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Application to Host Tournaments
Select the appropriate Application or change form below.
MSA will not sanction Competitive (Division 1) U9 and U10 Age groups
Recreational and Select Tournaments will not be approved on the same Application.
A Tournament is either a Recreational Tournament or a Select Tournament
If your Tournament will include Division II Teams you must complete this agreement
IMPORTANT NOTE regarding Division II Tournaments: MSA Policy 7.15 MSA will only sanction Division II tournaments that are operated within the GotSoccer Tournament system. GotSoccer Ranking Points from MSA Tournaments shall be used for seeding the MSA Presidents Cup. Organizations are encouraged to include Division II brackets as a part of their Tournaments. Division II Teams may also compete in Competitive Tournaments. Any organization found in violation of this policy will not be refunded their tournament bond fee and is subject to additional sanctions by the MSA Council.
Host a Recreational Tournament
Host a Select Tournament
Host Requirements for Member Tournament or Games: Any member who wishes to host a local tournament or games that will include teams from outside of Mississippi or MSA (often called “friendlies”) must complete the U.S. Youth Soccer Application to Host Tournaments or Games on-line at the MSA website.
Foreign Teams: Tournaments which will have foreign teams must be submitted to MSA for processing to US Youth Soccer not later than one hundred and eighty days (180) or a late fee will apply as outlined in the Travel and Tournament Manual.
First Right of Refusal: Organizations that hosted tournaments during a specific date during the prior year have first right of refusal for the dates closest to their prior year date. A requested date later than the prior years tournament shall not be considered as protected provided, however, a requested date later than the prior years tournament shall not be considered protected longer than one (1) week from the immediate previous tournament date.
The organization applying for a tournament must be a member in good standing. If the member is deemed not in good standing, they shall have 10 working days to reconcile the issue causing them to be declared in good standing before the tournament sanction is rescinded.
Processing Fees: The cost for processing a Tournament Application will be equivalent to the highest Tournament Entry Fee and a $300.00 bond will be required to be posted for each tournament. The Tournament Fee shall be paid online
Restricted vs Unrestricted:
Restricted tournaments are tournaments that are restricted to USYS member teams only. Any organization found in violation of this policy will not be refunded their tournament bond and will be subject to additional sanctions by the MSA Council.
Unrestricted tournaments allow all USSF affiliate teams including teams (see Foreign Teams Above). This type of tournament must provide a certificate of insurance naming the Mississippi Soccer Association as an additional insured un the amount of the current MSA liability and medical insurance policy. Be aware that some USSF affiliates have less stringent rostering rules and may not apply reciprocity for discipline matters between the USSF affiliates. It is for this reason that MSA does not assume that liability with its members insurance.
MSA will not approve an unrestricted tournament until that certificate is received.
Tournament Approval: Once the MSA office has distributed the approved application in accordance with U.S. Youth Soccer instructions, the hosting member may extend tournament or games invitations which must include the information specified in the online tournament application.
Post Tournament Report: For Tournaments, The hosting organization must submit a Post Tournament Report to the MSA State Office within thirty days after the conclusion of the tournament or games. Upon receipt of the Post Tournament Report within the thirty-day time frame, MSA will refund the organization’s bond.
Tournament Date Conflicts: MSA will not approve two tournaments of the same division and same gender within 100 miles of each other based upon the MSA approved mileage chart.
Requesting dates for the following year – Organizations must be in good standing and submit their completed tournament application and applicable fees for fall tournaments by close of business March 1st and close of business July 1stst for Spring Tournaments, in order to secure their tournament date for the next seasonal year. If this request is not received within the required deadlines, the date shall be forfeited and be declared open.
Tournament Definition – For the purpose of delineating between a tournament and Games for the application process, a tournament shall be defined as follows:
A soccer event in which teams are invited and pay a fee to play, winners are declared and awards are given, shall be deemed a tournament. Further, any event of “friendly” Games that have more than 6 teams in a single age group, shall be declared a tournament.
Tournament Rules: . MSA Sanctioned Tournaments: All MSA Sanctioned tournaments shall use the appropriate Tournament rules for the appropriate Division with the following exception:
a. Guest players and different bracketing rules may be allowed only if they are stipulated in the tournament application.
b. Tournaments may allow divisions for 11 a-side soccer (10 – 12) only if out-of-state teams whose state has not yet implemented small side games are accepted; until such time that all Region III states have implemented the USYS small sided games policy.