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AYSO United Arizona Cup 2021


COVID 19 Update

The Arizona Soccer Association has determined there are no restrictions due to Covid at this time. However, we need to be aware of the changing climate and to be prepared to respond to any possible restrictions our local municipalities may require come the start of the tournament. We will make any announcements on this platform if changes become necessary.   


The AYSO United Arizona Staff

Check In Requirements

AYSO United Arizona Cup

Date of Event: Sept 30 - Oct 2nd, 2021





Deadline: Friday September 19th, 2021 by 10:00 PM NO EXCEPTIONS      


Teams that complete online registration will receive a Confirmation Email by Wednesday September 2nd, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Confirmation Email will be sent to the email address listed as “Primary Contact” for this specific event. Please do not send individual inquiries prior to the deadline.

Online registration documents must include:

o   Team Info Sheet (This is to provide contact info for coaches/managers)

o   State/Club Approved Roster (USYSA or US Club)

o   Current Player Cards to match roster uploaded for the 2021/2022 season

o   Permission to Travel (if needed from your state)

Directions to Complete Online Check-In:

1.     Teams must provide state/US club approved roster and current player cards, including guest player cards

2.     Submission process:

a.     SCAN each document.

b.    SAVE each document type as an individual PDF as they will be uploaded separately.

                                          i.    Please use descriptive titles so you will know which files to upload.

                                         ii.    Please upload all player cards as one PDF document.

c.     UPLOAD the documents to GotSport

  Log in to your team’s GotSport page with your username and password.

  Select Tournament name.

  Select the “Documents” tab.

  Select the labels from the drop-down list in the “Team Document Upload” box and upload the appropriate files.


All payments need to be received by the week of the tournament. Please mail your check to:

AYSO United AZ
5235 E. Southern Ave Ste D106-124
Mesa AZ 85206

Commonly Asked Questions

ROSTER UPDATES (If applicable):

Must notify GotSport via email at [email protected].  After confirmation of your initial check-in, your roster is locked and you will need to contact GotSport to confirm your updated roster.

How do I add a guest player?

Step 1: OBTAIN the guest player’s card and medical release form.

Step 2: ADD the guest player to your official Roster (USYSA or US Club), unique jersey number, player identification number, and date of birth to the existing approved roster.

Step 3: SCAN and COMBINE into a PDF document

Can I have different player passes from different organizations?

Mixed rosters will NOT be allowed.  No Mixing US Club and USYSA passes; even for guest players. 

How do I add a guest player after I submitted my online registration?

Contact GotSport via email at [email protected] to add guest players online.  You will need to upload an updated roster with the guest player's information on it (jersey #, name, birth date, player ID #) and upload their player card (either separately or with the rest). Please let GotSport know when this has been completed. 





Field Directory


Highland Junior High

6915 E. Guadalupe Road Mesa Arizona United States 85212

for today only

(Last updated 09/13/20 at 10:20 AM )

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Cooley Junior High

1100 S Recker Rd Gilbert Arizona United States 85296

for today only

(Last updated 09/13/20 at 10:26 AM )

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Sossaman Middle School

18655 E. Jacaranda Blvd Queen Creek AZ Arizona United States 85142

(Last updated 08/04/21 at 01:39 PM )

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Nos Santos Soccer Complex

23908 Hawes Road Queen Creek Arizona United States 85142

for today only

(Last updated 08/19/21 at 03:53 PM )

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Sportsmanship Award

 At the end of every match, one player from each team will be given a Sportsmanship Award, as determined by the Referee crew. This award is not intended to be an MVP award, but to promote players who demonstrate a positive attitude and a style of play consistent with the goals and values of youth soccer everywhere. 

Winners of these awards, may be featured on our social media, unless parents notify us they do not want photos published. 

Tournament Rules

AYSO United Arizona Cup Tournament Rules


The AYSO United AZ Open Cup will strive to make the tournament as safe as reasonably possible for all participants and has made changes to the normal player format to address concerns related to the spread of this virus. Here are the changes of note for all coaches and players to be made aware of:

1.       There will be a coin toss at the beginning of each match; however, there will be no traditional shaking of hands.

2.       Players, coaches, and spectators will need to exit the park as soon as the match is over to allow for oncoming spectators and teams to take over the space. Oncoming teams will not be allowed to warm up or stretch in the areas between or around the fields, prior to their start time.

3.       Teams are asked not to congregate at the venues in between matches.

4.       There will be no hydration stations on the sidelines.

Given the current climate as it relates to Covid 19, we will continue to monitor and enact any changes required by the ASA, State or local municipalities.

