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5v5 Holiday Classic

December 27th - 30th, 2023

Our most popular indoor soccer tournament has become an annual holiday tradition! Youth and adult divisions are offered.

Join us this holiday season for fun and exciting competition in the NSC's annual 5v5 Holiday Classic Indoor Soccer Tournament. The Holiday Classic is a non-sanctioned tournament and accepts all teams, which include: club, intraclub, tournament teams or even just a group of friends who want to play.

Tournament Details

  • Tournament will be conducted as one open flight 
  • Depending on total number of teams in identified age divisions, the tournament may combine age divisions and/or break out competitive levels
  • Teams will be notified prior to tournament if groups are combined

New Adaptive Division Added!

The NSC is excited to announce the addition of the Adaptive Middle School & High School Divisions! Team placement, coaches, and pinnies will be provided. Individual registration – $38/player.

Click here for the Holiday Classic Adaptive Division Application!
Click on the section below for more information.

Best dressed coach award

The Best Dressed Coach of the tournament will be awarded a $50 Gift Card. 


- A photo must be emailed to Tournament Director by Sat., December 30st at 10PM.

- The photo must be taken in front of our Holiday Classic Photo Backdrop.

- The winner can consist of more than one coach, but must be coaches from the same team. 

- Outfit must be holiday themed to win. 

Tournament Features

  • Team awards for champions
  • Best dressed coach awarded (wear your ugliest sweater or your best holiday suite!)
  • Played in the NSC Sports Hall on infill turf
  • World Cup groups
  • Three-game guarantee
  • All games played in the same day
  • 40-minute games (20-minutes halves)
  • Top teams advance to playoffs
  • Artificial turf surface (field size approx. 30 x 55 yards)
  • Four field players and a goalkeeper
  • Sub on the fly

Divisions Offered

​Youth Divisions

Must abide by the 2024 MYSA Season birth-year age grid.

9U/10U Girls 

9U/10U Boys

11U Girls 

11U Boys 

12U Girls

12U Boys 

13U Girls

13U Boys 

14U Girls

14U Boys 

15U Girls 

15U Boys 

16U Girls  

16U Boys

17U Girls

17U Boys

18/19U Girls

18/19U Boys

Middle School Adaptive Division (11-14 yrs old)


High School Adaptive Division (14-18 yrs old)



Adult Divisions

  • Adult Open Coed 
  • Men's Open 
  • Men's Over 35 

NEW - Adaptive Soccer Division

Holiday Classic Adaptive Division Application

Participate in this one-day tournament and show off your skills in our dome! Individual registration – $38/player. Team placement, coaches, and pinnies will be provided. This tournament is played with 4 field players and 1 goalkeeper. Player fee includes a 3-game guarantee (games are 40-min. /20 min. halves) and is World Cup group play style with the top 2 teams advancing the Championship. Two different divisions will be offered. Depending on total number of teams in identified age divisions, the tournament may combine age divisions and/or break out competitive levels. 

Eligibility: The Holiday Classic adaptive divisions are designed to provide a safe, yet competitive environment for participants with intellectual disabilities. Participants in these divisions have had introductory experience playing soccer and are generally familiar with competitive game or scrimmage playing rules. 

  • Middle School Adapted Division (11-14 yrs. old)
  • High School Adapted Division (14-18 yrs. old) 

Playing Environment:  All games will be played at the National Sports Center in the Indoor Sports Hall Facility. The Hall has 3 small-sided, artificial turf fields being used throughout the event. Adaptive division games will be on the East end of the Facility on Field C, allowing one side of the field to be free of other game activity. Participants can expect crowd and game noise from other fields to be heard throughout the facility.  

Application Process

1. Complete the Application below and submit to Tournament Director.

2. Parent/guardian will be notified when the player has been accepted into the event and placed on a team.

3. Parent/guardian will receive information to pay the player fee for the event ($38/player) and complete the player waiver (online or in-person).

Holiday Classic Adaptive Division Application

Game Days

Teams will play their three guaranteed games and play-off games (if qualified) in the same day, according to the dates listed per division.

These dates are subject to change depending on number of teams registered. Teams may be scheduled to play during the day.

