US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Policy Change
The US Youth Soccer Board of Directors approved a policy change to the National Championship Series rules policy 241 Section 3 subsection (e) at its September meeting. The policy becomes effective immediately.
The now policy reads, “At every level of the National Championships competitions, a player or team official at a game site to participate in a game or associated activity of the competitions may only have on the outer wear of the player or team official a name, logo, or other identifying mark of a youth soccer organization that is US Youth Soccer, a State Association, or other member of US Youth Soccer, a member of a State Association, or an organization that is a member of an organization that is a member of a State Association. A name, logo, or other identifying mark of any other youth soccer organization must be removed, replaced, or covered before the player or team official may continue to remain at the game site for the game or associated activity.”
In this policy, the language “or associated activity” was added. Essentially, the policy requires all coaches, managers, club administrators and players of a team competing in the State Cup, Regional Championships, or National Championships to have all garments that show logos, names, or other identifying marks to be those of the club affiliated with PA West Soccer while they are at the competition site. The new language further specifies in addition to the game site that it is required for all associated activity of the competition.
An example of enforcement would be explained this way. The player, coach or administrator’s club is the General Butler Vagabonds, as specified by their affiliation with PA West Soccer, the aforementioned club members can’t wear jackets, warm-ups, uniforms or other apparel that is those of the Butler Generals. Further, this not only applies to the matches but at all times the individuals are at the game site or other functions related to the competition like awards ceremonies, informational meetings, and the tournament draw. A player or coach/administrator failing to comply or rectify the problem would be required to leave the game or event site.
What is the US Youth Soccer National Championship/PA West Soccer State Cup?
The State Cup Championship is a tournament held within each state association. Teams whose age is from U-12 to U-19 (boys and girls) may enter the state cup competition provided they play in a qualifying league and U-12 to U-13's must play in the fall and spring. The league competition must consist of a minimum of six games against each of the different teams in the leagues. The winners of the U-12 through U-19 age groups will represent Western Pennsylvania at the regional tournament.
What are the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships?
The Region I Championship is one of four regional tournaments comprising the next-to-highest level of a nationwide tournament whose objective is to determine national champions. Regional Championships are held for age groups U-12–U-19 (boys and girls). Regional Champions in the U-14–U-19 age groups advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
What is the US Youth Soccer National Championship?
The US Youth Soccer National Championship is the highest level competition of youth soccer in the country. Four teams—regional and state champions from their respective associations—compete in each age group to earn the title of US Youth Soccer National Champion. The tournament consists of round robin play with the two teams accumulating the greatest number of points playing a fourth game for the National Championship.