Q: When is the application deadline for the upcoming seasons?
A: The application period for the 2022 Fall Great Lakes Conference season for the 13U, 14U and the developmental 15U age groups will open on or around June 6, 2022, and close on or around June 27, 2022.
The application period for the 2023 Spring Great Lakes Conference season for the 15U through 19U age groups will open on or around July 22, 2022, and close on or around September 9, 2022. The application period for the 2023 Spring Great Lakes Conference season for 13U and 14U age groups will open on or around Oct 6, 2022, and close on or around November 6, 2022.
Q: How do I locate team contact information for teams in my division?
A: Click HERE to view a short walkthrough on locating team contact information on the GotSport public pages.
Q: How do I add myself as the contact person for my team and get emails from the Great Lakes Conference?
A: The coaches and managers on a team's Great Lakes Conference roster are displayed as the contacts for a team and will receive emails from the conference. For steps on how to add a coach or manager to a conference roster, please click HERE to view a short walkthrough.
Q: How many players can be on our team?
A: Teams may utilize thirty players during a season in accordance with Great Lakes Conference rules and policies. A maximum 22-player team roster with additional use of a club pass roster shall be utilized in all age groups. Club pass players may only come from within a team’s club, provided that the player is a US Youth Soccer member. All rosters shall be submitted to the league through the GotSport platform.
Q: Can I remove players from my roster?
A: Once a player is on a Great Lakes Conference roster, such player is frozen on such team's pool of thirty players for the remainder of the conference season. Players may only be removed, prior to the team’s first game of the season, by the approval of the league manager.
Q: What is the time frame to modify my roster?
A: Any roster modification for weekend games must be made before 3 PM ET on the Friday before the weekend games. There are no exceptions on this. Any modifications sent after this deadline will not be accepted.
Q: Can a player play for multiple teams on the same day?
A: Club pass players cannot play for two teams on the same day, see rules below:
17.04 Player Limitations
A player may play for only one Conference team during any single day. Once a player is on the roster of a team in the Conference in a gender age group and such team has played one match in Conference competition, such player may not appear on another team’s roster in such gender age group during the remainder of the Conference season. In situations where a club may have multiple teams participating in the Conference, a player or players may be listed on multiple teams rosters in different age groups, but at no time may a player play for more than one team on the same day, and not play on more than one team in the same gender age group. Under no circumstances may a player be listed on multiple team rosters if such teams are from different clubs.
During the Conference season, a Goalkeeper may be listed on up to 2 Conference team match day team lineups per day from the same club, with the written consent by the Conference League Manager. A Goalkeeper may not play on more than one team in the same gender age group, and is subject to the same standards as club pass players.
Q: How do I make changes to the schedule posted online?
A: To submit ANY schedule update/s after initial schedules have been posted online, you will need to go to the "Scores, Standings & Schedules" section of the Great Lakes Conference homepage. Click on the "FALL 2022 SCHEDULE UPDATE LINK" button. This will take you to the schedule update page. Please note, that both teams must have agreed to any schedule update before an update can be submitted. In addition to submitting this schedule update form, you will acknowledge that the HOST club needs to contact their referee assignor immediately to ensure match officials are scheduled (if not at a conference hosted event or external tournament). The referee assignors list can be found on the conference website in the “Referee Information” drop down.
Q: Why does it say "Please Submit Schedule Update Form" next to my game on the public schedule?
A: This is because the game could not be scheduled in GotSport based upon the information given to the designate scheduling coordinator. The venue/field given was either not created in GotSport at the time, or no time/field was provided. The host club will need to submit a schedule update.
Q: How do we get referees for our game?
A: For all one-off and club hosted games, teams must contact their state referee assignor. The referee assignors contact list is in the “Referee Information” drop down on the Great Lakes Conference homepage
Q: How much do we pay referees?
A: US Youth Soccer Leagues Program Conference games will use a 3-man referee system. Each team is responsible for one-half of the total referee fees per game and payment is to be made in cash prior to each game as follows:
13U and 14U: $85 per game per team; a total of $170 ($70 to Referee and $50 to each AR)
15U and 16U: $95 per game per team; a total of $190 ($80 to Referee and $55 to each AR)
17U, 18U and 19U: $105 per game per team; a total of $210 ($90 to Referee and $60 to each AR)
Q: Who submits the GotSport Game Card?
A: ALL match scores must be entered by the WINNING team. In the event of a tie, the team listed as the “Home Team” on the schedule should be the team that enters the score and paperwork. This MUST be done before leaving the facility.
Q: I was able to enter the score for our game, but I did not get a copy of the GotSport Game Card. What should I do?
A: Please contact the referees that officiated the match. If you don’t have the official’s contact information, please contact the referee assignor. Also, contact the opposing team.
Q: How do I book a hotel for a conference hosted weekend?
A: There are housing links located in the “Conference Hosted Weekend” section on Great Lakes Conference homepage. Not all weekends mandatory “stay to play”. This is clearly labeled on the website.
Q: Our team is planning to play in a Showcase Tournament. There are teams we are planning on playing that are currently in our conference division. Are we able to make these Showcase matchups count as our conference games?
A: Yes, but you must confirm with your opposition that they wish to play these matches as league games. After confirmation, you will need to contact the showcase director to confirm that these matches are going to be played as conference matches. All showcase games must use the same rules as the league. You will need to ensure that you have all the correct paperwork with you at the match. The showcase will likely have their own paperwork too but can ONLY submit official league match paperwork with the score following the match.
Q: We are playing in a Showcase Tournament and that schedule has been posted by the tournament. Who is responsible for adding that to the conference website schedule?
A: Any time a team schedules a match in an external event, it is always the responsibility of the teams to send this in through GotSport. This is typically done by the HOST club (as listed on the schedule). At the scheduling meetings we specifically asked for one team to listed as the host in external events. If this was not recorded, either team can send in this schedule update, but it must be updated on the schedule as you will still generate GotSport cards for these matches and they must have the correct match information on them.
Q: How do we receive National League patches and where are they supposed to be placed on our uniforms?
A: All patches are sent to the club for distribution to the teams as requested by the club. The placement of patches on uniforms can be found on pages fifteen and sixteen of the National League - Brand Guidelines document found in the Team Information drop down on the USYS website.