2022 Game Days:


Wednesday, Dec. 27


Wednesday, Dec. 27


Wednesday, Dec. 27


Wednesday, Dec. 27


Wednesday, Dec. 27


Wednesday, Dec. 27




Thursday, Dec. 28


Thursday, Dec. 28


Thursday, Dec. 28


Thursday, Dec. 28

MENS 35+

Thursday, Dec. 28




Friday, Dec. 29


Friday, Dec. 29


Friday, Dec. 29


Friday, Dec. 29


Friday, Dec. 29




Saturday, Dec. 30


Saturday, Dec. 30


Saturday, Dec. 30


Saturday, Dec. 30


Saturday, Dec. 30

Tournament Fees

Early Bird Pricing until Nov. 27, 2023

Early Bird Rates

  • $210 Team Fee with code EBHC23
  • Promo code must be entered at time of application in order to receive Early Bird Pricing.
  • Pricing increases to $235 after Nov. 27th, 2023

Refund Policy

  • Refunds will not be issued. Teams dropping from the tournament prior to Dec. 1 will receive a voucher in the amount of the team fee. The voucher is valid within one year of the event and can be used for the following NSC small-sided tournaments Using the voucher is based on availability and does not guarantee acceptance into the event.
    • Kick or Treat
    • Holiday Classic
    • March Mayhem
    • Teams dropping from the tournament on or after Dec. 1st will not receive a voucher
  • 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 a credit back to original source of payment.  *Please note that if a team elects to drop prior to the event cancelation, the above refund policy will be in effect. This includes teams making their own decision to withdraw prior to the potential cancellation. If a customer (club, team, individual) is required to quarantine due to illness or exposure to the COVID-19 virus, and are unable to participate for this reason, a refund will not be issued unless done within the parameters of the existing policy.

Tournament Rules

Holiday Classic will follow the same rules as the National Sports Center Indoor Soccer Leagues, with the following exceptions:

  • Games are 40 minutes in length (20 minute halves) with a 3-minute half time.
  • Games are played with 2 teams, each consisting of not more than 5 players on the field. A minimum of 3 players is needed to start a match in all age groups. One player shall be designated as the goalkeeper from each team.
  • Rosters are frozen at the start of your first game.

Yellow Cards and Red Cards

  • If a player receives a second yellow card (soft red) in a match, they will be ejected from that game and the team will be required to play short-handed for 5 minutes. A player will not be suspended from the next game for a “soft red” unless they have previously been ejected from a game. If this occurs, the player will be ejected from the tournament.
  • If a player receives a red card (conduct beyond a yellow card offense in the referee’s opinion) that player will be ejected immediately and the team will be required to play short-handed for 5 minutes. In addition, the player will be suspended for a minimum of one game. If, in the opinion of the tournament director, the conduct warrants an additional suspension, the player may be ejected for more than one game and possibly the tournament. There are no appeals allowed in this decision. A second red card results in an automatic tournament suspension.

Method for Determining Standings

Each team will receive:

  • 3 points for a win
  • 1 point for a tie
  • 0 points for a loss

Tie-breaking System:

1. Most Points
2. Record Head-to-head (does not apply in 3 way tie)
3. Goal Difference (goals for minus goals against)
4. Least goals allowed
5. Earliest application date

Maximum goal difference allowed per game will be 7. For example: Eagles beat the Tigers 13-2 the score will be recorded as 9-2.

The tournament will make every effort to avoid forfeits. A forfeit can only be determined by Tournament Headquarters. Forfeited games will be recorded as a 3-0 score.


In all categories, the top teams will advance to a play-off or championship match. Age divisions that have 4 or 5 teams will advance to a championship match with 1st vs. 2nd place. Age divisions of 6-8 teams will have two groups with each group winner advancing to the championship match. Groups of 10 will have three groups, the winner of each group will advance to a semifinal, along with the second place team in the group of four teams. Groups of 12 will have four groups, the winner of each group will advance to a semifinal. Groups of 12 that have three groups, will have the top two teams advance to a quarterfinal and semifinal, the seeding is random for the playoffs.  If a play-off or championship game is tied at the end of regulation, two 5-minute “golden goal” overtime periods will be played. If neither team scores in overtime, penalty shots will be used to determine the winner. First, a five-player “shoot-out” will be used. If score is still tied there will be a one player “shoot-out” until the winner is determined. Any player that played in the game may participate in the “shoot-out.”

