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area hosts four annual soccer tournaments.
There is no deadline to apply!
All our tournaments are first-come, first-served until the divisions are
The first youth tournament of the season is the Skunk Classic, named after the famous Skunk Train, which is a local tourist attraction. The Skunk Classic is held next year on the third weekend of August, in weather that is perfect for soccer: never hot and usually blue skies. It is limited to 82 teams of girls and boys U9-19. Age pure requests will be honored if there are enough teams, otherwise they will be seeded into a 2-year age group matched as close as possible by birthdates.
On the second weekend of August, we have the Abalone Cup, run by Soroptimists of Fort Bragg, director Lorraine Murphy. It is a tournament for women and girls HS through over 50. This tournament has divisions for women and girls from U19 (HS) to Open and Rec A/B women's to over 30/40/50 divisions.
On Labor Day weekend, a big event in Fort Bragg, with craft fairs, Paul Bunyan Days events, a parade and other fun things. Some of the women playing in the Abalone stay a week and play in the coed adult Coast Cup. This tournament is organized by the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District. It was the first soccer tournament ever offered on the Mendocino Coast.
At the end of October we have the second youth tournament, called the Skunk II (Indian Summer) Spookfest, which is held annually on the last weekend of October. The weather in October can be quite warm, and the ocean views and air are spectacular in fall. Lodging is off-season and more affordable/available than summer. It is limited to 64 teams of girls and boys U9-19. Age pure requests will be honored if there are enough teams, otherwise they will be seeded into a 2-year age group matched as close as possible by birthdates.
Our tournaments are held on as many as 12 fields between Fort Bragg and Mendocino, all close to one another. So no action is missed and there is plenty to do and on the fields as well as the many restaurants and shops. The referees are excellent--some are former nationally-licensed referees who come from out of the area for a working vacation.
As this area is a seaside tourist destination, teams are encouraged to book lodging early. There are many types of lodging, from rental homes, B&B's for the whole team, to hotels and motels. The Chamber of Commerce has a list of local "member" motels, but you can find a bigger list on sites like the http://www.yellowpages.com The small places should be your first choice. Alternatively we have a complete list of motels. Read the hints on finding lodging.
Information for CYSA teams only: all teams must be registered with player passes. Guest players are allowed (meeting CYSA reg requirements). The CYSA web site has a list of tournaments and dates, for which applications are accepted after May 1 of each year. CYSA's website has the tournament applications and calendar: http://www.calnorth.org/tournaments/