Max Shacknai was a young talented player in the Scottsdale Soccer Blackhawks program who tragically lost his life in July 2011. Max is remembered by the Blackhawks through the Blackhawks Max Shacknai Invitational soccer tournament which provides a showcase for soccer excellence and the character and athletic development it represents.
The Coin of Excellence
AGAIN THIS YEAR (Participating Coaches) – The Center Referee will receive two (2) special Tournament Coins when they receive the Scorecard for each of your upcoming matches. These special Tournament Coins (The Coin of Excellence) will be given to the Coach by the Center Referee, one (1) each per Team, before the start of the match. The Blackhawks Max Shacknai Invitational would like each Coach to present the Tournament Coin to an OPPOSING TEAM’S PLAYER after the match has concluded. The Tournament Coin should be given to the Opposing Team Player that the Opposing Coach feels best represents excellence in the match, a high level of sportsmanship and fair play or any other criteria that shows excellence in play and / or character. Thank you for helping to recognize the “good of the game” in our youth participants.
The Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer Foundation
The Financial Assistance arm of Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer, the Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer Foundation, raises needed funds to provide the opportunity of youth soccer to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it.
The hallmark of a positive experience, the Blackhawks Max Shacknai Invitational features unique Referee offerings not found at other tournaments.
The 2019 Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer Blackhawks Max Shacknai Invitational Referee Development Academy
Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer is excited to announce that, in conjunction with the Blackhawks Max Shacknai Invitational, we will be holding our third annual Advanced Referee Development Academy. Over 30 Referees have been selected to participate in the Advanced Development Academy including some of the top Referees in Arizona and from within the West Region including Cal North, Cal South, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada and Idaho.
Referees will be paired in groups of six (6) and receive coaching / mentoring from some of the best in referees in the US during each of their matches. This year, Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer is excited to announce our Referee Coaches / Mentors are:
On Friday, the Advanced Development Academy Referees will meet to receive high-level instruction and field training prior to the start of the tournament from our coaches / mentors using the latest video clips from FIFA and US Soccer to develop and train the Advanced Development Academy Referees.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Advanced Development Academy Referees will be working matches and afterward they will spend time with their coach / mentor to discuss and review their match. This type of coaching / mentoring has been an initiative of US Soccer and the West Region of US Youth Soccer. Phoenix Rising FC Youth Soccer is one of the only clubs to incorporate this type of training into its annual competitive tournament.
In addition to the Advanced Referee Development Academy, we are also excited to further our partnership with Refex. Refex offers Referees the opportunity to participate in soccer tournaments worldwide and this marks their 7th year participating at the Blackhawks Max Shacknai Invitational. The addition of high-level International Referees has been a tremendous benefit to the Referees they are assigned with to work during the tournament. This year, we are excited that over twelve (12) International Referees from Germany, Netherlands and England will be refereeing the Blackhawks Max Shacknai Invitational.
The Blackhawks Max Shacknai Invitational strives to make us your "tournament of choice."