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NSC Fall Cup

Girls Weekend September 26-27, 2020
Boys Weekend October 3-4, 2020

NSC Fall Cup is one of the most popular tournaments on our campus, serving 9U-15U and High School age divisions for boys and girls. New in 2020, the event will be split into two weekends.

Tournament Contacts

Clinton LaBeau


Phone: 763.785.3679

Kelly Distad


Phone: 763.792.7353

Our last outdoor tournament of the season draws over 300 teams from around the Midwest.

The NSC Fall Cup is open to all teams (club, intraclub, interclub and tournament teams) that participate in the 9U-15U and High school (U16-19) age divisions and are registered and in good standing with their state and/or national association for 2019. Teams are accepted based on application and will be notified by September 1 if they are accepted. 

Tournament Details

  • All games start Saturday
  • Divisions fill quickly, application deadline is August 30 or until division fills.
  • Tournament ranking committee will place teams into a flight that best fits the team's competitive ability
  • Tournament reserves the right to combine age groups, depending on the total number of teams in identified age divisions
  • Teams will be notified prior to the tournament if groups are to be combined
  • Age groups may be flighted to help parity of competition if a group exceeds eight teams

Click the following sections to learn more.


COVID-19 Protocol

All customers are asked to review the following prior to arriving on campus:

Our NSC Soccer Tournament COVID-19 Health and Safety Preparation Mitigation Plan, click here

Our facilities National Sports Center COVID-19 Preparedness Plan click here!

The Return to Play plan provided by Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) click here!

Symptom Tracker: Please refer to the decision tree from the State of Minnesota prior to each game. Click here . 

Five tips to remember:

  1. If you feel sick, please stay home.
  2. All attendees are asked to wear a mask, unless they are actively participating in a game.
  3. Games will be spaced out on campus to utilize our entire campus to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  4. Signage will be posted on campus to remind people of guidelines.
  5. Our facility staff will help keep public spaces clean and sanitized throughout the event.

Tournament Fees

  • $37 per player fee. $222 deposit at time of application will be applied to total player fee balance.
  • Refund Policy
    • Teams dropping from the tournament prior to August 31 will receive a voucher in the amount of the team fee. The voucher may be used by any team in any age group within the club. The voucher is valid within one year of the event and can be used for the following outdoor NSC tournaments which does not include USA CUP or USA CUP Weekend. Using the voucher is based on availability and does not guarantee acceptance into the event.
      • NSC Kick-Off Challenge
      • NSC Spring Cup
      • NSC CUP
      • NSC All American Cup
      • NSC Fall Cup
    • Teams dropping from the tournament on or after August 31 will not receive a voucher.
    • Weather Cancellation Policy. If cancellation of the entire tournament occurs due to fall weather conditions, each team will receive a voucher in the amount of the tournament fees and may be used for specified 2021 events above only. This does not apply to weather delays, shortened, rescheduled games and/or cancellation of tournament games after event has began.
    • Event Cancellation Policy: The following policy will be enacted IF an event hosted by the National Sports Center MUST be canceled by the directives of the State of Minnesota or the Minnesota Department of Health. Please know that our top priority on making decisions moving forward will be the safety and health of our players, coaches, referees, employees and fans.

      Team will receive a refund for your event entry. Team registration refunds will be processed at 100% of the registration total. Refunds will be credited to your account by no later than December 31, 2020. *Please note that if a team elects to drop prior to the event, the above voucher policy will be in effect. This includes teams making their own decision to withdraw prior to the potential cancellation.

Team Eligibility

  • Please see the age categories for the tournament.
  • Note that the tournament is using the 2021 MYSA Season birth-year age grid.

Tournament Schedule

  • August 30: Application and deposit deadline
  • September 11: Girls required forms due
  • September 18: Boys required forms due
  • September 21: Girls Schedules will be posted online by 5 p.m. CST, or earlier if available
  • September 26: Girls Final Team Check-in, World Cup group matches will begin
  • September 27: Girls Play-off and Championship Matches
  • September 28: Boys Schedules will be posted online by 5 p.m. CST, or earlier if available
  • October 3: Boys Final Team Check-in, World Cup group matches will begin
  • October 4: Boys Play-off and Championship Matches
  • *Due to the size of this tournament we are not able to work around Fall League games during either NSC Fall Cup Weekend. We advise all teams to reschedule games to a different date or after 6 p.m. on Sunday of either weekend.

Application Deadline

  • Applications due August 31.

9U-10U Jamboree Flights Features

  • 50-minute games
  • Four-game guarantee, no playoff
  • No standings or scores are kept
  • 7v7 format
  • All players receive a a medal

9U -10U Competitive Flights Features

  • 50-minute games
  • World Cup groups, to teams advance to playoffs
  • Three-game guarantee
  • 7v7 format
  • 1st and 2nd place teams receive medals

11U-12U Flights Features

  • 50-minute games; 60-minute finals
  • World Cup groups, top teams advance to playoffs
  • Three-game guarantee
  • 9v9 format
  • 1st and 2nd place teams receive medals

13U-15U & High School (16U-19U) Flights Features

  • High School divisions are made up of teams 16U through 19U of both genders, multiple flights will be created based on the registrations.
  • 60-minute games, 70-minute finals
  • World Cup groups, top teams advance to playoffs
  • Three-game guarantee
  • 11v11 format
  • 1st and 2nd place teams receive medals


Each player who is on first or second place team will receive a medal and coach will receive a trophy.

Tournament Rules

The NSC Fall Cup rules are presented in PDF format for convenient download and printing.

  • Updated March 2016. In the 9U-11U age groups, when a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. Players should not be given a red card by heading the ball off of the goal line, this should be awarded with an indirect free kick as stated above.
  • Glasses: It is recommend for those who wear glasses to wear a strap or sports-type glasses to participate in games. The referee has the authority to determine if the glasses can be worn.
  • Casts: It is recommended for those who have a hard or soft cast to wrap it with bubble wrap and an ace bandage. Prior to the game check with the referee. The referee has the authority to determine if they can play with the cast.

Age Categories

Youth teams must abide by the 2021 MYSA season birth-year age grid.


Vendor Information

The National Sports Center has frequent opportunities for competitive vendors to support campus events. Below you will find information regarding how to get started in applying to be a vendor.


A completed vendor request form is required for your company to be entered in the National Sports Center’s Vendor Directory. Please provide all data applicable to your company. You may submit this form electronically or print and fax to 763.785.3660.

NOTE: Submitting this form does NOT guarantee that you will be selected as a vendor. The National Sports Center will contact you upon receipt of your completed document.

The National Sports Center thanks you for your interest in doing business with us.

NSC Fund for Play

The NSC Fund For Play is the contribution and donation arm of the National Sports Center Foundation. We are dedicated to improving the lives of Minnesota residents by creating programs and initiatives that support a diverse and engaged community. If you would like to make a donation to improve the health, well-being, and outlook of participants through access to sports and healthy, safe environments, please click HERE.

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