WORLD CLASS PLAYERS 2016
2016 World Cup
March 24th-April 16th, 2016
EventPlex at Evraz Place
2016 WCP CUP will
be taking place in Regina, at the Credit Union EventPlex, from Mar. 24th-Apr/ 16th, 2016. The WCP Cup Soccer
Tournament and multicultural event has grown tremendously in only 11 years, exploding into a three week event with over 1,200 participants (Men, Women and
Youth Boys and Girls), over 100 volunteers and more than 20,000 spectators expected.
Soccer players from across Saskatchewan, Canada and even other countries represent their Nations of heritage in the WCP Cup. Great effort has always been made to keep the level of on-field play and competitiveness extremely high, while at the same time making sure that the multicultural event remains focused on the participants, the nations that are represented and the amazing fans that have always come out in fanatic droves to support their Nations and cultural communities.
2016 WCP CUP Draw will
be taking place Sunday, February 28th at the Lobby Public House 2545 S Broad Street, Regina at 4:00pm
The WCP Cup is put on through the non-profit corporation World Class Players Sport Inc. and is the brainchild of renowned soccer superstar and Regina Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Kevin Holness. Mr. Holness is an amazing ambassador for the sport, and he exemplifies the way soccer can unite people, cultures and communities. Opening Ceremonies take place at 6:30pm on Thursday, March 24th, 2016. Updated game scores will be provided on a daily basis.
Regina soccer fans flock to WCP Cup
Apr 12/2015 From nine teams to more than 70, the 2015 World Class Players (WCP) Cup is truly putting soccer in the spotlight for the three-week long tournament.
Kevin Holness began the soccer tournament in 2005 after moving back to Regina from Edmonton. He based it on an event in Edmonton's capital, and hoped to bring a bit of the spirit of the World Cup to the Queen City.
"It would kind of give us the taste of what it's like to play for your country in a small venue with the seats full and people screaming and playing drums and yelling at you," Holness, president and owner of WCP Sport, said.
Nine countries were represented in the first tournament. Now, nine years later, 75 teams will hit the pitch in the tournament that began Thursday and runs until April 18.
"To be honest, I didn't even think it would last this long," Holness admitted. "But after four or five years, you're seeing the passion and the commitment from the different pavilions that are supporting their soccer countries and the different cultures."
While players don't actually come from overseas, every team has connections to the culture they represent.
"According to our rules, you need to meet a requirement of 10 heritage players to qualify as a nation team to enter into the tournament. So they will have a minimum of 10 players actually from that country that they're representing."
New countries being represented this year include Belize, Sweden, Libya and First Nations. Each team even provides a specific song to be played for when they score a goal.
Holness says the interest has grown so much that it's not uncommon for spectators to arrive hours before a game to get a good seat.
Holness says he hopes the tournament continues to grow, and would one day love to introduce an outdoor tournament that could accommodate more teams.
The winners of the tournaments don't only getting bragging rights, Holness says they get free admission to the following year's tournament as well as their own designated locker room."
Apr 15/2015 Kevin Holness is like a proud father when it comes to the World Class Players Cup. The 42-year-old Regina resident is the founder of the soccer tournament, the 11th annual edition of which is underway at the Credit Union Eventplex. He's there daily from the start of the first game to the end of the last game - and he wouldn't have it any other way. "It's just a pleasure to give the players, especially the youth, an opportunity to play in an atmosphere like this," Holness says. "I'm grateful for the size the tournament has become. I get a lot of help behind the scenes. It's not only me. "It's something special when you come in here on opening day and see the crowd and the different cultures and the different communities coming together that don't usually partake in events together. It's awesome."
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