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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?
$480 for U16/U19 AYSO coed teams, $450 for U14/15, $420 for U12, $350 for U10. The tournament goes by the current AYSO two-year age divisions. UYSA Club teams will be placed in the division closest to the oldest player on the team and the current UYSA playing division.
When does registration end?
Registration paperwork must be delivered by July 6th, 2017. 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.
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 that can be found here along with the referee and youth referee applications.
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!

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