U.S. youth teams in JETIX Kids Cup
BURBANK, Calif. -- Two youth soccer teams comprised of champion soccer players age 11-12 from Orlando and Southern California, represented the United States in the JETIX Kids Cup, an action-packed international soccer tournament and cultural adventure of a lifetime for 256 kids from around the world.
The five-day event took place June 21-25 at the Manchester United Soccer School at Disneyland Resort Paris.
Teams from 16 countries: the United States, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands, took part in this annual event designed to promote fair play, sportsmanship and cultural exchange.
"JETIX Kids Cup," an energetic television special, will chronicle the fun and adventure and feature highlights from the five-a-side boys and girls soccer action and championship match.
D.C. United forward Freddy Adu and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Landon Donovan will join ESPN2 MLS Soccer Saturday color analyst and Hall of Fame inductee Eric Wynalda and field analyst Lorrie Fair in the TV special.
The program will air on Saturday, July 31 (11:00 a.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. CT and PT / 9:30 a.m. MT) during ABC Kids on the ABC Television Network and on Sunday, August 1 (11:00 a.m. ET and PT) during the JETIX action/adventure programming block for kids on ABC Family. The soccer stars will provide commentary, game analysis and tips for young JETIX viewers interested in soccer.
The American squads, a girls team from Los Angeles and Orange County, California, and a boys team from Orlando and Melbourne Beach, Florida, are comprised of 16 players total from regional soccer leagues in their home states.
The "JETIX Kids Cup" special will profile the players and coaches, highlight their practice sessions in Florida and California, and capture their interaction with each other as they travel to Paris to meet other kid soccer players from around the world.
As the week of celebrating fair play, sportsmanship and cultural exchange unfolds, cameras will catch the excitement from the teams featured spot in the JETIX Kids Cup parade at Disneyland Paris, the tournament draw and opening ceremony, to the group matches and ultimately, the soccer finals, win lose or draw.
The "JETIX Kids Cup" telecast will reach 173 million homes in 62 countries and 15 languages worldwide via FOX Kids Channels in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, on the JETIX programming block on ABC Family and on the ABC Television Network's Saturday morning daypart, ABC Kids.