Duluth Vaxjo Soccer Exchange (DVSE) is a self-supporting, non-profit organization that promotes a cultural and sports exchange between Duluth, Minnesota and Vaxjo, Sweden. Cultural exchange is the primary goal, competitive soccer is the medium.
Each summer Duluth and Vaxjo alternate hosting the Sister City Soccer Cup. Players from each country are matched with a visiting player. The visiting player lives with the family of his or her counterpart during the exchange. Swedish players are from Vaxjo and the nearby towns in Smaland (the name of the area surrounding Vaxjo). These towns include: Lammhult, Braas, Ingelstad and Rottne.
DVSE is a 2-year program. Players enter the program as a U15 in their first year, and play as U16 their second year. They will travel one year and host the other year.
DVSE and Vaxjo each field four teams, U-15 and U-16 boys and girls. Players are selected from from Duluth and surrounding communities. We have had players from Duluth, Cloquet, Esko, Hermantown, Proctor, Superior and Two Harbors. Competitive teams from the region are invited to participate in the tournament during our host year. There are a maximum of 16 players per team, each with competitive soccer experience. Practices are organized by each team's volunteer coaching staff and are arranged to work around player's summer schedules. Every attempt is made to not conflict with summer tournaments, high school tryouts and or games. Participation is flexible, but a commitment is required.