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Ralph Downey Memorial Classic



The Ralph Downey Memorial Day Classic

Exciting news!

 The 2015 Ralph will be switching to electronic registration this year!  Click here to find out more!

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Tournament Date - May 23 & 24, 2015

Application Deadline - April 30, 2015

Tournament Applications now available, Click Here to Apply!

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Make the decision to give your team competitive matches, through the R.D.M.C., to close out your spring season the right way!

Why choose The Ralph as your season ending tournament event?

The Virginia Rush Soccer Club, Adidas and Chevrolet once again remain committed in 2015 to providing the best season ending tournament possible by providing teams 3 matches of excellent competition and hosting the best tournament possible minutes from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront!  

  • The R.D.M.C. will field multiple brackets for BOTH Elite and Classic level competition. 
  • Will guarantee 3 matches for all teams.  Generally two (2) on Saturday and one (1) on Sunday.
  • Top Competition for better tournament fee prices / The Tournamnet wants to see your whole club compete and will reward club discounts to clubs sending 5 or more teams.
  • For the first time in years, Virginia Rush Soccer Club will be able to step away from prior league restrictions and field teams of all levels in this tournament.  This will increase the competition and quality of matches played in all brackets for our traveling competitors!

The 2015 R.D.M.C. is bringing together competition from local leagues such as VA Premier League (NPL), the CCL and the VSLI and mixing in awesome out of state numbers to provide excleent competion.  While providing excellent referees, organization and fields, the 2015 Ralph Downey Memorial Classic is the perfect way to end your spring season, and carry your team into their summer break. 

The 2014 Ralph Downey Memorial Classic featured competition from:
Maryland, East Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, Rhode Island, Ohio, New York, Maine, North Carolina, West Virginia, New Jersey!

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With now two Sportexe synthetic turf fields with Musco "low impact" game lights, the fields allow play in inclement weather for those "must play" games!  The Hampton Roads Soccer Complex also contains 21 quality soccer fields, consisting of 7 small-sided fields and 12 full size Tifway Bermuda grass fields.  




Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  The Ralph Downey Memorial is not only the best option for on field competition but we offer plenty of helpful rooming options through Book My Group by helping teams find discounted rooms on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  

With Memorial Day on the Oceanfront you can expect tons of fun activities and entertainment for families and teams.  We promise to work our hardest to ensure flexible schedules and game times!  We want you to enjoy your time not only on the field but off the field as well.

Tournament Information

The Ralph Downey Memorial Day Classic is an unrestricted tournament sanctioned by the Virginia Youth Soccer Assn. All US Youth State Association member teams, US Club Soccer teams, and other national affiliate teams may apply. The tournament has permission to host travel teams (U9-U19).

The tournament will bring together some of the best local competition through the NPL, VSLI and CCL leagues in a effort to create a challenging atmosphere for every age group.

Competition levels  

The Ralph strived in 2014 in providing a great level of play throughout all age groups.  With wonderful weather and tons of off the field activities the tournament was a complete success.  This year with the addidtion of adding in all of our top teams the Ralph will introuduce a top level bracket to all age groups.

The tournament will look to feature around 200 teams!  With Elite, Premier and Classic level flights.  Once your team is accepted flight placement is at the descretion of the tournament committee to ensure your team the best three guranteed matches possible.

  The Memorial Day Classic offers small-sided competition in age groups U9 - U12.  U9 - U10 format will be 7v7 and U11-U12 format will be 8v8.

Rules for Advancement

Teams will be awarded points on the following system:

Three (3) points for a win.

One (1) point fo a tie.

Zero (0) points for a loss.

Ties at the end of bracket play will be determined by the following tie breakers in the following order:

Head to Head play

Goals Against

Highest Goal Differential (highest of 3 goals per match will be counted)

Most Wins

Goals For

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Team awards and coaches trophies will be awarded to Champions and Finalists.

Prior permission of the tournament director is not required for the use of guest players. Teams must follow the rules and procedures for guest players as provided by their own home state association or national affiliate. All players must have a valid 2014 -2015 seasonal year player pass and medical release. Recreational players may be used as guest players for all teams. A player may participate with only one team in the tournament.


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Age Group and Fees 

    Age Group      Birth Year    Format     Fee
U19       8/1/1994 and Younger       11v11  $695 
U18 8/1/1995 and Younger 11v11 $695
U17 8/1/1996 and Younger 11v11 $695
U16 8/1/1997 and Younger 11v11 $695
U15 8/1/1998 and Younger 11v11 $695
U14 8/1/1999 and Younger 11v11 $660
U13 8/1/2000 and Younger 11v11 $660
U12 8/1/2001 and Younger 8v8 $620
U11 8/1/2002 and Younger 8v8 $600
U10 8/1/2003 and Younger 7v7 $550
U9 8/1/2004 and Younger 7v7 $550


Stephen Holmes - Tournament Director  
Office: 757-430-3500
Mobile: 757-633-9605
Fax: 757-350-8895 
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Other Contact:

Denise Edwards 
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