BOISE (Saturday, June 26th, 2021) -- Two Arizona teams were withdrawn from the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships due to the playing of an ineligible player(s). The Arizona Soccer Association (ASA) and US Youth Soccer (USYS) want to publicly acknowledge, that while ineligible players did participate, this wasn’t done knowingly by the team, club, or coach. Due to the misapplication of the competition rules, players were incorrectly added to each team rosters and were certified by ASA prior the beginning of the Far West Regional competition. When it was determined that the rule had been misapplied, Far West Regional competition rules dictated that the teams were to be withdrawn from the event and any games played with the ineligible players were deemed to have been forfeited.
The coaches of both teams, as well as their club leadership have demonstrated integrity and respect for their teams and the competition. After filing a series of appeals, which is their right, unanimous rulings reaffirmed the original determination as per the competition rules.
It has since come to our attention that members of these two teams have been subject to negative actions, comments, and potential threats posted through various social media platforms. Any allegations that these actions were judged to be intentional are not only unwarranted, but completely false and irresponsible. In alignment with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, and ASA Bylaws, Policies, and Code of Conduct anyone found to engage in any form of misconduct including bullying, cyberbullying, hazing, harassment, emotional misconduct, or physical misconduct may be subject to consequences defined in each. We ask everyone to consider these consequences and the impact they will have on their own players and teams should this behavior not stop.