You will be joining over 9,500 LGBT and Allied athletes, family and friends for two days of exciting athletic competition! This year's soccer tournament will host the IGLFA Indoor World Championships consisting of 26 teams from the US, Canada, Mexico, UK and possibly elsewhere.
In 2019, we will bring two teams to this tournament. With 22 players and their guests, it is our largest and most talented contingency yet!
■ Teams will play 7 versus 7.
■ Teams are capped at 13 players.
■ Teams are open to both genders, though predominately men.
■ Game format for 12 teams or less is 12-minute halves, one-minute halftime and guaranteed four games. In case of high demand, up to 16 teams will play 8-minute halves, one-minute halftime and guaranteed 6 games.
■ Game times will be Saturday, January 19, 8am-7pm and Sunday, January 20, 8am-6pm. Games are typically a portion of the time indicated.
■ Game Times will be released to the Team Captains ONE WEEK BEFORE via e-mail.
■ All Teams are required to check-in a MINIMUM of 30 minutes PRIOR to game time. Failure to do so will result in an automatic forfeit.
■ Round Robin play will take place Saturday, which will determine seeding for the Sunday playoffs.
■ Two referees per game minimum. Referee decisions are final.
■ This tournament is officially sanctioned by the IGLFA, therefore, all IGLFA 7v7 Indoor Tournament rules apply.
■ Any red cards from prior sanctioned IGLFA tournaments that have suspensions that need to be served, will carry over.
■ IGLFA rules will be followed with the exception of substitutions - unlimited, on the fly and at referee game stoppages.
■ Teams will be required to have an affiliation with a parent team that is a current paid member of the IGFLA for the 2018 year.
■ The $5 entry fee into Big League Dreams is included in your registration.
■ Climate controlled.
■ TURF OR INDOOR SHOES ONLY!
■ Restaurants, bars and restroom facilities are nearby.
■ On-site staff.
■ Parking is free.
■ The Awards Ceremony will take place Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 5:30pm.
Player Fee: $75
Hotel: Sponsored by Lundsten O'Donnell
*Team hotel is Bellagio in 2018
*The pricing is based on costs known and researched in October 2018. These fluctuate weekly.
Ryan has led a team to this tournament the past 3 years. In 2016, we placed 3rd in Division 1. In 2017 and 2018, we placed 2nd in Division 1.
Minnesota Wilson Cup
The MASL Wilson Cup
The Wilson Cup will take place the first weekend of June 2018, with possible extension to the last weekend in June pending how the team does in the round robin.
This 11v11 outdoor grass tournament consists of MASL and Non-MASL men's teams classified in Division 2 or lower of the MASL.
Per Player Fee is $20
+ Uniform cost if you do not have one already ($70-100)
PrivateBank Fire Pitch
3626 N Talman Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Previously we rented an AirBNB, however accommodations would be the responsibility of the traveling player. We will provide ample opportunity for players to coordinate shared housing, and a preferred hotel.
Tournament Hotel details:
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile 633 North Saint Clair Street Chicago, IL 60611, US
Hong Kong 2022
We welcome LGBT and Allied players to join us from anywhere in the US. No need to be from Minnesota to be a Gray Ducks tournament squad player. We are considered a top club in the LGBT playing circuit, and are able to be that due to our acceptance of great talent from elsewhere. You'll just have to learn a few Minnesota words like Oofta, Pop, and Dontchya Know.
Seeking to help the Gray Ducks get to Hong Kong? DONATE HERE
In 2017, the International Federation of the Gay Games (FGG) awarded Hong Kong with the privilege of organizing the 11th edition of the Gay Games. The games will occur Nov 9-Nov 20, 2022 with the hopes to bring together some 15,000 participants from around the world. The largest hetero-friendly sports, cultural, festival event in the world! Open to all, the HK Gay Games will contribute to the visibility and integration of Lesbians, Gays and the Transgendered.
The team manager is Ryan Adams, veteran team organizer, who led the Gray Ducks to a Bronze Medal in the Paris Gay Games, and the TC Jacks to 5 national and 1 international LGBT tournaments where each team found a podium finish ranging from 1st to 3rd.
Can my partner travel too?
Yes, absolutely. The more the merrier. Maybe there is a sport they'd like to participate in too? Check out the Hong Kong website for the other sporting options. Do you have to be LGBT?
Our team, and the event, are inclusive of our Allies. We have always had allies on our team.
Why does it cost so much?
We can't argue with you there, the event fee is incredibly off-putting. We continue to advocate this, however your fee includes access to everything happening during the Gay Games and contributes to this massive global event. The Games are expensive to produce, and there is not corporate sponsorship to further offset the costs, maybe one day!
Do you have to be from Minnesota?
Our team consists and has long consisted of persons from Minnesota and beyond. We welcome all persons willing to done our uniform and play soccer to advance equality and celebrate Pride.
Are there opportunities for non-players?
Absolutely, we always could use team support from management duties to coaching.
Does the team stay together or book travel as a group?
We empower you to book your own journey if you choose to. However, we do strive to book flights/hotel together where possible as it can significantly reduce cost and simplify logistics. Players who've stayed in the team block have had very memorable experiences and made new friends for life. We do have an new policy though were players staying separate from the team are not eligible for sponsorship funds, and players who cannot attend the full tournament are also not eligible for sponsorship monies.
Do we practice before the tournament?
Ideally, those in MInnesota will be on a specific team 12 months leading up to the tournament to familiarize and advance ourselves. We will host seldom practices and then strike hard with practice a couple months out from the tournament. We will ask that players come to Minnesota once prior to Hong Kong, or join the squad for another traveling tournament.
What if I get injured before I go, or have to cancel?
We hope that is not the case, but understand that it can arise. A loss of a player to our roster can have a ripple effect. There are several purchase points during this process, so some things may be refundable whereas some elements are not. You should pay close attention to the terms and conditions of each purchase for your answer to this. The tournament offers an insurance coverage, we suggest you review this on their website during the registration process. It costs under $6euro. We do collect a non-refundable team fee which is applied to your uniform purchase closer to the tournament date. This is non-refundable because in the event you cannot go, those monies will go toward getting another athlete on board. We find it necessary to have players monetarily invested in the team to protect everyone's investment in attending this tournament. We also encourage you to book travel insurance or umbrella insurance. We will strive to book team insurance for our travel dates too given this tournament is out of the country.