Q: When is the application deadline for the Fall 2020 season and how do I access the application link?
A: The application deadline for the Fall 2020 season is July 5. You must contact your respective state association office directly for this application link. All teams must be endorsed by their state association prior to consideration by the conference.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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.