The Airdrie United Soccer Club began a memorial tournament in 1999 honoring John Burns. The competition is held annually for Master's teams, except Master's Elite, and Over 45 and Over 55 teams. The tournament uses a single-elimination format throughout the Outdoor season. The Chinooks Blackstars have been the most successful team in the John Burns Memorial Cup, winning the trophy 3 times from 2007 to 2012.
The original tournament was held in a family, friendly manner. For each foul or knockdown the player was required to stop and assist his opponent back to his feet.
Teams that participate in Masters Premier and lower are eligible to participate, including all those registered in Over 45 and Over 55 Divisions.
John Burns Memorial Cup