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Judge's Cup Premier Tournament

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March 7th - 8th, 2020

Academy U9-U10 • U11-U12 • U13-U14• U15-U19

Fort Smith, AR (Ben Geren and Chaffee Crossing Soccer Fields) 











Entry Fee
$10.00 per vehicle entering the complex on Saturday.

Team Managers:
Please contact the hotel directly to secure a block for your team at a discounted rate.
Homewood Suites: 479-452-7100
Home 2                 : 479-452-2100

Additional Information

Tournament located in Fort Smith AR. The tournament is open to boys and girls teams from U9-U19.  Guaranteed 3 games Championship games for U11 & Above.

Application Deadline
February 20th, 2020

Late Registration Fee

Online (February 20th – March 4th)
In Person (March 6th 5 – 7 PM at Homewood Suites - 7300 Phoenix Avenue Fort Smith, AR)

This is a US Club Sanctioned Event
“This tournament is unrestricted.Teams registered in good standing with any U.S. Soccer Federation affiliate are eligible to apply.”




Rules Of Play

Except as otherwise provided herein, the rules of USYSUS Club and FIFA Laws of the Game” shall govern this tournament.


The age groups for this tournament shall be in accordance with the US Club and/or USYS age groups for the current seasonal year. Divisions for single age years will be implemented if there are enough entries as determined by the tournament committee.

All players must be currently registered with their respective USSF National Affiliate. Travel forms are required based on your national affiliation requirements.

Team Acceptances
In the event the tournament is a sell out, teams will be accepted using the following criteria:
- Date of application (and payment status)
- Travel accommodations status
- Geographic balance
- Club affiliation

Tournament Participants
All teams must abide by US Club Soccer’s policies, rules, and regulations and are subject to their disciplinary actions. All teams wishing to participate in the tournament that are not USYS or US Club members will be required to provide proof of medical & liability insurance.  All traveling teams are also required to make their hotel reservations through CSTT to be considered for acceptance.

Team Roster
1.  Teams shall have no more than (18) rostered players for those teams that play 11v11 format, (16) rostered players teams that play 9v9, (14) for 7v7. 
2.   A maximum of five (5) guest players will be allowed for all age groups. Players may be dual-rostered as long as they are in different divisions.

Proof of Age
All players and coaches must have current USSF National affiliation Player ID cards. (Except for U7-10)

Credentials/Team Check-In

1.     All teams must have their official rosters, National affiliation ID cards (except for U7-10), Out-of-State Travel Papers (if required), Guest Player forms (only if your state association requires them) and Medical Release Forms (do not need to be notarized) approved by the Tournament Committee at the official registration and team check-in, which will be held on the evening prior to the beginning of the tournament.

2.     Teams that do not complete the online check-in registration in Got Soccer between February 20th and March 4th, are required to come to the in-person team check-in on Friday, March 6th, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Online check-in is strongly encouraged.

3.     Game check-in will be done at the field by the referee or field marshal.

4.     All questions about online check-in can be emailed directly to Amber at [email protected].

Game Duration and Team Sizes

The length of games for each age group shall be as follows:

Age Bracket

Game Times


Team Size


Two 25-minute halves




Two 30-minute halves




Two 30-minute halves



Halftime periods shall be a maximum of five (5) minutes.


Semi-finals and Finals
Same game lengths as above.

Overtime Rules
A tie in a preliminary game will be considered a complete game.  In the event of a tie in a semi-final or final game, the following procedure will be followed:
1.    Two (2) five-minute regular overtime periods will be played.
2.    If still tied, penalty kicks (as defined in FIFA “Laws of the Game”) will be used to determine a winner.

Unfinished Games
If the referee terminates a game and neither team is at fault, it shall be considered a completed game if the first half has been completed.

NO refunds are given once teams have been accepted.


In the preliminary rounds, points will be awarded as follows:

3 points for a win

1 points for a tie 

0 points for a loss

Tie Breakers
In the event of a tie in points in the preliminary round standings, the following procedures will be used to determine the group winners:
1.    Winner of most games
2.    Winner of head-to-head competition
3.    Goal differential (goals scored minus goals against) with a maximum of plus four (4) goals per game.
4.    Fewest goals allowed (no limit).
5.    Most goals scored (no limit).
6. PKs
Tournament committee may also use discretion in discussion with both coaches at the 6th tiebreaker (i.e. coin flip).  The group winners will advance to the semi-final/final rounds in all age divisions with six (6) or more teams.

Bracket Grouping
In age groups with 16 teams, there will be 4 brackets with A vs D and B vs C in the semi-finals round.  In age groups with 6 or 8 teams, there will be 2 brackets. The tournament committee may decide to have semi-finals for those groups.  In brackets of 5, the teams will simply play a round robin format with the winner and runner-up declared based on points. In groups with 4 teams, the top 2 based on point system above will advance to a final.

Wild Cards
In cases of an odd number of groups, a wildcard team will be selected to advance to the semi-final round.  The selection of the wildcard team will be made on the same basis as the determination of group winners. Wildcard teams will not be scheduled to play the division winner of their group in the semi-finals.  If a semi-final pairing results in two teams that have played each other in preliminary rounds, the Tournament Director may decide to adjust the semifinal pairings to avoid a repeat of a preliminary game.

For semi-finals in divisions in which there are an A, B, and C bracket, the following will apply: 
Winner of A bracket plays wild card.
1st place B vs 1st from C.
If wildcard comes from group A, then B vs wildcard and A vs C.


1. A forfeit will be declared if a team fails to report 10 minutes before the scheduled game time with at least seven (7) rostered players. For 8v8 and younger, at least five (5) players shall be required to start the game.

2. Any team that quits the field of play before the conclusion of the game will forfeit the game and is subject to disqualification in the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.

3. A team that forfeits a game for any reason will not advance.

4. When the situation warrants, the Tournament Committee can declare a double forfeit to both teams with no points scored for the game. This could be done in the case of unsportsmanlike behavior by both teams, etc.

5. A team that forfeits or drops from the tournament will receive a 0-3 loss to the other team with full points given. Any team that drops after the team acceptance will be placed in bad-standing with the tournament and will be reported to their appropriate National and/or State Association. 


NO refunds will be given to teams who drop after the team acceptance notifications have been sent.

For additional information please email Amber England at [email protected]


Our Partner Hotels

Be sure to ask about the exclusive Judge's Cup discounted rates!

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Homewood Suites by Hilton – Fort Smith
7300 Phoenix Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903
Jill Barrie, Director of Sales 
(479) 452-7100

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 Home2 Suites by Hilton – Fort Smith
7400 Phoenix Ave Fort Smith, AR 72903
Jill Barrie, Director of Sales 
(479) 452-2100

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Hampton Inn – Fort Smith
6201-C, Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72903
Amanda Webb, Area Sales Director
(479) 452-2000


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Physical: 7200 Zero St Fort Smith AR 72903; Mailing:PO Box 10132 Fort Smith AR 72917, Phone Hours: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. M-F
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903

Phone: 479-806-9701
Email: [email protected]

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