Geographical Considerations

Clubs must play all home games in a 30-mile radius of the Minnesota United FC Stadium: 400 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104. The “green” radius shows a 30-mile radius as described. Due to driving distance discrepancies, miles and “as the crow flies” considerations, TCSL will consider clubs in the “gray” area given proximity to other clubs, structure as outlined below and traveling impact on other members. In some cases, a modified travel arrangement may be made where a club may play more away matches than home matches.


The purpose of TCSL is for progressive clubs that are similar in structure to collaborate and compete against one another.

Club Criteria

TCSL holds itself to the highest of standards and strives to help clubs create the best possible environment for their players. The following are criteria for entry into TCSL:

  • Number of teams submitted into the league. A minimum of four (4) teams must be entered into both the Fall & Spring season. A minimum of one (1) boys team and one (1) girls team must be represented.
  • Professional (paid) Director of Coaching (DOC) or similar role
  • Professional (paid) administrative staff
  • Technical plan
  • Coaching staff licenses – click here for base coach education requirements
  • Field permits or written agreement for fields (including dome space, in the winter months) – 7v7, 9v9, 11v11 fields
  • 5-Year Growth Model

Application Checklist Items

Application checklist items, in addition to the above:

  • Club Logo
  • Proof of US Club Soccer Club Membership
  • Confirmation that DOC (or similar role) has successfully completed US Club Soccer background check
  • Additional signatories: 2 other individuals shall be listed on the application as references (most likely the Club Administrator and Board President)

New Start-Up Clubs

New start-up clubs will be held to the same requirements as existing clubs but must also meet additional requirements so as to deter start-up clubs having a detrimental effect on their communities’ soccer landscape and if applicable, their surrounding communities’ soccer landscape including but not limited to:

  • Must submit and field a u9 team in either gender.
  • No more than 35% of registered players will have been registered to a different TCSL Member Club in the previous season.
  • In certain cases, TCSL may solicit input from current members.

Application Timing

The application window is open year-round but must be submitted and complete one (1) calendar month in advance of team submittal deadline as published on the TCSL Calendar.