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Club Ohio Nike Challenge Cup FAQ

1.  Can I register my team early Saturday morning?

No. All teams are required to upload your registration documents under your GotSoccer team account by the designated dates. We do not have the resources to check teams in at the fields.

2.  Can USYSA registered players participate as guest players on a US Club registered team? 

No. USYSA players may guest play for USYSA teams and US Club players may guest play for US Club Teams. You may not have differing cards from the associations if they are guest playing. Please email the tournament director if you have further questions at NikeChallengeCup@clubohiosoccer.com.  If you try to use a card from a different association, your player will be ineligible.

3.  How many divisions per age group will the tournament have?

The Club Ohio Nike Challenge Cup anticipates that each age group will typically consist of an Elite and Premier & Select division. However, if demand warrants, more divisions will be added (Green, Black, White, Blue). The Elite division will be the upper division. Each division will be targeted to contain 8 teams. Although, some divisions may be adjusted to make the brackets appropriate.

4.  I am a US Club Soccer registered team and I am required to bring a "Letter of Good Standing" with me to registration?

No - these are no longer required.

5.  If a player is 18 years old or older, does he still have to complete the Medical Release Form and the Sports Ohio Liability Consent Form?

An 18-year-old must have a medical release form completed for his team and available. It doesn't need to be shown at registration. Every player playing at Soccer First must sign their release and roster form. If they are 18 they can sign the adult roster.

6.  WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO REGISTRATION?

See our Registration page


7.  Is there a cancellation deadline for the hotels we reserve?

YES! Due to high demand for rooms, we request that all cancellations be made thirty (30) days before the event. Since so many teams are often blocking rooms, more rooms get blocked than are actually used. Therefore, this allows a few weeks to release these rooms and help other teams in need of rooms.

8.  Our team needs a hotel. Can you help us with that?

See our Hotels page.

It is the committee's hope that these new guidelines will assure that there will be a sufficient number of rooms available for all of our tournament guest.

9.  What is a "stay-and-play" tournament?

Simply stated, if your team requires hotel accommodations and is accepted to this tournament, your team must stay at one of the participating tournament hotels. Not using the participating hotels can interfere with your team’s acceptance.

10.  What if my team is commuting or lives in town?

We only require teams obtaining hotels to use the list.  If other arrangements are available, or you live close enough to avoid using a hotel, you are not required to do so.

11.  My coach is bringing more than one team to your tournament.  Will be able to avoid conflicts?

In most cases, we can assist your coach.  Please be sure to include this information on your application or send an email to the tournament director at NikeChallengeCup@clubohiosoccer.com.  We need to know the name of all teams and the coach's name.  In general, we can typically accommodate coaches with two teams.  For coaches with three teams, we can make most of the games work.  However, there may be one or two conflicts.  For coaches with more than three teams, we typically cannot make it work as there aren't enough hours of daylight to spread out those games.  We need to make sure that each team has enough rest between games.  If you coach has more than one team, please make sure to provide a back-up coach, or at a bare minimum have a designated individual to warm up your team.  Some coaches may need to run from the end of one game to the start of another. All requests to avoid conflicts must be received by our application deadline - 1/29/16.

12.  How are teams placed in divisions?

We work with all of our age group coaches and use all available data to place teams in the most appropriate divisions.  Factors considered are:

  1. Resume completed by you on your application.  The more detail you provide the better.
  2. Got Soccer rankings and information.
  3. Requested division.


Please keep in mind that if you do not give us any team history on your resume, you increase the likelihood of an incorrect placement.  We’ll use all data we can find, but the more information the better.  In addition, we may not be able to accommodate your requested division.  For instance, if your team requests that most competitive or top division and there are teams that appear to be stronger, your team may be placed in the next highest.  Conversely, if your team requests the lowest division of play, but your resume stands out to play at a higher level, you will be placed where the competition looks appropriate.

13.  In years past, our team has attended Columbus Crew Soccer games at your events.  Can we request that we don't have a late game?

Unfortunately, we cannot work around the Columbus Crew schedule.  Our last game of the day usually starts at 6:00pm.  While we support your team attending these fun events, it's next to impossible to accommodate these requests.