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2016 U.S.Y.F. Great Lakes Regional Championships
January 15-18, Akron, Ohio



AKRON, OH JANUARY 16 – 19, 2015


The rules of this tournament shall be in accordance with USYS, FIFA, USSF and USSSA except as modified and approved herein.


All mail should be sent to Great Lakes Regional Tournament Headquarters

1424 Hollow Wood Lane

Avon, OH  44011


Tournament Directors:  Chris Dore (440) 320-2390

     Otto Orf (330) 329-5883

     Amy Grant (330) 970-9662

Tournament Assignor:  Wayne Wilson

TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS:  Tournament headquarters located at Akron Sports Center 925 Grant Street


Akron Sports Center (Courts 1, 2, 3, 4): 925 Grant Street, Akron, OH 44133

Central Hower High School (Courts 5, 6): 123 South Forge, Akron, OH 44325 

***The playing surfaces are hardwood and SportCourt. Official futsal goals will be utilized. 

Courts are marked accordingly to the Laws of the Game.


Will be posted and updated on the tournament website above

***All local teams should clear their schedule to play Friday evening 2/16.  If you are an out of town team and are available to play on Friday, note that in the conflict section of your registration site. 

***Finals – Team making the Finals will play anytime late Sunday afternoon to evening – All teams should plan on having a final game as late as Sunday 10 pm, so plan accordingly.

ROSTERS: Official roster size is not to exceed - 14 Players

***Coed rosters are allowedGirls MAY play on boys teams. (revised 1/7/2015)

***Teams qualifying for National Championships – are allowed to add 4 players to their Regional rosters to make up their National Championships roster up to roster maximum of 14.  See explanation on U. S. Youth Futsal National Championship Rules

The information in box below pertains to the National championships and is provided for planning purposes if your team qualifies and you accept the invitation to compete.


To participate in the 2015 U. S. Youth Futsal National Championships in Overland Park, KS 2/13 – 2/16, a team must win one of the following divisions at a U.S. Youth Futsal Regional Championship tournament: boys or girls U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U16* or U18* to be an automatically qualifying team.  Teams that participate in a Regional Championship but do not win a qualifying age group may apply for an at-large berth to the National Championships.  The Committee will also consider applications of teams that did not participate in a U. S Youth Futsal Regional.  *Divisions will be created for U15 and U17 if enough teams apply.

Automatically qualifying teams have until Jan. 22, 2015 to register and pay the tournament fee. After that, the tournament committee will begin selecting teams from the list of at-large applicants. Preference for at large teams will be:

1.  Teams Registered and Paid by Jan. 22, 2015 that participated in a 2015 U.S. Youth Futsal Regional  

2.  Teams Registered and Paid by Jan. 22, 2015 that did not participate in a 2015 Regional Championship event


Boys and Girls U8 to U18


USYF Tournaments 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 indicated on the tournament application form, provided such team is in good standing with its youth association.  The USYSA age group matrix will be used to determine tournament age groups. The oldest player on the roster dictates the age group the team will play.


Players born on or after 8/1/95 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/01 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/96 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/02 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/97 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/03 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/98 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/04 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/99 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/05 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/00 and younger


Players born on or after 8/1/06 and younger


updated 9-2014


All teams are required to present their United States Soccer Federation affiliated cards for each of their players/coaches at team check in.  These are the cards issued by their governing association used for identifications purposes to play outdoor leagues and tournaments.  These cards are issued by USYS, AYSO, USSSA, US Club Soccer, etc.  Player/coach cards must be verified, photo attached and laminated.  If your association does not allow lamination, cards must be encased in plastic sleeves.  If you are not sure of a player’s eligibility ask, in writing, to the Tournament Director.  If the player does not have a card issued from their association, see Team Check-in below for alternative identification.  USYF CARDS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL LEAGUES OR OTHER FUTSAL ASSOCIATION CARDS ARE NOT VALID FOR TEAM CHECK IN AS THESE CARDS ARE NOT AGE-VERIFIED.  PLAYERS AND COACHES ALREADY REGISTERED WITH USYF DO NOT HAVE TO PAY A REGISTRATION FEE

United States Youth Futsal Registration – all players must be registered with USYF.  Any player not currently registered with USYF, must pay $9.50 per player for registration.  This fee is in addition to the tournament entry fee.  To be USYF registered, the player must be entered in the USYF tournament registration system, Media / Medical Release received and fully paid.


