What are the dates of birth that define each age group?
To go along with US Youth Soccer, we will be using calendar birth years for the player's playing age for our events. The age division of a team in the event, will be based on the birth year of the oldest player on the team's roster. Also note that a player may play in a division older than his/her age, but not in one that is younger. In FYSA sanctioned events, "playing up" is limited to whatever the current FYSA guidelines state. In events that are sanctioned by Challenge Sports only, "playing up" is left to the discretion of the coach and parents.
What are acceptable forms of Proof of Age?
Any one of the following are acceptable as proof of a player's age: birth certificate, passport, verified player pass or drivers license/state issued ID card. Copies of any of these are acceptable to use for the check in process.
How can my team attend Nationals?
A team can qualify to participate in the Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships in these ways: 1) Finish within the top 4 teams in your age division at any one of the local qualifying events throughout the country. 2) Finish within the top 6 teams in your age division at any 3v3 Super Challenge, the Disney 3v3 Championships, the USA 3v3 Nationals or the prior year's Nationals. 3) Have placed first within a Gold Division at Nationals within the past 2 years.
Can a goal be scored from anywhere on the field?
NO, the ball must be last touched (by either team) while in the OFFENSIVE half of the field. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick off. For a goal to be awarded during a kick-off, the ball must first be kicked completely off of the halfway line, into the offensive half of the field (If the entire ball is not completely within the offense half of the field when last touched, no goal will be awarded.
What are the rules about the goal box in front of the goal?
The rules regarding goal boxes in our rules section are below. Standing in or passing through the box is allowed. The box rule is only invoked if a player touches the ball when either any part of the player or the ball is in the box. The box ara extends upward from the lines. Touching the ball in the air above the box is a violation.
GOALS & GOAL BOX: The goal box, 12 feet wide and 8 feet deep, is directly in front of the goal. No player may touch the ball within the goal box, however any player may move through the goal box. Any part of the ball or player's body on the line is considered in the goal box; the player is an extension of the box. If a defender touches the ball in the goal box, a goal is awarded to the offensive team. If the defender OR the ball is in the box and contact is made, a goal is awarded. If an offensive player touches the ball within the goal box, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. If the ball comes to a complete stop in the goal box, regardless of which team touched it last, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.
Who has to be at Check-in?
Only one (1) representative for the team(s) with the required paperwork and documents is needed for check-in. Please try to check-in at least 1 hour before the teams first game.
Can I change my roster after I submit my application?
Yes, as long as the change does not effect the gender (adding a boy to a girls team changes the gender), age, or Comp/Rec status of the team, you can go into your TMS Tournament Management System Account and edit the information about your team including the players on your roster. Roster changes that effect the gender, age, or Comp/Rec level of the team are the equivalent of entering a new team and must be approved in advance. Rosters can be changed as needed up to the start of your first game.
How many games is each team guaranteed?
Every team is guaranteed to play at least 4 games in each tournament.
When will the game schedules be available?
For local qualifiers, our plan is to publish the schedule no later than 10PM of the Thursday evening before the tournament. Schedules for Nationals will be posted further in advance.
How are the goals scored during the game recorded and is there a scoreboard on each field that show the score during the game?
It is not possible to have a scoreboard for each field. The referee keeps track of the score on the Game Card which is given to the winning coach to bring to the score center after the game. To prevent scoring controversies (which are more common in 3v3 because of the fast paced game and the high scoring), the referee is instructed to announce the score to both teams after each goal. Coaches are responsible for checking with the referee during the game to make sure that scoring discrepancies are caught before the score card is turned in. It is also important to review the Game Card with event staff when it is turned in for posting.
Is there a hotel close to the fields for those of us who are coming a long way?
There is a hotel link located on each event page. While some events may have specific hotels listed, we encourgage any teams that are needing housing to contact our housing partner Avanti Housing at 1-800-342-3110 or online at http://avantihousing.com for special tournament related pricing.
How can I tell if my team should enter in the Comp or Rec Division?
For U6, U7, and U8 age players there is no distinction, they are all considered Rec. For U9 and older age players, we use this definition:
Any 3v3 team that is created by a tryout or selection process based on the level of play/ability of players OR has one or more players who have played on a full sided competitive or select team in a club any time in the last 12 months is classified as a Comp team (guest playing may not count against a player's Rec status as long as it was not more than twice and as long as the player was not rostered to the team). All other teams are eligible to play in the Rec Division. Any team playing under the Rec status must submit a Verification of Recreational Status Form either by uploading it to the team's TMS profile or turning it in during check in.
