The largest high school varsity soccer tournament in the state

Birmingham, AL

Tournament Summary


February 17-18, 2017 (Boys teams play)

February 24-25, 2017 (Girls teams play)

Games begin both weekends on Fridays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.


We will again sell $10.00 per day per person passes. Children 6 and under will be admitted free. Enjoy the tournament!


For the tournament this year we are once again using the 10-point system of scoring. Your team will receive 6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie and 0 for a loss. You will get 1 point for each goal, up to a maximum of 3, and 1 point for a shut-out. This means that in round robin play ties will stand. In all games the halves will be 35 minutes in length and you will have a 10-minute halftime. The team with the most points in their group will advance to the semi-finals. In case of a tie between two teams in the group, the following will be used as the tie-breaker:

A. Head to head match winner

B. Least goals allowed in pool play

C. Most goals scored in pool play

D. Penalty kick shootout at 12:00 p.m. at Spain Park Soccer field

In 6 team pools each team gets 4 games using the 10 point system to accumulate points. The team with the most points in their group is declared the winner.

About the Tournament:

The Lakeshore Shootout Soccer Tournament, founded in 1992 by Coach Joe Carter, has grown into one of the largest high school varsity soccer tournaments in the Southeast. Celebrating its 25th year, the tournament continues to be one of the best early season displays of soccer around. Varsity soccer teams from every corner of Alabama, and beyond, will travel to Birmingham for the annual tournament February 17-18 and 24-25. This year both boys and girls varsity teams will compete in the four divisions, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze based on overall team skill. We will once again add a Girl’s JV Division as well as a Middle School bracket on the girls weekend. The Lakeshore Shootout exists to promote and build healthy competition among high school soccer teams while providing the highest level of competition in the Southeast to prepare them for the upcoming soccer season.

The Lakeshore Shootout estimates more than 7,500 spectators will attend this two-weekend event. This number surpasses prior years by approximately 1,000 individuals.

Local media outlets will be associated with the 2017 Lakeshore Shootout. These outlets will also be utilized to publicize the tournament as well as recognize the wonderful sponsors, who make the tournament's success possible.


The Lakeshore Shootout was founded in 1992 by Joe Carter, at that time the Head Boys Soccer coach at John Carroll Catholic High School. Twelve teams competed in the first tournament in 1992. The tournament increased steadily over the years in team participation and spectator attendance, eventually leading to the formation of divisions, A and B, in 2002. These divisions served to pair teams in tournament games based on their overall team skill. In 2014, The Lakeshore Shootout changed its divisions to include four different groups creating a Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions. This allows for teams to better choose the level of competition they want to play early in the season.