10 February 2010

Copa NYC - New York's other World Cup

In June, all New York soccer fans, in fact most of the world, will be tuned into South Africa for the 2010 World Cup finals. This event, which takes place once every four years, is really the climax for all soccer fans. The tournament is viewed all over the world and even those who say they are not fans of soccer watch to support their native country.

After the final whistle is blown most of the world will have to wait four more years for that kind of tournament again. In New York, however, it’s just a matter of weeks.

In 2009, Copa NYC made its debut on the New York City soccer scene and it was something special. The tournament is set up similar to a World Cup and has teams all from New York City representing nations around the world. The beauty of this is that New York City is one of the few places in the world capable of hosting such an event.

I recently had a conversation with one of the tournament’s organizers, Chris Noble, and when asked about the atmosphere of Copa NYC 2009 he said:

"With drums beating, horns blaring and a multi-cultural tapestry of fans and players cheering, the skill level and competition was everything we anticipated and more. Copa NYC couldn't be more proud to have NYC Albania as our first Mayor's Cup champion as they showed great poise and determination in defeating fan-favorites, NYC Ireland."

With that success they are looking to improve the tournament in 2010 and maybe even have more teams. The Borough Boys are going to be working with them to spread not only the word about this tournament but also about soccer in New York City in general. After all, if this tournament grows in stature, it can be a great place to scout the talent that goes unnoticed on the city streets.

If you wish to help out the Copa NYC please contact them at [email protected]. With the World Cup, Copa NYC and the efforts of the Borough Boys, 2010 promises to be an outstanding year for soccer.

Stay tuned for more on this year’s Copa NYC.

2 comments until now.

Cindy + February 10, 2010 10:30 PM (#) :

is it going to be in Flushing again? that was nice

Lax Guy + February 11, 2010 9:16 AM (#) :

That is awesome. NYC definitely is a unique place in that regard.

We could try that in Des Moines, but most of the "Euro" teams would be several generations removed. We do have substantial immigrant populations from Mexico, Bosnia, Laos, and various Latin American, Asian and African countries though. Still, I can picture the NYC experience as a mini-amatuer World Cup; a DM event would be a joke.