ORLANDO, Fla. – Nov. 29, 2017 – Florida’s largest annual celebration of international soccer today announced a new partnership with Montverde Academy. The high-profile annual tournament, the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament (MAST), will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Florida Cup and feature the top regional U17 and U19 Boys teams. Renamed the 2018 FC MAST, the tournament will kick off on Jan. 9 at Montverde Academy and end on Jan. 15 at the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Soccer Stadium. The champions will be recognized during a special half-time ceremony of the 4 p.m. Florida Cup match at Spectrum Stadium.
The partnership will provide special programming for the participating players and their families, such as exclusive professional training sessions attendance, Florida Cup match experiences, and seminars by professional players and executives. In addition, the Florida Cup All-Star Game – which features international stars like legendary Dutch International Ruud van Nistelrooy, Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita and Brazilian International Denílson, Caio Ribeiro, among others – will be held at Montverde Academy on Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. and will be free for students, players and families.
Mike Potempa, Director of The Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy, said of the partnership, “This is a great opportunity for our school to capitalize on the synergies, and provide our athletes with access to the top professional teams and exposure to college and pro scouts who will be in Orlando in January. We look forward to a successful first year and many more to come.”
“Our goal is to provide these kids with an impactful experience,” said Florida Cup owner Ricardo Silveira. “This partnership is also a way for us to further embrace the local community by offering aspiring soccer players an opportunity to learn from the best from Europe and South America, as well as share valuable experiences that will help these kids in their development stage on and off the field.”
The FC MAST format will be round-robin play for each group of six teams from the area and abroad in the U17 and U19 categories, with the top two teams advancing to the finals. Confirmed participating clubs include Montverde Academy, 2SV Sports (BRA), Florida Rush Soccer, Global Premier Soccer Florida, Spirit United, and more. The final bracket will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
About The Florida Cup:
The Florida Cup is the largest international soccer celebration held annually in Florida. It is a global platform that combines sports and entertainment. Broadcasted live in 2017 to over 140 countries, the tournament reached over 50 million viewers. Globally recognized soccer clubs from Europe and Latin America will convene in Central Florida for this premier tournament – a final tune-up before the start of their respective campaigns and the kickoff for a World Cup year. For more information on the Florida Cup including tickets, visit www.floridacup.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Montverde Academy and the Soccer Institute of Montverde Academy:
Montverde Academy is an international, coeducational, independent college preparatory school for grades PK3-12, with a boarding program serving grades 7-12, and post-graduate studies. Our mission is to inspire students to become knowledgeable leaders with global vision that instills a passion for learning, and that nurtures character development in a disciplined and diverse community.
The Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy (SIMA) is an elite level soccer specific training experience for anyone who possesses the passion to challenge themselves at the highest level both academically and athletically. Located near Orlando, Florida, SIMA is a program offered by Montverde Academy to its diverse population of enrolled students on campus from the United States and around the world. From world class facilities to elite-level coaching, SIMA provides a professional training environment for any passionate athlete with the desire to work hard and improve.
For more information on Montverde Academy or the SIMA program, go to Montverde.org or mvasports.com and be sure to check out our main Montverde Academy Facebook page as well as our SIMA Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter or Instagram.# # #