Special note applicable in June and July - Players that have been eligible to play Rec who try out for and make the roster of a Competitive Full sided team for the coming season will not be considered "COMP" players until that Full Sided team begins its League or season play. This specifically addresses players who are classified as rec players who try out in May, June or July for a team to play on in the Fall. Those players will retain their "Rec" status through the Challenge Sports 3v3 Tour Nationals in August.
The definition of a full sided competitive team is one that has its roster selected by a tryout or selection process based on skill and level of play. The term "Full Sided" is to distinguish from 3v3 and applies to 6v6 and 8v8, as well as 11v11 since only the 6v6 and 8v8 formats are available to U9, U10, U11 and U12 players in many areas.
The key aspect of the definition of a comp player is that he or she plays on a team which has its roster selected through a process that is based on ability or level of play. U6/7/8 Divisions do not have separate Comp and Rec Divisions. All U6/7/8 age appropriate players playing on a U6/7/8 team are considered Rec players and do not need to submit a Verification of Recreational Status Form.
How can I become a referee for a tournament?
If you are a qualified referee - click here
to submit a referee availability work request. This request will be directed to the appropriate referee coordinator.
What are the rules for "coed" teams? Can Girls play on Boys teams?
We have two gender categories for youth divisions (u6 - u19). "Girls" Divisions can include only teams with only girls on the roster. "Boys/Coed" Divisions include teams with Boys and or Girls on the roster. For Adult Coed Divisions, when 2 Adult Coed teams play each other, each team must have at least 1 female on the field at all times. This rule does not apply to youth divisions.
How do I get to the Park and Check-in Site? (we do have quite a few teams that travel a long way to play)
We have a link on the tournament web page showing the location of the park and check-in site, if it is located somewhere other than the event location.
What happens if there are not enough teams of my gender/age/skill level to form a division?
Challenge Sports welcomes input from teams about how to best combine ages and skill levels when 1 or more division does not have enough teams to stand alone. We post entries over the weekend before the tournament, then on Monday and Tuesday we show teams in proposed Divisions so that teams can comment in time for adjustments. A mixed division leads to separate brackets as long as there are at least 2 teams of each age/gender/skill level will. When there is only 1 team of a certain age/gender/skill level, that team will be considered as the same as the closest other age/gender/skill level group in the Division for bracket play. If a team decides that the planned division does not look like it will present a good experience for the team, they can withdraw for a full refund as late a Tuesday at midnight. That way a team can see the teams they will be playing with in time to be able to withdraw for a full refund. When age/gender/skill levels are combined it does not effect a teams chances to qualify for Nationals because teams are separated in their own age/gender/skill level before they are ranked to determine qualifying. The top 4 teams of each age/gender/skill level will qualify for Nationals.
What happens in the case of bad weather?
Our Weather Policy is posted here WEATHER
What are the requirements for uniforms?
Players must wear similar colored jerseys and each team must have a dark and light colored set. Numbers are not required, and the jerseys do not have to be identical, just close enough so that it is clear that the players are on the same team. Shin guards are required for all players.
What is the rule for a restart?
All restarts are indirect kicks, except for corners and penalty kicks. The rule defining when a kicked ball is in play after the first touch in a restart is the same from full sided soccer. Our rules do not alter that rule in any way. In the full sided game of soccer the ball is considered in play when it is kicked and moved. The distance to be moved is minimal and the kick need only be a touch of the ball with the foot in a kicking motion or being dragged with the top or bottom of the foot. Simply tapping the top of the ball with the foot or stepping on the ball is not sufficient.
All players are required to wear Shin Guards. Shin guards must be covered by a sock. Players without Shin guards will not be permitted to play.
Teams may substitute during any stoppage of play with the approval of the referee. All substitutes will enter the field at the midline. The player leaving the field may go directly to the nearest part of the team sideline.
Can a player play with a cast?
As a youth soccer organization in Florida, we choose to follow the guidelines of the Florida Youth Soccer Association as far as casts and braces go.
This is from FYSA Rule 402.2...
b.) Orthopedic casts are not permitted; however, soft braces can be worn with written approval from a doctor and judgment as to safety is at the discretion of the referee
What guidelines should I use for forming my team?
Teams are formed in many different ways, everything from a group of neighborhood friends to a highly recruited group of players from widely different areas for serious competitive teams. One important guideline to follow is to have a group of players who are as closely grouped in age and skill level as possible. A team with players who are, for example U8, U9, U11, and U12 age will have to play U12 and the 2 younger players will be at some risk against older players. Similarly, a team made up of 4 rec players and 1 comp player must play in the comp division, and may likely be badly overmatched in most games.
