**If you have not already done so, the tournament sanctioning deadline (with payment) is February 1, 2019.**
You are receiving this communication as you have previously sanctioned a tournament with MSYSA.
Dear Tournament Directors:
MSYSA is now accepting applications for sanctioning tournaments in 2019 through February 1, 2019.
Please follow the below steps to ensure your tournament is sanctioned properly, if you have not done so already.
- Pay the sanctioning fee ($125) prior to February 1, 2019 (+$500 if submitted after 2/1/19). Payment Link: https://www.gotsport.com/forms/open/items.asp?FormID=1090.
- Visit the Tournament Center and complete your application (http://www.thetournamentcenter.com)
- Finally, new rule updates this year to sanctioned tournament rule submissions shall reflect the following: (Note: The adjustment in this rule is the elimination of all headers as US Soccer Player Development Initiatives were adjusted to remove purposeful headers only to all headers.)
Elimination of Heading Policy
a. All players age 10 and younger, regardless of what age group they play in, may not head the ball.
b. All players in the U11 age group or younger may not head the ball.
c. A header by these players shall result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opponent at the spot of the infraction. If the header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick shall be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
Additionally, MSYSA can sanction 3v3, 5v5, etc. specific tournaments. If you have specific questions relating to this item, please feel free to contact me.
Should you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me as well with respect to tournament sanctioning.
Director of Programs
Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, Inc.