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This is a fun, low-key way to wrap up the fall season with your teammates and friends.
Let's give thanks and celebrate with a 5v5 event that will be topped off by pumpkin pie (for the winning team of each division).
Similar to our popular Kick around the Clock 3v3 event, FestiFall will also have awards for best team name, coolest uniforms, sportsmanship and craziest hair.
Why not get in the spirit of Thanksgiving and bring your team together to join the party at FestiFall?
Where is it?
In partnership with Soccer West, we're hosting the games at Aliber Soccer Complex. If this is your first time visiting Aliber, you'll want to check out this page with a map and directions.
When is it?
Saturday, November 11th. The schedule will be posted on this page. Every team will play three games, and each game is 30 minutes long (no overtime).
Who can play?
We invite 7U-19U boys and girls teams. All we require is that every player provides a waiver form and proof of age.
What is the format?
5v5. The maximum roster for all teams is 10 players.
What are some of the benefits of this format?
Playing 5v5 in a smaller space on a fast surface has tons of benefits, including: More touches on the ball; Plenty of practice making quick decisions; Constant transitions between offensive and defensive modes; No goalies, so more scoring opportunities and more goals!
This sounds awesome. How do we sign up?
Teams can register online or by mail. Visit this site or click on the "REGISTER" link in the black bar at the top of this page. Registration is $180 per team, and the deadline is Wednesday, October 25th. Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Are there any additional charges for participants or spectators?
No. Participants and spectators will not be charged for parking, and they will not be charged for admission into the facility.
What are the rules?
Visit this page for the complete rules. Each game goes 30 minutes straight. No offside calls and no goalkeepers.
What kind of ball do we play with?
The visiting team provides the game ball. 7U-8U = Size 3; 9U-12U = Size 4; and 13U and Older = Size 5.
My friends and I are designing some cool shirts to wear as our "uniforms." Do we need to have numbers on the backs?
No. While it's helpful if you have numbers on the backs for your jerseys/shirts, it is not necessary for this tournament.
How do we check in? What do we need to bring?
Each team must check in at least 30 minutes before their first game. All team members do not need to be present at check-in. Here's what we need to see:
The members of each team will need to wear matching tops; these do not need to have uniform numbers. Each player needs to wear shin guards and a pair of athletic shoes (soccer cleats or comfortable shoes for running).
Are shinguards required?
How are the division champions determined?
There will not be championship matches (remember, we're trying to focus on the FUN here), so division champs will be determined by the results of pool-play matches.
What can participants expect?
With your support, we hope to provide everyone with a memorable experience in a friendly and safe environment.
All friends and family members are invited to join us as spectators. Most fans will be asked to stand up around the field, as there is limited seating space available.
SCORES will be posted on stat mats that will be displayed on site. Final scores will be posted online, here, in the week following the event.
FOOD will be available for purchase at the concession stand.
MERCHANDISE will be available. Fine Designs will be on-site, printing custom apparel. You choose your style of t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and the like, and then customize it with the printing on site. At check-in, each participant will receive a coupon to save $3 on their merchandise order.
TEAM AWARDS will be handed out for the following categories:
A PUMPKIN PIE will be rewarded to the championship-winning team of each division.
What if the weather doesn't cooperate?
In the event of inclement or unsafe weather, the tournament will be cancelled or postponed. We will try to not cancel the event, but please understand that we will if the roads are not safe. If you are not sure if your games are on as scheduled, please call the Menace weather hotline at (515) 457-6378, or check out the "MESSAGE CENTER" box on the tournament home page. Tournament staff will call the contact person for each team affected by schedule changes.
Who is the tournament host?
If the name didn't give it away, Menace Soccer FestiFall is hosted by the Des Moines Menace Soccer Club. To learn more about the Menace, including our mission, our programs and our history (going back to 1994), please visit www.MenaceSoccer.com/about. In addition to FestiFall, the Menace staff runs these youth-soccer tournaments: Kick around the Clock (indoors, Super Bowl weekend), the Just for Girls Tournament (May), the Menace Midwest Invitational (May) and the Just for Girls Fall Invitational (September). Adam Small has been the Menace's tournament director since 2007.