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION    All matters related to the tournament should be directed to the Tournament Director at [email protected] or [email protected]    It is the responsibility of the coaches and managers to ensure appropriate phone numbers and email addresses are entered onto the team’s roster/application. Coaches and managers need to review and make sure they are familiar with the rules, pre-match check in procedures and credentials.    

MANDATORY CHECK-IN: All teams will check in online which will include uploading player passes with their rosters and the following CREDENTIALS:

● All players, coaches and assistant coaches must have a current year FIFA, USSF, USYSA, US CLUB, ASSA, AYSO, ODP, or affiliate member pass, depending upon the type of tournament sanctioned (restricted, unrestricted, etc.).  

● Team Roster - Teams must provide official rosters including jersey numbers. Any player participating in the tournament must be on the roster.  

● Laminated Player ID cards, proof of birth date and Medical Release forms (notarized for out of state players) shall be in possession of a team administrator at all times.

● Out of state team travel paperwork (league travel authorization, team roster) 

● All loan player forms (signed by appropriate parties). Guest players will require the same credentials as rostered players. 

● Academy teams are required to have a player pass. They must have a Medical Release form and be on a roster. 



Age groups

Maximum Number of Rostered players


(12) players

U11 and U12

(14) players


(22) players


A team may add up to five (5) guest players, not to exceed above stated maximums.     Players may not play for more than one (1) team during the tournament. No player will be allowed to play in a younger age bracket.  Teams must have player passes and Medical Release forms in their possession but will not be required to show them to an official unless a player’s eligibility is challenged by the opposing team. Failure to have these documents “Immediately Available” upon request, shall result in a forfeit of the match.      


● Teams will be screened by the referee before game time. (Given it will be early in the season, if a registered player does not have the exact correct uniform, it shall be the discretion of the referee to allow him/her to play, provided they also notify the opposing team. Any challenges to this decision will be brought to the Field Marshall and ultimately the Tournament Director.

● Referees will conduct a coin toss to determine start of the match, but not allow handshakes.

● Only coaches/team managers/club officials with a displayed coaching pass shall be allowed in the team’s technical area. (The team technical area will be approximately 10 yards in either direction from team, located behind the Assistant Referee).

● Referees will ensure that spectators are located on the same side as their team, but not on the same half as the AR. Play will not begin/resume until any spectator located behind the AR is moved; however, the clock will not stop while the spectators move.

● Referees will not take possession of player passes and will verify teams based on the game card provided by the tournament. 

● In the event of a dispute, head referee will ask the team to produce the player passes and review each pass to ensure the individual matches the picture and jersey listed on the roster to confirm that only eligible players are participating. 

● All equipment including uniform, shin guards (mandatory) and cleats will be inspected to ensure the safety of all players.  Cleats are not required.  Metal cleats and toe cleats are not allowed. 

● Players will be asked to remove all jewelry, barrettes, bobby pins, bows etc. prior to play. 

● Any player wearing an orthopedic or immobilizing cast will be subject to inspection at player check in and during play. Final decision on whether the item presents a hazard to any player will be up to the head referee. 



FIFA LAWS: All games will be played by FIFA Laws of the Game as modified by USYSA unless otherwise stated in this rules package. Times apply for both bracket and semi-final/finals. There will be no overtime.   DURATION:  Duration of games and overtimes (by halves) and ball size are as follows:   OT/PK 

Bracket Group Age

# of players

Time: Halves

Ball Size

U9 and U10



No. 4

U11 and U12



No. 4

U13 Plus



No. 5


Games will have additional water breaks as necessary. 

● One break may be given approximately halfway through a half. Coaches and the Center referee will discuss and agree to this prior to kickoff. If agreed upon by both coaches and the center referee, time given will be one minute while the clock will continue to run.  Delay of restart by coaches or players will be subject to a caution.  

HALFTIME:  Halftime is five (5) minutes      



● Max number on the field is 7, one of whom is a goalkeeper 

● Offsides: Yes 

● Headers: No 

● Throw-ins included 

● Substitutions: At any stoppage and unlimited 

● Free Kicks: Conform to FIFA with exception that all opponents are at least eight (8) yards from the ball.   ● All fouls will conform to FIFA rules. 

● Minimum of 5 players present to start the game. Teams failing to meet this minimum requirement at any point in the match will forfeit the match. 




● Max number on the field is 9, one of whom is a goalkeeper 

● Offsides: Yes 

● Headers: No  

● All fouls will conform to FIFA rules. 

