The only tournament services WMYSA will provide is sanctioning. WMYSA no longer provides rosters for tournament teams or guest player card services. Clubs or teams wishing to establish a tournament specific roster can do so by going to the Tournament Center. Guest Player card services is a process reserved exclusively for the state. For instructions on how to go about getting tournament team rosters or a guest player card, click on the instruction links below.
All clubs wishing to hold a state sanctioned tournament require a league sponsor. WMYSA is willing to sponsor any WMYSA club as long as they meet the following criteria:
- They are a member club associated with WMYSA
- They have paid invoices in a timely manner
- They are in good standing
- There are no other WMYSA sponsored tournaments on the same dates.
Sanctioning Deadline: Tournament Sanctioning materials are due to the state by February 1st each year. Sanctioning requests/materials received after the deadline will be subject to nonrefundable late fees. Standard fees are $125 per tournament. Tournament requests that come in after the deadline are subject to a $500 fine.
MSYSA affiliated teams who participate in MSYSA sanctioned tournaments will also be provided secondary medical insurance. MSYSA strongly recommends that its sanctioned tournaments require non-MSYSA teams show proof of medical insurance. For US Youth Soccer affiliated teams, a Permission to Travel or Notification form approved by their home state association is usually sufficient.
Application Process: Go to the Tournament Center to register online. This will provide you with the sanctioning paperwork you will need to provide to both WMYSA and the State. You will need to include the definition of “Club” if you are allowing club passcarding. You will also need to provide the state with a copy of your tournament rules. The state has a useful checklist. It essentially includes:
- Risk management Policy
- Concussion Policy
- Red Card Policy
- Clarification of Rosters Accepted.
- Referee and Referee Assignor Policy
- Guest Player Policy
- Elimination of heading for 11 and under.
- Adherence to state rules for small sided games, birth year registration
- Names and addresses of fields to be used.
Locating a Tournament
There are several ways to find a tournament which is right for your team. First and most effective is by word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask around. See what experiences other coaches and parents have had. What’s worse than going to a tournament which is run poorly? Finding out by paying the fees and attending a tournament no one in our area would recommend. Things to ask include:
- What was the level of competition,
- How many teams in a bracket,
- How many fields do they use and how far away are they from each other.
- How do they deal with bad weather (stoppages).
- What else is there to do in the area and how are the hotels.
In addition to word of mouth you can go online and search sites and forums to get feedback about others experiences. One of the best ways to find a tournament to begin to research in a particular area is to go to the Tournament Center’s Find a Tournament page. This will list all sanctioned tournaments in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.