Scottsdale can add another notch on the belt of “best of” awards.
Scottsdale ranks among the top 10 soccer cities in the nation, according to Livability.com, which chose the city for its top-notch sports facilities, including the Scottsdale Sports Complex.
“Soccer players in Scottsdale are fortunate to have high-quality playing facilities both inside the city limits and just down the road,” the website said.
Scottsdale was the only Arizona city to make the list.
Cited in the online report was Phoenix’s Reach 11 Sports Complex, which is near the Scottsdale border at Deer Valley and Cave Creek roads.
The website looked for small- to mid-size cities with the best soccer facilities and programs. Its criteria was based on the non-profit US Youth Soccer organization, which provides guidelines and rules for soccer leagues and selects cities to host tournaments.
The 71-acre Scottsdale Sports Complex has 10 playing fields off Princess Drive, east of Hayden Road.
More than 193,000 participants and spectators come to the complex annually for sports-related events, said Jona Davis, city recreation supervisor.
In 2011, teams from 37 states and Canada and Mexico played there, she said.
Citywide, there are more than 25 other sites with 110 reservable spaces to play soccer, Davis said, adding that “there is more demand, especially for lighted fields, than inventory.”
Scottsdale does not offer a youth soccer program, she said. However, the city provides fields at a reduced rate for local organizations. About 4,000 to 5,000 Scottsdale youths participate in soccer organizations in Scottsdale and Valley-wide, Davis said.
Reach 11 Sports Complex has 18 regulation-size soccer fields, including a synthetic turf championship field. It was the site of the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championship, which took place last July and involved the top 60 teams from across the country.