Welcome to the 2014

Minnesota Thunder Academy 

Summer College Showcase 

U17 Boys & U16-U17 Girls

June 27-29, 2014

Coon Rapids Soccer Complex

Sponsored by Nike

Weather Update:

  Schedule for Sunday June 29

ALL games will be scheduled as is.

There will not be any make-up games for games cancelled on Saturday due to Sunday's field and referee availability.



Click Here for Showcase Schedule


The 2014 Summer Showcase has been moved to the Coon Rapids Soccer Complex 
due to weather/field conditions at the Bielenberg complex in Woodbury.

The Coon Rapids Soccer Complex is located at 1821 111th Ave NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433


Soccer Complex Map


The Minnesota Thunder Academy is pleased to invite your team to apply to the 7th Annual Minnesota Thunder Academy College Showcase.

The Minnesota Thunder Academy College Showcase is geared to provide club teams a true showcase environment that will aid in your players being see by college coaches from Division I, II, III, and NAIA schools in the Midwest Region. 

Click for a list of the men's and women's coaches for the 2013 event.

Each player will have a personal profile created and put in the hands of the attending college coaching staff's.

The Minnesota Thunder Academy College Showcase is an invitational event for Boys and Girls soccer players who want to play at the collegiate level. USSF affiliated teams registered for the 2013-2014 season are eligible for acceptance. 



Minnesota Thunder Academy 

College Showcase 



Registration Now Open


Team Check-In

Each team is required to check-in at the Tournament Headquarter Tent located at the Coon Rapids Soccer Complex. All teams must register one hour prior to the start of their first game. Check-in includes presentation of an official team roster, permission to travel forms (out of state teams only), medical release forms and player passes which will be checked against the roster. Non-US Youth Soccer teams must provide proof of insurance at check in. Teams should confirm game times at Tournament Headquarters. This is a Showcase event therefore standings will not be kept or awards given.


U15 teams are allowed a maximum of 18 players, U16, U17 teams are allowed a maximum of 22 players on their roster, but must designate 18 players eligible before each match.  Only 18 players are allowed to dress for each match.  Teams of all age groups may roster up to 5 guest players. Guest players must play at the same or an younger age level.  Rosters are frozen as of check-in. All players must have current player passes – NO PASS - NO PLAY. The coach or team manager must have a copy of medical release forms in his or her possession for each player and Non US Youth Soccer teams must keep proof of insurance. A player can only be rostered on one team.



Laws of the game

We will be enforcing the FIFA laws of the game as modified by MYSA (see http://www.mnyouthsoccer.org/publications/rules.cfm)

Game Format

Length of games will be:
U15 – two 40 minute halves
U16 – two 40 minute halves
U17 – two 45 minute halves

Each game will have a 10-minute break at half time – weather permitting


Home team wears light jersey and light socks

Away team wears dark jersey and dark socks

Substitution Procedure

All teams are allowed unlimited number of substitutions from their match roster. These substitutions may be made with the consent of the referee at the following times:

Prior to a goal kick by either team
After a goal by either team
After an injury by either team when the referee stops play
At half time
Prior to a throw in (The team in possession of the ball for a throw-in may substitute. If the team in possession of the ball chooses to substitute, the opposing team may also substitute at that time)


Referees must be currently registered with USSF. 3 Referees are assigned for all matches. Teams should be prepared, however, to provide a “club lines person” if necessary.

Concussion Policy

We will be enforcing the MN Thunder Academy Policy as defined by MYSA on concussions:

This tournament, held by the MN Thunder Academy West and sanctioned by the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association, requires compliance with Minnesota Statue 121A.37 in accordance with the MN Thunder Academy West and MYSA Concussion Policies. All participating coaches and referees are required to take concussion training.  The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a free, online course entitled Concussion Training for Coaches (and referees), accessible by the following link: 

Copies of the Minnesota state statute and MYSA concussion policies are available at www.mnyouthsoccer.org/programs/concussions.cfm



Please email Cyndie Johnson with any questions or leave a message on the MTA voicemail system at 763-535-4536

Hotel arrangements

Teams may make their own hotel arrangements.

Teams needing 10 or more rooms may also make arrangements with:
Elisabeth S. Luke
Manager, Global Accounts
27665 Woodside Road
Shorewood, MN 55331
Tel: 952-474-2977
Fax: 952-401-3874
Cell: 952-250-8711

Weather & Cancellations

Tournament officials reserve the right to shorten and /or cancel games as deemed necessary. If games are stopped due to inclement weather, and cannot be restarted, the score at the stoppage will be the final score. Games that cannot start because of weather conditions will be scored a 0-0. 

Games will not be re-scheduled due to inclement weather 

Check the tournament weather line for updates at 763-535-5253.


College Bound Athletes
We encourage college-bound players who plan to attend the MN Thunder Academy College Showcase to contact the coaches of schools they are considering and tell them that you will be participating in our tournament. Email the coach with your details and the times/dates of your games.

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