Age Divisions

Youth teams must abide by the 2023 MYSA season birth-year age grid.

Adult players must be 18 years old by the date they play.

Adult Coed - Teams MUST have 2 females playing field positions. If the team does not have 2 females, you must play down the number of females you are short. 

Any team found to be using non-rostered or illegal players will forfeit that match. All forfeits are recorded as 3-0.

All 19U, High School and below team’s must also show proof of age for all players to be eligible to play. After age verification at final team check-in coaches should keep one of the following in their possession during the tournament to verify age should a question arise:

  • Player passes
  • Driver license
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport


  • Updated March 2016. In the 8U-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.

Tournament Map

Application Deadline

  • Application deadline December 8, 2022 or when divisions fill.  

Team Eligibility

  • Please see the age categories for the tournament.  
  • Note that the tournament is using the 2024 MYSA season birth-year age grid.

Guest/Player Pool

Coaches, are you short of players due to injury or other commitments? Aren't having any luck finding a player to complete your roster? Then the Holiday Classic Player Pool is for you. It connects coaches with players who want to have the Holiday Classic experience.

Pool Players Seeking a Team

Click HERE to be taken to NSC's new Event HQ to sign up.

We are excited to offer you a new player pool experience at NSC Event HQ!  As a new user you will need to set up a household account in an adult's name. 

  • Once you create your account and verify your email address, you can add "participants" to your account (children, spouses, etc.) for which you can then complete waivers, sign up for programs and register for player pool
  • You will need to provide your name, birth date, gender, address, email and phone number
  • Once you have an account, and have add family members (participants), future events are smooth and easy. You simply click and add, and you’re done!
  • You only need to set up a household account once – quickly sign in with your new username and password for future events
  • We will ask you to confirm your email to keep your account secure

Only players registered with USSF or FIFA affiliated associations are eligible.

  • Add yourself to the event player pool by setting up an account at
  • Interested coaches will contact you directly by email.
  • Remember: Pool players may only participate on one team.
  • If you are picked up by a team:
    • Provide the coach with your player code for release of your information to the team roster.
    • Remove your name from the player pool for this event by logging in to Event HQ, find your event pool and select “Leave Pool”
  • Proof of age is required (birth certificate, player pass, passport or driver's license).
  • Your tournament coach will not be able to complete Final Team Check-in without your proof of age, causing unnecessary delays. Either get your player pass to the coach prior to Final Team Check-in or check in yourself prior to the coach's arrival at Final Team Check-in.
  • Be prepared with the name of your team and the team's tournament ID number for faster service at Final Team Check-in.

Coaches Seeking Guest Players

  • Log into Team Manager Account; select player pool.
  • Search for players by division, level and/or position.
  • Click the player’s first name for contact by email.
  • If the individual agrees to participate on your team, the player will provide his/her player code necessary for release of information to your roster.
  • Return to online roster management player pool. Click the green check mark before the player’s name; enter the player code, which will add the player’s contact information and liability waiver electronically to your roster.
  • You will not be able to complete Final Team Check-in without proof of age, causing unnecessary delays and maybe even a return trip to Final Team Check-in. Either make arrangements with your guest player to secure the proof of age in advance of Final Team Check-in or have your guest player check in prior to your arrival at Final Team Check-in.

Guest Player Rules

  • Your team can have an unlimited number of guest players (max roster 12).
  • For game format and corresponding roster sizes, review tournament rules.
  • Players may play up or down. A player on a 16U team may also guest play on a 15U team and vice versa, if age eligible.
  • Girls may play on boys’ teams; boys may not play on girls’ teams.

Livestream Option

Games Livestreamed
We are excited to offer livestream for those unable to attend the event. Live Barn provides Live & On Demand broadcasting of amateur and youth sporting events at the National Sports Center. Use the code: nsc1-hall to save 10% on your subscription. Register today to watch at
*Please note that games on Field B are not available

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.

Thank you for considering!

Tournament Contacts

Logan Halvorson


Phone: 763.785.5678

Eric Bocan


Phone: 763.785.5603