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We are a soccer loving family! My husband played soccer all through his school years. My son started playing at age 5 and played for years on a traveling team. He ended his traveling team days went he went away to college but continued to play recreationally. My daughter played and is now a season ticket holder for the women’s team in Orlando. My granddaughter dabbled in soccer for a few years but really isn’t the kind of girl that runs! My grandson, now 4, has been learning the game from his father since he was 2.

Picture it – New Jersey, 1994: The 1994 Soccer World Cup hosted by the United States! We were fortunate to secure tickets to the World Cup games held in New Jersey at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford. Game #1 we attended as a family. Ireland vs. Italy (Italy won). Liza Minelli sang the National Anthem. As you can imagine the cost of tickets for a young family was a huge expense so we had tickets for game one for the family (4) but the remaining tickets only covered my husband and son. All these years later, my kids still talk about going to the World Cup.

Secret time – my husband’s job made it easy for him to go into the stadium when they were breaking it down after the teams left. One day he comes home from work with 2 of the huge vinyl World Cup Soccer banners that hung from the light poles in the parking lot. Those banners hung on the walls in our basement in the kids “hang-out” room until they went away to college and we moved out of that home. He also had with him 6 pieces of sod from the field which were planted in our yard! I wonder if that World Cup grass is still growing?!

So – we really are a soccer loving family. That’s why I’m so excited about the 2021 Florida Cup Soccer games being held this month in Orlando – because, after all, there’s is more to Orlando than theme parks!

2021 Florida Cup Soccer

2021 Florida Cup Soccer

The 2021 Florida Cup Soccer is coming up on July 25 and 28 at Camping World Stadium, with two great matches featuring the world’s top professional teams kicking off at 6 p.m. ET each evening. Tickets are on sale now at FloridaCup.com. Save up to 20% on select seats using special code – OPENSUITCASE. Hurry for the best available seats!



The 2021 Florida Cup Soccer semifinals, set for Sunday, July 25, will begin with a long-awaited contest between Italy’s defending Serie A champion, Inter, and legendary English Premier League side Arsenal, winners of the 2020 FA Cup. Arsenal and Inter have met just once since the teams faced off in a pair of memorable matches during the 2003 Champions League group stage, with the most recent tilt between the Gunners and Nerazzurri coming in 2007.

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Sunday’s second match features another historic EPL squad, Everton, along with Colombian powerhouse Millonarios FC, and will begin approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Everton have spent a record 118 seasons in England’s top league and features one of the most popular Colombian athletes in midfielder James Rodriguez. Millonarios’ visit comes on the heels of another strong finish in Categoría Primera A, Colombia’s top league, a thrilling run that concluded with the club’s 25th championship appearance.

2020 Florida Cup – Photo via Orlando Sentinel



The winners from Sunday will then meet for the 2021 Florida Cup Soccer championship on Wednesday, July 28, with the runners-up squaring off in a third place match the same night; the third-place match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, with the championship to follow.

For tickets and additional details, including information on official Florida Cup travel packages through event partner Universal Orlando Resort, visit FloridaCup.com.

About Florida Cup 

The largest annual international soccer event in the Sunshine State, the Florida Cup is a global platform that combines sports, music and entertainment. In 2020, the event’s live attendance exceeded 40,000 people, with an international TV audience reaching over 5 million unique viewers. Across social networks, content posted by official event pages and shared worldwide reached more than 100 million people. For more information on the Florida Cup, visit FloridaCup.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Florida Citrus Sports

Florida Citrus Sports is a not-for-profit event management organization dedicated to positively impacting the Orlando region while enhancing the quality of life in Central Florida through world-class events, including the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, the Cheez-It Bowl, the Florida Blue Florida Classic, the Florida Cup and the Camping World Kickoff. For more information, visit FloridaCitrusSports.com.


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