West Michigan

Youth Soccer Assoc.


Elite Division





Getting into Elite

Who is it made up from?  The Elite Division is an interleague division for the 12U - 19U ages with three area leagues: Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA), West Michigan Youth Soccer Association (WMYSA) and Capital Area Soccer League (CASL). Each division is developed with the top teams within each league. The number of teams is a maximum of nine and each league submits their top teams. The numbers from each league is relative to league size. As a rule of thumb: GVSA submits 5~6, WMYSA submits 2~3 and CASL 1. Even though this is an interleague division, your questions and correspondence goes through our WMYSA staff.

How do teams get submitted?  Since this is a division made up of top teams, a promotion/relegation system is used in the make up each season. Each league has their own process to request to play in the Elite Division. For WMYSA, during the commitment application, a team may request consideration by selecting the Elite as the Level of Play. Below is the procedure used in WMYSA; however, the league must also meet the minimum WMYSA Division size prior to submitting teams to promotion in Elite.  Review of requests is made by the WMYSA staff for submissions to the interleague Elite Division.  GVSA takes all submissions into consideration and has final determination of division make up.

 

12U – 15U FALL Procedure

12U      Utilizing the Spring 11U standings, the top three requesting teams are submitted.  Teams playing up will be reviewed in comparison should more than 3 teams with any playing in 12U also request to play in Elite.

13U      Utilizing the Spring 12U standings for both the Elite and the top WMYSA Division, any non-relegation[1] teams in Elite may stay and then the top teams within WMYSA which request Elite are submitted.

14U      Utilizing the Spring 13U standings for both the Elite and the top WMYSA Division, any non-relegation1 teams in Elite may stay and then the top teams within WMYSA which request Elite are submitted.

15U     Utilizing the Spring 14U (14U/15U Divisions) standings for both the Elite and the top WMYSA 15U Division teams, any non-relegation1 teams in Elite may stay and then the top teams within WMYSA which request Elite are submitted.

 

12U – 15U SPRING Procedure

       The bottom three teams in all divisions are automatically relegated to their respective league.

       Teams in Elite non-relegation1 spots will be allowed to stay.

       The top team from each league is then promoted into Elite.

       Should the top team not take the slot, then determination between a 2nd place WMYSA vs. relegation teams will take place.

 

High School Divisions  ~  Fall  or Spring only:

 

16U/17U   This group has 4 different divisions from the previous season to review and determine which teams will be submitted for placement

q  Previous Season as 16U Elite (16U/17U Elite Division) non-relegated1

q  Previous Season as 15U Elite (15U Elite Division) non-relegated1

q  Previous 16U WMYSA teams playing in WMYSA HS

q  Previous 15U WMYSA teams playing in WMYSA 14U/15U

q  Previous 15U & 17U Elite Divisions relegated teams can also be considered

q  Because of the total number of allowed teams, with 4 divisions seeking Elite placement, no teams are automatic submissions.

 

18U/19U   This group has 3+ different divisions from the previous season to review and determine which teams will be submitted for placement

q  Previous Season as 18U Elite (18U/19U Elite Division) non-relegated1

q  Previous Season as 17U Elite (16U/17U Elite Division) non-relegated1

q  Previous MSPSP teams coming back to WMYSA

q  Previous Season 17U & 19U Elite relegated teams can also be considered

q  Because of the total number of allowed teams, with 3+ divisions seeking Elite placement, no teams are automatic submissions. 

 


Are Division Sizes Important? As mentioned, in the Fall, 12U Division WMYSA recommends up to three teams to Elite based on the previous Spring WMYSA results. Moving forward the division operates on the promotion relegation system. With the promotion process, teams finishing in the top of WMYSA have the potential opportunity for promotion into Elite. In order for there to be room for 1 team from each league (GVSA, WMYSA & CASL) to move up, the bottom 3 teams from Elite are automatically relegated back. The size of the division does not matter for the number of teams being relegated. When there are only 5 teams in the division, only the top 2 teams stay and the others start in the relegation slots. Once the promotion positions are completed, Elite looks to determine if they have any more openings. These openings can occur when one of the leagues did not promote, another team decides to drop or the division has less than the maximum. If this happens Elite looks at the relegated teams to backfill.

 

 

Accepted to play Elite ~ Now What?

When are divisions determined? Because 3 leagues are working together, the Elite divisions are typically finalized after the WMYSA placements are set. At times, submitted WMYSA teams are not accepted and they are then placed into the top WMYSA division.

How are matches determined? Once the divisions are set, GVSA completes the match up (games with home/away determination). The GVSA website: www.GVSoccer.org is then used to post under the Schedules, Results & Standings page. All of the game match ups are posted and it will be up to the home team to make contact and schedule the game with the opponent. WMYSA teams will need to submit their 4 home game information to the WMYSA Scheduler by a given deadline. Teams will need to know the parameters of the home venue time/day limitations while scheduling. Some clubs have Field Scheduling Coordinators to help with open space and the WMYSA Scheduler can also help in reviewing open time to schedule.

Important to keep in mind while scheduling:

·Do not schedule outside the WMYSA scheduling season.

·Most venues have limitations of days/times.

·WMYSA divisions have already scheduled games on the fields.

·Submit your home game information prior to the WMYSA deadline.

 

Games Scheduled, Now What? Once WMYSA teams have been submitted for uploading into the GVSA system, WMYSA will also receive the data to submit the GVSA home game schedule to enter into GotSoccer. Both GVSA and WMYSA track the Standings. You will be able to see your game schedule in your GotSoccer account the same as WMYSA division teams; however, games played in GVSA locations will not have the specific field venue. For appropriate field venue and information, you will need to go to the league website associated with the home team.

Game Day Procedures? Teams follow the same procedures as all WMYSA teams. You should be printing your official game day sheet from your GotSoccer team account. Do not use the GVSA game day sheet. You will be working with two sets of game numbers for reporting wins: in GVSA, you will need to use the game match number which is referenced in their online schedule and when working in your GotSoccer account, the reference should be the game number in GotSoccer.

Referee Fees, Rules & Regulations follow the WMYSA format.

 

Score reporting:

I.  The winning team is required to report the scores in the GVSA website:

A.

Go to website: www.gvsoccer.org

B.

Click on the Schedules, Results & Standings on right

C.

Choose the current season from the drop down box

D.

Choose your Division from the drop down box

E.

From the list of games, find the correct game, click on the game number which is on the left of the listed teams.

F

A pop up screen will ask for score and your email address.

G.

Enter scores and email address, click on Record Scores and score is updated into the system.

II.  You will be responsible for reporting and entering all of your game scores in GotSoccer since the GVSA and CASL teams do not have the Event ID and PIN to enter scores. 



[1] Non-relegation refers to those teams not in the bottom three of the division standings.