3V3 - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - 3V3
How can I get my special questions answered ?
First please read the information provided here and on the main page of
our web site. If you can't find the information you need, email us
click here .
Q1 - What are the dates of birth that define each age group?
A1 - We use the same definition as the USYSA (with August 1 as the cut off
month/day) for determining a players "Tournament Age". We have provided a
convenient Calculator that shows the players Tournament age based on
birthdate . Click here
U Age Calculator
and input the date of birth to see the player's age division. Note that
when Nationals falls in August, the age groups for Nationals are the same
as during the 12 months leading up to Nationals. Players do not move
up an age until Nationals is completed.
Click here for a table showing the age based on
date of birth. Note that a player may play in a division older
than his/her age, but not in one that is younger. In FYSA sanctioned
events, "playing up" is limited to whatever the current FYSA guidelines
state. In events that are sanctioned by Challenge Sports only, "playing
up" is left to the discretion of the coach and parents.
Q2 - What are acceptable forms of Proof of Age?
A2 - Any one of the following are acceptable - Player pass, passport, copy
of birth certificate or drivers license.
Q3 - Can a goal be scored from anywhere on the field ?
A3 - NO, it must be last touched (by either team) in the OFFENSIVE half of
the field. On a kickoff, the ball is not considered to start in the
offensive half of the field. It must roll forward so that it is completely
in the offensive half before it can be shot straight into the goal
Q4 - What are the rules about the goal box in front of the goal ?
A1 - The rules regarding goal box in our rules section are below. Standing
in or passing through the box is allowed. The box rule is only invoked if
a player touches the ball when either the player or the ball is in the
box. The box ara extends upward from the lines. touching the ball in the
air above the box is a violation
GOAL BOX: The goal box, 12 feet wide and 8 feet deep, is directly in front
of the goal. No player may touch the ball within the goal box, however any
player may move through the goal box. Any part of the ball or player's
body on the line is considered in the goal box; the player is an extension
of the box. If a defender touches the ball in the goal box, a goal is
awarded to the offensive team. If the defender OR the ball is in the box
and contact is made, a goal is awarded. If an offensive player touches the
ball within the goal box, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. If
the ball comes to a complete stop in the goal box, regardless of which
team touched it last, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.
Q5 - Who has to be at Check-in?
A5 - When Check-in is held on a Friday night, only a representative from
each team with the proof of age for each player is required to attend
. The whole team can come to enjoy being with a big group of soccer folks,
but only 1 person is required for each team
When Check-in is held Saturday morning, the whole team should attend and
check-in at least 1 hour before the teams first game.
Q6 - Can I change my roster after I submit my application?
A6 - Yes, as long as the change does not effect the gender (adding a boy
to a girls team changes the gender), age, or Comp/Rec status of the team,
you can go into your TMS Tournament Management System Account and edit the
information about your team including the players on your roster. Roster
changes that effect the gender, age, or Comp/Rec level of the team are the
equivalent of entering a new team and must be approved in advance.
Rosters can be changed up to the start of your first game
Q7 - When will schedules be available and how many games is each team
A7 - For local qualifiers, our plan is to publish the schedule no later
than 10PM of the Thursday evening before the tournament. Schedules for
Nationals will be posted further in advance. Every team is guaranteed to
play at least 4 games in each tournament.
Q8 - How are the goals scored during the game recorded and is there a
scoreboard on each field that show the score during the game?
A8- It is not possible to have a scoreboard for each field. The referee
keeps track of the score on the Game Card which is given to the winning
coach to bring to the score center after the game. To prevent scoring
controversies (which are more common in 3v3 because of the fast paced game
and the high scoring), the referee is instructed to announce the score to
both teams after each goal. Coaches are responsible for checking with the
referee during the game to make sure that scoring discrepancies are caught
Q9 - Is there a hotel close to the fields for those of us who are coming a
A9- The hotel link on the Challenge Sports Web page for this tournament
has information about hotels that are convenient to the tournament site
and are ready to welcome teams
- How can I tell if my team should enter in the Comp or Rec Division
A10- For U6, U7, and U8 age players there is no distinction, they are all
considered Rec. For U9 and older age players, we use this definition;
team that is created by a tryout or selection process based on the level
of play/ability of players OR has one or more players who have played on a
full sided competitive or select team in a club any time in the
last 12 months is classified as a Comp team. All other teams are eligible
to play in the Rec Division.
definition of a full sided competitive team is one that has its
roster selected by a tryout or selection process based on skill and level
of play. The term "Full Sided" is to distinguish from 3v3 and applies to
6v6 and 8v8, as well as 11v11 since only the 6v6 and 8v8 formats are
available to U9, U10, U11 and U12 players in many areas. The key aspect of
the definition of a comp player is that he or she plays on a team which
has its roster selected through a process that is based on ability level
of play . U6/7/8 Divisions do not have separate Comp and Rec Divisions.
