Youth Sports at Walt Disney World

by | May 27, 2024 | ESPN Wide World of Sports, Walt Disney World

Did you know that ESPN Wide World of Sports is home to the perfect spot for youth sports at Disney World? We’re sharing an updated list you need to know.

When you think of Walt Disney World, your first thought may be Cinderella Castle, the monorail, or even meeting Mickey Mouse. But did you know the resort is also home to a massive sports complex? The ESPN Wide World of Sports is home to eleven baseball and softball diamonds and seventeen outdoor multi-purpose fields. With that much space to play, the spot is a fantastic area for youth sports tournaments and teams. We’ll share an updated list of new tournaments and championships for you.

Youth Sports at Disney World

Youth Soccer Event Added to Soccer Calendar at Disney World

A new youth soccer event will be coming ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort this October. The Disney Season Kickoff Soccer Tournament will debut October 12 through 13, 2024. The new two-day tournament will be open to girls and boys in the U9-U19 age groups, with a group play stage in which every team is guaranteed to play three games.

The top teams in each age group will then advance to a championship game with trophies and medals for first and second plash finishers. The Disney Season Kickoff Soccer Tournament will be the first of six soccer events at Disney during 2024-2025. Teams can register for all Disney Soccer events at DisneySoccer.com.

Disney and AAU Expand Relationship for Basketball Championships at Disney World

It’s been announced that Disney World will host the AAU Boys’ Basketball World Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in 2024. Disney has previously hosted several AAU championship events. But this year, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will become home to all 24 AAU boys’ basketball D1 and D2 national title events for ages 7U/1st grade through 19U/12th grade this year. The boys’ championship events will occur July 4 to 11, 2024, while the AAU Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Memorial Day Classic will be held May 25 to 27, 2024.

youth sports at disney world

Youth soccer being played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Photo by Danny Shuster

Since 1997, tens of thousands of youth athletes have competed in AAU basketball events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Coaches and scouts from every level of college basketball regularly attend the events, which have been played by both former and current pro basketball players.

 

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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