Copa Coca-Cola 2006 comes to Dallas

...Some of the Area’s Best Teen Athletes Will Compete for a Chance to Travel to Germany During the 2006 FIFA World Cup™

DALLAS, TX – The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of North Texas will provide an opportunity for some of the most outstanding teen athletes from throughout the greater Dallas area to compete in one of the most exciting free youth soccer festivals in the country and a chance to travel to Germany for the 2006 FIFA World Cup when they host Copa Coca-Cola later this month.

On April 29 and 30, more than 600 players and participants and 48 teams (boys and girls) representing the city’s best teen soccer players will compete in a world-class free soccer tournament for a chance to earn national bragging rights and a trip to Germany. The tournament will be held at Hulcy Park located at 1421 Danieldale Road in Dallas. The winners of Copa Coca-Cola/Dallas will move on to compete for the prestigious national championship title in Los Angeles in May. From there, winners of the national tournament will travel to Germany to attend and participate in the 2006 FIFA World Cup as flag bearers and referee escorts.

“We are excited to again bring Copa Coca-Cola to the Dallas community,” said Ronnie Morris, Market Unit Vice President for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of North Texas. “This program is just another extension of our commitment to promoting healthy and active lifestyles among youth and their families.”

Morris added, “Copa Coca-Cola provides a great opportunity for local youth to showcase their athletic skills and talents on a local and national level. This year, the winning national teams will also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in one of the largest and most exciting sports ever, the FIFA World Cup, scheduled to be held in Germany in July.”

Copa Coca-Cola will be held in nine additional U.S. cities across the country this spring, including: Phoenix, Los Angeles, Ca; San Bernardino, Ca., San Diego, Ca; Miami, San Jose, Ca; Chicago, New York and Houston.

Coca-Cola created Copa Coca-Cola in Mexico in 1998, establishing tournament play between teenage soccer teams from Mexico and South America.

The tournament expanded to the United States in 2001. Since its inception, more than 10,000 teams and 600,000 teens from the Americas and Europe have participated in the tournament.

Copa Coca-Cola is one of the only free youth tournaments in the U.S., giving access to kids from organized and unorganized leagues. Coca-Cola Bottling Company of North Texas has hosted Copa Coca-Cola for five years.

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of North Texas is an operating company of Coca-Cola Enterprises, which is the world’s largest marketer, producer, and distributor of products of The Coca-Cola Company.