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2018 GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS

Florida Cup and the I-Drive 360 Partner for Florida Cup Fan Fest 2017

Orlando, Fla. – (FNN SPORTS) – The Florida Cup, the largest international soccer tournament in the Sunshine State, announced a unique partnership with I-Drive 360 to host the one-of-a-kind Florida Cup Fan Fest. Starting on Jan. 7, the Fan Fest will feature 16 days of entertainment, music, food and more – all in celebration of the beautiful game.

In addition, tickets to the 2017 Florida Cup are now available for purchase at www.floridacup.com. An updated website has been launched for the 2017 tournament. Fans are encouraged to check the site for updates, as well as follow the tournament on social media through Facebook (@FLCup), Instagram (@florida_cup) and Twitter (@florida_cup).

“We are proud to see the Florida Cup growing every year and the Fan Fest is another example,” said Florida Cup CEO Ricardo Villar. “We are proud to partner with I-Drive 360, home of the iconic Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, to bring yet another unique fan experience to the event. The Florida Cup will feature great matches for the passionate soccer fan, as well as plenty of entertainment for everyone and celebrity appearances.”

The Florida Cup Fan Fest will kick off on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 with an opening ceremony, and concludes on Sunday, Jan. 22. The festival will run every day of the tournament, featuring family friendly activities, team events and live music including evening shows. The Fan Fest is one of several activities planned throughout Orlando in January that will commemorate this major sporting event, and drive additional awareness and economic benefit to Central Florida.

The Florida Cup has become the largest annual sporting event in Florida after only two editions with live broadcasted matches to 171 countries. The event this year brings 14 clubs from seven different countries, totaling a fan base of over 140 million fans.

The Florida Cup features two distinct formats in 2017:

●      FC Challenge – A Davis Cup-modeled competition similar to the format during the Florida Cup’s debut in 2015, with Clubs representing Countries, each vying for points to secure the tournament title for their home nation. This phase will occur from Jan. 8 – Jan. 15.

●      FC Playoff – A single-elimination round of international teams where only one remaining champion will thrive. This phase will occur from Jan. 15 – Jan 21.

The following teams will compete in the Florida Cup:

FC Challenge: Bayer Leverkusen (GER), VfL Wolfsburg (GER), Tampa Bay Rowdies (USA), Estudiantes de la Plata (ARG), CR Flamengo (BRA) and Clube Atletico Mineiro (BRA).

FC Playoff: SC Corinthians (BRA), Barcelona SC (ECU), Club Atlético River Plate (ARG), SC Internacional (BRA), Sao Paulo FC (BRA), Millonarios (COL), Vasco da Gama (BRA), Shanghai SIPG (CHN).

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