TSSA Hosting Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup on May 25-26

John Moore and Mary Grimes
John Moore, TSSA Vice President of Youth Recreational, with Cleveland Grimes’ wife.

Event Held in Memory of Cleveland Grimes, Former TSSA Board Member and Executive Vice President

The Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) will be hosting its 2024 Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup during the weekend of May 25-26. The recreation soccer festival will be held at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro at the same time as TSSA State Cup Finals, creating a fully vibrant soccer atmosphere throughout the facility.

“We are pleased to once again host this event alongside our State Cup in Murfreesboro, Tennessee,” said Hans Hobson, CEO of the Tennessee State Soccer Association. “Cleveland Grimes made countless contributions to the game of soccer throughout our state, particularly at the grassroots level. We look forward to honoring Cleveland’s strong legacy with many of the recreation teams from throughout our state.”

The TSSA Friendship Cup is held in memory of Cleveland Grimes, who previously served as a TSSA Board Member and Executive Vice President. Grimes made countless contributions to soccer throughout his lifetime, coaching and refereeing at all stages of the game in addition to his various leadership roles. However, it was at the recreation level that he truly found his love for the sport.

The Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup will host age groups ranging from 6U to 18U, but all teams and players must be registered with the Tennessee State Soccer Association as a Division 4 Recreation Team. Each team will play a minimum of three games over the weekend with boys, girls and coed sides all being invited to participate. The games will also be used as an opportunity for young referees to receive exposure to an event outside of their hometown club. Further, 13U to 18U teams with limited rosters will be offered a small-sided playing format (6v6 or 7v7) on a reduced-sized pitch.

The theme of the Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup will be “all about having fun” and celebrating grassroots soccer. In addition to the soccer activity, there will be various forms of entertainment throughout the weekend to provide a full festival atmosphere.

Registration is currently open for the Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup during the weekend of May 25-26. For full details and pricing information, or to sign-up your team today, visit the Friendship Cup Registration Page online or email friendshipcup@tnsoccer.org.

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