What are the dimensions of the field and goals?
Fields for u6/7/8 are 30 yards long by 20 yards wide. U9 and older teams play on fields that are 30 yards wide by 40 yards long. These field sizes may be adjusted slightly smaller do to space restrictions. Goals are 4 feet high by 8 feet wide. Goal Box is 12 feet wide by 8 feet deep and center circles are 10 yards in diameter (5 yard radius)
Can we change our team name for Nationals?
Yes, you can. If you do wish to change the team's name just make the change to the current team you have used in TMS. By doing this all your prior event data will still be in tact. You do not need to create a new team in TMS if you are just wanting to change the name.
How late can we enter teams?
The deadline (for guaranteed acceptance) is shown on the event's listing page. After that date, teams can still apply, however accpetance is not guaranteed. While we try to make it possible for all teams that apply to play in the event there are various circumstance that may not allow for late acceptance.
What is the Tour Management System?
The Challenge Sports 3v3 Tour Management System or TMS is a centralized area for coaches or team managers to register for and keep track of tournament related items.
How does the TMS work?
The TMS acts as a storehouse for all the items you would need to register for a tournament. When you set up your account you will just need to input the information one time and any event you participate in afterwards the information will already be there for you! This way when you are ready to register for an event everything is already at your finger tips.
What do I need to do to get started?
Getting started is easy. First you will need to create your individual user account. Simply click the link for registering for you new account (or click here
). On the registration page fill out all the information and submit the form. That's all there is to it, you will then be able to enter the system! Also for the system to work properly your browser will need to be able to accept "cookies', and you will want to turn off any pop-up blocker software.
Once I have created my account, then what?
Once your account is created, log into the system to get started.
Once you are logged in, you will notice that there are separate areas for Teams and for Players (we refer to these as your pools). From these areas you will add your team(s) and players to your pools. There is also an area for Events. While they are different areas they will work in conjunction with each other when you register for events.
You may add as many teams and players as you need to your pools but you will need to create at least one team and add a minimum of three (3) players to your pools in order to register for an event. The best part of this is that once you add them to your pools, you will not need to do it again! After you place the information into the system, it will then be easily accessible when you go to register for an event.
- Add Team(s) to system
- Add players to system
- Register for Event
How many teams can I add and what information will I need to have to enter them?
You may add as many teams as you need. To enter your team(s) you will need to provide the team's name, its age group, whether coed or girls division, and whether it is a Rec or Comp team. Additionally, we will be asking you to supply a secondary contact for the team.
What is the secondary contact for?
Although it is rare, we have had incidents when something has arisen just prior to an event or during it when we have needed to contact a team and were unable to reach the primary contact. So, we are asking for this is just in case something comes up and we cannot get a hold of you. You may also use this for an assistant coach.
When you ask for the team's age group, what is this?
For this, you will need to put in the birth year of the team's oldest player. This will be used to determine what division your team will show up in for the Rankings.
What if we typically play up in age during events?
Playing up in age is fine for our events. The system does however have a 4 year age cap for players playing up in age divisions to be able to be added to the team's event roster. For these situations, the player can be added to the team but it has to be done from our side. To have the player added, you will need to contact us so we can verify that the player's parents are aware of the age difference and are ok with them playing up.
Once I add a team, can I change any of the information?
Yes, you can edit the team's information whenever you may need to. You can even delete a team you have added if it is no longer together.
What will I need to enter a player into the system?
To add a player you will be required to have the following information; the player's full name, date of birth, gender, competitive level, shirt size and an emergency contact number. We ask that you also please include an address and valid e-mail address for each player but it is not required to add the player.
What is the player photo section?
When adding a player to the system you will notice a section to upload a player photo. It will be used much like a club player pass and provide us with an additional source of validation should the need arise. Think of it as a player pass photo for 3v3. Currently photos are optional but it will become required in the future. However, a current photo of the player is required for the player to be eligible to participate in the Verified Player program.
Do I need photos of my players to use the system?
Currently, no. You can add players without uploading the photos at this time. However, any players that do not have current photos in the system will not be eligible to participate in the Verified Player Program.
What type of photo will I need to have if I just want to take care of it now?
For the player photos we ask that you supply a head shot type picture, much like you would use on a club player pass. Additionally, the picture must be in JPEG (.jpg) format, preferably no more than 120x150 pixels in dimension and under 120kb in size. If you do not have a way to crop and resize your pictures there is a link provide to FotoFlexer
(a free online photo editing site) that you can use.
