By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
Grand Canyon University club soccer programs will have an exciting 2018 season. The club soccer program recently announced that the top men and women club teams will compete in the World Club Collegiate Soccer Championship Showcase and Tournament hosted in San Antonio, Texas in 2018.
Teams from around the world will compete March 16-18, 2018 to be crowned the champion. The World Club Collegiate Soccer Championship Showcase and Tournament is one of the branches of the World Collegiate Soccer Championship (WCSC). The WCSC began this international showcase in 1984 until 1992, and is now being revived for 2018, a World Cup year.
The GCU club soccer programs were one of the many university club programs to be invited to play in the tournament. This is the first time that the GCU club soccer program will be competing in this tournament.
“This is a great opportunity to participate and compete against other clubs from other regions of the US that we would typically not get a chance to,” Lance Thompson, head coach of the men’s club soccer team said. “In addition, we are anticipating clubs from other countries will be participating as well.”
“This is not only great for the club soccer program and the coaching staff, but for the student athletes who have the opportunity to attend the tournament,” said new head women’s club soccer coach Erin Reinke. “The student athletes have the chance to go to a new place, meet new people and gain a whole new experience. GCU offers such a great club soccer program for students to compete at a high level and stage without all the pressures and restrictions like other programs. It is exciting to be a part of this program as a coach and provide that experience to the GCU student athletes.”
This is the first time in GCU club soccer history that the program will compete in a tournament of this scale.