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How to Host a Safe Tournament

Tournaments are a great way to offer more soccer for more kids, raise money for the Region and provide participants with wonderful memories. Tournament staff should be aware that the safety and well-being of all the participants (players, parents, visitors and staff) should be a priority when planning a tournament.

Below are some things to consider when you start planning your tournament and providing info to attending teams.

Don't forget to:

  • Obtain the necessary field permits
  • Get your special event policy in place (call 800-872-2976 ext 7961); certificates issued (Learn how to get certificates of insurance here)
  • Provide appropriate parking - is there enough? If not, decide where you'll direct the overflow.
  • Providing a shade or picnic area
  • Schedule EMTs in case of an emergency
  • Schedule an extra trash service pickup
  • Arrange for appropriate restroom facilities. If you don't have enough, schedule portables
  • Schedule vendors. Have they provided certificates of insurance?

Provide the following to the attending teams/Regions:

  • Directions to the tournament and surrounding hotels, restaurants, parks, etc.
  • Reminders about the AYSO ratio of adults to players
  • Hydration and snack tips
  • A list of Don'ts (anything specific to your facilities or Region) such as: no pets, no barbeques, etc.
  • Reminders not to rent 18-passenger vans if they are traveling to your tournament


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