About ScrimmageFest

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FC Frederick would like to invite you to its ScrimmageFest series, held in August and March each year in Frederick, MD! We hope you will consider including this unique one-day "friendly" event in your team's pre-season plans. Divisions for Boys and Girls 9U through 15U are offered. 9-10U play 7v7, 11-12U play 9v9, 13-15U play 11v11. Please contact Dave Shannon with any questions.

For those of you unfamiliar with ScrimmageFest, it is a single day of soccer for your team. You will play four different opponents in a shortened match format (35 minutes, switch ends about halfway through) with no scores or standings kept. This format removes the pressure and (perceived) need to win associated with most tournaments so as to advance to an extra game and/or Championship. You play all four games anyway. This in turn gives coaches the latitude to try different formations, player combinations and substitution patterns they may not feel comfortable with in another format.

In addition to the simplicity of the format for players, it is also our desire to make this an enjoyable event for you managers as well. There is no required check-in, no player passes, no rosters, no medical release (though you should have these for your players) and, in light of all of the above, of course guest players are allowed. You need only get here on time and play. These are friendlies after all, so why check credentials.

Go ahead and sign up! This has proven to be very popular pre-season event. Teams are notorious for registering late for this event because we leave the registration open for so long and we have never declined a team. If you later choose not to play, send us a note and we will fully refund your fee (provided you cancel before the scheduling process has begun).

Registration closes ten (10) days before each event, and schedules are posted shortly thereafter. WE FULLY REFUND THE EVENT IF CANCELLED!

Here are the upcoming dates:

SCRIMMAGEFEST 42:

Saturday, August 17, 2024 – Girls
Sunday, August 18, 2024 – Boys

SCRIMMAGEFEST 43:

Saturday, March 15, 2025 – Girls
Sunday, March 16, 2025 – Boys

Questions? Contact Tournaments Director Dave Shannon at dshannon@fcfrederick.com or call 301-717-5087.


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"FC Frederick has one of the finest youth development programs in the United States. The emphasis on skill and creativity is very important for the development of high quality soccer players."
Al Albert
Former NSCAA President, former William & Mary Men's Head Coach