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Groundhog Goal Rush 5v5 Indoor Festival
February 16-17, 2024

Friendlies Festival

This event is not an official sanctioned tournament. Rather, it is considered a "festival" by NMYSA to keep costs low.  It also means we don't give prizes for winning teams. The focus is a kid-centric fun indoor soccer experience, with excellent tournament-format competition.




*Friday Feb 16, only local teams will be scheduled.

*Saturday Feb 17, all local & visiting team will be scheduled.

*The schedule will be posted on the event web page 1-2 days prior to the event. Parents can generally expect their children to play 3-5 games with the durations of 20 minutes.

*Players will normally rest for 1-2 games between each of their own games. Therefore, parents can expect to stay at the college for a period of 2-4 hours, depending on their child's age.

*First games are slated to begin no later than 9am, with the final games concluding no later than 5:30pm.

*Specific times of day for different age divisions will be published prior to the event.


The following divisions exist:

  • U8 - U19


San Juan College HHPC



Game Format

U10-U19 - 5v5 Futsal format (4 outfield players + goalkeeper). Up to 3 subs (maximum 8 players per team)

U8 - 3v3 Format

Game Duration

20 minutes

* subject to change, based on number of teams


Number of Games

Anticipate 3-5 games per team

Registration Deadline

February 7, 2024

Payment Deadline

Payment is due online at the time of registration

Check-in / Credentials

San Juan College Human Health Performance Center
Friday, Feb 16 - 4:30-8pm

All participating teams are required to check-in during this period before their first game.

How are teams formed?

Players/parents should coordinate with one another to form teams prior to registering. At the time of registration, you must specify the team name, and the responsible adult/coach who will be present with the team for the entirety of the event.


If your child wants to play and doesn't have a team, you may place them on a list of interested players by using the following form:  

Coaches seeking additional players will be given access to these lists and will contact you if they are able to add your child to a team. (Parents are encouraged to contact any registered soccer coaches they know, in case those coaches would like to take a team and bring their child.)

Event Rules

We will be following Futsal rules.  Futsal rules can be found HERE.  For this festival, we will play with modified rules noted HERE.

Additional Details:​​

  • All players must be currently registered with NMYSA via an affiliate club or league.

  • In an effort to provide the best experience to all players, games will be scheduled in conventional group play (with each division having 1-2 groups), followed by 1 or more additional games with match-ups derived from group play.

Important Facility Information​

San Juan College HHPC kindly asks that all participants and spectators (parents, siblings, etc.) adhere to the following regarding the HHPC facility:

  • No spectating from the overhead track

  • No use of the climbing wall, track or any exercise equipment, including the equipment immediately outside the entry to the basketball courts.

  • No congregating or warm-up in the large hallway (just outside of the basketball gymnasium).

  • Players and parents are to congregate in the large Dance Studio (room 55208) immediately across the hallway from the basketball court gymnasium. This dance studio room has been specifically provided this year in order to keep congestion out of the HHPC halls.

    • Soccer/Futsal balls are NOT permitted in the Dance Studio room. Any warm up done therein should be that of dynamic stretches & similar.

    • Players will generally have about 5 minutes to warm-up with futsal balls on their game court prior to beginning each game.

  • Bathrooms are available in 2 convenient locations at the HHPC:

    • To the North in the large hallway just beyond the basketball gymnasium is a mens & womens locker room each with its own included restrooms, and a unisex restroom is also located just outside the locker rooms.

    • Immediately to the South of the main reception area when entering the HHPC are a mens & womens restroom.

  • All teams must have a designated “responsible adult" who shall be accountable for the team’s youth when not playing games. Youth cannot wander the facility and must take great care to respect the facility property and avoid disturbing other gym/facility members.

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