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UPDATES:

(10/21/2020) This is a reminder to all Fall 2020 teams that the Conference Roster Freeze deadline is this week, Friday October 23 at 3pm EST. This applies to all Premier I, Premier II and First Division teams. Please see the full information from our Conference Operating Procedures (Section 4 - Team Roster & Player Guide).

 

(10/21/2020) All 15U through 19U brackets have now been posted for the Spring 2021 season. The selection committees' decisions are final. The link to view the brackets for the Spring 2021 season can be found on the conference website in Team Information drop-down. Once in the drop down, you will see the link to the brackets in the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Season General Team Information section.

 

(10/13/2020) Click on this link to view the latest newsletter that was sent out to all registered team contacts today regarding important updates for the current Fall 2020 season and the upcoming Spring 2021 season. The 13U & 14U application window is now open and you will also find an update on the 15U through 19U brackets that are currently being developed. Previous newsletters can always be reviewed in the Newsletter section below the Headlines on the conference homepage. 

 

(8/25/20) Conference Game Day Covid-19 Procedures. All teams will have received an email specifically addressing the game day procedures for Covid-19. If you did not receive this email, please click this link. Throughout the season, we will evaluate processes and make adjustments where necessary. It's important that all players, coaches, spectators, and referees DO THEIR PART to maintain a safe play environment. Please make sure your team is informed with applicable procedures listed on the document. These procedures listed below apply to all club hosted or one off team hosted matches. Please note that local and/or state restrictions supersede ANY of the procedures you see listed on the document. Procedures for conference hosted events will be clearly explained at a later date to all teams attending those specific conference hosted events. 

 

(7/16/2020) This is an important announcement for 19U teams that we received today regarding the 19U age group for the 2020-21 season. For all competitions within the National League (including the National League Conferences, the National League Showcase Series and the National League Playoffs), the oldest age group FOR THE 2020-21 SEASONAL YEAR ONLY will be 19/20-U. Eligible players’ must be born on or after Jan. 1, 2001. See this link for official memo that was approved today.

 

(4/23/2020) Click here to view an FAQ sheet with information on the new National League Showcase Series events that are open to all conference teams.


The US Youth Soccer Great Lakes Conference is one of 13 Conferences under the US Youth Soccer National League in the Multi-State Tier. The Great Lakes Conference consists of teams primarily from New York West, Pennsylvania West, West Virginia, Ohio North, Ohio South, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Kentucky. The top teams in the Conference will earn advancement to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Great Lakes Conference teams also have a pathway to participate in the new National League Showcase Series.

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In-Season Information (Fall 2020)

Preseason Information (Spring 2021)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the application deadline for the Spring 2021 season and how do I access the application link?

A: The application deadline for the Spring 2021 season for 15U-19U teams is September 18 and for 13U-14U teams is November 9. You must contact your respective state association office directly for this application link. 

 

Q: How do I locate team contact information for teams in my division?

A: Click here to view a short walkthrough on locating team contact information on the GotSport public pages.

 

Q: How do I add myself as the contact person for my team and get emails from the Conference?

A: The coaches and managers on a team's Conference roster is who displays as the contact person for a team and who will receive emails from the Conference. For steps on how to add a coach or manager to a Conference roster, please click here to view a short walkthrough.

 

Q: How many players can be on our team?

A: Teams may utilize 30 players during the course of a season in accordance with League Rules and Policies. A maximum 22-player Team Roster with additional use of a Club Pass Roster shall be utilized in all age groups. Club Pass players may only come from within a team’s club, provided that the player is a US Youth Soccer member. All rosters shall be submitted to the league through the GotSport platform.

 

Q: Can I remove players from my roster?

A: Once a player is on a Conference roster, such player is frozen on such team's pool of 30 players for the remainder of the Conference season. Players may only be removed, prior to the teams first game of the season, by the approval of the League Manager.

 

Q: What is the time frame to make adjustments to my roster?

A: Any roster modification for weekend games must be made before 3 PM ET on the Friday before the weekend games. There are no exceptions on this. Any modifications sent after this deadline will not be accepted.

 

Q: Can a player play for multiple teams on the same day?

A: Club pass players cannot play for two teams on the same day, see rules below:

17.04 Player Limitations 

A player may play for only one Conference team during any single day. Once a player is on the roster of a team in the Conference in a gender age group and such team has played one match in Conference competition, such player may not appear on another team’s roster in such gender age group during the remainder of the Conference season. In situations where a club may have multiple teams participating in the Conference, a player or players may be listed on multiple teams rosters in different age groups, but at no time may a player play for more than one team on the same day, and not play on more than one team in the same gender age group. Under no circumstances may a player be listed on multiple team rosters if such teams are from different clubs. 

