Registration for the 2023 Tropical 7s has now officially opened. Youth & university teams from around the globe are invited to come play in the International Youth Rugby Sevens tournament to be held on 7-8 April 2023 (Fri/Sat of Easter weekend). The 2023 event will return to Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay in Florida, USA.
Teams are invited to arrive early in the week to set up training camp with playing pitches available from Monday 3rd April, with the official Tropical 7s Athlete Combine and Talent ID Session scheduled to be held on Thursday 6th April.
The 2023 Tropical 7s will offer competitive divisions at the following age brackets:
U18 Boys: born on or after 1 September 2004 (elite and open divisions)
U18 Girls: born on or after 1 September 2004 (elite and open divisions)
U16 Boys: born on or after 1 September 2006 (elite and open divisions)
U16 Girls: born on or after 1 September 2006 (open division only)
U14 Boys: born on or after 1 September 2008 (elite & open divisions)
U14 Girls: born on or after 1 September 2008 (open division only)
U12 Coed: born on or after 1 September 2010 (open division only)
U23/University Mens/Womens: born on or after 1 September 1999 (elite and open divisions)
Full details on team and player eligibility can be found HERE.
Following on from the success of the 2022 Tropical 7s, the 2023 tournament expands to 15 divisions (up from 11 divisions in 2022) with both 'elite' and 'open' divisions added at U23 Mens & Womens, U16 Boys and U14 boys age grades. The U12 'coed' division returns following its successful introduction at the 2022 Tropical 7s in April.
Demand for the 2023 Tropical 7s is expected to be high following the sellout of the 2022 event with the expected return of more international teams to the tournament. Findings from the post-2022 event survey revealed that 4 out of 5 team managers were either 'certain' or 'very likely' to return with their teams in 2023.
The Tropical 7s is open to youth teams from around the globe including schools, clubs, universities, academies, representative teams and invitational sides. As travel restrictions around the world continue to ease, more international teams will be returning to the Tropical 7s next Easter.
The tournament returns to the the Tampa Sportsplex, a purpose-built tournament facility completed in 2018 consisting of 15 professionally maintained full-size pitches, each with its own LED lighting and live stream capability. The venue will undergo a number of enhancements before next year's tournament including additional vendor areas, improved parking access and upgrades to the livestream capability. The impressive facility allow the Tropical 7s to continue to expand and grow as one of the world’s most prestigious youth rugby tournaments.
Discounted rates with over 15 tournament hotels in the Tampa area and within close proximity to the tournament venue are available and can be booked directly via the tournament registration platform. Teams can book their accommodation once they have registered for the tournament - further details can be found on the Tropical 7s Accommodation information page.
The Tropical 7s is conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Tampa and only a 20-minute drive from Tampa International Airport (TPA), a major international airport with hundreds of daily flights. Many of Tampa’s famous attractions are just a short drive from the venue including Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium and Adventure Island, as well as the world-famous beaches of St. Petes and Clearwater. With just over an hour's drive to the Disney theme parks in Orlando, teams will have easy access to take advantage of the full Florida tourism experience!
All enquiries or questions can be emailed to email@example.com. We look forward to welcoming you to the Tropical 7s in 2023!