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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 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, 2021 and play in a league that has a minimum of four teams. Each player must have a current US Youth Soccer player pass. 

Dates, Age Groups/Formats/Fees

June 12-13, 2021
Hunziker Youth Sports Complex (Ames, IA)
Depending on number of team entries, age groups may be combined or divided.
  • 7U/8U (playing 4v4).....$120.00
  • 9U/10U (playing 7v7).....$240.00
  • 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 2021 Team Entry!

  • Registration COMING SOON


Schedule, Field Map, and Parking

  • Schedule COMING SOON
  • Field Map COMING SOON
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  • Competition Rules COMING SOON

Important Dates/Requirements

  • 8:00am, Monday, April 19: Entry opens
  • 11:59pm, Sunday, May 16: Entry closes
  • 11:59pm, Thursday, June 3: Guest Player Request Form due; Rosters submitted by
  • 5:00pm, Friday, June 4: Guest Player Eligibility completed (by tournament officials)
  • 5:00pm, Sunday, June 6: Schedule and Field Map made available
  • 5:00pm-8:00pm, Wednesday, June 9: Local team (Greater Des Moines) check-in at Iowa Soccer Office (Urbandale)
  • One hour prior to first game, Saturday, June 12: Non-Local teams (Outside of Greater Des Moines) checking in on-site at Hunziker Youth Sports Complex (Ames)

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