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cactus kickoff

SEPTEMBER 17-19th, 2021

Building on the success of the Valparaiso Invitational, this impressive season starting event will celebrate its 11th year running.
The event will take place at fields around the Valley where we expect 300 teams joining us from Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado, and Utah.
This early tournament is a great way to start off your 2021/2022 season. All levels of competition are represented and we hope you will join us and the best of youth soccer in Arizona!

PLEASE NOTE: A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Kim Pierce, our Tournament Director, and help with her fight against cancer. Please also consider a donation on Kim's GoFundMe page.



important dates

Tournament Play: September 17-19th, 2021

Registration Deadline:  August 23, 2021

Payment Deadline:  September 3rd, 2021 (Payment will be processed at the time of acceptance)

Rosters Due (online):  September 13th, 2021


  • $150 - U7/U8 (Per 4v4 Team) - ASA Academy Format 
  • $500 - U9/U10 (Per 7v7 Team) 
  • $600 - U11/U12 (Per 9v9 Team)
  • $700 - U13/U14 (Per 11v11 Team)
  • $800 - U15 & up (Per 11v11 Team)
    There are no refunds once your team is accepted


Michelle RSL AZ

Interim Tournament Director

tournament information


  • All teams can check-in online
  • Check-in must be completed by Monday, September 13th, 2021, 9 AM
  • Check-in for this event will be done Online.  See below for instructions
  • All teams can pick up their tournament pins at the Headquarters tent before their first game.


  • Academy U7/U8: Three games
  • U9-U19 Teams:  Three (3) game minimum 



  • Age Groups: U7 through U19 - For age bracket information refer to our AGE MATRIX.
  • Teams with loan players must not exceed the maximum roster limit.
  • Players may only play for 1 tournament team.  All players must have player passes issued by an official organization.  All passes must be issued by the same organization, (i.e. No mixing passes.)
  • Passes must include the player’s photo.

ACADEMY TEAMS - We wanted to remind you that for our U7-U8 players this is an Academy format tournament there are no scores being kept for U7-U8.  We want to encourage player development using the Academy methodology.  Players may play on their age-appropriate team or clubs team but must be registered within US Club or  US Youth.  According to the US Soccer guidelines, you may pool players throughout the tournament to meet their development needs.  Coaches must not exceed 80 minutes for any player per day.  


Please note that this is a Stay and Play event.  Once your team is registered, your are able to book rooms thru the JJRP Travel Agency:

Trace Soccer - Automatic Game Filming + Editing

Don’t miss this chance to capture personalized video, gain recruiting exposure, and experience the feeling of true automated filming and editing. Teams have the opportunity to purchase a Trace Event Package at a discounted price as part of your Cactus Kickoff entry. 

The package is white-gloved and includes:

  • Automatic filming of all tournament games.
  • Dedicated Trace representative to set up/take down equipment
  • White Gloved video uploading experience, included
  • Personalized moment playlists delivered to the player's inbox after each game.

Sign up here by 9/10 to reserve a Trace Event Package for your team.

Get Noticed with Trace + Trace iD:

All games will be available to view, download, and share, players and teams will appear in Trace’s Tournament Leaderboards, and every player can create a Trace iD showcase profile.