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Marilyn’s Story

To know Marilyn Blankinship is to know your own mother, your grandmother, your sister, your wife, or your best friend. She plays all of these roles, and she lives for all of these roles. She cares for everyone and everything. In the spirit of great karmic return, we wanted to do something to show Marilyn how much her love makes us want to fight for her life. This is more than just an annual soccer tournament in her name. This is a way for people to come together from all over the state to help raise money and awareness for ALS. ALS is not an incurable disease, it is an underfunded disease.

For a few years Marilyn was having some pains in her right hip that caused her to walk with a limp. Meanwhile, she went to work everyday where she would stand on her feet for a minimum of 8 hours a day. More recently she has had issues controlling her breath which has effected her speech and ability to swallow. She went to a number of different doctors that could not tell her what was wrong. They thought it might have been Parkinson’s but were eventually able to rule that out. On September 6th of 2015, she walked down the isle for her daughter Phoebe’s wedding. Through the entire nuptial night she did not limp or grimace once, because she wanted it to be a special night for Phoebe and Todd. A couple months later she was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Since that somber day, Marilyn and her family have began the good fight to to find a cure!.

Tournament Information

The ALS 7v7 Soccer Shootout will be an annual tournament in honor of Marilyn Blankinship, as she was diagnosed with ALS in December of 2015. The purpose of the event is to not only show Marilyn how much she is loved, but also to spread awareness of this disease and raise money to help find a cure, as well as assist families immediately that are affected by this horribly disease today! This is an adult 7v7 coed tournament, divided into 2 divisions, 12 teams (hopefully) in each division.  Each game will consist of two 20 minute halves, with each team being guaranteed a minimum of three games each. The two teams that make it to the championship game will play a total of four games. Captains should register their teams below and make their $400 donation/registration fee at the time of registration. This team registration fee can be done through the “donate button” located above.


This is an adult 7v7 coed tournament with details below:


  • Each group play game consists of two 20 minute halves
  • Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games
  • There will be two groups with four teams each in group play
  • Four teams will advance from group play all based on points
  • There will be a semifinal and final match that will be 30 minutes each
  • If semifinals or finals result in a tie, they will go into a PK shootout


  • There will be one center ref per field
  • Every foul is a direct kick
  • Each team must field a minimum of 5 players to begin a game
  • Each team must have a minimum of 2 female players on the field at all times
  • Out of Play: If the ball goes out of play on the sides it will restart with a throw in. If it goes out on the end line, it will restart with a goal kick or corner kick
  • Substitutions: Unlimited. Subs can occur during any dead ball and must come on the field and leave the field at the halfway line
  • Restart Timing – For any restart – free kick, goal kick, corner kick, throw in, etc. you have a total of 5 seconds, which the ref will count down from 5
  • When the goalie has possession of the ball in their hands, they have 5 seconds to release it
  • Kickoff – The ball can be played in any direction
  • Free Kicks: The opposing team must give eight feet of space from where the ball is placed
  • Injuries: If you are bleeding, you must leave the field. Time will not be stopped for injuries.
  • No Offsides
  • No Slidetackling
  • Shin guards are recommended but not mandatory
  • 13 player cap per team

Download Rules & Regs for the 2016 ALS Soccer Shootout.

WRAL Soccer Fields

7700 Perry Creek Road
Raleigh, NC 27616

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