Yavapai College to Host 2017 NJCAA National Soccer Tournament
Prescott, AZ (Oct. 11, 2016) – Yavapai College will host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s National Soccer Tournament Nov. 12-18, 2017. Next year will mark the second time in the NJCAA National Tournament’s 56-year history that the contest will take place in Yavapai County—Yavapai College played host to the affair in 2014.
Following a welcome banquet at the Prescott Valley Events Center on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 12, the 12-team tournament will feature group play at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley on Monday, Nov. 13 through Wednesday, Nov. 15. National semifinals will take place on Friday, Nov. 17 with the national championship game scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18.
“We are honored and excited to be chosen again to host,” said Yavapai College Athletic Director Brad Clifford. “It’s a chance to see the best 12 teams in the nation compete for a national title in person. In our last go-around, Yavapai College, the City of Prescott and the Town of Prescott Valley did a magnificent job of hosting the tournament and we are looking forward to being good hosts again in 2017.”
The tournament can be a boon to the local economy. Former Prescott Valley Economic Development Manager Greg Fister noted in 2014, “Based on the number of teams and people per team who made the trip, I would estimate between $150,000 and $200,000 will be spent in the area as a direct result of the tourney. And that is direct spending, no multiplier or indirect or implied spending.”
Yavapai College will begin pre-tournament pass sales in the spring. The cost for a tournament pass will be $40. A day pass will cost $10 ($8 for students and senior citizens). Children age 10 and under will be admitted without charge.
Since the program’s inception in 1989, Yavapai College has qualified for 20 national tournaments, finished in the final four 18 times and has made 13 appearances in the national championship games—all marks are the most of any soccer program in the country. The Roughriders are 588-52-27 all-time, capturing 72 conference, region, district and national titles, including seven national championships. Michael Pantalione—who was inducted in the Arizona Community College Athletics Conference (ACCAC) Hall of Fame in 2016—has been the head coach for all 667 Yavapai College matches.
All matches will be played at Mountain Valley Park. The tentative schedule of matches is as follows:
• Sunday, Nov. 12 – Banquet of Champions
• Monday, Nov. 13 – Pool Play (4 games: 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
• Tuesday, Nov. 14 – Pool Play (4 games: 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
• Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Pool Play (4 games: 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
• Thursday, Nov. 16 – Day off
• Friday, Nov. 17 – Semi-Finals (2 games: 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.)
• Saturday, Nov. 18 – Finals (1 game: 3 p.m.)