All teams are to be registered on-line in the SFL tournament registration system on the tournament website.  After registering their team on-line, each team manager will receive an e-mail confirmation of their acceptance to the tournament.  The e-mail also contains directions as to how to log into the registration site to complete registration.  Player information needed includes, but not limited to: name, assigned jersey number, date of birth and home address and one parent e-mail address. Players entered will comprise the team’s Official Tournament Roster. 

Each manager, coach or assistant must present a valid coach’s pass and be listed on the Official Tournament Roster.  If a manager or coach is ejected, an assistant may conduct the team.  If the assistant is also ejected, or there is no assistant, the game will be forfeited.  In no case will a team be allowed to participate without a properly registered coach or assistant.  Each team is limited to three coaches on the bench all of which must be on the Official Tournament Roster.  It is strongly suggested that all teams should register a coach and an assistant coach or administrator in the event that the coach is removed from the game. 

Teams have until 3 working days prior to the tournament to make any roster changes.  At that time, tournament staff will print out the Official Tournament Roster, which will be used at team check-in and presentation to referees before each game.    


Check in will begin at 5 pm and continue until 8 pm that evening. Coaches and/ or managers only.  Players do not need to be present at this check-in.  Please see below for items needed for Team Check in.

Player and Coach Identification Needed at Team Check-in.  

1.   Player/Coach cards for each player as discussed in PLAYER ELIGIBILITY above 


2.   Birth certificate and a photo of the player


3.  Valid driver’s license

Tournament staff will conduct credential checks and compare the printed roster to the player identification presented.  Upon approval, each team will receive a laminated Official Tournament Roster.  The Official Tournament Roster is to be carried throughout the tournament and presented to the referee staff prior to each match. 


Pre-game check in procedures will begin 15 minutes prior to each match.  The team must present the laminated Official Tournament Roster to the referee staff at game check-in.   Players arriving late at the court after the pre-game check in procedure may enter the game once the games’ official(s) verify the player is eligible and with the permission of the center referee.  A late arriving player may be challenged at the time he/she is allowed to participate by the game officials.  ANY TEAM USING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER WILL FORFEIT ALL MATCHES PLAYED and be eliminated from the tournament

Players not certified by the tournament staff will not be allowed to participate.


All games shall be accordance with the FIFA “Futsal Laws of the Game”, except as modified below.  Competition sanctioned by the association shall abide by the “Laws of the Game.” The Laws of the Game are at

LAW 4:  Players’ Equipment

Player equipment must conform to FIFA rules.  All players will wear shin-guards (under the socks).  Players wearing a permanent orthopedic cast shall not be eligible to participate in any game.  However, soft braces can be worn as long as they are properly wrapped.  The safety of all players and final decision on safety is at the discretion of the referee.

Teams must wear uniforms of matching design and color with a minimum of six (6) inch numbers affixed to the back of the uniform shirt.  No two players may have identical uniform numbers while both players are playing on the field at the same time.  The first team listed on the schedule is considered the Home team.  The Home team is to wear light color uniform tops.  If the Home team has on its light color kit and there is a discrepancy with the visiting team, the visitor must change their uniforms.

The uniform of the goalkeeper must be a distinctly different color from the basic colors of the competing teams and the referee.

LAW 5: The Referee

Referees are required to sign and complete an official USSF or tournament specific game report to the Tournament staff as well as a Red Card report containing any information relating to any game incidents involving players/coach, spectator misconduct, or injuries. 

