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Houston Express Tournament – NRG Power Cup 2015

Houston Express Tournament – NRG Power Cup 2015


When: January 30 – February 1, 2015
Only select games (between Houston based teams), if any, will be played Friday night (last year all games were on Sat/Sun). All games (including playoffs) will be completed by late afternoon Sunday.

Who: Boys/Girls U8-U14 – Academy/Rec Plus and Competitive Teams
U8: 7v7
U9-U11: 8v8
U12: 8v8 or 11v11
U13-U14: 11v11

Last year we had 170 teams from all over Texas and Louisiana for U8-U12, with very competitive brackets in all age groups. Even more teams are expected this year with even better competition!

Clubs that are participated last year included:
Lonestar Soccer Club (Austin)
Lonestar Soccer Club (San Antonio)
Slidell Youth FC (Louisiana)
Houston Dynamo Academy
Houston Express Soccer Club
Texas Rush
Eclipse Soccer Club
Challenge Soccer Club
Space City Futbol Club
Cy-Fair Dynamos Select Soccer
Kingwood Alliance

Games will be played on some of the best fields in Houston, most of which are maintained and operated by Houston Express. Since Houston Express plants winter grass on most fields, the fields are smooth and green and in the best possible condition for competitive play.

South Campus, 10001 Stella Link, 77025: Google Map.
St. Catherine’s Montessori, 9821 Timberside 77025 (Adjacent to South Campus): Google Map.
North Campus / McGovern Park: 7200 Braes Blvd, Houston, TX ‎77025: Google Map
North Campus / Pershing Middle School, 3838 Blue Bonnet Blvd, 77025: Google Map.
Pin Oak Middle School, 4601 Glenmont Street, Bellaire, 77401: Google Map
Presbyterian School Outdoor Education Campus, 9100 South Freeway (Highway 288), Houston, Texas 77051: Google Map


Registration will open by mid December.
Registration Deadlines:
U13-U14 – January 4th, 2015
U8-U12 – January 18th, 2015

Late registration may be accepted based on bracket availability.

Field Map: 2014 Express Tournament Field Map (updated map will added later).

Flights and Brackets: List of flights and brackets.
Schedule and results:, Tournament Schedule and Results are now available


More information coming later in 2014…

Letter of Invitation
Houston Express NRG Power Cup Tournament Rules and Guidelines
Hotel Information – Online booking now available!
STYSA Approved Application to Host

Medical Release

Applied Teams: For a list of teams that have applied, click here.
Accepted Teams: For a list of accepted teams, click here.

Houston Express Soccer Club will be hosting the 7th Annual HESC NRG Power Cup tournament the weekend of January 30-February 1, 2015. We are excited to bring you this opportunity for your U8-U14 boys and girls Academy/Rec Plus and Competitive teams. This year we expect nearly 200 teams to participate. Games will be played at or near our South Campus facility in south central Houston.

The event, which is sanctioned by USYSA, will include single age brackets in the Boys and Girls Divisions for U8, U9/U10 Academy/Rec Plus and U11-U14 Competitive teams. Teams will be divided into two flights by age and gender; a competitive flight – Navy and an average flight – White. A limited number of teams will be accepted, based on the competitive balance of the tournament.


  • Registration Fee: $400 per team for U8-U12, $475 per team for U12 11v11 and U13-U14. If paying by credit card online, a 3% service charge will be added.
  • Registration Deadline: January 18, 2015. Entries received after the registration deadline will be accepted on a space available basis. Teams will be notified of acceptance by e-mail by January 22.
  • Entries should include: completed Entry Application, Registration Fee, Team Roster (including guest players), and Travel Permit form (for non-STYSA teams). Incomplete entries will be placed on a wait list until all items are received.  
  • Entries will not be accepted over the phone or via fax.


