U.S. Soccer fan week rules


The object of the Contest is to describe how a Nominee (defined below) is a loyal U.S. Soccer fan by creating and posting an original photo or video exhibiting the most creative and passionate expression of loyalty and fandom (the "Entry"). You must post your Entry via a public Tweet on Twitter using your public Twitter or Instagram account as directed by @ussoccer (the "USSF Account"), and include the hashtag #BestofUS2019 (the "Hashtag") in accordance with these Official Rules to be eligible. Staff members of the United States Soccer Federation, Inc. (“USSF”) will select the five (5) most compelling Entries in accordance with these Official Rules and based upon criteria set forth in the Judging section below, members of the United States Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams (the “Judges”) will determine the Winners (defined below). Entries must be in the English language and/or include subtitles in the English language and no longer than sixty (:60) seconds in length and text no longer than 280 characters ("Submission Requirements"). To be eligible, the person nominated ("Nominee") must (a) be a legal United States resident; (b) be of the legal age of majority in his/her jurisdiction (and in any event at least 18 years of age); and (c) not be an Ineligible Individual.

The Contest entry period begins at 5:30 p.m. Central Time ("CT") on November 10, 2019, and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on December 10, 2019 (the "Entry Period").

The Judges will judge all eligible Entries to determine the five (5) most compelling Entries based on the following criteria: Creativity/Originality (33%), Expression of passion for soccer (34%), and Expression of Nominee's loyalty to the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams (33%). On or about December 14, 2019, from the five (5) most compelling Entries, a single winner, as determined by the Judges, will be deemed the winning Entry (the "Winning Entry"). Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules, the eligible Nominees nominated by the participants that submitted the Winning Entry, as determined by the Judges, will be declared the official winner of the Contest (the "Winner"). In the event of a tie for any potential Winning Entry, the score for Creativity/Originality will be used as a tiebreaker.

 One Prize To Be Awarded. The Winner will receive

  • Two (2) tickets for Winner and one guest to each U.S. Soccer-controlled international friendly match played within the U.S during 2020.Ticket does not apply to tournaments or world cup qualifiers, may not be resold or transferred to any third party. Approximately Retail Value (“ARV”):$1,200.To claim tickets, winner must contact the U.S. Soccer ticketing department via email and/or phone within 2 weeks of the match to confirm attendance.Winner Photo ID will be required to redeem tickets.Seat location will vary per match.Travel to/from matches and other expenses such as parking and food are not included.Sponsor is not responsible for any match cancelled or postponed due to weather;
  • One (1) 2020 U.S. Soccer jersey (ARV: $90);
  • Winner will be acknowledged at one of the U.S. Soccer-controlled international friendly match in which the winner attends

(the above each, a "Prize" and collectively, the "Prizes"). (Total Approximate Retail Value of Prizes: $1,290).  TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM MATCHES NOT INCLUDED. 

For a list naming the Winners, mail a request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by December 30, 2019, to: Fan Week Best Fan Contest Winner's List c/o USSF, 1801 S. Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616.

: United States Soccer Federation, Inc., 1801 S. Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 ("Sponsor").

To enter, you must have a valid, public (i.e. not protected) Twitter and Instagram account and be a follower of the USSF Account and submit your Entry and the Hashtag pursuant to the (i) Content Restrictions (as set forth in the Content Restrictions section below), (ii) Submission Requirements, and (iii) Twitter Terms of Service and Twitter Rules available at www.twitter.com and Instagram Terms of Service at www.instagram.com. No other method of entry will be accepted. If you do not have a Twitter or Instagram account, visit their respective websites and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for an account. By fully completing and submitting all required information as directed you will be entered in the Contest. Participants are solely responsible for Internet connectivity, software and/or hardware that may be required in order to create and/or submit any Entry. All information submitted by participants in connection with this Contest and shared with Sponsor pursuant to participant's Twitter/Instagram account settings is subject to, and will be treated in a manner consistent with, USSF's Privacy Policy accessible at: www.ussoccer.com/privacy-policy. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries are void. Limit one (1) Entry per person and per Twitter/Instagram account. In case of multiple Entries received from any person or Twitter/Instagram account, only the first Entry received from such person or account will be considered. Any Entry that does not comply with the Content Restrictions, Submission Requirements or otherwise with these Official Rules will be void, eliminated and not eligible for consideration.

