These definitions apply to the Policies and the By‐Laws of East Central Soccer District
Affiliate ‐ a properly recognized member club of the WYSA
Amateur Sports Act – the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act (chapter 2205 of title 36, United States Code.)
Board of Directors – the Board of Directors of WYSA established under Article 5008 of the WYSA Constitution.
Club – an organization affiliated with a National State Association, which has an identifiable membership of youth soccer players on whose behalf the organization conducts or engages in youth soccer activities. A club (sometimes referred to as “leagues” or “local association”) is the basic administrative unit of US Youth Soccer.
District – A geographical subdivision of the territory of a National State Association.
Federation – United States Soccer Federation, Inc.
FIFA – Federal International de Football Association of which the US Soccer Federation is the national association member of the United States.
Good Standing – A team or organization shall be considered in good standing if all of its players have been properly registered with their National State Association or approved organization and so long as the team or organization is not subject to any disciplinary sanctions prohibiting travel or hosting imposed by the National State Association, US Youth Soccer or approved organization.
Guest Player – A registered player participating in a competition for a team to which the player is not rostered for purposes of league play.
League – A structured group of four or more teams joined for the purposes of inter‐team play under a common set of administrative and competition rules.
1. Recreational League – An intra or interclub league in which:
i The use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting or any like process to roster players selectively to any team on the basis of talent or ability is prohibited.
ii. The club or district administering the league accepts as participants in the league any and all eligible youths (subject to reasonable terms of registration).
iii. A system of rostering players is employed for the purpose of creating a fair or balanced distribution of playing talent among all teams participating.
iv. League rules require that each player play at least one‐half of each game except for reasons of injury, illness or discipline.
2. Classic League – An interclub league in which the use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting or any like process to roster players selectively to any team on the basis of talent or ability is permitted and one or more league rules restrict the manner in which players may be rostered to participating teams.
3. State Premier League, First Division – An interclub league, managed by the State Association, in which no rule restricts the manner in which players may be rostered to participating teams, except for rules which define and prohibit unethical recruiting behavior; or limit the participation of players previously rostered to another team. Second Division leagues may be established
4. Midwest Regional League – (MRL) An interstate league, managed by Region II of the US Youth Soccer Association, in which no rule restricts the manner in which players may be rostered to participating teams, except for rules which define and prohibit unethical recruiting behavior; or limit the participation of players previously rostered to another team.
5. Wisconsin Developmental Academy- (WDA) The Wisconsin Developmental Academy (WDA) is a program for boys and girls age U11-U18. Inclusion in this league will be club-based rather than team-based. To be considered for participation, clubs will need to meet certain requirements for accreditation and maintain standards that ensure sustainability, transparency and accountability; most importantly, a safe and constructive playing, working and learning environment for players, officials and coaches.
National State Association An affiliated member association of US Youth Soccer representing all leagues, clubs, teams and players within the territory assigned the National State Association by US Youth Soccer.
Youth Player – An individual who has not reached the age of 19 years prior to August 1 immediately before the start of any registration year. A player who reaches 19 years of age during a registration year is allowed to complete that registration year.
Adult Player- An individual who at least is a senior in High School or has reached the age of 17.
Registration – The signing of an intent to play the sport of soccer and the paying of fees to become a member of US Youth Soccer and the National State Association.
Team – a group of soccer players playing on the same side in soccer games as a recognized entity organized for the purpose of playing the sport of soccer.
1. Classic Team – a team which participates in a classic league. Also referred to as select or competitive
2. State League – a team which participates in First Division or Premier League
3. Recreational Team – a team which participates in a recreational league
4. Tournament Only Team – a team assembled for the purpose of competing exclusively in tournaments.
State Association – Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) the administrative body within a territory determined by US Youth Soccer to carry out US Youth Soccer’s programs for youth players.
US Soccer – The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the national governing body of soccer in the United States; recognized by FIFA and the United States Olympic Committee.
US Youth Soccer – the United States Youth Soccer Association, Inc., a national association member of US Soccer as per the Federation by‐laws.
USOC – the United States Olympic Committee that is the corporation established under the Amateur Sports Act to oversee all amateur athletic activity in the United States.