There will be no refunds for teams withdrawing from the tournament after the acceptance deadline. A non-refundable fee of 25% of registration fee will apply for teams withdrawing prior to the registration deadline. Should a team not be bracketed, a full refund will be issued. All withdrawals must be sent via email to the Tournament Director,


  • Rosters will be limited to twelve (12) players for U8, U9 and U10, fourteen (14) for U11 and U12 (8v8), and eighteen (18) for U12 11v11. Only three (3) guest players permitted on any team, except for U12 11v11 and U13-U14, which will allow four (4) guest players.
  • Players may play for only one team and may not play at a level below his or her current registration age.
  • An initial roster showing player names, birth dates, and jersey numbers must accompany each team entry. Changes to the team roster will be permitted up to team check-in.
  • Medical Release Forms for each player are required. To download form, click here.
  • All players must be registered on the team making the application and have the proper USYSA ID Card (2014-2015). A proper ID card has the player’s signature and picture attached to the back and is laminated. Identification numbers must be listed on the team’s final tournament roster, and will be checked at team check-in
  • A player roster (including guest players) signed by your Club Registrar is required.
  • All teams should have player cards in their possession at all times during the tournament for inspection.
  • Team officials with STYSA teams will be required to display an Adult Participation Pass while on the team sideline during a game.


  • 7v7
  • Two 20 minute halves, 5 minute halftime.
  • Per STYSA guidelines, no standings will be kept for U8 teams. Teams will play at least 3 games without any playoffs. All games will be on Saturday and Sunday.


  • 8v8
  • Two 25 minute halves with 5 minute halftime.
  • Round robin play within brackets by flight (Navy and White) on Saturday and Sunday morning; a limited number of round robin games may be scheduled for Friday evening involving Houston area teams.  Championship games will be played on Sunday.

FORMAT & RULES for U12 11v11, U13-U14

  • 11v11
  • All games will be 30 minute halves with 5 minute halftime.
  • Round robin play within brackets by flight (Navy and White) on Saturday and Sunday morning; a limited number of round robin games may be scheduled for Friday evening involving Houston area teams.  Championship games will be played on Sunday.


Coaches or a team representative are required to check-in their teams by either:

  1. Electronic check-in: All required documentation (see list below) must be scanned in and emailed to by 9pm Wednesday, January 28th. You are not officially checked in until you receive a reply back from the tournament officials stating that all appropriate documentation has been received. Teams not providing all required documentation by the deadline will need to present all documentation during standard check-in at the tournament.
  2. Check-in on Friday evening, January 30 from 6pm-9pm at the McGovern Field House located at 7200 Braes Blvd, Houston, TX 77025.

Required team documentation includes:

  • All participating players should be on the team’s roster in GotSoccer along with their jersey numbers.
  • Final Player Roster with numbers (signed by club registrar). Players not participating in the
    tournament should be crossed off the roster. Guest players must be noted as such and can be hand written on the roster.
  • Player Cards (laminated, signed, with picture)
  • Adult Participation Passes for all adults that will be on the player sidelines (STYSA teams)
  • Medical Release forms (signed by parent / guardian)
  • Travel Permit (for USYSA teams outside of South Texas)

Rosters must also be updated and final in GotSoccer by 9pm Wednesday, January 28. We understand that there may be some additional guest player write-in’s but we should not have many by that point.

Instructions on how to add guest players in GotSoccer can be found here: How to add guest players in GotSoccer.

If you have any questions in regard to the check-in process and documentation required, please email


  • The Tournament Director will have jurisdiction over field playability, cancellations and rescheduling. Every effort will be made to play as many games as possible.
  • In the event of a total rain-out, a make-up date will be considered. A fifty percent refund will be given in the event of a total rain-out.
  • In the event of a partial rain-out, matches will be rescheduled or shortened at the discretion of the Tournament Director. It will be the individual responsibility of the coach or team manager to check at tournament headquarters to learn of schedule changes.
  • If at least half of a game has been completed and conditions prohibit continuation, that game will be considered complete and the score at the time of the stoppage will be the final score.
  • No refunds will be given once the tournament games begin.
  • Rainout information will be posted on the HESC rainout line, (281) 397-4570.

If you have further questions please contact:

Jeff Fetzer
Tournament Director

Mark Gibbs
HESC Director of Coaching