Thursday, November 30, 2006

Referee Spotlight: Trevor Simpson

When did you first get involved with Dallas Cup?
I was introduced to Dallas Cup in September 1984, by Irish FIFA Referee Malcolm Moffatt when we were together attending a British FA Referee Instructor Course. I had just been promoted onto the English Football League as a referee after serving for two years as a Linesman (Assistant Referee). He had refereed in Dallas that year and arranged for an invitation to be issued to me. My first Dallas Cup as a referee was Easter 1985 and I have officiated consecutively in all subsequent tournaments. A treasured award is the Special Recognition Trophy that Dallas Cup presented to me in 2005 to commemorate my twenty years service to the tournament.

What keeps you coming back every year to Dallas Cup?
Over the past 21 years I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute spent in Dallas both on the fields as referee and experiencing the wonderful, friendly, Texas hospitality. I knew no one when I first arrived and now I can count hundreds of people as ‘my friends’ with special mention to my home stay families. The second year I stayed with English referee Mike Hickling at the home of Jan and Ralph Gifford before moving a few years later to stay with Mary Ann and Jim Trombla, where I still remain and have become a part of their family for well over a decade. The tournament is well organized by the staff and volunteers, working under Gordon Jago, embracing all the referees into the Dallas Cup family and catering to the every need to make the whole tournament memorable. Mike and I love the Country Music scene and in addition to stocking up on our CD collections we also visit live music venues to experience first hand the great tradition that Texas has for country music. Solid enjoyment!

What is your most memorable Dallas Cup moment?
I have several. There was one year in the 1990s when after the opening ceremony it rained continually for three full days and nights and no soccer took place. I remember the flood at Moss Park was almost 8 feet deep with just the top of the goalposts being visible. On the Thursday at the crack of dawn we all moved to Grand Prairie where we caught up with all the games with 30 minute, halves and came off the fields at 2:00 am the following day. Huge sponges, along with helicopter blades were used by the staff to get the fields ready to use and it really demonstrated the spirit of Dallas Cup.

Team Applications are Rolling In

As we draw close to the application deadline (US teams due by Dec. 1, International teams due by Jan. 1), there are over 150 teams who have already applied for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXVIII. Out of those teams, six of seven continents are represented. Now if only Antarctica had some youth soccer clubs.

The Dallas Cup Team Selection Committee will be reviewing all applications and acceptance letters will begin going out the first full week in December. Top boys youth soccer clubs are applying from Australia, Brazil, Spain, South Africa, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Japan, El Salvador, Mexico, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and many more locations all over the world, to compete in Dallas Cup this coming April.

Stay tuned as Dallas Cup will be announcing, within the next week, a few of the teams competing in the Super Group division.

What teams would you like to see compete this year at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXVIII in any of the 7-age groups (U12, U14, U15, U16, U17, U19, Super Group-U19)?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Premiere International Boys Youth Soccer Tournament


In just five short months, youth soccer teams from all over the world will descend upon Frisco, Texas (located 18 miles north of downtown Dallas) to compete in one of the most competitve tourmanents in the United States. Celebrating its' 28th year in 2007, Dallas Cup has seen such soccer greats as David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Raul, Freddie Adu and Michael Owen, just to name a few, played as young boys, their first steps in international soccer.