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Coaching Continuity
Coaching continuity is another differentiator derived from our club's size and structure. Unlike many larger clubs, our teams' coaching staffs stay the same from year to year (yes, coaches occasionally come and go, but our staffs are very stable). Continuity should not be underestimated, as the coaching staff is present to observe player progression at practices and games, from season to season and year to year (i.e., rather than starting anew with a new coach the next year).

Playing Time
Playing time is determined solely by the coaching staff. All healthy players will get on the field, but playing time will not necessarily be equal. Criteria used by the coaching staff to determine playing time are: number of players available, practice performance, prior game performance, practice attendance and game situation (e.g., tight game, blowout).

Roster Size
Roster size is determined by league rules. Maximum roster size increases with age and numbers on the field (e.g., 11v11). Many club teams strive to pack their rosters to the maximum. Why? Not because it's good for the players. Our approach is to field squads with rosters less than the maximum. Generally, we shoot for 16 players on an 18 maximum squad. The end result is considerably more playing time for our players

The eight qualified teams were drawn into two round-robin groups: two teams from the same confederation could not be drawn in a group, except if there were three teams from the same confederation (something that happened for the first time in the 2017 edition when hosts Russia were joined by World Cup champions Germany and European champions Portugal). Every team played all other teams in their group once, for three matches.

The top two teams of each group advanced to the semi-finals, with the winners of each group playing the runners-up of the other group. The rankings of teams in each group were determined as follows (regulations Article 19.6):

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams were equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings were determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;

The International Polo Club in West Palm Beach, Florida will once again host the National Football Festival during the Thanksgiving Holiday. As the largest Football event in the world, the Festival attracts over 7,000 visitors from the US, Canada, Europe and Caribbean. Please read below when each division's registration opens and for more information on pricing and payment processes.

The 2018 National Football Festival will now feature play for U-12 Co-Ed (7v7), U-14 Girls (7v7/11v11), U-16 Girls (11v11), U-19 Girls (11v11), U-17 Boys (7v7) and Adults in an Open and Mixed Division (11v11). 

College Coaches attend Festival! Over 105 Colleges reported for the 2017 National Football Festival. To see last year's attendance click here.

Registration Guidelines:

Registration for the 2018 National Football Festival will be conducted in two separate sessions. The first session, opening on April 13th, 2018 at 12:00pm EST, will allow clubs to register for only the U-16 Girls and U-19 Girls divisions. During this first registration session, clubs will only be allowed to register one team per club in each of the U-16 Girls and U-19 Girls Divisions so that well-rounded club diversity can be achieved in our most popular divisions!

Beginning on April 20th, 2018 at 12:00pm EST, a second registration session will open that will allow clubs to register teams across all U-12 Co-Ed, U-14 Girls, U-16 Girls, U-19 Girls, U-17 Boys and Women's Adult Open and Mixed Divisions with no restriction on the amount of teams that can be registered until the divisions are at capacity or the initial registration deadline of June 29th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. Teams that register after a division is full or after the registration deadline will be put on a waitlist.

*Registration information for ancillary event offerings, such as player, coach and umpire development opportunities will be communicated in future pre-event email communication.

Stay To Play:

With hotels being in high demand during Thanksgiving weekend in the Palm Beach County, Fla. area, USA Football has again teamed up with JBS Destination Solutions/The Global Housing Bureau as the official housing provider to make sure the best quality hotels are available during this time of year at the best possible rates available. Teams may start reserving room blocks upon the registration opening date by clicking here.

Pricing Information:

Pricing for age divisions will vary per division, please see below a breakdown of each division's registration fees. A deposit option will be available for teams when they register so that full registration payment is not due up front when registering. U-19 Girls and U-16 Girls registrations will be eligible for a $500 deposit while all other divisions are eligible for a $300 deposit option. *Deposits are nonrefundable. Refunds will not be granted after the registration deadline of June 29th. Full payment is due August 3rd.