Moon Day 2017
July 13-16, 2017
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A Brief History of the Moon Day Tournament
Back in the earlier 2000’s there were not near the number of Edmonton area youth soccer tournaments that there are today, especially later in the season. Two zones in the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association (EMSA) recognized this and got together to create a later season “provincial warm up” tournament for teams advancing to provincials and a season ending tournament for teams who did not qualify for provincials. The Spruce Grove and the Edmonton West zones began the planning and sanctioning process for such a tournament in the winter of 2007/08 and by the early spring of 2008 everything was in place. This new tournament would be held in Spruce Grove the third weekend of July, 2008.
During the planning process several names for the tournament were thought of and bantered about. Those planning the tournament wanted something different, something that would catch people’s attention and make them ask “why is that the tournament name?” Historical events happening in later July were looked at as a possible source of inspiration for a tournament name. On July 20th, 1969 one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments took place, landing a man safely on the moon. Neil Armstrong, one of three astronauts on the Apollo 11 lunar mission, took those few steps down the ladder of the lunar module and then stepped upon the moon saying those now famous words “This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
Realizing the anniversary of this major historical event happens very close to the time of the tournament, it didn’t take long for the name of “Moon Day” to be suggested and accepted as the tournament name. By naming the tournament the “Moon Day” we are paying tribute to one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments and we have a name/logo that has certainly caught people’s attention as every year we have several people ask why the tournament is called the “Moon Day”.
Starting in 2011 the Moon Day tournament became a SGSA tournament only as the Edmonton West Zone stepped aside to work on other projects within their own zone. Over the years teams from BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and all parts of Alberta have traveled to Spruce Grove to participate in the Moon Day tournament. A huge thank you to all of those teams for participating in past Moon Day tournaments. It goes without saying that without these teams there would have been no tournament!