Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup-Registration Open!

Formerly known as Kohl’s Cup, TSSA is extremely excited to partner with the Upper Cumberland Soccer Club to host the Spring 2018 Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup in Cookeville,TN! The tournament dates will be June 2-3, 2018. TN Soccer will provide a family fun atmosphere for our newly named Friendship Cup honoring the memory of Cleveland Grimes, former TSSA Board Member and Executive VP. We will have inflatables, giveaways, and music on Saturday June 2nd. The Cleveland Grimes Friendship Cup is open to all Division 4 Recreational teams. 

The tournament will be hosted at Putnam County Sports Complex in Cookeville

CLICK HERE to view the tournament rules.

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE , registration deadline is Friday May 18th, 2018

Age/ Format:

U6- 4 v 4 (No GK) 9 Player Maximum roster size

U7/8- 4 v 4 (No GK) 9 Player Maximum Roster size

U9/10- 7 v 7 14 Player Maximum Roster size

U11/12- 9v 9 15 Player Maximum Roster size

U13-15 11 v 11 18 Player Maximum Roster size

U16-18 11 v 11 22 Player Maximum Roster size


U6-U8 $160.00 per team

U9-U12 $240.00 per team

U13-U18 $280.00 per team

* Consult for more information on small-sided games and rules that will be followed

Player Passes will NOT be required at Check-In, TSSA Approved Rosters will be required at Check-In and if you have questions about obtaining them please contact your club registrar or one of the contacts below.

TN Soccer is currently looking for sponsors, and a title sponsor, for these events that will be held 4-5 times a year across the state.  If interested in advertising opportunities please contact Derek Greene, Director of Sponsorships and Marketing, by email at

Contacts- John Moore-

Cortnie Hewlett-

Dgreene@tnsoccer.orgDerek Greene-

The TN Soccer Friendship Cup aligns it’s philosophy with US Youth Soccer’s philosophies:

1. Every recreational player shall have an equal opportunity to participate in every game.

2. The formation of recreational teams follows an open or controlled registration policy where every player is accepted and assigned to a roster regardless of ability.

3. Player participation in a low-stress, fun-filled environment is promoted.

The Use of Small-Sided Games

The TN Soccer Friendship Cup aims to encourage recreational participation and player growth, the use of small-sided games is the highly recommended play format for players under the age of 10.

The small-sided game format also allows flexibility in scheduling games in older age divisions where the number of players may be limited. Additionally, small-sided games allow small associations or those that are newly formed the opportunity to compete against teams that have a similar player pool from which to draw.

Cortnie Hewlett