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2024 Puma Cup

29th ANNUAL TEXAS LIGHTNING PUMA CUP USA 2024

August 2nd through 4th, 2024

Harold Patterson Sports Complex,

1100 Wimbeldon Drive, Arlington, TX 76017

DEADLINE TO APPLY: July 22, 2024

for application, must be made online at www.texaslightning.org and follow the application link

May be extended if necessary in some age groups.

ENTRY FEES:

  • 7U Boys & Girls Academy Teams (4v4) - $450
  • 8U/9U/10U Boys & Girls Academy Teams (7v7) - $695
  • 10U Boys & Girls Academy Teams (9v9) - $825
  • 11U/12U Boys & Girls Competitive Teams (9v9) - $825
  • 12U/14U Boys & Grils Competitive Teams  (11v11) - $895
  • 15U/19U Boys & Girls Competitive Teams  (11v11) - $895

Application is now open


PARTICIPATION

NO HEADING ALLOWED IN 11U AND YOUNGER AGE GROUPS

Academy Teams

Preliminary Championship Ball Size Format Roster Size
7U 4x10 min 4x10 min #3 4v4 No Goalkeeper Max Roster 8
8U/9U/10U 7v7 2x25 min 2x25 min #4 7v7 including Goalkeeper Max Roster 12
9U/10U 9v9 2x25 min 2x25 min #4 9v9 including Goalkeeper Max Roster 16

Each 9U team playing 7v7 must have five (5) players on the field to begin and continue the game. Each 10U team playing 9v9 must have seven (7) players on the field to begin and continue the game. No Guest Players for 7U/8U/9U/10U teams. Roster frozen when Tournament begins. 

Players may only play on one team in the Tournament.      


Competitive Teams

Preliminary Championship Ball Size Format Roster Size
11U/12U 2x25 min 2x25 min #4 9v9 Max Roster 16 5 Guest players max
12U-14U 2x30 min 2x30 min #5 11v11 Max Roster 18 5 Guest players max
15U-19U 2x35 min 2x35 min #5 11v11 Max Roster 22 5 Guest players max
  • Same rules for heading, ball size, roster size, players on the field and guest players apply in the Championship games.
  • Each team in 11U through 19U must have 7 players on the field to begin and continue the game.
  • Roster is frozen when tournament begins.
  • Players may only play on one team in the Tournament
  • Players will need valid Medical Releases (do not need to be Notarized)

Club Pass Players

  • are allowed
  • do not count as Guest Players
  • must be from the same Club
  • may only club pass for the same age or older team within the same club (11U may club pass on a 12U team, but a 12U cannot club pass on an 11U team)

7U through 19U will play a 3 game minimum with bracket advancement to finals.  

CHECK-IN:

On-online check in –upload roster and guest player releases, permission to travel if applicable, into your Tournament application in gotsport.  

Your Home Association Registrar. Do not upload a Game Day Roster, it will not work for this tournament. No Guest Players. US Club Teams will need US Club Roster. ACADEMY TEAMS will play in the age group they become as of August 1, 2023.

11U – 19U – upload a copy of Official State Roster or US Club Roster, Traveling Papers, if applicable. Guest Players – must have a Guest Player Release, signed and dated by the releasing and receiving coaches and must have Player ID Number included on release. 

The Final Schedule, Copy of the Rules and Game Score Cards can be found on our web site. Game Score Cards should be signed by the referee and brought to the Tournament Headquarters, The Pavilion, by team manager or coach, following each game, win or lose. Awards will be given in each age group to Champions and Finalists, (1st & 2nd place). Both Champions and Finalists teams, coaches and parents should come to the Pavilion following the final game for the award presentation.


HOTEL INFORMATION for Travel Teams: Please note that teams are required to stay at the Tournament Hotels and to reserve their rooms through Event Connections. 

Click on the following link to book your rooms

https://eventconnections.net/2024-texas-lightning-puma-cup/     

Babette Haddox  cell: 704-677-0908 

Email: babette@eventconnections.net

 

NOTIFICATION

Accepted Teams and Schedules will be posted on the web site: www.texaslightning.org as soon as possible after the deadline. There will be no refunds for teams that withdraw after the schedule is posted. Teams not accepted will not be charged.

IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE AFTER YOU HAVE MADE AN APPLICATION, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR IMMEDIATELY at mcleanpe@yahoo.com

FAILURE TO REMIT THE ENTRY FEE DOES NOT SERVE AS NOTIFICATION THAT A TEAM WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING; YOU MUST CONTACT THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR, BEFORE SCHEDULES ARE POSTED OR TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT, SHOULD YOU DECIDE NOT TO PARTICIPATE!

Puma Cup Rules state: “Any team that withdraws from a tournament less than two (2) weeks from the start of the tournament or after the publication of the schedule, whichever comes first, or does not complete all required scheduled games, may not be allowed to enter any sanctioned tournaments until said team appears before the NTSSA Cup and Games Committee for a hearing explaining their actions and will forfeit their entry fee and performance bond, if one has been posted.”

For more information or questions regarding the tournament, please visit our website and check FAQ or contact Paul McLean, Tournament Director at mcleanpe@yahoo.com

Click on the pdf above then right-click to print out your match cards. Please fill out the match card with your team information, correct match time and field and give to the referee before the match. At the conclusion of the match, please retrieve the match card from the referee, verify the score and return to the tournament headquarters.

Referees interested in working the Tournament

Please send an email with your contact information to

Mickey O’Brien refmickey.obrien@gmail.com

 

When available, all games will use a 3 person referee system with all referees being USSF certified.


THIS EVENT IS SANCTIONED BY:

We like to thank the following for their support of the Texas Lightning Showcase: