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PROCEDURE TO HOST AN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MATCH OR TOURNAMENT

Once you have received approval from your U.S. Soccer-affiliated organization, you need to apply for permission from U.S. Soccer. Please click here for all documentation needed for an Application to Host an International Youth Match or Tournament.

The following MUST be submitted to U.S. Soccer in order to receive approval:

  1. A completed USSF International Tournament Hosting Application. This document MUST be signed (bottom right of the application page in the Approval section) by your U.S. Soccer-affiliated organization BEFORE being submitted to U.S. Soccer.

  2. A completed USSF International Tournament Hosting Agreement.

  3. A copy of the Rules for the Tournament or Games in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game. Please review the Rules Checklist for Hosting a Game or Tournament Involving Foreign Teams. Rules submitted MUST follow the below guidelines:
    1. OVERTIME – FIFA's rules specify that if overtime periods are used, overtime periods must be played to completion. "Golden goal" and "Silver goal" are no longer allowed.


    2. SUBSTITUTIONS – FIFA's rules specify that the following substitution rules must be included:
      (1) a player may be substituted on at a stoppage of play with the permission of the referee; otherwise substitutions may be made at any stoppage only with the permission of the referee, and
      (2) if the age group is 15 & under, free substitution is allowed. For age groups 16 years and older, free substitution is allowed providing the tournament is not an official competition (but a friendly club tournament) and the age category does not include matches between national teams of CONCACAF member countries.
  4. Applicable fee ($75.00) made payable to U.S. Soccer Federation. This can be submitted via check or credit card. A Credit Card Authorization Form can be found in the above link in documentation needed for an Application to Host an International Youth Match or Tournament.

Please submit the Application and payment to:
U.S. Soccer Federation
Attn: Hosting/Travel
1801 S. Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

Or via email to: AGaribay@ussoccer.org

Documentation and payment must be received by U.S. Soccer in order to complete the application request. Upon approval, U.S. Soccer will return the approved application to the team coach or manager listed on the application.

Questions may be directed to Adrian Garibay at AGaribay@ussoccer.org.

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