The Nexen Manchester City Cup has grown over the last five years to be one of the largest and most competitive youth soccer tournaments in the United States. The Nexen Manchester City Cup represents the best international youth soccer tournament in the US – with top academies from Europe, Mexico, Australia, and the US all competing on live TV via Univision and ESPN. It has become clear, due to COVID 19 and current international travel restrictions, that generating an international event of this caliber is not safe or practical this summer. Therefore, Surf Cup Sports and Manchester City Football Club have together decided to cancel the 2020 tournament and turn their attention to planning the 2021 event.
“The International Super Group is the star of the show at our Nexen Manchester City Cup tournament, and without this featured bracket, it’s hard to host an event that is worthy of the Manchester City brand. If the current environment doesn’t allow for this elite caliber of talent, then we will wait until 2021 and continue to build this top international event”, Brian Enge CEO of Surf Cup Sports.
Cristina Mora, VP Americas for City Football Group, said: “The Nexen Manchester Cup is one of the highlights of our youth soccer calendar and it is with great regret that we have to cancel this year’s event. Sadly it isn’t possible to proceed with the tournament without complete certainty around the safety of attendees, who travel from across the world for this event. However, we are focused on planning a fantastic event for next year when we look forward to welcoming the players back onto the pitch.”
The Nexen Manchester City Cup will return over Memorial Day in 2021 in San Diego. We expect the turnout and the excitement to be high as international teams will be ready to prove themselves once again.