When I add a player it does not give me a team option?
That is correct. Players are individual entries and not directly tied to a team until you add them to a roster for an event. When you add a player to the system they are just that, a player. Think of it as a "player pool". This way if you have multiple players and teams as long as the player meets the particular team's requirements they can be placed on different teams based on your event's needs.
What if a player is no longer playing with us?
You can just remove the player from your list. The system provides an option for this, in addition to the ability to edit any of the players information.
I have added my team(s) and players, now what?
Once you have gone through the initial set up process (added teams, players, etc.) you are now ready to register for events. To register for an event just click on any of the register links provided throughout the system to begin the event registration process.
How does the registration process work?
Once you select the event you would like to participate in you will be directed to the registration area. From here, just follow the directions and registration is a breeze. Just select the team you want and the playing division and then the following page will let you select which players you can assign to the team and that's it! You can then go back to register additional teams or head to the payment section.
Can I register more than one team for an event?
You can register as many teams as you would like and have. Just as long as you have the minimum number of eligible players available in your player pool.
I have registered for an event but have to make changes, what do I do?
If you need to make changes to a roster, you can do it directly through the TMS. Just go to the Edit Roster section under Tournament Management and select the roster you need to change.
Important note on roster changes; you still can make changes to your roster up until your first game directly from the TMS, however if the changes are made AFTER the Wednesday before the event, YOU will need to print out the new roster and bring it with you to check in. One side note to this is that if you are adding a player to an existing roster, they must be entered into the players section first before they will show as available to placed on a roster.
What if I have to drop out of an event I registered for?
If you need to drop from an event, this can also be done through the TMS. Just select Cancel Registration from the Tournament Management section. Please understand that once you register for a tournament the Challenge Sports cancellation policy and The Challenge Sports Guarantee becomes in to effect.
By using this system, will I still need to bring waivers to the events?
Yes, unless ALL of the players on the roster have Full Season Waivers uploaded and approved in TMS. If not all players have one you will still need to provide a signed waiver/roster form for each team at check in. Both of these can be printed out directly from the Tournament Management section within the TMS.
What if I have additional questions or am having problems with the system?
If you have any other comments, questions or are running into problems, please use our Contact form
. This way it will be sure to get routed to the appropriate people that can assist you.
I have uploaded proof of age but my player still is showing "Pending"?
Have you uploaded a photo for the player? Players will not be issued Verified status unless a current player photo has been uploaded to their profile and proof of age has been submitted. BOTH of these must be present. The player will remain in pending status until a photo is added. If you have satisfied the photo requirement, please allow time for the verification. It is not done automatically and each verification is done manually. While we try and get to them as soon as possible, there will be some times when the verification might be delayed. Once all the requirements have been met and the proof of age has been reviewed the players status will be changed.
What is the Verified Player Program?
Like the name implies this is a system set up to allow users to be able to have their players be verified as to whom they say they are. The system is much like the pre-event check-in process, only it is done virtually and we bring the proof of age for you! For those of you familiar with club soccer, think of this as you would a player pass; only this one is for Challenge Sports 3v3 and it is kept online. More information on this program can be found HERE
What is the Full Season Waiver?
The Full Season Waiver is an individual player waiver that once filled out, uploaded and approved will be valid for the entire current tour year (except for National's, a Disney waiver will still be required for this event). More information on this program can be found HERE
How does my team become eligible for Express Check In?
For a team to eligible for Express Check In the following steps must be taken. 1) All players on roster must have a current photo uploaded to the player's profile. 2) BOTH Proof of Age AND a Full Season Waiver must be submitted and be approved for each player on the roster. If you have any players on the roster that do not meet these requirements the team is not eligible for Express Check In.
I think I have submitted everything to be eligible for Express Check In. How can I make sure?
The easiest way to check if your team has met the requirements for Express Check In is from the Tournament Management tab, click on Print Waiver/Roster link. From this screen you will see either a Print Waiver or Express Check In button. If Express Check In is showing, the team has met all the requirements.
Once I have uploaded the required items for my players how long does it take for them to get approved?
While our staff tries its best to get the approvals completed in a timely manner, there are times when we are not able to get to them as quickly as we would like. Please allow for at least 24 hours for the approval process. Also to ensure the process is completed before your event, please submit the documents as soon as possible. If you wait until the night before your event to submit the photos and documentation required, there is a good chance your team will not be approved in time and you will still be required to bring all the paperwork to the event for check in.