National soccer tournament expected to bring in thousands of people and millions of dollars to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- It's here, the 2012 AYSO Tournament.

Registration is taking place at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Opening ceremonies follow Tuesday night at Thompson Boling Arena.

Games will take place in several fields in the area. Spectators are welcome to watch.

The 9,000 or so players, coaches and their families will stay in our local hotels and eat in our restaurants and hopefully visit area attractions.

Their trip is expected to bring nine million dollars into Knoxville.

This event only takes place every two years, and this is the first time the AYSO National Games 2012 will take place in Tennessee.

Approximately 220 teams from all over the country will come together for a week of soccer, cultural exchange and fun.

AYSO Section 5/Area B is playing host for the National Games 2012.

The AYSO National Games 2012 will take place at six (6) venues throughout Knox County, including Tommy Schumpert/Rifle Range, John Tarleton, Ball Camp/Nicholas Ball, US Cellular Complex, Victor Ashe Park, and Regal Soccer Stadium at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Campus.

One of the unique requirements in hosting this tournament is the challenge of finding soccer fields and event logistics for the tournament.

The Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation (KTSC) assisted AYSO Section 5/Area B in bidding on and securing the AYSO National Games 2012.

KTSC , UT Sports Medicine, University of Tennessee Medial Center, Rural Metro, Buddy's Bar-B-Q, DeRoyal and Walgreens are providing support for the event.

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