EVENT INFORMATION
2016 Moon Day
DATE: 2016-07-15 to 2016-07-17
LOCATION: Spruce Grove, AB
SPORT: Soccer (Outdoor)

STATS:
    42 TEAMS
    672 PLAYERS
    6 FIELDS
    83 OF 83 GAMES PLAYED

    

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2016 Moon Day

Date: July 15th - 17th, 2015

  • REGISTRATION FOR THE TOURNAMENT IS NOW CLOSED!
  • Open to Boys and Girls teams U10 to U18 Tiers 1 to 5
  • Cost:  U10 & U12 teams $425 / U14, U16 & U18 teams $525
  • U14, U16 & U18 teams play many of their games at Fuhr Park (tournament headquarters) on two artificial turf fields
  • Teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games with most teams getting four games
  • U10 & U12 games two 30-minute halves / U14, U16 & U18 games two 35-minute halve
  • REGISTER ONLINE or download and print the registration form found on this page
  • Links to the tournament rules, roster form, and game sheet are found on this page
     

If you have any questions please contact Kevin Berglund at 780-919-2692 or e-mail at bbank@telus.net


LOCAL ACCOMODATIONS

  • Double Tree by Hilton (West Edmonton) 1-780-484-0821
  • Holiday Inn Express (Spruce Grove) 780-571-1101
    (walking distance just to the east of Fuhr Sports Park - brand new!)
  • BEST WESTERN INN & SUITES (Stony Plain) 780-963-1161 or 1-888-968-0315
  • MOTEL 6 (Stony Plain) 780-968-1716
  • RAMADA INN & SUITES (Stony Plain) 780-963-0222 or 1-888-449-2946
  • TRAVELODGE (Stony Plain) 780-963-1161 or 1-800-578-7878
  • TRAVELODGE (Spruce Grove) 780-962-6050 or 1-866-962-6050

Stony Plain is 6 km west of Spruce Grove on Hwy. 16A. There are also numerous hotels 15 to 20 minutes away in the west end of Edmonton close to West Edmonton Mall.


A Brief History of the Moon Day Tournament

Back in the earlier 2000’s there were not near the number of Edmonton area youth soccer tournaments that there are today, especially later in the season. Two zones in the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association (EMSA) recognized this and got together to create a later season “provincial warm up” tournament for teams advancing to provincials and a season ending tournament for teams who did not qualify for provincials. The Spruce Grove and the Edmonton West zones began the planning and sanctioning process for such a tournament in the winter of 2007/08 and by the early spring of 2008 everything was in place. This new tournament would be held in Spruce Grove the third weekend of July, 2008.

During the planning process several names for the tournament were thought of and bantered about. Those planning the tournament wanted something different, something that would catch people’s attention and make them ask “why is that the tournament name?” Historical events happening in later July were looked at as a possible source of inspiration for a tournament name. On July 20th, 1969 one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments took place, landing a man safely on the moon. Neil Armstrong, one of three astronauts on the Apollo 11 lunar mission, took those few steps down the ladder of the lunar module and then stepped upon the moon saying those now famous words “This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.

Realizing the anniversary of this major historical event happens very close to the time of the tournament, it didn’t take long for the name of “Moon Day” to be suggested and accepted as the tournament name. By naming the tournament the “Moon Day” we are paying tribute to one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments and we have a name/logo that has certainly caught people’s attention as every year we have several people ask why the tournament is called the “Moon Day”.

Starting in 2011 the Moon Day tournament became a SGSA tournament only as the Edmonton West Zone stepped aside to work on other projects within their own zone. Over the years teams from BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and all parts of Alberta have traveled to Spruce Grove to participate in the Moon Day tournament. A huge thank you to all of those teams for participating in past Moon Day tournaments. It goes without saying that without these teams there would have been no tournament!

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