Centennial SC

The Challenge Cup

This exciting early season developmental tournament  for U8-U12 Boys and Girls teams uses a multi-directional 3-on-3, small-sided game format that allows players to develop skills in a fun & relaxed environment. Maximum roster of 6 (split your team in two!). Eight game guarantee. A great way to start your season! Check out the video footage of previous tournament play!

Give me the details:

  • Dates: April 11 and 12, 2015
  • Ages: U8-U12
  • Cost: $125 per team
  • Roster Size: 6
  • Games: Eight, 12-minute games, four a day. All matches are played in a 3 hour time frame
  • Location:  Centennial High School Sports Arena, 4707 North Rd. Circle Pines, MN 55014
  • Directions to Centennial Sports Arena can be found at http://www.isd12.org/arena/arena_index.htm
  • Participation awards for all players
  • Registration Deadline: April 4, 2015

How do I sign up?

See Online Registration and Payment at right

For more information contact the Challenge Cup Tournament Committee at challengecup@centennialsoccer.org.

Challenge Cup Highlights

The Centennial Challenge Cup is played over the course of two days in a small-sided game format at the Centennial High School Sports Arena. During each day, all teams in an age group/division will compete against each other in at least eight matches total, or four matches per day.  All matches are played in a three hour time frame.  All matches are 12 minutes in length.

  • Challenge Cup format is  3-on-3 with no goalkeepers.
  • Multi-directional play allows for a greater number of touches per player and more scoring.
  • Players gain experience switching the point of attack and making penetrating passes.
  • Players have fun and become better soccer players over the course of the weekend tourney.

MYSA Sanctioned

The Centennial SC Challenge Cup is an MYSA sanctioned event.


Rules and Procedural Highlights

  • Format of play is 3-on-3 with a maximum roster of six players per team allowed.
  • All teams play 4 matches on Saturday and 4 matches on Sunday, with attempts to schedule in a 2-hour block.
  • Substitution is on the fly.
  • All ages use a futsal ball.
  • Players must wear shin guards and flats or turf shoes. No cleats.
  • Each match is 12 minutes with a rolling clock.
  • Start of play is with a drop ball from the center.
  • Side boundaries are padded, low bumpers. Ends are hockey-style boards.
  • Balls out of bounds are rolled in from the side. No goal kicks or corner kicks.
  • No offsides.
  • Goals are in the middle of the pitch, back to back, spaced 20 feet apart.
  • Goals have a 3-foot exclusion zone. No goals may be scored from within exclusion zone.
  • Scores are kept and posted for U11 & U12 only. U8, U9, and U10 receive participation awards.
  • Roster form will be submitted at team check-in.

To learn more, read the Laws of the Game. Be sure to read the Coaches Code of Conduct.

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