You're getting into what I think could be a very interesting, informative and perhaps productive discussion: The role of state soccer associations, particularly those at the youth level, vis-a-vis the United States Soccer Federation. It's possible, for example, for the state association to promulgate rules that, in effect, render the USSF badge useless. The USSF says it sets policy and leaves the implementation and execution (no pun intended) to the state associations.
From: Gary Voshol <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tue, June 1, 2010 2:10:53 PM
Subject: Re: Refereeing non-USSF matches (Was: RE: Walk them off)
The arguments about the wisdom of a "hot-head" rule notwithstanding, USSF has made it clear that the rule is not valid: http://www.askasoccerreferee.com/?p=1385
Yet note, that if you choose to accept a match in such a competition, you are bound to abide by the rules of the competition, valid or not. And don't assume that the powers that be are not aware of the situation. The state (usually youth) association is very aware, and simply do not care to enforce USSF policy. Indeed, sometimes the State is the instigator of the rule.