The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States (except residence of Rhode Island) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older (except in the case of legal residents of certain states/territories/ where the legal age of majority is greater than eighteen (18) years of age, such legal age of majority) with a valid Twitter or Instagram account and a valid email address at the time of entry. Employees, officers and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and members of the same household, whether or not related) of Sponsor and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers, advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Contest ("Ineligible Individuals") are not eligible to participate or win a Prize. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, territory, provincial and local laws, rules and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation.

All Prize details, including, without limitation, the exact nature, shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor and subject to availability. The Prizes are non-transferable and non-assignable with no cash redemptions except at Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize (or any portion thereof) with a prize of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion. Each Winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, territory, provincial and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). All costs and expenses associated with the Prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided including, but not limited to, ground transportation costs, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting the Prize are the sole responsibility of each individual Winner. Limit one (1) Prize per person, family or household. GROUND

. Match date and seat locations at the Match shall be determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor. Each Winner's guest must be of legal age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence (and at least eighteen (18) years of age), unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Soccer Match, event and exhibition dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of USSF, and may be subject to change. The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as part of the Prize will govern in the event a legal Match, event or exhibition, as defined by USSF, is not played due to weather conditions, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. Each Winner and his/her guest agree to comply with all applicable stadium regulations in connection with the Prize. Sponsor reserves the right to remove or to deny entry to any Winner and/or his/her guest who engage(s) in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the Match, event or exhibition. Released Parties (defined below) will not be responsible for weather conditions, Acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other natural disaster outside their control that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any Match, event or exhibition. Soccer Match, event and exhibition tickets awarded as part of the Prize may not be resold or offered for resale or used for any commercial or promotional purpose whatsoever. Any such resale or commercial or promotional use may result in disqualification and Prize forfeiture, and may invalidate the license granted by the Match, event or exhibition tickets.

Sponsor will be responsible for resolving any disputes and rules violations that arise in connection with the Contest. Sponsor's computer will be the official clock of the Contest. All decisions by Sponsor regarding the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.

By entering the Contest and submitting an Entry, each entrant (a) agrees that his/her Entry is an original work of authorship and that he/she owns all right, title and interest in the Entry as of the date of submission or has all necessary rights and authorizations to submit it and the express permission of all individuals, content and materials embodied in the Entry to submit it for possible use as provided herein; (b) agrees and represents that his/her Entry does not violate the www.ussoccer.com terms of use at: https://www.ussoccer.com/terms-of-use  or infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; (c) to the extent permissible by Twitter.com's or Instagram’s terms of use, assigns to Sponsor and its designees ownership of the Entry and grants the perpetual and unlimited right and license to use, license, edit, modify, duplicate and/or create derivative works from his/her Entry throughout the world and in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, the right for Sponsor or its designees to publish, display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise use and exploit the Entry via the Internet or any other interactive media, in stadium, on television, in print and/or any other media currently existing and hereafter developed and without limitation and without payment of any compensation to the participant or his/her heirs and successors, (i) on its own or as part of any audiovisual or other production; (ii) to advertise any products, programming or services of USSF or its sponsors or for any other advertising, marketing, publicizing and promotional purposes and in any materials related thereto; and/or (iii) for any other purpose whatsoever; and (d) release in perpetuity the Released Parties from any claims, demands, losses and liabilities of any nature arising out of or in any way connected with the Entry, and the use thereof as permitted hereunder, including, but not limited to, claims of copyright or trademark infringement, false endorsement, libel, slander, defamation or infringement of rights of publicity or privacy. Nothing herein will obligate Sponsor to make any use of any of the rights set forth herein.

Participants must not include any of the following content (the "Content Restrictions") in any Entry: (a) pornography, adult-oriented content or any other sexually-explicit material; (b) materials relating to lotteries or gambling; (c) explicit language or content, images of violence, or promotion of illegal activities; (d) content in violation of intellectual property rights or laws; (e) libelous, defamatory, disparaging, tortious or slanderous materials; (f) content that denigrates, disparages or reflects negatively on USSF, its officers and employees, or the Match or soccer; (g) tobacco, alcohol or drugs; (h) dangerous stunts; (i) real weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, guns, knives or projectiles; (j) material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age or any other basis protected by federal, state, territory, provincial or local law, ordinance, or regulation; (k) individuals under legal age of majority without providing a signed release from parent or legal guardian; (l) audio and/or visual content owned by any third party (e.g., recorded music; pre-produced video, etc.); and (m) material that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state/territory where the Entry is created. Any Entry that does not comply with the foregoing, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, will be disqualified and eliminated from consideration.

