Fall Kickoff Friendlies | Lou Fusz Soccer Tournaments

Fall Friendlies

General Info

Lou Fusz Athletic and Tony Glavin Soccer Club present the 3rd Annual Fall Kickoff Preseason Friendlies. This 'Friendly' event averages 185 teams each year and is the best way to get your team ready for the quickly approaching Fall season. Whether you are preparing for MRL, ECNL, NPL, a big tournament, your local league, or just want to get a couple of organized, competitive games in at low price, this event is for you. The purpose of this event is to allow each team the opportunity for competitive game play while promoting player health, safety, and development during the early Fall season preparation period.  No scores posted, no trophies. Certified referees, training staff, coaching conflict accommodations, concessions, and free parking are some of the other perks that come with this event.

Quick Facts

Ages / Divisions:
Boys U8–U18 Brackets
Girls U8–U18 Brackets
Event Date:
August 6–8, 2021
Team Pricing: 2 Games / 3 Games
7v7 teams = $345 / $465
9v9 teams = $425 / $535
11v11 teams = $495 / $595
(All Fees and Parking Included)

Important Dates

Application Deadline: July 20, 2021
Application Fee Paid By: July 20, 2021
Accepted Teams Notified: July 20, 2021
Brackets Posted: July 24, 2021
Schedule Posted: July 28, 2021

Eligibility
Open to Boys & Girls U8–U19 USYSA teams and US Club teams. There will be a U14/15 bracket for boys and girls to accommodate teams with all “trapped” players.

This is a “Stay & Play” tournament; all out of town teams are required to stay in hotels approved by the Lou Fusz Athletic. Please book team rooms via the "Housing" button to receive our special partnered rates.

Games
Thursday before: Local teams will have the option to play
Friday: Local teams and available out-of-town teams
Saturday: Pool play
Sunday: Pool play (No Finals)

* All Lou Fusz Athletic events operate within the Covid-19 guidelines of St. Louis County, and the state of Missouri. To remain compliant with these often changing guidelines we will schedule our events to play only at venues that are eligible to host. The locations at which we will host may change as guidelines are adapted (with as much notice as possible provided to applied teams). Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we get back to playing the beautiful game.*

Athletic Trainer Services
Children's Hospital & Washington University Physician's Young Athlete Center will be providing the Athletic Training services for LFA Facilities during the event.

Application Payment
Please pay using the PayPal button or mail us a check
including team name and tournament name in subject line:
Lou Fusz Athletic
Attn: TOURNAMENTS
1 Athletic Dr,
Earth City, MO 63045

Contact Info:

LFA Tournament Director
Franco Carotenuto
Email: tournaments@LouFuszAthletic.com
Phone: 480–889–4628

LFA Club Administrator
Caitlin Carr
Email: soccer@LouFuszAthletic.com

Referee Assignor
Ron Jones
Email: admin@metrostlsoccerrefs.com

Sponsored By:

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LFA Training Center Fields
LFA Soccer Complex Fields

Weather Notice

Our weather guidelines are aligned with those suggested/used by USSF, MYSA, & SLYSA. Adjustments made to games due to weather are at the discretion of the tournament committee (comprised of Tournament Director, LFA Staff, and Young Athlete Center's ATC staff). It is our intention to provide a fun, playable, safe environment for all teams participating to get the competition they have come in search of. All games will be played on state of the art artificial turf fields…No rainouts! However, because all fields are playable during the rain, game stoppage can still occur due to hazardous conditions such as lightning/ thunder or temperature levels. Weather updates will be sent via email/text messages through your GotSoccer account.
• Games could be delayed or shortened. Games could also be rescheduled for a later time/date that weekend.
• Games played until/beyond halftime can be considered final at the moment stopped if necessary.
• For games played in U14 and younger divisions, adjustments/cancellations will be made when expected game time temperature is 18 degrees cold index with windchill. For games played in U15 and older divisions, adjustments/cancellations will be made when expected game time temperature is 14 degrees cold index with windchill.
• Any additional changes to the schedule deemed necessary by the LFA Tournament Committee will be exercised with as much notice as possible for all teams involved.

Refund Policy

In the event of a mandated or forced cancellation of the event due to Covid-19 our refund policy is as follows:
1. Teams will receive a full refund of their tournament game related fees.  There is a maximum $35 administrative fee that is nonrefundable as this fee goes directly toward items that are reserved and paid for well in advance of the event kickoff.  Items such as field rental, referee scheduling, registration and payment acquisition fees, and the hundreds of hours of time that go into making the event operational.
2.  If a team has a player or staff member/affiliate test positive for Covid within 13 days of the kick off of the event, the team will be allowed to withdraw and will receive a refund, however a portion of their tuition will be retained to refund their three opponents who will have not received their 3 guaranteed games.
For example: your team is scheduled to play 3 games guaranteed.  ‘Opponent X’ is one of your opponents on Saturday of the event.  The Tuesday before the event ‘Opponent X’ notifies us that a player in their team tested positive for Covid.  Their team must 'quarantine' for 2 weeks and therefore cannot participate in the tourney.  Your team paid for 3 guaranteed games so your team would need to be refunded a portion of your tuition since you only received 2 games.  ‘Opponent X’ that had to drop out will cover part of your team’s refund and Lou Fusz will pay the rest.  Therefore, your team is not further inconvenienced. Opponent X does not lose all their committed tournament money, and we have all done our part to keep the event and the community healthy.
IF we are able to find your team a fill in, suitable 3rd opponent to replace ‘Opponent X’, then your team will play your 3 originally scheduled matches, and ‘Opponent X’ will not be required to pay this game fee.
We hope this clarification is helpful.  Unfortunately, there is no 'right' answer in all of this. Our organization is not immune to the effects of these cancellations.
3. Weather related cancellation refund policy remains as it has for many years and is in line with dozens of similar events of similar offering.  Teams that play no games receive no less than a 70% refund. If only 1 game played, no less than 50% refund given, if only 2 games played no less than 20% refund given.
IF after being accepted, a team elects not to participate (by their choice) for any reason, they will risk forfeiture of their entire registration fee.