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NSC Kick-Off Challenge

April 23-25, 2021

Join us for an early-season tournament outdoors!

Tournament Contacts

Clinton LaBeau

Tournament Director

Phone: 763.785.3679

Krystal Scidmore

Co-Tournament Director

Phone: 763-792-7353

Anne Juergens


Phone: 763.717.3210

A showcase tournament TO start Spring with full length games

Event is geared towards more competitive teams looking to get in some full-Length games before the season starts. Events are sanctioned by partners Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (USYS) and Blaine Soccer Club (US Club Soccer).

Tournament Details

  • 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 age groups are to be combined
  • Please Note:
    • All metro area teams should be prepared to play games starting Friday at 3 p.m.
    • All non-metro teams should be prepared to play games starting Saturday at 8 a.m.
    • All Jamboree teams should be prepared to play games starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning
  • Age groups may be flighted to help parity of competition if a group exceeds eight teams.

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, please refer to the plan for outdoor activities 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!

Teams are asked to limit the number of spectators coming to watch games. 

Per Department of Labor & Industry Guidelines for Outdoor Venues, All persons must wear face coverings while in attendance at a venue, including both indoors and outdoors.
Click here.

Five tips to remember:

  1. If you feel sick, please stay home.
  2. All attendees are asked to wear a mask at all times. We are monitoring state guidelines and teams will be notified accordingly if there are any changes to this.
  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


  • 9U/10U 7v7 Jamboree: $375 
  • 10U 7v7 Competitive: $450 
  • 11U-12U (9v9): $525 
  • 12U (11v11): $525 
  • 13U-19U: $575
  • Voucher Policy: If your team needs to drop from the event you have the option to receive a voucher that is good for the following events listed below, a request for a voucher must be completed by May 22. At this time we are not offering refunds for this event.
    • 2021 NSC Fall Cup
    • 2021/22 NSC College Showcase
    • 2022 NSC Kickoff Challenge
    • 2022 NSC Spring Cup
    • 2022 NSC Cup
    • 2022 NSC All American
  • Weather Cancellation Policy. If cancellation of the entire tournament occurs due to spring weather conditions, each team will receive a voucher in the amount of the tournament fees and may be used for specified 2021 events only and the 2022 NSC Kick-off Challenge. This does not apply to weather delays, shortened, rescheduled games and/or cancellation of tournament games after the event has begun.
  • Event Cancellation PolicyThe 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, 2021. *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. 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.

Application Deadline

  • March 26, 2021 or when divisions fill
  • Application closed, click here to inquire about openings.

Team Eligibility

Required Forms

To access your Team Manager account or complete rosters and waivers:

Visit the Required Forms page - Click Here

10U Competitive, 11U-19U Flight Features

  • Played on the grass fields of the world's largest soccer complex
  • World Cup groups, top teams advance to playoff round
  • Three FIFA regulation-length games guarantee
  • Three-person referee system (13U-19U)
  • 10U will play 7v7 format
  • 11U will play 9v9 format
  • 12U age divisions may play 9v9 or 11v11 format
  • Please Note:
    • All metro area teams should be prepared to play games starting Friday at 3 p.m.
    • All non-metro teams should be prepared to play games starting Saturday at 8 a.m.
    • All Jamboree teams should be prepared to play games starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning

9U/10U Jamboree Features


  • Played on the grass fields of the world's largest soccer complex
  • 50-minute games
  • Four-game guarantee, round robin format, no playoffs
  • No scores recorded
  • One official per game
  • Games played Saturday and Sunday only
  • MYSA guidelines
  • All participants receive a medal
  • 7v7 format
  • Teams will be scheduled in a group with other teams of same caliber when possible
  • Please note: All Jamboree teams should be prepared to play games starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.

9U/10U Jamboree Details

Open to all teams which participate in the 9U and 10U age categories. The age category will be played as one group, unless numbers allow to group by age & level of play (division).


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

Tournament Rules

The rules for the NSC Kick Off Challenge  will be presented in PDF format for easy download and printing.

  • 2021 NSC Kick Off Challenge Tournament Rules
  • 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.

Tournament Sitemap

Check out our tournament sitemap here.

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!