Each individual responsible for submitting a Winning Entry will be notified via Twitter, Instagram and/or email by Sponsor (the "Prize Notification") and will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message, email, or other secure, private means) provide (a) his/her name, address, age and other personal information necessary for Sponsor to verify entrant's compliance with the Official Rules and eligibility; and (b) Nominee's name and contact information necessary for Sponsor to contact the Nominee for Contest administration purposes only. Each individual responsible for submitting a Winning Entry hereby represents and warrants that he/she has the express permission of Nominee (or Nominee's parent/guardian) to provide such Nominee's name and contact information to Sponsor. In the event that any entrant and/or potential winner does not respond to such Prize Notification within the Required Response Time or potential winner and/or individual responsible for submitting a Winning Entry fails to provide Sponsor all information necessary to confirm his/her eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules and/or to receive the Prize or declines the Prize for any reason, a disqualification will result, the Prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential winner may be chosen from among all remaining eligible Entries based on the Judges scores. Each potential winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to Sponsor and may be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability, and, unless prohibited by law, Publicity, within the Required Response Time. Winner will be responsible for paying all applicable excise taxes as a condition for claiming Prize.  A disqualification and Prize forfeiture will result and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential winner will be selected from among all remaining eligible Entries if all required documents and payments are not properly executed and returned within the specified period of time. Refusal or return of such documents as non-deliverable or any potential winner's and/or entrant's noncompliance with these Official Rules may result in disqualification, Prize forfeiture and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, may cause an alternate potential winner to be chosen from among all remaining eligible Entries based on the Judges scores.

By participating in the Contest, each participant (entrant and Nominee) (a) accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, the ussoccer.com Privacy Policy and Website Terms of Use; and (b) gives his/her express permission to be contacted by Sponsor and/or its representatives for Contest administration purposes.

All applicable federal, state, territory, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Sponsor, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and each of their respective parent companies, trustees, subsidiaries, franchisees, assignees, affiliates, licensees, agents, independent contractors, telecasters, sponsors, licensees and advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective general and limited partners, members, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, employees, representatives and contractors (collectively, the "Released Parties") shall not be responsible for lost, late, stolen, garbled, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by a participant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions.

Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, computer, network, typographical, printing, human or other errors relating to or in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the offer or administration of this Contest, the processing of entries, the tabulation of scores, the cancellation of Matches or any errors appearing in any Contest related-materials including, but not limited, to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the Winners or the distribution of the Prizes. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.

Released Parties make no warranties, express or implied, relative to the use or enjoyment of the Prize (or any portion thereof) including, without limitation, its quality, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. By entering the Contest, each participant agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and fully release the Released Parties from any and all claims, demands, losses, promises, causes of action and/or liabilities for any injuries, losses, death, or damages of any kind caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by participation in, or preparation for, the Contest, Contest-related activity, participant's Entry, or resulting from the acceptance, possession, quality, use or misuse of the Prize (or any portion thereof) including any travel or activity related thereto.

If the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason including, without limitation, as a result of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, cancellation of Matches, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and, if terminated, to determine the Winners, if any, from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries submitted up to the point of termination.

Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Released Parties are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, cable, satellite, wireless, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, malfunctions of wireless devices, wireless service problems, cellular tower equipment, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or wireless service congestion, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Contest.


In the event of dispute as to the identity or eligibility of any individual responsible for submitting a Winning Entry based on a Twitter account, the winning entry will be declared made by the Authorized Account Holder of the Twitter account that submitted the Entry at the time of entry provided he/she is eligible according to these Official Rules. The "Authorized Account Holder" of a Twitter account is defined as the natural person assigned to a Twitter account by Twitter.com.

In the event that the Contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Sponsor reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, the Released Parties shall have no liability to any participant who is disqualified due to such an action.

As a condition of entering this Contest, each entrant agrees that (i) any and all disputes, claims, controversies or causes of action arising out of or relating to this Contest, or any prizes awarded (each, a "Claim"), shall be (1) arbitrated on an individual basis only, and shall not be consolidated or joined with or in any arbitration or other proceeding involving a Claim of any other party, and (2) settled by binding arbitration in New York County, New York before a single arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its then governing rules and procedures, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered by any court having jurisdiction thereof; and (ii) under no circumstance will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. These Official Rules shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A, applicable to contracts entered into and performed exclusively in that State.

All entry and voting data provided online is provided to Sponsor and not to Twitter or Instagram. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Twitter.

The Contest is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in soccer and the United States Women’s and Men’s National Soccer teams. This Contest may not be used for, or in connection with, any form of gambling.

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