and will receive tickets to both the semifinals and national championship game.

To register for the NCAA Men’s College Cup Youth Showcase (deadline November 17), or to find out more about the 2017 NCAA Men’s College Cup itself, visit NCAA.com/menscollegecup