Soccer Tournament 2011

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Important notice

The Soccer Tournament it postponed to Friday, July 29th, 2011 because of the heat wave and subsequent heat warning issued by DOC. Sign-ups are still open and the new deadline is Wednesday, July 27th.


The NIST Guest Researcher Association is organizing its annual GRA Soccer Tournament! The tournament will be held on Friday, 29th of July 2011 at NIST Main Campus (i.e. in Gaithersburg). You are all most welcome to join us for this event.

Place: location has changed due to construction work near bldg 226. The new location is the picnic grove in front of bldg 222 .
Starting time: gathering for players will be at 1.00pm. First game is at 1:30pm! You will need to sign the waiver on the day of the tournament, so please make sure to be there in time.

The event is free thanks to our usual sponsor, COMSTAR Federal Credit Union bank. We'll offer free drinks (water, juice, sodas) and fruit.

All NIST staff, associates, guest researchers and their families are invited to participate in this year’s GRA Soccer Tournament.

How to sign up?

We decided to have individual sign-up for this year, just like in 2010. We are hoping to promote a friendly competition. In the past the competition part gained too much weight -- we don't want anybody to get hurt! As with all GRA events, the purpose of our competitions is to get people together, get to know new people, and not appear there with your squad of well known buddies and fight for the win.

So: to sign up, simply send an email to . That's it. There's no need to create a team -- we will be creating teams and assigning players at random to these teams (yes, seriously).

To make planning easier for us, we'd be very grateful if you could sign up pretty early! Sign-up deadline is Wednesday, July 27th, 2011.


If you are interested to help us you are very welcome! We're looking for volunteer referees. If you have any question or suggestion about the tournament, don't hesitate to contact us! You may:

  • get in touch with the GRA directly,
  • send an email to Diane.

Rain date

In case of bad weather, the Tournament will be postponed one week. Rain date is Friday, July 29th, 2011.

Tournament Rules

See the Soccer Tournament Rules page.

Sponsors & Prizes

Unfortunately, there will be no prizes, but the winner team picture will be displayed on the GRA website.

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.


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 2010 Winners of 2009 Winners of 2008 Winners of 2007 Winners of 2006






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