When is TST 2024? The Soccer Tournament adds $1 million women’s competition in second year

Building off the rise of the widely popular The Basketball Tournament, the inaugural edition of The Soccer Tournament, or “TST” for short, was a smashing success in 2023.

Competing against teams from around the globe, compiled of current and former professionals from world famous clubs like Borussia Dortmund, West Ham, and Wrexham, plus collections of players with MLS or U.S. national-team experience like Chris Wondolowski, Brad Evans, and Nick Rimando, players in the seven-on-seven tournament battled for the winner-take-all $1 million prize.

The tournament features a number of intriguing rule quirks, most notably the implementation of “target score time” (which, creatively, shortens to “TST”), which sees every game end on a walk-off goal regardless of the score. This format received nearly universal praise for its ingenuity, which attracted additional attention.

Newtown Pride FC, a team hailing from Newtown, CT, won the inaugural tournament and took home the cash prize in 2023. For the coming year, there should be even more attention on the competition now that the world has been exposed to its unique flavor. For its second year, TST will be adding a few additional features that will attract further attention from fans around the United States and the world.

When and where is TST 2024?

The second edition of The Soccer Tournament will be held from June 5-10 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

WakeMed Soccer Park was the site of the inaugural TST tournament in 2023, hosting 32 teams that competed across a group stage and knockout stage in the hopes of snatching the $1 million cash prize. The winner took home the entire purse, while the other 31 teams went home empty-handed.

This year, the original tournament will increase from 32 teams to 48 teams, requiring the increase in length from three days to five days of competition. June 5-6 will see the group stage contested, with 32 of the 48 teams qualifying for the knockout stage, which will play out from June 7-10.

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TST to add a women’s tournament in 2024

In addition to the main tournament, TST will add a second competition in 2024, adding a women’s-only tournament that will also feature a $1 million cash prize for the winner.

Eight teams will contest the women’s bracket looking to become the first-ever winner of that competition.

“We are thrilled to add a third event to our portfolio and to have it be our highest stakes competition ever,” said Jon Mugar, founder and CEO of The Tournament. “This instantly becomes one of the highest stakes events in all of women’s sports, with the only thing standing between teams and one million dollars being four exceptional hours of soccer. This will attract some of the most talented players and clubs from around the world.”

In 2023, both men and women were allowed to compete in the main competition. Most notably, a team comprising mostly U.S. women’s national-team veterans participated, which garnered significant attention. Women will still be allowed to compete in the main competition alongside the men if they wish, but the women’s tournament will feature restricted participation.

“I’m incredibly excited to be a part of TST’s inaugural women’s tournament,” said former U.S. Women’s National Team star Heather O’Reilly, who was part of the USWNT side that competed in 2023. “Their commitment to a $1 million prize for both men’s and women’s players is incredibly important in our ongoing fight for equal pay. This event will be a great addition to the women’s sports landscape, and I can’t wait to take part in it with some of my former national-team teammates.”

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What teams will compete in TST 2024?

A significant number of teams have been confirmed to be participating in the coming tournament. Here are the teams which have so far been announced.

Men’s Tournament

Name Hometown/Connection Prior TST apps Notable players
Aguero Team N/A 0 (first app) Sergio Aguero
Wrexham Red Dragons Wrexham, Wales 1 Mark Howard, Maynor Figueroa, George Boyd
Borussia Dortmund Dortmund, Germany 1 TBA
FC Bayern Bayern Munich 0 (first app) TBA
Inter Inter Milan 0 (first app) TBA
Como 1907 Como, Italy 1 TBA
Nani FC N/A 0 (first app) Nani, Dom Dwyer, Mario Balotelli, Bruno Alves
Newtown Pride Newtown, CT 1 Gabriel Costa, Kelvin Nunes
Zala FFF N/A 1 Graham Zusi, AJ DeLaGarza, Victor Ulloa, CJ Sapong, Lee Nguyen, Justin Meram
Nati SC Cincinnati, OH 1 Chad Johnson
Saturdays Football Los Angeles, CA 0 (first app) Cruz Beckham
Kwik Goal FC N/A 0 (first app) Jimmy Conrad, DaMarcus Beasley, Dwayne De Rosario
Hoosier Army Indiana University 1 Grant Lillard, Brad Ring
The CONCAFA SC N/A 0 (first app) Pat McAfee
Burnley FC Burnley, UK 0 (first app) JJ Watt
Sire 7 N/A 1 Danny Simpson, Stephen Ireland, Tom Huddlestone, Troy Deeney
Trident FC N/A 0 (first app) Cody Cropper, Thomas Rongen (coach)
Gracie FC Brazil 1 Harrison Afful
Tranqui10 FC Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) 0 (first app) Mo Edu (ambassador)
Summer of Soccer UNC 0 (first app) Bryan Jordan
Villarreal Villarreal, Spain 0 (first app) Giuseppe Rossi, Hector Font, Cesar Arzo
Au Vodka Swans Wales, UK 0 (first app) Lee Trundle
The Town FC N/A 0 (first app) Kekuta Manneh
Tenfifteen FC Dallas, TX 0 (first app) Jean-Marc Alexandre
Reggae Rovers Carribbean Sea 0 (first app) None
Dueling For Lincoln St. Louis, MO 0 (first app) None
Raleigh Rebels Raleigh, NC 1 None
Hashtag United Essex, England 1 TBA
Kingdom FC N/A 1 None
Socceroof New York City/Montreal 0 (first app) None
Supra United FC Dallas, TX 0 (first app) None
Banheiristas FC Brazil 0 (first app) None
Toronto Athletic FC Toronto, Canada 1 None
City Soccer Society N/A 0 (first app) None
La Mexicana Express New York City, NY 0 (first app) None
La Bombonera New Castle, DE 0 (first app) None
Freedom United SC U.S. Air Force Academy 1 None
Say Word FC HBCU 1 None
Manhattan Kickers New York City, NY 0 (first app) None
FC Roha Eagles Switzerland 0 (first app) None
Tobacco Road FC UNC & Duke 0 (first app) None
Hoya Nation Georgetown 0 (first app) None
Pasha Luxury N/A 0 (first app) None
Desimpedidos Brazil 0 (first app) TBA
FitBodega Vancouver Vancouver, Canada 0 (first app) None
DC Hyper Brazil 0 (first app) None

Women’s Teams

Name Hometown/Connection Prior TST apps Notable players
US Women USWNT 1 Heather O’Reilly, Ali Krieger
Wrexham Red Dragons Wrexham,Wales 0 (first app) Carly Telford, Lindsey Agnew
SoccerHead FC Duke University 0 (first app) Brittany Isenhour, Chelsee Washington, Cheyenne Shorts
NC Courage Cary, NC 0 (first app) Jessica McDonald, Gi DeMarco
Streetball FC Vancouver, Canada 0 (first app) None
Tampa Bay Sun FC Tampa, FL 0 (first app) Christina Unkel (GM), Formiga, Veronica Perez, Ashley Nick
Burnley FC Women Burnley, England 0 (first app) Kealia Watt
Angel City FC Los Angeles, CA 0 (first app) Jessica Miclat, Sydney Cummings
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Who won TST 2023?

In 2023, 32 teams competed in the inaugural TST competition, with the winner taking home the entire $1 million purse.

The tournament was a thrilling affair, with Newtown Pride FC emerging victorious. They won the championship game in a low-scoring 2-0 victory, which was different from most of the high-scoring competition.

Newtown Pride FC comprised current semi-professional players from the club with the same name, which competes in the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

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