What is a Tournament?
Any organized special event that brings together teams of soccer players for the purpose of competing in soccer games; whether for sportsmanship, friendship, a championship or other competitive recognition, with or without awards or other recognition, in an environment that is good for the players and good for the game.
Why hold a Tournament?
Participation: Provide a valuable opportunity for players to play the game of soccer beyond the primary/regular/core season.
Development: Foster Region, Area or Section development through camaraderie, demonstrate the AYSO philosophies to your local community, build player and volunteer camaraderie or as a playoff activity that advances teams to Area or Sectional play.
Fundraising: Activities to support player scholarships, keeping Regional registration fees affordable, field development, field usage fees and new equipment. AYSO is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and all fundraising must be designed to protect this status.
Tournaments in AYSO are defined by their Scope. The scope also defines the level of authorization required.
Region Tournament: Open to AYSO teams within a specific AYSO Region. Regional Commissioner approval required.
Area Tournament: Open to AYSO teams within a specific AYSO Area. Area Director approval required.
Section Tournament: Open to AYSO teams from within a specific AYSO Section. Section Director approval required.
AYSO Invitational Tournament: Open to AYSO teams only and from any Section. National Director of Tournaments approval required.
AYSO Open Invitational Tournament: A tournament that includes both AYSO and non-AYSO teams. National Director of Tournaments approval required.
International Tournament: Open to AYSO teams, international teams and possibly non-AYSO teams. National Director of Tournaments approval required.
Roster size: Each AYSO U-19 and U-16 tournament team shall have a maximum of eighteen (18) and a minimum of twelve (12) registered players. Each U-14 shall have a maximum of fifteen (15) and a minimum of twelve (12) registered players, U-12 team shall have a maximum of 12 registered players; U-10 teams shall have a maximum of ten (10) registered players
PUT TOGETHER YOUR TEAM EARLY!!