The Gavin Pugh Challenge Cup

This exciting early season developmental tournament  for U9-U12 Boys and Girls teams uses a multi-directional 3 v 3, small-sided game format that allows players to develop skills in a fun and 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 9 and 10, 2016
  • Ages: U9-U12
  • Roster Size: 6
  • Games: Eight games total (four per day).  Each game is 12 minutes in length.
  • Registration Deadline: Midnight on April 1, 2016
  • Where:  Centennial Sports Arena, Circle Pines, MN
  • Cost: $150 per team

How do I sign up?

Challenge Cup Highlights

  • Challenge Cup is structured in a small-sided game format. Teams are 3 v 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.
  • Eight games guaranteed (four games each day).
  • Each game is 12 minutes in length.
  • MYSA Sanctioned

Rules and Procedural Highlights

  • Format of play is 3 v 3 with a maximum roster of six players per team allowed.
  • All teams play four matches on Saturday and four matches on Sunday, with attempts to schedule in a three hour timeframe.
  • 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 offside
  • 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 and U12 only.
  • 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.

Registration & Payment

1. Register Your Team
Click on the 'REGISTER NOW' button below to complete the online registration form for entering your team and contact information.

2. Pay Tournament Fees
Click on the 'Pay Now' button below and you will be taken to the secure payment site where your tournament fees can be paid online. You can use Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX or PayPal, and you do not need to have a PayPal account to make the payment online. The charge will appear from "PAYPAL*CENTENNIALSC" on your next statement.

Per-Team Registration Fee


Tournament Information

Please review after completing registration:

Gavin Pugh, Director Of Coaching, Centennial Soccer Club

  For over 10 years, Coach Gavin has positively impacted hundreds of players and families in the Minnesota Soccer and Athletics Communities. Through his coaching, involvement and leadership in the soccer community he has touched the lives of countless players, parents and friends. 

In early 2013 however, after experiencing unexplained muscle loss and weakness, Gavin was sidelined when diagnosed at the MAYO Clinic with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Tests also revealed that he suffers from Lyme Disease and other related autoimmune disorders. 

While a devastating diagnosis, Gavin, his wife Crisha and two young children, Katalina and Caden are determined to do everything in their power to fight it while at the same time doing everything they can to make each of life’s precious moments count.

As the Director of Coaching for the Centennial Soccer Club, Coach Gavin's time, philosophy, and systems are what make the Centennial Soccer Club a thriving and respected club poised for continued success. We thank Coach Gavin for his committment to the Centennial Soccer Club and are excited to honor that commitment with the Gavin Pugh Challenge Cup. 
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