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Rec Challenge Cup


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 Altoona every Fall. 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 September 19, 2019 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

October 5-6, 2019
Spring Creek Sports Complex (Altoona, 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

Fall 2019 Entry!


Schedule & Field Map 

  • Schedule TBD
  • Field Map TBD



  • Coming soon

Important Dates/Requirements

  • 11:59pm, Tuesday, September 17: Entry closes
  • 11:59pm, Thursday, September 26: Guest Player Request Form due; Rosters submitted by
  • 5:00pm, Friday, September 27: Guest Player Eligibility completed (by tournament officials)
  • 5:00pm, Sunday, September 29: Schedule and Field Map made available
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm, Thursday, October 3: Local team (Greater Des Moines) check-in at Iowa Soccer Office (Urbandale)
  • One hour prior to first game, Saturday, October 5: Non-Local teams (Outside of Greater Des Moines) checking in on-site at Spring Creek Sports Complex (Altoona)

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