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Who can play in the Freedom Cup?
Short answer: ANY TEAM.
Long answer: AYSO is in the business of providing “more soccer for more kids”. The Sandy Freedom Cup is an opportunity for soccer teams to play in a fun, low-key, soccer tournament. Utah and the Salt Lake Valley is FULL of highly competitive tournaments tailored to the “best” club teams. Often, the less competitive teams enter these tournaments and pay A LOT of money for a lackluster experience. The Sandy Freedom Cup is here for AYSO “Select” teams, AYSO EXTRA teams, and UYSA Club teams in the “A” and lower divisions (D3 and below). It is a low-cost alternative and an opportunity to play against different teams of similar competitive abilities.
How much does it cost to play?
$500 for U16/U19 AYSO coed teams, $480 for U14/U13, $450 for U12/U11, $400 for U10. The tournament divisions go by the USSF standard “birth year” divisions.
When does registration end?
Registration paperwork must be delivered by July 12th, 2018. Delivery of registration forms can be done electronically via email or delivered by mail to the tournament PO Box. Payment can be done with check or credit card (through PayPal). If you would like to pay registration fees via PayPal, please contact us and let us know so we can send a customized payment link.
Why host a youth soccer tournament?
AYSO regions in Utah have a long history of hosting successful summer soccer tournaments over the years. Along with the launch of AYSO’s competitive club program called AYSO United, we decided a tournament would be a fantastic idea to show what AYSO is all about within the state of Utah. Proceeds from the Sandy Freedom Cup will be used to grow our program in Sandy and Draper and provide more soccer for more kids AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. It will give AYSO the ability provide scholarships to those kids who otherwise can’t afford to play.
When will games be played?
Games will start Wednesday night for local teams. Most teams will start Thursday afternoon (probably around 3pm) and all teams will play once that day.

On Friday, there will be one game morning/early afternoon and one game late afternoon/night (2 games for each team).

Saturday will be for the semi and final games in the morning and afternoon for teams that make it that far.

Is AYSO Competitive Now?
With 50 plus years of running recreation soccer as the largest youth soccer organization in the USA, AYSO is the ultimate “rec soccer club”. And, until 2016, AYSO WAS a “rec only” club that held summer tournaments for “select” or “all-star” teams chosen during tryouts from the recreation player pool. In 2016, AYSO’s National Office rolled out the AYSO United Competition Club program that created a separate program designed from the ground up to be as competitive as the “other clubs” across the country. AYSO United Utah was one of the first inaugural SIX programs in the country… and yes, we are competitive.
Are there sponsorship opportunities?
We’d LOVE to have more sponsors! You can visit our sponsors page to get more information.
How are the tournament referees?
The best! AYSO has its own comprehensive referee training and certification program. Our referee pool will be made up of the best AYSO referees across the state of Utah. All referees will be “age appropriate” by AYSO standards which means referees will be AT LEAST two years older than the age groups they are officiating. Are you a trained referee? We want to invite YOU to join us for the Sandy Freedom Cup! We have a fantastic referee compensation program and treat our refs like royalty. If you hold a referee certificate and would like to participate in the Sandy Freedom Cup, please register on our site here. Then, fill out the official application to ref here.
What kind of swag do I get?
We wouldn’t want you to leave empty handed! Each participant (including coaches) gets a commemorative t-shirt! Coaches will also get a goodybag of stuff from our sponsors as well as coupons and special offers to make your tournament stay more comfortable. We are adding new sponsors every day, so the goodybag will just get bigger!
What's Needed to Check-in?
More information will be sent to coaches about check-in times as the tournament gets closer. However, as a general rule, teams will need to check-in at least an hour before their first game on Thursday.

Documents required for check-in will include:
1) For UYSA teams, bring 6 tournament rosters with photos printed from the Affinity system. The tournament will keep one and stamp the other 5 for you to use as game cards for game check-in.

2) For AYSO Core/EXTRA teams, a roster from eAYSO will need to be produced along with player birth certificates and AYSO Reg forms (with insurance waiver) for each player. Bring laminated game cards for checking in before games.

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