LAW 7:  The Duration of the Match:

  • The duration of the game will be:
  • Two (2) x twenty-four (24) minute halves
  • One three (3) minute half time
  • One Time Out per half
  • No Overtime in pool play
  • Referees will keep time for all matches


  • (2) x 24 minute running clock halves.
  • Goalkeepers ARE allowed to punt and drop kick the ball. (revised 1/7/2015)
  • Unlimited substitutions.
  • Abandoned matches will not be replayed.
  • Coin toss may be used at beginning of game and half time to determine kick off
  • Goalkeepers will not be allowed to punt or drop kick the ball.
  • Each team scheduled to play three games.
  • Players MAY be dual-rostered on teams that are in DIFFERENT AGE DIVISIONS ONLY. (revised 1/7/2015)
  • Players may not play for more than one team in the same age group including goalkeepers.  The dual-rostered players counts as one of the 14 players max roster size for each team.
  • If you qualify for Nationals and plan to attend, some rules are different from the Regional House Rules above.
  • Coed rosters are allowed Girls MAY play on boys teams. (revised 1/7/2015)


The team listed first on the schedule is the Home team.  The Home team is to wear white/lighter color jerseys.  If home team complies and there is a conflict, visiting team must change jerseys.  If home team does not comply and there is a color conflict, then home team must change colors.

GAME BALLS – Provided by the Tournament

U8-U12 will use a size 3

U13 and older will use a size 4


Each score table will be comprised of 2 individuals:

1 – Volunteer from the home team will keep the score sheet

1 – Volunteer from the visiting team will run the clock and score machine


Players, reserve players, managers, coaches and fans are expected to conduct themselves within the letter and spirit of the “Laws of the Game”.  The Tournament Staff has the authority and the responsibility to remove any person(s) from the tournament for abuses of conduct, in addition to any specific disciplinary action brought about by any other authority.  In addition to good manners, the following rules will apply to USYF Tournaments:

Tournament staff will designate a sideline to be for the sole use of the players listed on the game roster and a maximum total of three (3) managers/coaches/trainers from each team, with one team occupying one side of the mid field and one team, the other.  At halftime, teams will switch benches so as to substitute from their defending area.  While the game is in progress coaches/managers/trainers/players must remain on their respective benches and may not roam the sidelines.

Artificial noise making devices are prohibited.

The manager/coach will be responsible for the behavior of their fans and the referee will have the authority to warn and ultimately send off, any manager/coach and the fans who behave in an abusive or disruptive manner.


As a mutual courtesy, both teams will meet at the center circle and congratulate each of the opposing team members for a game well played.  Manager/coach of both teams will insure their respective sideline areas are clean and that all trash is in containers.

It is the responsibility of the coach/manager to retrieve their Official Tournament Roster card from the referee at the conclusion of the match.


A player manager or coach ejected will have an automatic minimum one (1) game suspension regardless of the cause of the ejection.  All referees rulings stand.

Depending upon the severity of the unacceptable conduct, a suspension of up to the duration of the tournament may occur.

If a Red Card is given to a player/coach and they are sent off, a report shall be filed with Tournament Staff.  The Official Tournament Roster will be placed with the red card report and turned in to the administrative desk to be marked with the next game information.  The coach/administrator may pick up their roster card and take the card to their next match, but the offending player/coach must serve his/her game suspension during the scheduled match.  This will be noted on the roster card.  A Red card suspension can only be served with the team with which the suspension was earned in games played by their team. 


In pool play there will be no overtimes given.  Standings in a division or pool will be determined by:

3 points for a win

1 point for a tie                       

0 points for a loss

If two teams tie in points, the division or pool winner will be determined by:

1.  Head to head result; if no clear winner,

2.  Net goal differential, only a maximum of seven (7) goals differential per game will count, if no clear winner

3.  Fewest goals allowed, if no clear winner

4.  Coin toss


Division play and playoffs are determined by the number of teams and pools in a division.  The guidelines are

Divisions with 4 teams1 pool - Each team plays each other once.  The 1st and 2nd place teams advance to the finals.

Divisions with 5 teams1 pool - Each team plays each other once. The team with the most points is the champion – no playoffs.

Divisions with 6 teams - 2 pools of 3 teams - Each team plays the teams within their pool.  The teams in third place of Pool A and B will play each other in a 3rd place consolation match.  The 1st and 2nd place teams of Pool A and B will advance to the semi-final round, where the first place team of pool A plays the second place team of pool B and vice-versa.  The winners of the semi-finals advance to the finals.

Divisions with 8 teams - 2 pools of 4 teams – Each team plays the teams within their pool. The 1st and 2nd place teams of Pool A and B advance into the semi-final round where the first place team of pool A plays the second place team of Pool B and vice-versa.  The winners of the semi-finals advance to the finals.

