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  Due to COVID, we have streamlined our check-in process.  Please click here to see the online and on-field check-in requirements for 2022.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

The Desert Classic Tournament shall be open to all teams comprised of properly registered youth players (as defined by the rules of the affiliated organization) in all age groups listed in the 'Format and Rules' provided such team is in good standing with its youth association.



Teams from the United States:

  • Team managers must present picture identification cards for players and bench personnel issued by the team’s governing organization (USYS, US Club, USSF, other).

  • Identification cards must be verified, photo attached, and laminated (if your association does not allow lamination, cards must be encased in plastic sleeves).  If your state issues virtual identification cards, be prepared to present them electronically. All Arizona teams (including Arizona academy teams U7 – U10) MUST present laminated identification cards. Out-of-state teams whose associations do not require player identification cards for academy teams (U7-U10) must bring an official roster.

  • Teams from a US Youth Soccer National State Association outside of Region IV may need to provide proof of permission to travel. Please comply with your governing organization's travel protocol.

  • Teams must provide a certified/approved tournament roster from the team’s governing organization.

  • A medical release approved by the team's governing organization.


International Teams:

  • Team managers must present player passports at registration or, if from a nation that the United States does not require a passport, proof of entry into the United States that is required by the United States.

  • Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards if required by your team’s governing organization.

  • Teams must have a completed form from its Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament.

  • A medical release approved by the team’s governing organization.

  • Teams must provide a tournament roster.



All Teams

  • Teams are required to have and present player and bench personnel picture identification cards. Identification cards will be checked against the tournament generated match reports.

  • Teams must have on hand a certified/approved tournament roster from the team’s governing organization in case of any discrepancies with the tournament generated match reports.

  • Each team is limited to three (3) coaches on the bench, all of which must be listed on the team roster. In no case will a team be allowed to participate without a properly registered coach or assistant

  • The uniform number of each player must be the same as the player’s uniform number on the tournament roster. If not the referee is not to allow the player to take part in the match until the numbers are the same (uniform or roster changed).


A player who arrives late at the playing field after the pre-match procedure may enter the match once the match’s official(s) verify the player is eligible and with the permission of the center referee.

Player eligibility may be challenged by an opposing manager/coach in unusual circumstances.


Challenged player(s) will be noted by the Referee on the match report and will be allowed to participate in the match (if said player has been certified as eligible by the Desert Classic Tournament Credentials Committee).


A late-arriving player may be challenged at the time he/she is allowed to participate by the Referee. ANY TEAM USING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER WILL FORFEIT ALL TOURNAMENT MATCHES PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. A report will be filed with the offending team’s National Organization or National State Association. If you are not sure of a player’s eligibility ask, in writing, the Tournament Director.




All teams must enter their rosters complete with bench personnel into the tournament’s on-line GotSoccer Classic scheduling system no later than Monday, January 31, 2022, 5 p.m. MST.    The minimum required information is name, date of birth, uniform number, and ID number. Rosters will be frozen at this time and game cards will be printed from these rosters; be sure that this roster and the roster you present prior to your first game are identical.  There will be NO write-in players at check-in prior to your first game.  


Under no circumstances will a player be allowed to participate who has not been certified by the Desert Classic Tournament Credentials Committee.



The player’s playing age is determined by the following guidelines for 2020-2021.

         Age   |  Birth Year  |  Max Roster  |  Guest Limit*


U19            2003             18                3


U18            2004             18                3


U17            2005             18                3


U16            2006             18                3


U15            2007             18                3


U14            2008             18                3


U13            2009             18                3


U12 (9v9)    2010             16                3

U11 (9v9)    2011             16                3

U10 (7v7)    2012             12                3

U9 (7v7)      2013             12                3

U8 (4v4)      2014               8                3

U7 (4v4)      2015               8                3

*Each team will be allowed to have guest players who are properly registered through their National and State Association, Federation, or any other USSF affiliated organization. Guest players must have permission to participate/travel from their National and State Association, Federation, or any other USSF affiliated organization. Players within your own club are considered club pass players and are not considered guest players. Guest players are players from outside of your club.  Note for USYS teams:  Teams that are borrowing players who are registered with state associations other than their own must obtain Interstate Clearance for those players.  The Interstate Clearance form (click here) must be signed by both state associations starting with the state association of the guest player.  Please allow sufficient time for both associations to sign this form.  

Players may NOT play for more than one team in the tournament.

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