Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Quick Facts
Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has enjoyed a rich history of combining marquee teams and talented up-and-coming players with the ability to forge long lasting friendships and memories across many nationalities and cultures. Below are some of the interesting facts that makes Dallas Cup so special.
- The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is an annual event held during Easter Week (Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday). As such, the calendar dates change every year.
- To ensure the highest level of competition each year, the Dallas Cup is an invitation only tournament.
- The approximately 180 teams that are accepted into Dallas Cup are divided into 8 age categories ranging from U-13 through U-19 and the prestigious U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group.
- Throughout the tournament’s history, Dallas Cup has hosted teams from 47 U.S. states and over 100 countries across 6 continents.
- Over 900 international players participate in the tournament each year.
- On average, Dallas Cup entertains over 100,000 spectators during the tournament week.
- The Dallas Cup contributes more than $17 million annually to the local North Texas economy.
- Throughout Dallas Cup’s history, many participating players have gone on to great notoriety as professional players and World Cup participants. A few of the stars that have gone to play in the world’s biggest stage include David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Wayne Rooney, Chicharito, Raul and Michael Bradley.
- One out of nineteen players on the 2014 FIFA World Cup rosters were Dallas Cup alumni.
- In fact, Dallas Cup alumni have gone on to play in over 450 World Cup games!
- One of the most unusual Dallas Cup alumni is Basketball Hall of Famer, Hakeem Olajuwon. He turned heads in the early Dallas Cup tournaments as a goalkeeper for the Lagos Stars of Nigeria.
- Dallas Cup is possible due to the hard work and dedication of our 1,000+ volunteers which log more than 7,000 hours per year.
- Over 5,000 participants & spectators travel to Dallas by air each year.
- Dallas Cup teams, referees, scouts and spectators use over 8,500 hotel room each tournament.
- On average 30 international teams and 30 international referees take part in the Dallas Cup HomeStay Program with local Dallas families.