Florida Citrus Sports Adds Florida Cup to Annual Calendar
International soccer and music event will feature matches at Camping World Stadium
Florida Citrus Sports has reached an agreement to acquire the rights to the Florida Cup and will host matches at Camping World Stadium. As part of the agreement, Florida Cup CEO Ricardo Villar has joined the Florida Citrus Sports staff to collaborate on the annual festival’s domestic and international growth.
“We are excited to add to Camping World Stadium’s legacy as an international soccer destination,” Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan said. “Major international club soccer matches have been tremendously impactful in the U.S. over the years, and we look forward to highlighting Orlando and hosting fans from around the world for years to come.”
Over the past six years, the Florida Cup has grown into a global brand combining sports, music and entertainment. The January 2020 event generated an estimated $19.2 million in economic impact for the Central Florida community, with more than 40,000 fans attending Florida Cup events throughout the week. The tournament also reached an international TV audience exceeding 5 million unique viewers, while social media reach exceeded 100 million people worldwide.
Through the new partnership, FCS and the Florida Cup team will target adding top clubs from Europe while continuing to attract elite participants from North and South America. FCS plans to grow the overall economic impact and exposure generated by the event through the inclusion of global soccer brands alongside Florida Cup mainstays.
“We are thrilled to join forces with Florida Citrus Sports and build this event to a global scale,” Villar said. “This partnership combines strength with strength, and we’re eager to take the Florida Cup to the next level together.”
To date, 28 international clubs have participated in the Florida Cup: Flamengo (BRA), São Paulo (BRA), Corinthians (BRA), Atlético Mineiro (BRA), Fluminense (BRA), Vasco da Gama (BRA), Bahia (BRA), Internacional (BRA), Palmeiras (BRA), Ajax (NED), PSV Eindhoven (NED) , Eintracht Frankfurt (GER), Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Schalke 04 (GER), Wolfsburg (GER), FC Köln (GER), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Estudiantes de La Plata (ARG), River Plate (ARG), Atlético Nacional (COL), Millonarios (COL), Santa Fe (COL), Barcelona (ECU), NYCFC (USA), Fort Lauderdale Strikers (USA), Tampa Bay Rowdies (USA), Rangers FC (SCO) and Légia Warsaw (POL).
Camping World Stadium has played host to several premier international soccer events since the addition of the upper decks in the early 1990s, including five matches during the 1994 FIFA World Cup and a total of nine men’s and women’s matches during the 1996 Olympic Games.
Three years later, in 1999, Mia Hamm scored her then-record 108th international goal in Orlando, as the USWNT returned to the former Citrus Bowl for a friendly against Brazil ahead of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The building also hosted Orlando City SC home matches from 2013-16, plus three matches during Copa América Centenario in June 2016. In 2017, Florida Citrus Sports partnered with the International Champions Cup to bring Paris Saint-German F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur to Camping World Stadium for an exhibition.
Camping World Stadium is a candidate to host games during the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
About Florida Cup
The largest annual international soccer event in the Sunshine State, the Florida Cup is a global platform that combines sports, music and entertainment. In 2020, the event’s live attendance exceeded 40,000 people, with an international TV audience reaching over 5 million unique viewers. Across social networks, content posted by official event pages and shared worldwide reached more than 100 million people. For more information on the Florida Cup, visit FloridaCup.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.