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ScrimmmageFest XXIV cancelled

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Sorry to say we have to shut down ScrimmageFest XXIV at this time. In 24 potential outings this is only the second full shut down for ScrimmageFest. Last year we were able to salvage it with half the original registered teams coming to play Futsal style in the warehouse we used for FC Frederick's Winter programs. Unfortunately we don't have that option this time.

Things would have had to be perfect for us to have even a slim chance. The snow will obviously be gone but with two different days of rain forecast for the area this week, the last, devastatingly, Friday night into Saturday, there is simply no way to play on grass fields.

I appreciate everyone hanging in there as we wished and hoped for a better outcome. A few logistics

If you paid by check (or recently sent one in the mail) you should know that we have not deposited any checks. We do that for just this eventuality. Otherwise we would now be in the position of issuing 40 or 50 checks. All checks will be shredded.

If you paid by credit card, the registration system allows me to generate a refund to that card. Completely secure. I can't see any of your information. I will get to this over the next couple of days.

Lastly, if you would like to play in a ScrimmageFest without worrying about snow causing a disruption, bookmark the ScrimmageFest page and come back for August 22nd and 23rd. I expect to have the U13 group again so all you U12s come and play your first full sided games in an environment without consequences as you learn where everyone fits and how to play on that big field. Hopefully we will also have enough full sided space to include the U14 group too. We'll see.

Thanks again for signing up for this truly unique event. Come on back in August and let's try and do it again,


ScrimmageFest XXIV

U13s are back ! ! After a short hiatus, we have permitted full sided fields so we can again include the U13 age group. So, without further ado.................

FC Frederick would like to invite you to participate in ScrimmageFest XXIV, March 14th and 15th in Frederick, MD. I hope you will consider including this unique event in your team’s Spring pre-season plans. With the addition of two new full sided fields, divisions for Boys and Girls U9 through U13 are offered. U9-10 play 7v7, U11-12 play 8v8, U13 play 11 v 11

The cost is $225 for U9 thru U12 and $275 for U13. This includes referee fees.
Registration closes March 7th. Schedules are posted over the weekend of March 7th-8th.

We fully refund the event fee if it is cancelled !

For those of you unfamiliar with ScrimmageFest, it is a single day of soccer for your team. You will play four different opponents in a shortened match format (35 minutes, switch ends about halfway through) with no scores or standings kept. This format removes the pressure and (perceived) need to win associated with most tournaments so as to advance to an extra game and/or Championship. You play all four games anyway. This in turn gives coaches the latitude to try different formations, player combinations and substitution patterns they may not feel comfortable with in another format.

The ScrimmageFest format ( and name! ) were recently adopted by the prestigious Club Champions League. Here are two recent articles from 10/31/2014 and 11/01/2014

In addition to the simplicity of the format for players, it is also our desire to make this an enjoyable event for you managers as well. There is no required check-in, no player passes, no rosters, no medical release (though you should have these for your players, I don’t need to see them) and, in light of all of the above, of course guest players are allowed. You need only get here on time and play. These are friendlies after all, so why check credentials

Go ahead and sign up! This has proven to be an increasingly popular pre-season event. Teams are notorious for registering late for this event because we leave the registration open for so long and we have never declined a team. If you later choose not to play, send me a note and we will fully refund your fee (if you cancel before the scheduling process has begun). We also fully refund the fee if the event is cancelled.

The playing day for each age group this time is:

Saturday March 14th - all U9s and all U11s; U13 Girls

Sunday March 15th - all U10s and all U12s; U13 Boys


Contact Tournaments Director Dave Shannon at or call 301 717 5087

If you`d like to see who has enjoyed this event in the past click here for links to previous ScrimmageFest events


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