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Welcome to the 2019 Midwest United Cup

Frequently Asked Questions

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When will we find out if our team is accepted?
We will accept teams after the July 6th deadline. Teams will not be accepted before that date, we try to find a place for everyone.
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Bracketing/Team Selection
How are brackets decided?
Teams are seeded based on their previous seasons records.
The level of play you request on your application is looked at, but this is only a request and seeding will take priority.
You must be as detailed as you can with your record and use the notes section to fill in any additional info that may help us. We will seed teams based on your record (if available), so you may not end up in the level you requested.
If an age group has too many teams apply, other things will be taken into consideration and the selection committee's decision is final.
When will brackets be posted?
We try to post brackets 4-5 weeks before the event. You will be given a brief window to check your bracket before they are made final. Once we start work on schedules, brackets will be frozen and no bracket changes will be made.
When will the schedule be published?
We will aim to have the schedule posted by five weeks prior to the tournament.
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Do we play games Friday?
Local teams may play Friday night along with any teams that request to play a Friday game.
What are the playing division formats?
U9 & U10 play 7v7
U11 & U12 play 9v9
U13 and above play 11v11
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What are the 7v7 rules?
Offside is called from the build out line to the end line.

We WILL utilize the build out line – When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw, or roll the ball to a teammate.
Punting the ball is NOT allowed.
After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can then cross the build out line and play can resume as normal. Build out line will be marked mid way between the top of the penalty box and the half way line.

Restarts/Free-kicks - All free-kicks outside of the penalty area will be indirect.
All restarts from inside the penalty area will conform to FIFA rules for penalty kicks, which will be marked 8 yards from the goal line.
On pass back to keeper, keeper may play ball at feet but NOT handle, as per FIFA rules.

We will utilize a one ref system for 7v7 games.
Can my child play for more than one team in this tournament?
No, a player can only play on ONE team for the tournament, this is a state requirement.
If a goalkeeper has the ball in his/her hands, how is the 'six second rule' applied given the presence of the Build Out Line?
A goalkeeper may choose to play the ball from his or her hands before the opponent has retreated behind the Build-Out Line. In this case, the 'six second rule' is not applied, as the goalkeeper has willingly decided to quickly release the ball into play.

If a goalkeeper has the ball in his/her hands, and is clearly waiting for the opposing team to retreat behind the Build-Out Line, the six second period should be started ONLY once the opposing team has retreated behind the Build-Out Line. This allows for the goalkeeper's team to have the time and space to play out of the back without immediate pressure.
The application form does not look right on my screen (overlapping drop down boxes, long rows over the input fields, etc.) What is going on?
First, you should let the ENTIRE form load BEFORE you scroll. It is a big form.

In short, your computer does not have enough memory (RAM) available to render the form correctly. Here is the solution that will work in most cases:

1. Clear the cache (temporary files) in Internet Explorer (Usually Tools>Internet Options>Remove Temporary files
2. Shut down Internet Explorer
3. Restart the computer
4. Open JUST MS Internet Explorer.
5. Go to Web site, fill out form.

In most cases, this will solve the problem....
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Are we required to book hotels through the tournament?
YES, we have partnered with Travelling Teams for the Midwest United Cup and it is a tournament requirement that teams use this service. Travelling Teams offer excellent rates in many hotels in the surrounding area and downtown. Commuting teams are not subject to this rule.
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How many guest players can be on a single team?
A maximum of 5 guest players (from outside a team’s club) are allowed per team at MSYSA sanctioned tournaments. Additionally, an unlimited number of club pass card players are allowed per team, provided that at least 51% of the players appearing on a tournament roster also appear on a team’s league roster.

