Davis Legacy Showcase - Sacramento, USA
The Davis Legacy Showcase is one of the latest additions to our network of tournaments and takes place every year, in July, in Davis, a small college town near Sacramento, California, USA.
Known by many as Northern California’s top event, it sees every year the participation of hundreds of teams from all around California, as well as other western states. The tournament is plated in a 16 field complex with some of the nicest playing surfaces in the country.
It is organized over two weekends with the boys event, the most important, taking place in the 3rd weekend of July making the dates perfect for a refereeing tour of California, which includes also the Surf Cup in San Diego (we strongly suggest doing both!).
Over 80 referees participate every year, with Tournaments Abroad as the tournament’s exclusive provider of “out of the country” officials.
Tournaments Abroad sent a small group of referees to this event in 2017 and, after a successful trial, have decided to add it to our official “tournament list”. In 2019 we will going back for the 3rd edition in a row.
The tournament offers to all referees free accommodation (in triple rooms) from the day before the start of the tournament, until one day after the end. (referees are responsible for any expense if they stay extra), as well as free breakfast and lunch (on the fields). Free water and Gatorade are also offered on the fields.
Referes are instead be responsible for getting to/from the pitches. If a group is organized, renting a car might be the most viable of ways to get there given the lack of public transport in the area.
Referees will also receive a stipend, depending on the number of games they officiate.
Please note – in order to receive money from the tournament, you’ll need to apply for the appropriate VISA (B1/B2). People who travel on the “Esta program” (visa waiver) will not be paid.
All accepted referees will be accommodated free of charge in hotels in close proximity to the fields, which are only a 5 minutes car ride away.
Referees will be able to check-in on Friday, and check-out on the Monday.
Referees can expect free accommodation based on triple occupancy in the same room (a room with two queen beds).
The hotel used in previous editions was the Motel 6 Davis. A basic, yet very comfortable establishment.
Davis, CA, where the tournament takes place, is true college town, one of the last in America with a wonderful downtown experience. A cosy little city, it lies only minutes away from California’s capital, Sacramento.
Sacramento is the star on the map of California – where you will find cultural attractions to inspire you, cutting-edge cuisine to impress you, history to enrich you and surprises to put a smile on your face. Venture out in any direction and you’ll see why we’re so fond of saying, “California begins here.”
It is the oldest incorporated city in California, settled between the confluences of the Sacramento and American rivers. It was founded in 1849 and there are many reminders of the history of the city including Sutter’s Fort, Old Sacramento, and remnants of the original ground level of Sacramento. It experienced explosive growth when gold was discovered in 1848 in nearby Coloma, and the gold rush that followed was the largest human migration in history. Currently it has a population of 490,000 in the city and over two million in the metropolitan area.
The pace of life is somewhat slower than in other large Californian cities, and the people are generally seen as warm and friendly.
The closest airport to Davis is Sacramento International Airport (SMF), which lies only about 30 minutes away by car and is served by all major airlines in North America. No direct flights are however available from Europe or outside the USA.
As a matter of fact for referees it might be more convenient (and cheaper) to fly into the much bigger San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK). Both airport, but especially the former, offer a variety of connections to international destinations and are about 2 hours away by car.
For those referees combining the Davis Legacy Showcase with the Surf Cup in San Diego, it might be worth considering an open-jaw ticket with arrival into one of the airports mentioned above and departure from either Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or San Diego International Airport (SAN).
Davis and Surf Cup both offered a unique and wonderful opportunity to referee American youth football (or soccer!) of a high standard. We were warmly received and the hospitality was superb throughout. What made this different from other TA events was the few days between the tournaments, which allowed us to drive and explore the Californian coast and Sin City! Would thoroughly recommend.
Refereeing at the Davis Showcase has been one of the best experiences of my life. The organization is great and the people there very welcoming. I learnt a lot about refereeing, especially working with colleagues from many different nations. The best thing of all has however been becoming friends with many people there. Without any doubt, this is an experience I suggest to all referees and I will certainly repeat it myself.
The Davis showcase provided me with one of the best overall experiences of my life to date, enabling me to both visit a new continent and also referee top quality football abroad for the first time. TA provides a perfect platform in order to meet and socialise with like minded people which in my opinion is the key to developing as a referee. The event was very well organised and I would highly recommend it to any referee.