2017 Accepted Teams/ Equipos Aceptados

Process of Accepting teams and 2017 CRI divisional structures:

In 2017, the Copa Rayados Internacional will lower the total number of accepted teams from 274 teams of past years to a total of 172 teams.  50 of these team slots will be reserved for international entrants.  We will have 4 Texas area qualifying tournaments for the Under 9 to Under 14 age groups to guarantee opportunities for teams to advance to the 2017 Copa Rayados Internacional. We will also have open slots available for teams to directly apply to the tournament, with preferential selection to out of state applicants.  

172 Total teams for 2017
50 slots reserved for international teams
46 slots reserved for Qualifying tournament champions and finalists
10 slots reserved for MLS youth academy teams 
66 slots are open for direct applications
 
Under 9 Age Group (2009): 12 teams (3 international slots, 2 from qualifying tournaments, 7 Open slots)
Under 10 Age Group (2008): 12 teams (3 international slots, 6 from qualifying tournaments, 3 Open slots)
Under 11 Age Group (2007): 20 teams (5 international slots, 8 from qualifying tournaments, 7 Open slots)
Under 12 Age Group (2006): 20 teams (5 international slots, 8 from qualifying tournaments, 7 Open slots) 
Under 13 Age Group (2005): 24 teams (6 international slots, 8 from qualifying tournaments, 2 MLS, 8 Open slots)
Under 14 Age Group (2004): 24 teams (6 international slots, 8 from qualifying tournaments, 2 MLS, 8 Open slots) 
Under 15 Age Group (2003): 28 teams (10 international slots, 6 MLS, 6 from qualifying tournaments, 5 Open slots)
Under 16 Age Group (2002): 16 teams (4 international slots, 12 Open slots)
Under 17 Age Group (2001): 8 teams (4 international slots, 4 Open slots)
Under 19/20 Age Group (1999/98): 8 teams (4 international slots, 4 Open slots)
 
Qualifying tournaments will guarantee 2 slots per age group:
Houston March 18-19: Age groups: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Austin June 10-11: Age groups: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Dallas June TBD: age groups: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 
College Station August TBD: age groups: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
 
Open Slots for US based teams:  These will be evaluated by the team application and history.  Teams that won their respective 2016 CRI Gold Division will be guaranteed acceptance if registering before the early registration deadline.  Selection criteria for Open Slots will be:
1) Quality of team/ history of team
2) Geographic diversity - teams from outside of Texas will be rated higher to create more diversity of competition. 
3) Performance in past Copa Rayados Internacionals 
4) Performance in 2017 Copa Rayados qualifiers, if applicable for age groups
5) Registration dates (late registrants will have fewer available slots to be evaluated for) 
 
FOR AGE GROUPS WITH QUALIFIERS: We recommend that Texas based teams in the 2009 to 2002 age groups participate in the Copa Rayados qualifiers.  Teams taking 1st or 2nd place will receive slots in the Copa Rayados tournament.  Teams, that perform well; but, don't place 1st or 2nd place, will be in a better position to apply and be accepted to the 2017 Copa Rayados Internacional.  Teams may directly apply to the Copa Rayados Internacional; but, space will be limted, especially for Texas area teams.