● Minimum of 6 players present to start the game. Teams failing to meet this minimum requirement at any point in the match will forfeit the match.  



● Max number on the field is 11, one of whom is a goalkeeper 

● Offside will be called. 

● Headers: YES 

● All fouls will conform to FIFA rules. 

● Minimum of 7 players present to start the game. Teams failing to meet this minimum requirement at any point in the match will forfeit the match.  Coaches should be prepared to start the game at the specified game time. Failure of a team to report ready to play within five minutes (5) of a scheduled kickoff is considered a forfeit. The winning team will receive a score of 1-0. In the case of extenuating circumstances tournament officials can waive this rule.   


GAME CONCLUSION:  Referee and coaches will sign the game card (includes score, name/number/issue of any player/coach receiving yellow or red card) and forward to the field supervisor or headquarters. Cards should be turned into the referee coordinator. Referees will need to fill out red card reports and injury report and turn into Referee Coordinator prior to collecting payment for the match.     

SUBSTITUTION:  With permission of the referee, substitutions may be made:    

● Unlimited substitutions will be permitted at ANY stoppage of play with permission of the match Referee.  

COACHING: All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, friends, and spectators always.  

CONDUCT AND SPORTSMANSHIP: Referees will not allow immediately before games, during games and immediately after games any abusive or profane language or threats of any kind. If, in the opinion of the referee, a game must be terminated due to misconduct, the offending team shall be declared to have forfeited the game. A terminated game will result in the opposing team being awarded a win by a score of 1-0 unless the score is greater at the time of the termination.     REFEREES: Decisions made by the referee, once play has resumed, are not reversible. All referee decisions pertaining to action on the field are final – NO MATCH PROTESTS WILL BE CONSIDERED. 

At the conclusion of each match, Referees will select a member of each team and present them with a Sportsmanship award.


Team managers and/or coaches are to keep copies of player medical releases on hand at all games. In the event of an emergency, this form must accompany the player to treatment facility. 

A referee may seize a player card for a player suspected of having a head injury and report it to the Tournament Director. For the protection of the player, he/she may not return to play until after being cleared by a medical professional. The referee and the tournament committee will complete an injury incident report.   


● A player receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game automatically receives a red card upon issuance of the 2nd caution and is immediately ejected from the game and may NOT be replaced. However, at the discretion of the referee, a player receiving a double yellow card violation may be allowed to return for the next match provided neither of the bookings is for violent conduct, or Dissent.    

● A player receiving a red card is automatically ejected from the game and may NOT be replaced. 

● If a player receives a red card for fighting, that player will be ejected immediately and will serve an additional three suspension. The suspension will carry into AYSA regular season matches and/or tournaments. 

● A coach may be ejected from the game and an assistant coach or team manager whose credentials have been verified by the tournament committee may continue the game.  If no qualified replacement exists, the match is terminated and reported to tournament officials. 

● An ejected player or coach must leave the sideline areas, but if the player is a juvenile, s/he may remain in the control of a responsible adult unless an authorized adult is available to escort him/her from the field area. Any player who is allowed to remain must either remove or cover their team uniform top if they are to stay for the match. If that player continues to cause a disruption on the sideline, the referee may issue a red card to the coach.  

● An ejected player or coach will receive an appropriate suspension left to the discretion of the tournament committee unless the ejection occurs in the last game of the tournament for that team.  In such case, the red card or ejection report will be forwarded to the jurisdiction of the governing body responsible for that coach or player's next official game. 

● If in the opinion of the head official, an ejected player, coach or spectator, who is asked to leave or move, purposefully delays the restart of the match in order to waste time for the opposing team to score, the referee may suspend the match by declaring a forfeit to the offending team.

● A player or coach serving a suspension, must notify the referee at the start of the match, and receive the referee's signature on his/her suspension fulfillment form at the end of the match.  Once the entire suspension has been served, the player or coach may retrieve his/her player/coach pass by presenting his/her completed suspension fulfillment form to the appropriate tournament personnel. 




SCORING/DETERMINING WINNERS:   Teams are awarded points on the following basis:     

● A WIN is three (6) points

● A TIE is one (1) point

● A LOSS is zero (0) points   

● Three (3) points for a forfeit win (scored as a 1-0 shutout win)

● Minus one (1) point for each RED Card issued to a player or coach

● One point for each goal scored, for a maximum of three (3) additional points

● One point (1) for a shut out



● Head-to-head competition 

● Goal differential (up to a maximum of four goals differential per match) 

● Goals for 

● Goals against

● Kicks from the mark (penalty kicks) 

● If teams are still tied at this point, the Tournament Director will give instructions for resolution. 


