The Spirit Kick-Off Classic is an unrestricted tournament and offers one of the most competitive youth soccer competitions in the eastern region. When the caliber of competition is combined with its sportsmanship and Chester County, Pennsylvania hospitality, it is truly a memorable top level tournament! In past years teams, players, parents and referees have traveled to the Downingtown area from over 11 states to join in the spirit of competition. Share the excitement on a soccer-packed weekend where good competition, camaraderie, fun activities and new friends await!
The Spirit Kick-Off Classic offers top-notch competition at all age levels. Many of the region's premier and club level teams will compete in the tournament. Past participants have included many state, regionally and nationally ranked teams.
The first Spirit United Kick-Off Classic took place in 1986 under the direction of the Spirit United Soccer Club of Downingtown, PA. The tournament was begun to promote excellence in soccer and sportsmanship and to provide youth soccer players with an opportunity to compete against other high caliber teams from throughout the northeastern United States. The first tournament had 34 teams and 510 players participating, primarily from the Chester County, PA area.
From this meager beginning, the tournament has grown in numbers and stature. In 2011, the tournament attracted over 500 teams, over 5,000 players and over 50,000 soccer fans. It is ranked as a Premier level tournament (both boys and girls) by GOTsoccer.com (www.gotsoccer.com).
The entry fee for all applications must be submitted with your team application.
U9 – U10 (7v7) : $695
U11 – U12 (9v9): $825
U13 – U14: $875
U15 – U16: $900
In order to properly evaluate your team's application, it is imperative that each team submits correct/complete information. We reserve the right to contact league administrators andtournament directors to verify the information submitted. Applications for the Kick-Off Classic should be submitted online.
You may enter U13 (11v11) through U-16 teams with a maximum of 22 players; a maximum of 14 players for U9 / U10 (7v7); and U11 / U12 (9v9) teams with a maximum of 16 players. Players must be registered with a national affiliate of the USSF, typically either US Club Soccer or with their respective state or national association (US Youth Soccer, AYSO, etc), and must be born during or after the year indicated by the Age Division in which they are to compete. A maximum of five (5) guest players per team are permitted. Authorized player passes/cards will be verified against the official team roster at registration.
• Teams from outside Region I or Connecticut and NewJersey must have a " Permission to Travel Form signed and stamped by their Association if registering using US Youth Soccer credentials.
• No such permission to travel is required for teams traveling as US Club Soccer registered teams.
Tournament Hotel Reservation Policy
***Spirit United is requiring all tournament teams and participants to reserve rooms through our designated registration system. Click here for details.
***Teams not following this procedure will not be considered for tournament acceptance. In addition, rooms are non-commissionable to travel agencies or 3rd party reservation companies.
Spirit United has taken the initiative and secured rooms at local “team friendly” hotels. By doing this Spirit United has guaranteed tournament participants room availability at top quality hotels with competitive prices, great proximity to playing fields, and team oriented amenities.
The Spirit United Soccer Club, the tournament's host, has access to over 50 fields within a 25 mile radius of Downingtown, PA. These fields are professionally maintained and are convenient to the PA Turnpike and US Route 30.
In the opening round games, teams are bracketed into groups; size based on number of applicants. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games. Winners and/or wildcards will advance to the elimination stage of the tournament until one team is crowned champion. All games are played on manicured grass fields in the Downingtown area. Trophies and/or medals are awarded to all finalists, and souvenirs to all players and coaches. The Kick-Off Classic is hosted by the Spirit United Soccer Club and is sanctioned by EPYSA and US Club Soccer, affiliates of USSF and FIFA.
*except U-9 and U-10 and subject to change Age Groups (Premier, "A" & "B" Club level)
Age Born on or Between
U-16 Girls & Boys 1/01/04 & 12/31/04
U-15 Girls & Boys 1/01/05 & 12/31/05
U-14 Girls & Boys 1/01/06 & 12/31/06
U-13 Girls & Boys 1/01/07 & 12/31/07
U-12 Girls & Boys 1/01/08 & 12/31/08
U-11 Girls & Boys 1/01/09 & 12/31/09
U-10 Girls & Boys 1/01/10 & 12/31/10
U-09 Girls & Boys 1/01/11 & 12/31/11
U-08 Girls & Boys 1/01/12 & 12/31/12
U9 – U10 Age Groups play 7 v 7
U11 – U12 Age Groups play 9 v 9
U13 – U16 Age Groups play 11 v 11
NOTE: The aforementioned age divisions are based on the 2018 Fall Season
Match Duration (all games)
U-9 & U-10: Two 25-minute halves
U-11 to U-16: Two 30-minute halves
Individual awards for the champions and finalists in each division.
The Pennsylvania referee corps is considered by many to be the best for a youth tournament. The referees from throughout the state, many of whom are over-qualified with past collegiate and professional appointments, take part in the tournament each year. This referee corps, from time to time, is augmented by similarly qualified referees from throughout Region I and beyond. The tournament plans to provide three-person referee teams for ALL U-11 and older games (U-9 and U-10 will use the single referee system).
Enjoy a fun-filled week of Activities and Genuine Pennsylvania Hospitality
The week is full of additional activities including a Welcome Reception for team officials, referees and sponsors. Player interactive areas and challenge activities are available all weekend long. Players and team photographs throughout the event and other special attractions add to the event. And historical sites (e.g., Valley Forge, Independence Hall, Longwood Gardens, PA Dutch Country and entertainment venues (e.g., Hershey Park) are all within a one hour drive.
Information is available on the Kick-Off Classic web site under Hotel & Travel Reservations, as well as Entertainment & Attractions.
Note: The Spirit Kick-Off Classic is not responsible for any teams who choose to make arrangements prior to the posting of the accepted teams on the tournament web site.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Spirit United Soccer Club:
Mail: Spirit United, 806 Brandywine Road, Downingtown, PA 19335