For many coaches and organizers of youth soccer tournaments, one of the most daunting tasks in ensuring their kids enjoy a productive season is for them to find the best tournaments available.
In some cases, teams attend tournaments that are poorly run or do not possess the right type of competition for their team, which can lead to a very negative experience.
However, by identifying a few criteria that makes up a good soccer tournament, coaches can easily find the right tournament to fit their team’s needs.
Check for Local Tournaments First
Choosing local or out-of-state tournaments is the ultimate question for many soccer coaches and can vary due to the budget and competitive needs of their team. Luckily for Massachusetts club teams, there is a wide range of tournaments offered in our backyard, which gives coaches an excellent starting point in finding the right tournament.
Want to Travel Further?
For teams who wish to explore tournaments outside the boundaries of Massachusetts the best site to visit is soccertournaments.us. This expansive website provides tournament listings for all 50 states and Canadian provinces, giving coaches over 1000 tournaments to choose from.
What to Questions to Ask Before Committing to a Tournament
If coaches are able to find a tournament that interests them, they should then make the following inquiries of the tournament coordinator:
1) What are the names of the teams that competed in our age division last year?
2) What is the maximum wait time in between games?
3) Are the officials certified?
4) Is there medical personal on sight?
5) Are the age divisions exclusive or will they be combined together?
6) Is there an A (more skilled) and B (less skilled) division?
By asking the above questions, coaches are ensuring that they get as much information as they can before committing their team. In some cases (although not too common) a tournament posting may omit important facts about the tournament that can make a huge impact on its quality, a surprise that no coach wants to be faced with when they and their team enter the field.
Choosing the top soccer tournaments to schedule for a youth soccer club can be an enjoyable and exciting experience for any coach.
By using the right resources and by asking the right questions, a coach, their athletes and parents will all be rewarded by playing in an enjoyable soccer tournament each weekend they elect to compete.