Tie Breakers are applied recursively. If three or more teams are tied and a tiebreaker (other than kicks from the mark) causes one or more teams to drop from the tie, then the rules are again applied to the remaining ties beginning with head-to-head competition.    

TIE BREAKERS – SEMIFINALS AND FINALS:   Semifinal and final matches tied at the end of regulation time will be decided by kicks from the mark, according to FIFA rules.  There will be no overtimes.    

AWARDS:  Players on teams placing 1st or second in their flight will receive individual awards. 



FOUR-TEAM DIVISIONS: Round-robin play. Each team will play the other teams in their division. At the end, the 1st and 2nd place teams will be awarded medals.  

FIVE-TEAM DIVISIONS: Round-robin play. Each team will play the other teams in their division. 1st and, 2nd places only.

will be based on total points accumulated. There are no playoffs or finals.  



● The home team is the team that appears first on the schedule.  

● The home team is required to switch to alternative jerseys to accommodate a color conflict as declared by the referee. If the home team cannot supply an alternate jersey, they can wear a penny or practice shirt.  

● Will take the north/west side of the half line 

● Will furnish a game ball (one to be left by each goalie) 

● Will clean up their side of the line  



● The visiting team is the team that appears second on the schedule. 

● Has choice of jersey

● Will take the south/east side of the half line

● Will clean up their side of the line



● No spectators, coaches or parents may be along the end line or behind the goal. 

● Spectators shall be seated on the same side as their team, but may not be seated on the same half as the team.  

● No spectators or non-rostered players are allowed in the technical area. (Violations of this Rule may result in a caution against the Coach)


DISPUTES: The Tournament Director settles all disputes, and the decision is final. Tournament rules may be modified under extraordinary circumstances as deemed necessary by the Tournament Director.  


● In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Director or their designee reserves the right to modify all tournament rules to complete the tournament fairly and safely. The health and safety of the players is the priority. The second is to protect our limited fields and facilities. All decisions are guided by these principles.  

● All decisions made by the Tournament Director(s), Field Marshals, and /or Tournament Officials are final. Coaches will be informed of any anticipated changes in the schedule during player check-in or prior to scheduled games.  

● As soon as information is aware it will be posted on the tournament website, emailed and, if necessary, phone calls will be made.  

● All teams/managers/coaches are asked to remain flexible to the changes in fields/locations/game scheduled etc. as required.  

o If fields are unplayable games in question may be decided by penalty kicks. 

o If matches cannot be completed due to any reason tournament placement will be based upon the last fully completed round of play. Bracket tie breakers will be used to satisfy any ties that remain. If bracket tie breakers cannot resolve a tie, the Tournament Committee will utilize a coin toss to resolve the situation. 

o in the unlikely event of game cancellation due to inclement weather, entry fees will not be refunded.  Considerations will be made for credit for the next year’s tournament. 



● At no time are there to be any alcoholic beverages or tobacco (both chew and smoked) at Tournament sites.   Any visitor to the tournament found to be in possession of alcohol or narcotics of any kind, shall be subject to criminal prosecution and trespassed from the property for the duration of the tournament.

● Absolutely no glass is allowed at Tournament Sites.  

● Park in designated parking areas. Do not park along curbs in the sports complex. Overnight RV parking in the lot is not allowed.  

● Umbrellas/Canopies/Tents or other items cannot be staked into the fields. Weights should be used to secure them. 

● Only dogs who are service animals are allowed at any of the venues.

● All teams are expected to clean up their technical area after each match.

● Skateboards and rollerblades are prohibited.


The AYSO United Arizona Cup Rules follow the ASA sanctioned tournament policy requirements. This document outlines the requirements to receive and maintain Arizona Soccer Association (ASA) sanctioning for a youth soccer tournament in the state of Arizona. 


Registration Fees

Registration Fees 

In order to make this a fun and affordable experience for everyone, we have lowered our cost to help you with your decision making. We are requesting all payments be made by check to:

AYSO United AZ
5235 E. Southern Ave Ste D106-124
Mesa AZ 85206
 U10 Boys and Girls $350
 U11 - U12 Boys and Girls $475
 U13-U17 Boys and Girls $650

All teams participating will receive a tournament pin and other give-a-ways. 

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AYSO United Arizona

5235 E. Southern Ave, D106-124 
Mesa, Arizona 85206

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 480-480-7800
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