42nd Annual
University of Okoboji
Classic Invitational Soccer Tournament
June 8-9, 2019

The Forty-Second Annual University of Okoboji Classic Invitational Soccer Tournament will take place June 8-9, 2019.  This is a FAMILY-ORIENTED RECREATIONAL TOURNAMENT, designed to promote the Iowa Great Lakes area and your CYSL soccer club.  NO SELECT TEAMS.

Renovation of the Okoboji High School football field, along with the construction of a new middle school, has resulted in the loss of two U14 fields in Milford, causing us to relocate this year’s tournament approximately 10 minutes north of Milford, to the Bedell Family YMCA (1900 41st Street) in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

This notice is for informational purposes only.  It does not constitute an invitation to the tournament.  If your team is interested in participating in this tournament, you must register by April 15th.  Invitations will be issued after April 15th.  No verbal responses will be accepted!  If interested, please respond by registering your team on the Registration page on www.bojisoccer.com.  All registrations will be handled via this website, starting March 15th.

There are four age groups participating in the tournament, henceforth called divisions.  There may be more than one bracket of games in each age division.  The divisions are:

Under 12 Girls, Under 12 Boys

Under 14 Girls, Under 14 Boys

U12 will play 9 v 9; U14 will play 11 v 11.  The maximum number of players on each team will be 22.  The three-player transfer rule will not apply to this tournament. Players on a team must be from the same club and must be registered for their own league and play on a team sponsored by such club.

Given the uncertainty of this year’s location, please be aware of the following:

  • We guarantee that each team will play a minimum of two games, rather than the usual three.
  • All game times may be limited to 25 minute halves (rather than 30 minutes for U14 games)
  • Some U14 games may be played 9 vs. 9 on smaller fields
  • Player Eligibility

    • Players must be registered with the team for one or both sessions of the 2018/2019 CYSL season.

    • No 9th grade students will be allowed to participate.

    • A player may be registered for and play for only one team in this tournament.
    • Players who qualified for and registered in the U12 division of the 2018/2019 CYSL season are allowed to play in the U12 division of the Okoboji Tournament.

    • Players who qualified for and registered in the U14 division of the 2018/2019 CYSL season are allowed to play in the U14 division of the Okoboji Tournament.

    • Exception: players who played in a lower age group during the 2018/2019 CYSL season are allowed to “play up” into an older age group in the Okoboji Tournament. Players are not allowed to “play down” into a younger age group.

    Except as otherwise stated herein, CYSL and FIFA soccer rules will apply to this tournament.

    * * * Any further exceptions will be ruled on by the tournament directors on a case-by-case basis. * * *

    The opening ceremonies for the tournament will begin at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 8th.  All players must be present at these ceremonies.  The first games of the tournament will follow the opening ceremonies, with the final games to be completed by approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9th.  A schedule of the individual games will be provided at a later date.

    The tournament will use a pool play format.  Subject to scheduling, each team will play a minimum of three games—two on Saturday and at least one game on Sunday. The top four teams in each division after Saturday’s games will play on Sunday to determine the bracket winners and runner-ups (1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3, with the winner of each game playing one another for the division championship).

    Each team must have alternate player uniforms available.  Cover-ups/pinnies are acceptable.

    Again, this notice is for INFORMATION ONLY AND IS NOT AN INVITATION.

    If you are interested in entering the tournament, the following is required for the online registration:

    • Division(s) in which you wish to play (U12 Girls, U12 Boys, U14 Girls, or U14 Boys)
    • Contact person with email address, phone numbers (day and evening), and t-shirt size
    • Team rosters with age verification
    • Player information, including:  name, age, birth date, school grade, jersey number, t-shirt size (adult sizes only), and whether any of your players play in a league other than CYSL

    Registrations are due by April 15th.  The team contact will receive an email noting the team was added for consideration with a team ID (DO NOT LOSE your team ID).  If your team receives an invitation, the team contact will receive an approval email with a link to the website, which will have a link to PayPal for payment. Registration fee is $45.00 per player. Payment is due by May 1st and is required to finalize the registration.

    One payment transaction per team registration.  Payment will be accepted by debit or credit card via PayPal.  A PayPal account is not required.

    Each player will receive a small gift, and each player, head coach and up to two assistant coaches will receive a program and  souvenir t-shirt. Awards will be given to the two final teams in each division immediately following their final game.

    Please note that due to the popularity and overwhelming interest in this tournament, the organizers and directors reserve the right to limit the number of teams.  If you are no longer in charge of your club or team, please forward this information to the appropriate person as soon as possible.

    We appreciate your consideration to participate in the tournament.

    2019 Tournament Directors
    Brigid and TJ Burbridge
    Sandy and Dale Krupka
    Lisa and Dennis Rangel
    Randy Utterback
    Mark Wiederin