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.


Tournament officials shall conduct all credentials checks at each of the following times:

  • Initial team check-in.  All teams must go through a mandatory check-in on Friday, February 7, 2020, at The Pointe Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 North 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020, in the Highland Center.

  • Teams playing Friday at Rose Mofford:  Check in at Pointe Tapatio, Highland Center,  3:30-5:00  

  • All other teams:  Check in at Pointe Tapatio, Highland Center,  5:00-9:30 

  • Exceptions: Teams playing Friday matches at Reach 11 and Red Mountain must check in at those Friday game venues:

  • Reach 11 Sports Complex: 3:30-7:30,  east side concourse north of field 2.  Check in at least one hour prior to your game.

  • Red Mountain:  4:30-6:30 Check in at least one hour prior to your game.

  • Prior to all matches: Player passes and yellow roster card received at check-in must be delivered to field marshal 30 minutes prior to scheduled start of all matches; teams need not be present.



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) scheduling system no later than Monday, February 3, 2020, at 5 p.m. The minimum required information is name, player ID number, uniform number, gender, and date of birth. Handwritten revisions can be made to the roster at check in on the night of team registration. This information will appear on the tournament match reports to be used by the referees for check-in on the field prior to each match. Write-in changes may be made directly to match reports.



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 2019-2020.

Age Division Birth Year Maximum Roster Guest Player Limit*

Age       | Birth Year | Max Roster | Guest Limit*


U19            2001             18                3


U18            2002             18                3


U17            2003             18                3


U16            2004             18                3


U15            2005             18                3


U14            2006             18                3


U13            2007             18                3


U12 (9v9)    2008             16                3

U11 (9v9)    2009             16                3

U10 (7v7)    2010             12                3

U9 (7v7)      2011             12                3

U8 (4v4)      2012               8                3

U7 (4v4)      2013               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 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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