Thanks for making plans for JFG 2018. How can we help?
We hope the following answers to FAQs are helpful to you and your team.
If you have further questions, please contact us.
When is it?
We host JFG events in the spring (the first full weekend of May) and fall (the second-to-last full weekend of September). The 2018 JFG Tournament is set for May 5-6, and the 2018 JFG Fall Invite will be Sept. 22-23.
Would this be a good tournament for our team?
We'd love to have you and your team with us, if this a good fit. The Just for Girls youth-soccer events draw top-flight competition from across the Midwest. This is a great way to help your team and your individual players to reach their potential, by going up against some high-level competition from outside your own backyard.
Typically, these events attract premier and select soccer teams, as well as competitive and top recreational teams looking for challenging competition.
How do we sign up?
If you are budgeting for the 2018 events, please plan on the following team-registration costs: $550 for JFG (spring) and $560 for the JFG Fall Invite -- in addition to the team parking fee ($150 for 9v9 teams and $175 for 11v11 teams).
Teams are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. In some cases, the registration can close for the most popular age groups, before the application deadline. Teams that are not accepted can elect to be added to the "Waiting List."
Are there any team fees, in addition to the registration? How much?
Yes. The City of Des Moines charges a Parking Fee. Every team needs to pay this Team Parking Fee, at least one week before the tournament.
100 percent of this fee goes to the City of Des Moines' maintenance and capital improvements to Cownie Soccer Park -- one of the finest soccer facilities in the Midwest.
The Team Parking Fee is $150 for 9v9 teams and $175 for 11v11 teams. We post the payment links in the "QUICK LINKS" box on the home page, as well as on the "REGISTER" page.
Do we need a printed Parking Pass?
No. The City of Des Moines does not require anybody to show a "physical" parking pass during the tournament weekend, and no individuals will be charged parking expenses during the tournament weekend. The teams pay the Parking Fee before the tournament, and the host club is responsible for ensuring that all participating teams have paid the parking fee before the event.
How do we check in? What do we need to bring?
What can participants expect?
SCORES will be posted on stat mats that will be displayed on site and updated online during the weekend. Participants can sign up to receive text and email updates throughout the tourney weekend.
PLAYER BENCHES are available on all fields at Cownie Soccer Park.
SPECTATOR SEATING is provided on Cownie fields 6, 7, 8 and 9. We encourage spectators to bring folding chairs.
MERCHANDISE will be available. Fine Designs will be on-site, printing custom apparel. You choose your style of t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and the like, and then customize it with the printing on site.
FOOD is for sale at the concession stand, run by the City of Des Moines. The concessionaire's policy: tailgating and outside food are not allowed.
DOGS (that are not service dogs) are not allowed by the City of Des Moines. Sorry!
LOST & FOUND items are kept in the referee tent during the tournament weekend. If you are looking for an item after the weekend, please contact the tournament director. Please be sure your name and phone number are on your soccer balls.
What if the weather doesn't cooperate?
In the event of inclement or unsafe weather, the tournament can be postponed or even cancelled. Typically, only lightning or extreme weather impact the schedule; We play on in most weather conditions. If you are not sure if your games are on as scheduled, please call the Menace weather hotline at (515) 457-6378, or check out the "MESSAGE CENTER" box located right under the big ponytail soccer ball on JFGsoccer.com. Weather updates will also be emailed and texted to those participants who sign up for tournament updates through the schedule link. As much as possible, tournament staff will call the contact person for each team affected by schedule changes.
Who is the tournament host?
The Just for Girls events are hosted by the Des Moines Menace Soccer Club. To learn more about the Menace, including our mission, our programs and our history (going back to 1994), please visit www.MenaceSoccer.com/about. With support of volunteers from the Menace Academy, the Menace staff runs the Just for Girls Tournament, the Just for Girls Fall Invitational, the Menace Midwest Invitational (May), the Kick around the Clock 3v3 Tournament (Super Bowl weekend) and Menace Soccer Festi-Fall (November). Adam Small has been the Menace's tournament director since 2007.
For team managers for out-of-state teams filling out "Permission to Travel" forms, the JFG events are "Unrestricted" tournaments, sanctioned by the Iowa Soccer Association.