During the Conference season, a Goalkeeper may be listed on up to 2 Conference team match day team lineups per day from the same club, with the written consent by the Conference League Manager. A Goalkeeper may not play on more than one team in the same gender age group, and is subject to the same standards as club pass players.

 

Q: How do I make changes to the schedule posted online?

A: To submit ANY schedule update/s after initial schedules have been posted online, you will need to go to the "Scores, Standings & Schedules" section. A drop down will appear and you will need to click on the "FALL 2020 SCHEDULE UPDATE LINK" link. This will take you to the schedule update page. Please note, that both teams must have agreed to any schedule update, before an update can be submitted. In addition to submitting this schedule update form, you will acknowledge that the HOST club needs to contact their ref assignor immediately to ensure match officials are scheduled (if not at a conference hosted event or external tournament). The ref assignors list can be found on the conference website in the Referee Information drop down.

 

Q: Why does it say "Please Submit Schedule Update Form" next to my game on the public schedule?

A: This is because the game could not be scheduled in GotSport based upon the information given to the Designated Scheduling Coordinator. The venue/field given was either not created in GotSport at the time, or no time/field was provided. The host club will need to submit a schedule update using the link on the Conference website, in the Scores, Standings & Schedules drop down to get the game details placed correctly on the schedule in GotSport.

 

Q: How do we get referees for our game?

A: For all one-off and club hosted games teams must contact their state referee assignor. The Referee Assignors Contact List is located in the referee information drop down on the usyouthsoccer.org webpage. 

 

Q: How much do we pay referees?

A: US Youth Soccer Leagues Program Conference games will use a 3-man referee system. Each team is responsible for one-half of the total referee fees per game and payment is to be made in cash prior to each game as follows: 

13U and 14U: $70 per game per team; a total of $140 ($60 to Referee and $40 to each AR) 

15U and 16U: $80 per game per team; a total of $160 ($70 to Referee and $45 to each AR) 

17U, 18U and 19U: $90 per game per team; a total of $180 ($80 to Referee and $50 to each AR) 

 

Q: Who submits the GotSport Game Card?

A: ALL match scores must be entered by the WINNING team. In the event of a tie, the team listed as Team A on the schedule should be the team that enters the score and paperwork. This MUST be done before leaving the facility.

 

Q: I was able to enter the score for our game but I did not get a copy of the GotSport Game Card. What should I do?

A: You will need to contact the referees that filled out the Game Card to see if they have it. If you don’t have their contact information, contact the referee assignor that assigned those referees to your game. Also contact the opposing team to see if they have the missing paperwork.

 

Q: How do I book a hotel for a Conference Hosted weekend?

A: There are housing links located in the Conference Hosted Weekend section on the usyouthsoccer.org website. Not all weekends are Mandatory Stay to Play. This is clearly labeled on the website. 

 

Q: Our team is planning to play in a Showcase Tournament. There are teams we are planning on playing that are currently in our conference division. Are we able to make these Showcase matchups count as our conference games?

A: Yes, but the first thing you need to do is make sure that you confirm with your opposition teams that they wish to play these matches as league games. Following that, you will need to contact the showcase director to make sure that they are aware that these matches are going to be played as conference matches. All showcase games must use the same rules as the league. 

If all are in agreement, then we allow the Showcase games to count as conference games because the showcase has confirmed that all matches will be played under league conditions and rules. You will need to ensure that you have all of the correct paperwork with you at the match. The showcase will likely have their own paperwork too, but can ONLY submit official league match paperwork with the score following the match, so make sure all of this is in order.

 

Q: We are playing in a Showcase Tournament and that schedule has been posted by the tournament. Who is responsible for adding that to the Conference Website schedule?

A:  Any time a team schedules a match in an external event, it is always the responsibility of the teams to send this in through GotSport. This is typically done by the HOST club (as listed on the schedule). At the scheduling meetings we specifically asked for one team to always be listed as the host in external events, for this reason. If this was not recorded, either team can send in this schedule update, but it must be updated on the schedule as you will still generate GotSport cards for these matches and they must have the correct match information on them.

 

Q: How do we receive National League Patches and where are they supposed to be placed on our uniforms? 

A:  All patches are sent to state associations for distribution to teams within that state. The placement of patches on uniforms can be found on pages 15 and 16 of the National League - Brand Guidelines document found in the Team Information drop down on the USYS website.

 

Great Lakes Conference - League Manager
Marc Frankland - mfrankland@usyouthsoccer.org

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