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Richmond Kickers’ Game to Provide Unique Opportunity for Local Youth

Demosphere client and USL club, Richmond Kickers, will have the opportunity to test their mettle against some of the best in the world this July.

Photo Credit: Richmond Kickers

World-renowned soccer club, Swansea City AFC, will be in Richmond, Virginia for an exhibition match on July 16, 2016 as part of their preseason tour to prepare themselves for their upcoming season.

This will be the club’s third American preseason tour. The previous two have been instrumental in preparing them for successful seasons, and the club is hoping for more of the same this year.

Both Swansea City and the Richmond Kickers are excited for the upcoming showdown. For Swansea, the game provides the club and players an opportunity to tune up for a long and arduous 2016-2017 Premier League campaign.

For Richmond, the match is an incredible chance for the USL players to compete against some of the world’s best.

Amazing Opportunity for Youth Soccer

Photo Credit: Swansea City

The match will be an incredible opportunity for not just the two clubs, but also for American youth soccer.

Swansea City AFC competes in the Barclays Premier League, which is perceived by many as the best football (soccer) league in the world. The Welsh club regularly competes against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool FC, and Arsenal FC.

The Swans (as they are nicknamed) not only play against some of the world’s most talented players, but are themselves home to several world-class footballers.

Fans and young American soccer players will have the chance to see a Premier League team and players up-close and personal.

The Richmond youth who play, watch, and study the game are not often presented with such a unique viewing experience. Richmond locals will be able to watch soccer of the highest quality right in their own backyard!

The Benefits of Preseason Tours

European teams who play in the dominant leagues and come to America for games provide learning experiences for local youth and fun events for families.

As more and more of America’s youth grow up playing soccer, and continue to play soccer longer, opportunities like the Richmond/Swansea exhibition match become increasingly important in fostering an American love for the world’s game.

What do you think? Which teams would you like to see play in America? Let us know in the comments below!

Kris Baker

Kris Baker is the President of Demosphere and has been serving the Youth Sports Community since 2006.