The U.S. Soccer Federation Bylaws and Policies are available on this web page. A few bylaws and policies that may be of specific interest to US Club Soccer members:
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Important updates have been made to the sanctioned tournament hosting application and terms. Pursuant to the U.S. Soccer player safety campaign, any tournament projected to have 64 or more teams at 11-U and older age groups must have an adequate number of certified athletic trainers or other healthcare providers in attendance. For more information on this requirement, please visit the “Sanction Your Tournament” Web page and refer to the “certified athletic trainers at sanctioned tournaments” section.
In August 2015, U.S. Soccer announced two player development initiatives relating to new standards to small-sided games and birth-year registration. This page provides information on US Club Soccer’s implementation of those initiatives.
While the U.S. Soccer Federation’s birth-year registration mandate is required to be implemented by all U.S. Soccer members by August 1, 2017, US Club Soccer implemented this mandate as of August 1, 2016 for all of its programming. This includes the NPL, National Cup and all sanctioned leagues and tournaments.
This means that all US Club Soccer-operated or sanctioned competitions beginning must be based on age group cut-offs of January 1 for each age group. Due to additional interpretative changes by U.S. Soccer since the initial announcement in how competition age groups are labeled, US Club Soccer and other sanctioning bodies have clarified the age group structures for the 2016-17 season.
Clubs may continue to organize their teams for competition with players of any age younger than the age group cut-off.
US Club Soccer, along with other members of the U.S. Soccer Federation, have been collaborating with each other to help ensure that these changes forced by the U.S. Soccer mandates are implemented as efficiently and smoothly as possible. This collaboration of youth members is ongoing, and each member is continuing to provide feedback and recommendations.
US Club Soccer members will be required to follow the U.S. Soccer mandates related to small-sided games, which also includes changes to field and goal sizes, by Aug. 1, 2017.
Approval from the U.S. Soccer Federation must be obtained for any game or tournament involving international teams.
In order to obtain U.S. Soccer Federation approval, the following documents must be submitted to US Club Soccer for authorization at least 45 days prior to the tournament.
**Please review the Rules Checklist for Hosting a Game or Tournament Involving Foreign Teams. Rules submitted MUST follow the below guidelines:
|Address for submission
to US Club Soccer:
|Attn: Tournament Sanctioning
US Club Soccer
192 East Bay Street, Suite 301
Charleston, SC 29401or email@example.com
After approving the application and confirming that the host club is a member in good standing, US Club Soccer will then forward the applicable documents and payment onto the U.S. Soccer Federation.
The complete U.S. Soccer Federation approval process is outlined at the corresponding link below.