Soccer Tournament 2013

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The NIST Guest Researcher Association held its annual GRA Soccer Tournament on Friday, 14th of June 2013 at the NIST Main Campus (i.e. in Gaithersburg). We had a very successful event with nearly 100 people in attendance including guest researchers, staff, contractors, SURF students and other friends of the GRA.

We wish to thank everyone who helped organize the event, and look forward to an even better tournament next year! We are grateful for the continued support of our long-time sponsor NYMEO/COMSTAR Federal Credit Union.

Photos from the tournament can be found here. [1]

Winners of 2013

Congratulations to the winning team of this year's Soccer Tournament.

Winners of 2013

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Tournament Rules

See the Soccer Tournament Rules page.

The tournament is normally operated using volunteer referees.

Waiver, Release of Liability

On the day of the tournament, before you start playing, you will have to read and sign the GRA Soccer Tournament Waiver.

People under 18 have to bring an authorization signed by their parents.


Frequently Asked Questions about the tournament and their answers here. Will be updated as questions pop up.

  • How will you create evenly matched teams?
Even though we have announced that we will pool players to create teams of an about even strength, we are well aware that we do not know all of the players and thus will never be able to create a real "fair" selection of teams. Instead, we will most likely create two to three classes, one for the players that we know are really good (optionally: one for those of who we know they are really bad) and the rest. We will then randomly create teams from these. What we want to avoid this way is creating a really strong team (or a really weak team).

  • How many players are there per team?
We are aiming for a teamsize of seven players (6 on field, one substitute). In case we get flooded with signups, we are considering 8 players per team. If we might be somewhat low, we are likely to rather make teams of 6 than downgrading the team size.
  • How many players/teams will there be? At a maximum?
We have time and space for 12 teams, a 8 players / team maximum. That means we're full at 96 players. Ideally, we would have 12 teams with 6 or 7 players each (i.e. 72 or 84 players signed up).
  • Is there an age limit?
Technically no. bring your grandparents and your grandchildren, too. Remember everyone has to sign the waiver, for underaged this has to be done by their parents. You know the risks for your (or your children/parents) health! We'd like to add that we are not feeling comfortable having players younger than ~16 or older than ~70 on the field - we really want to avoid anybody getting hurt!

Pictures from the previous tournaments

Winners of 2012 Winners of 2011 Winners of 2010 Winners of 2009 Winners of 2008






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