Divisions with 10 teams 3 pools, one pool of 4 teams and 2 pools of 3 teams - Pool A will have 4 teams, pool B and C will consist of 3 teams.  Pool A will play each team in its pool to determine point total to calculate the teams that advance.  Pool B and C will play each team in its pool and based upon those 2 games, standings will be generated for pools B and C. The first place team in Pool B will play second place team in Pool Ca and the first place team in Pool C will play the second place team in Pool B. The two third place teams in Pool B and C will play each other for their third and final game.  That completes pool play and the standing are recalculated to determine the 1st place teams from Pool B and C.

The 1st place team of Pool A, the first place teams of pool B and C and the wildcard* playoff team will advance to the semi-final round.  In one semi-final round, the wildcard playoff team* will play the team with the most points from pool play.  In the other semi-final round, the pool winners who have the 2nd and 3rd best point total from pool play will play each other.  The winners of the semi-finals will advance to the finals.

Divisions with 12 teams - 3 pools of 4 teams - Each team plays the teams within their pool.  The 1st place teams of Pool A, B and C and the wildcard* playoff team will advance to the semi-final round.  In one semi-final round, the wildcard playoff team* will play the team with the highest point total from pool play.  In the other semi-final round, the pool winners who have the 2nd and 3rd highest point total from pool play will play each other.  The winners of the semi-finals will advance to the finals

Wild Card Playoff determination – The wild card team is the team that has the 4th best point total from pool play.  The wild card team will always play the team with the most points accrued during pool play, unless the two teams have previously played during the tournament.  When this exception occurs the wild card will play the team with the second most points accrued during pool play.

Playoff Games ending in ties at regulation

If at the end of a semi final or final game match, the score is tied, the referees will go directly to penalty kicks to determine winner of the match.  Five (5) PKs will be taken by each team and if the score is still tied at the end of that phase, then one for one, sudden death PKs are taken.  For full explanation, go to and refer to section Procedures to Determine the Winner of a Match


A minimum of five (5) players constitutes a game.  Games will start at the given time.  In case a team does not have five (5) players present, there will be a maximum of a 5 minute grace period while the clock runs before awarding the game to the opponent.  A forfeit will be scored 3-0. 

In no case should a team that forfeited a pool play match be declared a winner of wild card team.  The team with the next best record will advance to semi-final or final play.


There will be NO PROTESTS.  Referee and Tournament Staff decisions are final.


We make every effort to accommodate all games due to space/court limitations.  If a game or the entire tournament is cancelled due to acts of God or field conditions, no refunds will be given under any circumstances.


If the referee terminates a match for reasons other than an act of God or field conditions, USYF officials will decide the result of the match after hearing the official reason from the referee and both coaches.


After each Championship Final Game an awards ceremony will take place in the Trophy Area.  Teams should proceed as quickly as possible to this area after their final match.  Medals will be given to both Champions and Finalists. 

REFEREES   If interested in joining the referee pool for the Great Lakes Regionals, contact us:



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  Location Akron, OH
Dates Janaury 16th - 19th, 2015

Facilities. Our two beautiful venues will house 6-7 courts for the weekend.

Hotels are 20 or fewer minutes from each site.

Akron Sports Center                             925 Grant Street, Akron, OH

University of Akron                              Akron, OH

# of Games                             Game length

3 minimum (4 or 5 maximum).        2 x 25 min. halves. 1 time-out/half.


1st place and finalist team player medals.

National  Championship                  Qualifier

Finalist in each division receive bid to USYF Champions Cup - USYF National Championship Tournament, 2/13- 2/16, 2015 in Overland Park, KS. Must reserve national tournament bid within one week following the regional event.
Registration Fees $350 per team.  Add $8.50 per player for non-USYF affiliated players. Multiple teams from same organization only $325.
Registration Deadline January 5th, 2015

Over 90 teams participated in the 2014 Great Lakes Regional.

6 teams went on to compete in the USYF National Tournament.

Congratulations to these 2014 Winner and Runner Up Teams




Contact Otto Orf at or 330-329-5883 to participate.
Weekly training, travel to Kansas City in February, 2013 and optional competitions with travel to Baltimore and Costa Rica can be expected. All club, rec/travel association and individual players are eligible. NO restrictions. $40 tryout fee will be charged (applied to fee if player makes final roster).