Cherry Blossom

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MSI Cherry Blossom Classic, March 15-17, 2024

The Cherry Blossom will be held the third weekend in March 2024, providing MSI and local area Rec and ‘Classic’ level teams a competitive, fun tune-up for the start of the spring season. Games will be played on turf fields in Montgomery County.

Who Should Participate?

The Cherry Blossom is for MSI Classic and Rec teams and Metro-DC area ‘Classic-level’ leagues. Guest players are allowed, up to a maximum of half your roster size. These guest players must be registered with MSI or registered within your league of participation and must be able to show proof of registration with MSYSA or a US Youth Soccer-affiliated club. Roster sizes will be based on the maximum size of the roster used for the upcoming spring season.

Schedules:

Teams and brackets are posted here.

Schedules have been posted in your LeagueApps account. Full tournament schedule is available HERE

For each game, the team listed as the ‘Home’ team should provide a match ball and will change jerseys in case of a color conflict with the opposition.

Rosters:

Rosters are not required to be shown to referees at each game, but a roster of players needs to be completed in the team’s LeagueApps account prior to the start of the tournament.

Format:

The age bracket of divisions is determined based on the number of teams registered, but will not be combined with more than one year older. All teams will play 3 games over the weekend, 25-minute halves for U9 and U10 and 30-minute halves for all other ages, 5 minutes for half time. Championship games will be played on Sunday afternoon for the top two teams in each age group or age division. Medals will be awarded to winners and runners-up. 

Some games are scheduled for Friday evening. Results will be recorded and standings determined on the basis of points awarded per game, 3 points for a win, and 1 point for a tie.

Semi-finals (if needed) and final games that end in a tie will result in two 5-minute halves of extra time (no sudden death). Semi-finals (if needed) and final games that remain tied after extra time will be decided by FIFA’s penalty shootout procedure.

  • U9-U10 /3rd-4th Grade: 7v7
  • U11-U12 /5th-6th Grade: 9v9
  • U13 /7th Grade: 9v9
  • U14 /8th Grade and above: 11v11

Tournament Rules:

Click here for Tournament Rules. 

Fees:

  • U9 and U10: $370 per team 
  • U11+: $425 per team 

The price is per team, paying by check. Add an additional 3.65% for credit card transaction fees or 1.9% for bank transfer fees.

Refund Policy: if the tournament must be canceled in its entirety, full refunds will be provided. If teams play at least one game, no refunds will be provided (recognizing that there are many fixed costs associated with the event).

Questions:

Email the MSI Tournament Director