Soccer Tournament 2012

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Winners of 2012

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

We had a very successful event with over 70 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!

Winners of 2012



The NIST Guest Researcher Association held its annual GRA Soccer Tournament on Friday, 15th of June 2012 at NIST Main Campus (i.e. in Gaithersburg)

and was well attended by over 70 people.

We are grateful for the continued support of our long-time sponsor COMSTAR Federal Credit Union.

Some general information on this annual event is provided here.

How to sign up?

The competition is run on an individual sign-up basis so as to foster a relaxed sociable event with mixed ability teams.

Normally interested players send an email to That's it.


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,

Tournament Rules

See the Soccer Tournament Rules page.

The tournament is normally operated using volunteer referees.

Sponsors & Prizes

Normally, the winner team picture is displayed on the GRA website. Prizes may be considered in 2013.

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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