All your questions answered

ACES Nationals 2024 – all the FAQs covered and what you can expect on the day.


  • 08.45 am is the latest check-in, so managers and captains please arrive promptly. There will be a managers meeting at the start of each day, prior to the opening ceremony
  • Groups are drawn at the opening ceremony, then and only then will you know who will be in your group and which pitch you have been assigned. You will have plenty of time after the opening ceremony to set up camp close to your designated pitch
  • Group stages will be completed between 2.00pm and 3.00pm. 7 a side age groups will complete earlier.
  • The knockout stages will then commence. 
  • The Finals are scheduled for approx. between 5.00 & 6.00pm so please make sure your team’s ready. 7 aside age group finals will complete mid afternoon. 
  • There will be food and drink available from 8.00am for the whole day.


  • If you are still to pay the team entry fee or have paid and still to return your entry forms please do so ASAP.
  • Confirmation of your place in the age group will be emailed once we receive your forms and fee.
  • Entry to the tournament per vehicle is £5.00, including parking & a programme. CASH ONLY PLEASE
  • If you’re still looking for hotels and accommodation, let us know.
  • There will be coach parking at the venue, but please let us know if you’re coming by coach.
  • There’s plenty of Car Parking on site. DO NOT park on Lenton Lane ( entry road to the venue). There will be a queue to enter the venue, please be patient.
  • The venue has a no dogs policy (Nottingham Uni ruling not ours)


  • Please don’t email to see which teams have entered your age group. You’ll be playing teams you would never normally play.
  • Groups are drawn at the opening ceremony, then your group and pitch will be revealed.
  • Blank team sheets will be emailed to you seven days before your age group. Fill them in and bring them with you. Please hand them in when you check in. All teams must have ID for all players to be shown on request.
  • Tents and gazebos are encouraged (it’s a long day for some teams!). STRICTLY NO BBQ’s
  • Feel free to bring club banners and flags, we want to see you championing your team.


  • The Grip Active guys will be present at the tournament, giving excellent opportunity for participating teams to chat about updating their kits and/or training wear ahead of next season and be the envy of their opponents on and off the field. Grip Active will give a £50 discount on the Golden Kit Deal to all clubs within the Tournament. If you are looking to order your kit for the tournament, message their sales team at +44 788 058 0030 or click here to get in touch.
  • LW Photography Looking for team & individual photos? Keep an eye out for the official photographer’s. Visit to access the gallery from the tournament.
  • Gotsport  We have teamed up with Gotsport, the largest provider of tournament software in the USA as our official Technology Partner bringing their expertise to the 2024 Nationals
  • Soccer Assist, our partner S College Soccer Scholarship agency provides students from all over the world with opportunities to study and play at colleges in America. Click here to find out more and register your interest today.


We are really pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Grip Active to launch a range of ACES 2024 branded merchandise. Now available online from our website, simply click on the ACES shop. There are a wide range of branded items available from tee-shirts and hoodies to mugs and water bottles.

Most importantly, enjoy the day. Let’s celebrate some fantastic junior football. 

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