The Rec Challenge Cup offers recreational soccer players an opportunity to play in a high-quality tournament in a fun atmosphere, where the emphasis is placed on participation, fun and competition.
The Rec Challenge Cup is a guaranteed three-game, round-robin format for 11U-above teams. Semifinal and final matches are held, with members of the first- and second-place teams each receiving awards.
This annual event is the largest recreational youth soccer event in Iowa, with teams descending on Ames every Spring. The Iowa Soccer Association has run a tournament for rec soccer players/teams every year since 1992.
Team & Player Eligibility
This event is for Iowa Soccer member teams and players classified as Recreational. Teams must have been registered with Iowa Soccer by April 1, 2020 and play in a league that has a minimum of four teams. You are not
allowed to assemble a "tournament team roster" for this event or use non-Iowa Soccer member players; the Rec Challenge Cup is for the regular-season roster/team. Each player must have a current US Youth Soccer player pass for that team. We do have a "Guest Player Allowance" designed to help coaches secure enough players to enter if not all your families can commit to a tournament weekend. Review allowance details on the Guest Player Allowance page.
Dates, Age Groups/Formats/Fees
June 13-14, 2020
Hunziker Youth Sports Complex (Ames, IA)
Depending on number of team entries, age groups may be combined or divided.
- 11U/12U (playing 9v9).....$320.00
- 13U/14U (playing 11v11).....$360.00
- 15U/16U (playing 11v11).....$360.00
- 17U/18U/19U (playing 11v11).....$360.00
Spring 2020 Team Entry!
Schedule, Field Map, and Parking
- Schedule COMING SOON
- Field Map COMING SOON
- Parking Map COMING SOON
- Competition Rules COMING SOON
- 8:00am, Monday, April 27: Entry opens
- 11:59pm, Sunday, May 17: Entry closes
- 11:59pm, Thursday, June 4: Guest Player Request Form due; Rosters submitted by
- 5:00pm, Friday, June 5: Guest Player Eligibility completed (by tournament officials)
- 5:00pm, Sunday, June 7: Schedule and Field Map made available
- 5:00pm-8:00pm, Wednesday, June 10: Local team (Greater Des Moines) check-in at Iowa Soccer Office (Urbandale)
- One hour prior to first game, Saturday, June 13: Non-Local teams (Outside of Greater Des Moines) checking in on-site at Hunziker Youth Sports Complex (Ames)