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NSC Spring Cup

May 2-3, 2020

Join us for our most popular early season outdoor tournament!


Tournament Contacts

Jen Een


Phone: 763.717.3235

Barb Grunow


Phone: 763.717.3230

A regional tournament that draws teams from the upper Midwest

We are finally outside on green grass! Spring time is short in Minnesota, so be sure to take advantage of our NSC Spring Cup tournament.

Spring Cup is open to all teams (club, intraclub, interclub and tournament teams) that participate in the 9U-19U age divisions and are registered and in good standing with their state and/or national association. Teams are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.

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 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.

Tournament Schedule

  • April 3: Application and deposit deadline
  • April 17: Roster and player fees deadline
  • April 27: Schedules posted online
  • May 2: Final Team Check-in, World Cup group matches will begin
  • May 3: Play-off and Championship Matches

9/10U Jamboree Flights Features

  • 50-minute games
  • Four-game guarantee, no playoffs
  • No standings or scores kept
  • One official per game
  • 7v7 format
  • All players receive a gift

U9 & 10U Competitive Flights Features

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

13U-19U Flights Features

  • 60-minute games; 70 minute finals
  • World Cup groups, top teams advance to playoffs
  • Three-game guarantee
  • Three officials per game
  • 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 Fees

  • $37 per player fee. $222 non-refundable deposit at time of application will be applied to total player fee balance.
  • Refund Policy
    • Teams dropping from the tournament prior to April 4 will receive a voucher in the amount of the tournament fees. 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 Cup
      • NSC All American Cup 
      • NSC Fall Cup 
      • NSC Spring Cup
      • NSC Kick-Off Challenge
    • Teams dropping from the tournament on or after April 4 will not receive a voucher.
    • 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 less the deposit and may be used for 2020 events only. This does not apply to weather delays, shortened, rescheduled games and/or cancellation of tournament games after event has began.

Tournament Map

  • Tournament specific map available in April

Tournament Rules

The tournament rules are presented here in PDF format for convenient download and printing.

  • 2020 NSC Spring Cup Rules Coming Soon
  • 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.

Application Deadline

  • April 3, 2020 or as divisions fill, whichever comes first. 

Team Eligibility

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!