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Surf Cup Sports, LLC. announces the soccerloco SAN DIEGO SURF COLLEGE CUP SHOWCASE and SAN DIEGO SURF CUP THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE. The College Cup and Thanksgiving tournament will be held November 25-27, 2016. These are Class I Tournaments; open to USYSA, US Club Soccer, Super Y League, and FIFA affiliated teams. The College Cup tournament is a nationally recognized premier tournament, rated among the top two in the United States.

All games will be played at the San Diego Polo Fields, on 50 acres of level turf transformed into 18 full-sized soccer fields, the So Cal Sports Complex in Oceanside with 22 full-sized fields, and various soccer specific fields in surrounding North County San Diego. The first two sites are within 25 minutes of one another and both are close to Interstate 5. The tournament is located only 90 minutes from Disneyland, 45 minutes from the Mexican border, and 20 minutes from all the sights of the San Diego area including the internationally renowned San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld, and Legoland California.

San Diego Surf Cup Thanksgiving Challenge age groups (U-7 to U-14) will play in divisions of 16, 12 and 8 teams. Each team is guaranteed three (3) games. Bracket play will consist of three (3) games on Friday and Saturday. Semi-Finals and Finals are on Sunday.

On the request and advice of over 30 top club Directors of Coaching, the San Diego Surf College Cup Showcase will change its format in 2016. Teams will now play one full length game per day over three days. Full length games will be 40 or 45 minute halves depending on age group.

In 2016, over 450 college coaches will attend the San Diego Surf College Cup Showcase hoping to recruit the best youth soccer talent in the nation. For players hoping to play after high school, this tournament is an excellent opportunity to showcase soccer skills for college coaches. Unlimited guest players will be allowed. Maximum roster size is 22 for USYSA teams and 24 for US Club teams in age groups U-15, U-16, U-17,18 and U-19.

San Diego Surf Cup Thanksgiving Challenge teams are allowed 18 players for U-11 through U-14; 14 players for Under-7 through U-10. Age groups U-7,U-8, U-9 & U-10 will play 7v7, and U-11 will play 9v9. Top quality trophies as well as individual awards will be presented to teams finishing in 1st and 2nd place for the U-7 to U-14 age groups.

Age Groups
November 25-27, 2016
U-14 born on or after 1/1/2003
U-13 born on or after 1/12004
U-12 born on or after 1/1/2005 (11v11)
U-11 born on or after 1/1/2006 (9v9)
U-10 born on or after 1/1/2007 (7v7)
U-9 born on or after 1/1/2008 (7v7)
U-8 born on or after 1/1/2009 (7v7)
U-7 born on or after 1/1/2010 (7v7)

There may be two or more flights in some age groups based on the quality and quantity of applicants. If selected, the tournament committee alone will determine into which flight teams will be placed.

How to Apply for Acceptance:

If you would like to be considered for participation, please complete the on-line tournament application. Payment of the application fee may be made by either eCheck (a convenience fee of 1% will be charged for the use of eCheck) or by Credit Card (a convenience fee 3.25% will be charged for the use of a credit card). Our on-line system will accept Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Credit Cards and eChecks will not be processed until the team has been accepted into the tournament. APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED SUBMITTED AND COMPLETE UNTIL EITHER AN ECHECK OR A CREDIT CARD PAYMENT HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED. Entry fees are:

Age GroupEntry Fees
U7-U8 (7v7)$400.00
U9-10 (7V7)$995.00 US dollars
U11(9v9)$1,195.00 US dollars
U12 through U14$1,295.00 US dollars
U15 through U19$1,495.00 US dollars

Entry deadlines are September 16, 2016 for the soccerloco Surf College Cup Showcase and October 1, 2016 for the soccerloco Surf Cup Thanksgiving Challenge. Entries submitted after these application deadlines will not be considered for acceptance but may be retained for a wait list for consideration if an accepted team drops. Refunds will be made to all teams not accepted.

  1. REFUND POLICY: In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances out of the Tournaments control leading to a Full Event Cancelation, Surf Cup Sports may refund a maximum of 25% of the Tournament’s Registration Fees.
  2. Teams that drop in writing prior to the September 16 (College Cup) and October 1 (Thanksgiving Challenge) entry deadline will be given refunds minus a $50.00 administration fee. No refunds will be granted for teams dropping after these application deadlines.
  3. Team selections are made based upon an evaluation of their record. USYSA National Cup State and Regional results as well as results in major tournaments. Head to head results against ranked teams. We pay more attention to WHO you play and how you do against them, not just WHAT competition you play in.

Acceptance notifications will be e-mailed on or before October 8 (Thanksgiving Cup), 2016. Early acceptance may be granted for teams traveling from outside Cal South, with the decision made within two (2) weeks after receiving the application provided the application and payment is received no later than September 2, 2016.

Applications will be accepted from teams affiliated with USYSA, US Club Soccer, Super Y League, and FIFA affiliated youth soccer associations outside of the United States.

Hotel Requirements:

Teams using hotel rooms are required to obtain them from our approved hotels from the Maverick Sports website, using the group reservation procedure established by Surf Cup Sports. Reservations will not be available until a team has been accepted into the tournament. The approved hotel list and procedure is available on our web site,, and complete reservation procedures will be made available via the on-line application system once a team has been accepted. You may not make hotel reservations until ACCEPTED.

Registration and Scheduling:

There will be a MANDATORY REGISTRATION one hour prior to your first game at your field. Failure to register will result in disqualification.

2016/2017 player identification cards, medical release forms, and shin guards are required for each player. For USYSA teams outside of Region 4, travel papers approved by your state association are required; for US Club, or Super Y League teams, approved team rosters must be presented. For International entrants, written permission to travel will be required from your governing body. For all teams, medical release forms are required.

Game schedules cannot be GUARANTEED to be adjusted to accommodate individual teams or individual coach conflicts.

All team travel arrangements must be made to include participation in the mandatory registration one hour prior to your first game at your field and for bracket games on Friday and Saturday for Thanksgiving Challenge. The earliest bracket games begin at 7:30 a.m. The last final on Sunday will begin at 2:30 p.m.


Surf Cup Sports will host top quality referees with State and FIFA Badges. All games will be officiated with a 3-man system.

If you have any questions concerning the on-line application system, please contact:

GotSoccer Tech Support at 1-904-746-4446

If you have any questions concerning application rules, please contact:

Art Ramirez-Tournament Director 714-417-5362 (Surf Cup Thanksgiving Challenge)

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