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ostrich festival

MARCH 7-9, 2025

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the American Family Insurance Ostrich Festival Tournament presented by RSL-AZ. The tournament is held each March to coincide with the city of Chandler's Ostrich Festival which draws over 250,000 visitors. While most of the country is still cold, wet and sometimes snowy, we enjoy beautiful warm sunny weather that is perfect for soccer. The valley also hosts 15 major league baseball teams during this time. Come early and catch a few games of baseball before a weekend of soccer.

We plan to host 450 U7-U19 teams from all over the state of Arizona as well as New Mexico, Nevada, and California, and several other states plus Canada. We offer a 3 game minimum with many teams playing 4 games.

Referees - please contact Chris at refqueen@cox.net if you are available to referee for our tournament. 


important dates

Tournament Play: March 7-9, 2025

Registration Deadline:  February 15, 2025

Payment Deadline: Payment will be processed at the time of acceptance.  Only paid teams will be accepted. 

Rosters Due (online):  March 6th, 2025

location

Reach 11, Bell94  U11-U19

 Red Mountain & Wild Horse Pass U7-U10

Click HERE to view field maps

fees

  • $275- U7/U8 (2017-2018) (Per 4v4 Team)
  • $650- U9/U10 (2015-2016) (Per 7v7 Team) 
  • $750 - U11/U12 (2013-2014) (Per 9v9 Team)
  • $850 - U13/U14 (2011-2012) (Per 11v11 Team)
  • $950 - U15 & up (2006-2010) (Per 11v11 Team)

Plus $20 Gotsport software fee & 3.5% process fees apply to credit card payments.

There are no refunds once your team is accepted 

CONTACT

Kathy Belles

Tournament Director

tournament information

CREDENTIALS CHECK-IN:  

  • All teams can check-in online
  • Check-in must be completed by 3/6/25
  • Check-in for this event will be done Online.  
  • All teams can pick up their goodie bag at the Headquarters tent before their first game.

GAMES:

  • All Teams Three (3) game minimum 

AWARDS:                        

  • U7&U8 - Participation medals
  • U9-U19 1st/2nd Place team medals

SANCTIONING BODY:     ASA & US Club

Competitive, Developmental, Recreational
Membership in US Youth Soccer, AYSO, US Club Soccer, or any other USSF Affiliate.
Foreign teams, including those from Canada and Mexico.

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Age Groups: U7 through U19 - For age bracket information refer to our AGE MATRIX.
  • Teams with loan players must not exceed the maximum roster limit.
  • Players may only play for 1 tournament team in the same age group.  All players must have player passes issued by an official organization.  All passes must be issued by the same organization, (i.e. No mixing passes.)
  • Passes must include the player’s photo.

Academy Teams U7/U8 ONLY - Do not need player passes, but must provide an official roster. Academy players may play in 2 squads for the same Academy team if the team plays with a non-fixed roster and the players are registered with the club's sanctioning body.  For example, Academy Team Red has 15 players and splits into Academy Team Red 1 and Academy Team Red 2, (both teams must register in the tournament). A player may play for both Red 1 & Red 2, but their play time must not exceed 80 minutes of soccer per day.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:

Please note that this is a Stay and Play event.  Once your team is accepted into the event, you will receive a Live Booking Link from JJRP Sports Travel.

How to update your Event roster in Gotsport

 Log into your Got Sport Account and build your EVENT ROSTER.  This roster must have all players listed, including guest players.  This is what will be used to generate the game cards so it is important that all players are put into the system.


ADDING GUEST PLAYERS FROM OUTSIDE YOUR CLUB

(make sure to get a loan form)

*NOTE: If your club has your rosters locked, you won't be able to access the Ostrich Player Pool.

  1. Your registrar can add them into your Club Player Pool and then you can add them as a guest player.
  2. Have the player register on the guest player pool for Holiday Classic and then you can add them from there. 

Guest Player Reg link:  https://system.gotsport.com/programs/920920N63?reg_role=player

How to add guest players from the guest player pool: https://gotsport.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/10619852677271-How-to-Assign-Guest-Players-to-your-Event-Roster-as-a-Coach-Manager

How to contact a player in the player pool: https://gotsport.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/11416365891991-How-to-Contact-Guest-Players-as-a-Coach-Manager-January-2023-?auth_token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJhY2NvdW50X2lkIjoxMzA3MDg2LCJ1c2VyX2lkIjpudWxsLCJ0aWNrZXRfaWQiOm51bGwsImRlZmxlY3Rpb25faWQiOjE4ODU5MTgxNjM5OTU5LCJhcnRpY2xlcyI6WzExNDE2MzY1ODkxOTkxLDExNDA5MjQ1MzYxOTQzLDE1ODMyMDA5MDI2NzExXSwidG9rZW4iOm51bGwsImV4cCI6MTcwMTg4NDMyNX0.IswyVarAxWAhmRy7CWXJ5Oo81aeQYgxsaEQ5V9QWt9o