“Club” means an organization providing soccer to youth players that is either a direct member of MSYSA or that registers players with MSYSA through an affiliated member. At no time shall an affiliated member who functions as a “scheduling league” also be considered a “club”. In the case where a club sets up one or more satellite clubs in the state, those satellite clubs may only be considered part of the main club for the purposes of Midwest United FC tournaments if all the following criteria are met:

1. The main club and satellite club have the same Board of Directors

2. The main club and satellite club have the same Tax ID number

3. The main club and satellite club are in the same MSYSA District as determined by the MSYSA Board of Directors.
What do I do to add a guest player?
For players from outside of your club:
We will need the guest player paperwork to be filled out at www.thetournamentcenter.com This is a state requirement. You will also need their current pass card.

For players from inside your club:
They are considered "club passcarded players" and you do not need to complete the above process. See rules for more details.

Regardless of if the guest player is from in or out of club, you will also need a copy of the guest players official team roster, along with your own team roster.
Then, please write their name onto your team roster. If they have the same number as any player on your team then you will need to use electrical/athletic tape to create a new # on their shirt and record this on the roster.
When can I download my registration documents online?
Official acceptances to the tournament will be granted after the deadline. Once your team is accepted you will need to CONFIRM your participation online. At this point you will be given access to download all of the registration documents. You can log into your team account anytime using your TeamID in the log in box on the homepage.
Do we need to have signed Heads Up Concussion & Medical Release forms for all players?
A representative from the team must have ALL Heads Up Concussion & Medical Release forms on hand during the tournament for ALL players participating. If your team submitted an online registration, a team representative must complete registration 60 minutes before your teams first game of the tournament. You can complete registration at the HQ located at the site of your first game.
Is there an online check in option?
Yes, we will be accepting online check-in via SportsForms. Full details have been sent out to managers and instructions have been posted in the "FORMS" section.
Please note, the initial deadline to submit online registrations through SportsForms will be Wednesday, August TBD @ 11:59 PM.
Once your team is in the SportsForms system, you then have until TBD to get your final documents posted.

** Please note, Online Registration is not completed until player pass cards are brought to the HQ tent at the site of your first game Saturday Morning! Please be there at least one hour before your game!**
What if we have not had access to our Pass Cards before the Online Registration Deadline?
If you do not have your Fall '19/Spring '20 Player Pass Cards before the Online Registration Deadline, that is fine. You do not need to submit them in your PDF File.

Although you will need to show them at the HQ tent before your first game on Saturday Morning!
What will I need at registration?
Team registration will be held FRIDAY August 23rd, 2019, 4-7PM at the Crowne Plaza 5700 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids MI, 49546.

All forms can be found in the "Forms" section of the website although they will not be available until teams are accepted!
Below are the items each team must bring to Registration:
- Team Contact Sheet
- Two copies of their Official Stamped Roster
- Guest Player Roster(s), Pass Card(s), and all other paperwork. (Full Guest Player Instructions listed in "Forms" section).
- Liability Form
- Permission to travel for foreign & out of state teams.
- Heads Up concussion certificates for coaches
- Risk management cards for bench personnel (proof that staff have been cleared to work with kids, background checks)
- Laminated Pass cards for players & coaches (W/Picture)

*Medical release forms & Heads-Up Parent/Athlete information sheets are only needed to be on hand during the tournament. A verbal confirmation at Registration of this will suffice.

Please come prepared! All forms will be needed to register your teams, if anything is missing your team or certain players will not be able to play.
Full information is found on your acceptance letter that can be downloaded from your team page. If you check the rules section on the homepage it will give you a breakdown of different governing bodies (USYSA, USClub etc).
Will we be able to register our team at the fields on Saturday?
No, in person registration will ONLY be held at the Crowne Plaza between the hours of 4pm-7pm on FRIDAY August 23rd, 2019. No Saturday morning registration, no exceptions!

Our staff will be busy keeping the tournament running smoothly on Saturday morning and we will not be set up to take registrations. At registration you will be able to pick up your team tournament packets.
There will be an online registration option that will be emailed to managers after the brackets are posted.
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We will be posting questions on this page as they are asked, so check here before calling. (We are always are happy to talk to you, but this may save you time and a good healthy game of phone tag.)


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