U.S. Soccer fan week rules
U.S. SOCCER FAN WEEK RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ALL DISPUTES WILL BE RESOLVED SOLELY BY BINDING ARBITRATION AND ENTRANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT.
The purpose of this Contest is to find our most loyal U.S. Soccer fans. You (“Entrant” or “You”) can show that You are a fan by creating and submitting 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 Form site using Your valid email as directed by @ussoccer (the “USSF Account”), 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 (“Semi-Finalists”) in accordance with these Official Rules and based upon criteria set forth in the Judging section below. Then, members of the United States Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams (the “Judges”) will review the Semi-Finalists and determine the Winners (defined below). Entries must be in the English language and/or include subtitles in the English language and must be no longer than sixty (:60) seconds in length and text no longer than 100 words (“Submission Requirements”). To be eligible, Entrant 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 as defined below.
ENTRY PERIOD: The Contest entry period begins at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (“CT”) on Friday, December 9, 2022, and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, December 16, 2022 (the “Entry Period”).
JUDGING: The Judges will judge all eligible Entries to determine the Semi-Finalists based on the following criteria: Creativity/Originality (33%), Expression of community contribution (34%), and Expression of Entrant’s loyalty to the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams (33%). On or about Thursday, December 22, 2022, from the Semi-Finalists, 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 Entrant 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.
PRIZES: One Prize To Be Awarded. The Winner will receive
- Two (2) tickets for Winner and one guest to each U.S. Soccer-controlled match played within the U.S during 2023 (“Match”). Tickets may not be resold or transferred to any third party. Approximately Retail Value (“ARV”): $1,500. 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) 2023 U.S. Soccer Jersey (ARV: $90);
- Winner will be acknowledged at one of the U.S. Soccer-controlled Matches in which the Winner attends.
(the above each, a “Prize” and collectively, the “Prizes”). (Total Approximate Retail Value of Prizes: $1,590). TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM MATCHES NOT INCLUDED.
WINNERS' LIST: For a list naming the Winners, mail a request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Request must be received by December 30, 2022, to: Fan Week Best Fan Contest Winner's List c/o USSF, 303 E Wacker Suite 1200, Chicago, IL, 60601.
SPONSOR: United States Soccer Federation, Inc., 303 E Wacker Suite 1200, Chicago, IL, 60601 (“Sponsor”).
ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States (except residents 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.
PRIZE CONDITIONS: 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 TRANSPORTATION NOT INCLUDED. 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. 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 Match, event or exhibition, as defined by USSF, is not played due to weather conditions, an act of God, pandemic or epidemic (including COVID-19), an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. Each Winner and their 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, pandemic or epidemic (including COVID-19), 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. 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.
CONTEST ADMINISTRATION: 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.
CONTENT RESTRICTIONS: 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.
NOTIFICATION: The Entrant 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. In the event that any Entrant and/or potential Winner does not respond to such Prize Notification within the response time of one (1) week (“Required Response Time”) or potential Winner and/or individual responsible for submitting a Winning Entry fails to provide Sponsor all information necessary to confirm their 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 their identification to Sponsor and may be required to sign, 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. In the event that any the required documents and payments are not properly executed and returned within the Required Response Time, 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 based on the Judges’ scores. 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, an alternate potential Winner to be chosen from among all remaining eligible Entries based on the Judges’ scores.
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, 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 Entrant 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, Entrant’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 Entrant’s or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Contest.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONTEST OR UNDERMINE THE CONTENT OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY ENTRANT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT, AND SPONSOR AND ITS RESPECTIVE AGENTS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
In the event of dispute as to the identity or eligibility of any individual responsible for submitting a Winning Entry based on a Twitter or Instagram account, the winning entry will be declared made by the Authorized Account Holder of the Twitter or Instagram 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 or Instagram account is defined as the natural person assigned to a Twitter or Instagram account by Twitter and Instagram..
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 Entrants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, the Released Parties shall have no liability to any Entrant 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 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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