5 Best and 5 Most Underrated Soccer Complexes

We asked Mike Libber, president and owner of Elite Tournaments, to give us his favorite soccer venues for tournaments. As an added bonus, he also included five underrated venues. Agree? Disagree? Let us know (so we can tell Mike what he got wrong).

5 Best Soccer Complexes

1: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, Florida

This complex has everything you need to host a spectacular event. Perfect fields; lights; seating for spectators, teams and college coaches; concessions; parking and restrooms. You can play year-round and are 10 minutes from the Magic Kingdom. What kid would not want to play here?

2: Overland Park Soccer Complex, Overland Park, Kansas

“This is one of the best all-around soccer facilities I have been to. The twelve turf fields are perfectly placed in groups of four, and there’s plenty of parking for large events, and it’s very easy to get in and out of and to navigate around the complex from field to field. It’s also right smack in the middle of the country with plenty of hotels in the area. You know when you go to an event at Overland Park, you will have a good experience.”

3: Premier Sports Campus, Lakewood Ranch, Florida

It has 22 Bermuda fields, plus room to add more if needed and it’s 15 minutes from one of the best beaches in the U.S. Being able to have that many fields at one location can keep the entire tournament in one place. Eight fields have lights for profile games in the evening. It’s a great location to host an event.”

4: Reach 11 Sports Complex; Phoenix, Arizona

“18 fields right in the desert that bolster some top-notch soccer tournaments during the year. Reach has plenty of parking, concessions, and has a close proximity to the airport. Overall it’s just a top facility.”

5: Bryan Park Soccer Complex, Greensboro, North Carolina

“This complex has 17 immaculate Bermuda grass fields, one of which can host 3,000 spectators with seating. The complex has been in the soccer community for years and has hosted several major championships since its inception.”

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The Wide World of Disney soccer complex sets the standard for Mike Libber of Elite Tournaments.

5 Most Underrated Complexes

1: Burbank Soccer Complex, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

“Tucked away just outside of downtown Baton Rouge, this facility has 22 Bermuda fields that can be reconfigured into small sided fields if necessary. Parking is never an issue; just bring some sun tan location as it can get pretty warm during the summer months.”

2: Elizabethtown Sports Complex, Elizabethtown, Kentucky

“This state-of-the-art facility has 10 natural grass fields and two turf fields. Plenty of parking, great concessions and southern hospitality make this a must-visit in the soccer world.”

3: Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park, Columbia, Maryland

“Right in the middle of Washington and Baltimore, the soccer-only facility has four turf fields and four grass fields. One of the few facilities in the country that are privately owned by a soccer club and has hosted just about every travel team on the East Coast at least one time for an event.”

4: Classics Soccer Park, Manheim, Pennsylvania

Located just outside Lancaster, Pa., this complex has 10 natural grass fields and just down the road a single turf field. Used only for league games and tournaments during the year, this facility is able to host some of the most competitive showcases in the Mid Atlantic area.”

5: BB&T Park, Advance, North Carolina

“This 15-field park, located outside of Winston-Salem, N.C., gives each of its visitors a great soccer experience on and off the field. Friendly staff will be able to help you with any question you have while you are watching a game in their 1,400-seat stadium. The facility also has a 3.1 mile jogging path if you want to get a work out while your kids are playing.”

BB&T Park is outside of Winston Salem and provides everything a tournament director would want, Libber says.

BB&T Park is outside of Winston Salem and provides everything a tournament director would want, Libber says.



  • tragar

    The parking at Covenant is horrible. Last tournament I was at there people were parking on the main road with 50 mph traffic whizzing by because of lack of parking and no effort to direct inside. Also Sunday am is terrible. Parking is far off from fields. Last year showed up with a player on crutches and they refused to let us drop her at fields. Took 15 minutes of arguing with guy with radio before they would send a cart for her. The turf fields are nice but the grass ones are average at best.
    Also seems to me one reason SP is restrictive is to keep its fields decent. Worth noting that this week Discovery Cup played at SP without one cancellation and SAC tournament cancelled a good portion of its games and shortened a lot of others to 48 minutes. There are clearly tons of fields better or more underrated than Covenant Park. That said fine to promote your own product just no reason to underplay other fields.

  • Tournament Director

    I would like to point out something interesting about this survey from Mike. Here is his statement. and then his brother Matt chimes in against the SoccerPlex.

    3: Bob Lucido Fields at Covenant Park, Columbia, Maryland

    “Right in the middle of Washington and Baltimore, the soccer-only facility has four turf fields and four grass fields. One of the few facilities in the country that are privately owned by a soccer club and has hosted just about every travel team on the East Coast at least one time for an event.”

    “There is no ax to grind here. The reason MD Soccerplex didn’t make the list is due to its extremely high rental fees combined with some restrictive usage policies. The park also has too few parking spaces for large scale events and dealing with the never ending DC traffic. Soccerplex does have great fields and is definitely in the top ten but when compared to the before mentioned top 5 these other facilities win out. And to be fair to all there are some new facilities coming online in the next 6-12 months that will likely shake up this list within the year”
    The funny part of this statement from Matt is his claim about the MD SoccerPlex parking, which I’ve never had a problem there with the parking with any of my tournaments. But he never bothers to mention Mikes claim that Covenant Park is a underrated park. I have been to many tournaments at Covenant Park and had to ride a bus to see a game there because you are not allowed to park there on Sundays because a church is in the parking lot “hench the name Covenant Park”
    I just think he is pushing his own agenda here and excluding one of the finest facilities on the east coast. My question to Mike and Matt, has the USYS Nationals ever asked you to host their National Championship? the MD SoccerPlex has hosted it 3 times in the last 14 years. Enough said

    • Matt L

      I think you need to reexamine what my comments actually said. If you reread my comments I clearly state that SoccerPlex is top 10 complex just not in the top 5 as we selected. You then compare SoccerPlex to Covenant Park which was not listed as a top 5 facility but rather a Top 5 Underrated facility. Yes Covenant Park too has parking issue which is why it also is not in the Top 5 list. However there have not been buses used at the park for over 5 years. I really don’t think that SoccerPlex belongs in the Top 5 Underrated facilities because it is not underrated people know it is a good facility.

      Lastly, to address your comment about the USYS National Championship never being hosted at Covenant Park, the answer is no it has not, and no it likely never will. This has nothing to do with the quality of the facility but rather the fact that Covenant Park currently has only 8 fields 4 less than the required amount for the USYS National Championships.

      Respectfully,
      Matt Libber

  • qtf

    How about doing a similar list next month on indoor soccer complexes (or those that feature both indoor and outdoor facilities?

  • jjfooty

    Gotta say Mike makes a huge mistake omitting the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds MD. I understand he may have a bit of an ax to grind there, but it as good or better than almost every facility on his list.

    • Matt L

      There is no ax to grind here. The reason MD Soccerplex didn’t make the list is due to its extremely high rental fees combined with some restrictive usage policies. The park also has too few parking spaces for large scale events and dealing with the never ending DC traffic. Soccerplex does have great fields and is definitely in the top ten but when compared to the before mentioned top 5 these other facilities win out. And to be fair to all there are some new facilities coming online in the next 6-12 months that will likely shake up this list within the year