All U6/7/8 age appropriate players playing on a U6/7/8 team are considered
Special note applicable in June and July
- Players that have been eligible to play Rec who try out for and make the
roster of a Competitive Full sided team for the coming season will not be
considered "COMP" players until that Full Sided team begins its League or
season play. This specifically addresses players who are classified as rec
players who try out in June or July for a team to play on in the Fall.
Those players will retain their "Rec" status through the Challenge 3v3
Nationals in August.
Q11 - How can I become a referee for the tournament?
A11 - If you are a qualified Referee
Refereeinfo for information on how to
contact the assignor
Q12 - What are the rules for "coed" teams? Can Girls play on Boys teams?
A12 - We have two gender categories for youth divisions (u6 - u19). "Girls"
Divisions can include only teams with only girls on the roster. "Boys/Coed"
Divisions include teams with Boys and or Girls on the roster. For Adult
Coed Divisions, when 2 Adult Coed teams play each other, each team
must have at least 1 female on the field at all times. This rule does not
apply to youth divisions.
Q13 - How do I get to the Park and Check-in Site? (we do have quite a few
teams that travel a long way to play)
A14 - We have a link on the tournament web page showing the location of
the park and check-in site.
Q14- What happens if there are not enough teams of my gender/age/skill
level to form a division?
A14 - Challenge sports welcomes
input from teams about how to best combine ages and skill levels when 1 or
more division does not have enough teams to stand alone. We post entries
over the weekend before the tournament, then on Monday and Tuesday we show
teams in proposed Divisions so that teams can comment in time for
adjustments. A mixed division leads to separate brackets as long as there
are at least 2 teams of each age/gender/skill level will. When there is
only 1 team of a certain age/gender/skill level, that team will be
considered as the same as the closest other age/gender/skill level group
in the Division for bracket play. If a team decides that the planned
division does not look like it will present a good experience for the
team, they can withdraw for a full refund as late a Tuesday at midnight.
That way a team can see the teams they will be playing with in time to be
able to withdraw for a full refund. When age/gender/skill levels are
combined it does not effect a teams chances to qualify for Nationals
because teams are separated in their own age/gender/skill level before
they are ranked to determine qualifying. The top 4 teams of each
age/gender/skill level will qualify for Nationals.
Q15- What happens in the case of bad weather?
A15 - Our Weather Policy is posted here
Q16- Uniforms What are the requirements for uniforms?
A16 - Teams must wear similar colored jerseys and each team must have a
dark and light colored set. Numbers are not required, and the Jerseys do
not have to be identical, just close enough so that it is clear that the
players are on the same team
Q17- What is the rule for a restart on an indirect kick?
A17 - A restart from an indirect kick follows the same rules in 3v3 as in
full sided soccer. On a kickoff, the ball is not considered to start in
the offensive half of the field. It must roll forward so that it is
completely in the offensive half before it can be shot straight into the
Q18- Shin Guards -
A18 - All players are required to wear Shin Guards. Shin guards must be
covered by a sock. Players without Shin guards will not be permitted to
Q19- Substitution -
A19 - Teams may substitute during any stoppage of play with the approval
of the referee. All substitutes enter the field at the midline. The player
leaving the field may go directly to the nearest part of the team
Q20- What guidelines should I use for forming my team -
A20 - Teams are formed in many different ways, everything from a group of
neighborhood friends to a highly recruited group of players from widely
different areas for serious competitive teams. One important guideline to
follow is to have a group of players who are as closely grouped in age and
skill level as possible. A team with players who are, for example U8, U9,
U11, and U12 age will have to play U12 and the 2 younger players will be
at some risk against older players. Similarly, a team made up of 4 rec
players and 1 comp player must play in the comp division, and will likely
be badly overmatched in most games.
Q21- What are the dimensions of the field and goals? -
A21 Fields for u6/7/8 are 30 yards long by 20 yards wide. U9 and older
team playt on fields that are 30 yards wide by 40 yards long. Goals are 4
feet high by 8 feet wide. Goal Box is 12 feet wide by 8 feet deep and
center circles are 10 yards in diameter (5 yard radius)
Q22- Can we change our team name for Nationals?-
A22 Yes, you can. Be sure to reference the name you qualified under in the
comment section of the Application for Nationals
Q23- How late can we enter teams?
The deadline (for guaranteed acceptance) is shown on the web site. After
that date, teams can still apply, however the possibility of being shut
out increases because age groups fill up.