Guidelines for Division I & Division II Entry Level Soccer Tournaments

  1. Please refer to the “Tournament Guidelines” in the Soccer Regulations.
  2. Directors should set a time and place for meeting. Notify all coaches in the district/region of the time and place of the meeting.
  3. Items to be covered in the meeting:
    1. Make a tournament draw based on seeding criteria.
    2. Set schedule and times for all matches, if not already done. Notify assigning officer of local association of district tournament schedule, times and sites as soon as possible.  If the established starting time of a region contest between two schools conflicts with the previously scheduled Commencement Exercises of one of the schools, and that school has Senior roster player(s), then at the request of the affected school, the contest will be rescheduled for a mutually agreed upon time and site that falls within the playoff timeline established by the TSSAA. In the event the two schools do not agree on a rescheduled time and site, the TSSAA office will designate a starting game time and site.
    3. District/Region coaches may recommend officials for district/regional tournament play. Based on the number of games scheduled, the times, and the availability of officials who have passed the qualifying exam, the assigning officer will assign officials.
    4. Game officials shall be paid regular season rates plus mileage at 15¢ per official. Mileage is to be paid only if travel for the official is outside of the county in which the official resides.
    5. Set price of admission, provide for tickets to be used.
    6. Make any other necessary financial arrangements.
    7. Agree on number of passes to be issued to participating teams. Determine what passes, if any, are to be honored at the gate.
    8. A team may dress an unlimited number of players for district and regional tournaments.
    9. Teams should be informed that if gate receipts do not equal expenses, then participating teams will be billed equal shares for the cost of the tournament.
    10. Secure necessary tournament workers, etc.
    11. If concessions are sold, receipts go to the host school or those designated by the tournament director.
    12. Matches should follow as closely as possible to the tournament time schedule.
    13. Cover any other district/region tournament business.
  4. Click here to see whom has received the district and region tournament awards.
  5. TSSAA shall receive 18% of the gross gate receipts. Postseason financial forms must now be completed through the TSSAA Portal. All checks for district, regional, and sectional tournaments and playoffs must be distributed within 10 business days of the completion of the tournament or game. Failure to do so will result in a $100.00 late fee to be paid to TSSAA and is to be used in the A.F. Bridges sportsmanship program to go to schools or students receiving awards. Failure to distribute funds within 20 business days will result in an additional $200 late fee (total $300.00). Failure to distribute funds within 40 business days will result in an additional $200.00 late fee (total $500.00). The school may not host any tournament or playoff until the principal or athletic director appears before the Board of Control to explain their reasons for not distributing the checks within the required time frame. The Board would then determine whether the school can host tournaments or playoffs in the future.
  6. Tournament directors should inform the local press of tournament plan, times, bracket, etc. This will help in giving your teams and tournament some publicity and may help your attendance.
  7. Video taping or filming is permitted as long as the taping or filming is for private use or use by the two schools involved and not for public or commercial use. All taping or filming by a school may be approved by the local Game Director, and the Game Director shall assign space, when available, for the school to tape or film. Any media entity or school wishing to videostream or tape delay any part of the region tournament must get permission from the tournament director. If such permission is granted, a minimum fee of $250 (tape delay) or $500 (live telecast/videostream) is required. The fee will be paid to the game director and shall be included as part of the gate receipts.
  8. Division I and Division II Teams advancing in tournament competition can obtain instructions here. There will be no packet of materials sent since all information needed is available on our web site.


It is important that the tournament director contact the TSSAA Office immediately following the tournament and give us the district champion and district runner-up using one of the following options:

  1. Voice Mail or Text Message: (865) 465-9495 (Please be sure to include your Sport. Class, District, District Champion & District Runner-Up.  (Sample Text Message: Sc A-AA 12 C: Team; R: Team))
  2. Fax: (615) 889-0544
  3. E-mail: TSSAA