Rules

NO PETS ALLOWED ON OR NEAR THE FIELDS

NO ALCOHOL OR USE OF TOBACCO (INCLUDING E-CIGARETTES) IS ALLOWED AT THE PARK

COACHES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BEHAVIOR OR THEIR SPECTATORS

Please be aware of the Weather Delay Procedures.

All games will be played in accordance with FIFA and FYSA rules and regulations and as specifically modified by these rules.

The Tournament Committee and FYSA will not be held responsible for any expense incurred by any team if the Tournament is canceled in whole or part.

The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the Tournament; its judgment is final. All decisions of the referee are final and binding.

No protest is allowed.

Passes, Team Rosters and Other Documentation

NO PASS – NO PLAY – NO EXCEPTIONS

All players must be registered with their respective club and have current player passes (birth certificates, etc. are not accepted). Team rosters are required. Properly executed guest player passes shall be attached to the roster. Players must meet the age group requirements for the age group in which they are to compete. Players are only allowed to participate for one team in the tournament.

All teams must have approved Medical Release forms for each player signed by a parent or legal guardian. They will be required to be held by the team manager on the sideline during games.

Referees or field marshals will check the player passes at the beginning of the game. Immediately upon conclusion of each match both teams need to certify the score with the referee or field marshal on the game card. If any players or coaches were ejected, the referee or field marshal will hold on to their passes for further processing by the tournament committee.

Duration of Games and Points Awarded

All games will consist of 2 equal halves with one half-time period of 5 minutes in length. U-9 and U-10 games will be 2×25 mins. U-11 and U-12 games will be 2×30 mins. U-13 through U-16 games will be 2×35 mins. U-17 through U-19 games will be 2×40 mins.

Preliminary games will have no overtime procedures to settle ties. Semi-Final and Championship games which end in a tie will proceed directly to Penalty Kicks according to FIFA’s “Taking of Kicks from the Penalty Mark”.

The winning team will be awarded 3 points, a tie will award each team 1 point.

A team will be allowed up to a 10 minute grace period after scheduled kickoff time, before the game is awarded to their opponent. A minimum of 5 players constitutes a team for U-10 and below. A minimum of seven players constitutes a team for all other age groups. The full grace period may be used to collect as many players as possible before the game starts.

The team winning the forfeit will receive 3 points plus 3 goals scored, and zero goals scored against. The team losing a forfeit will receive 0 points and 0 goals scored, and 3 goals scored against.

If the Tournament Director notifies a team that another team has dropped out of the tournament and a forfeit will be awarded as a result, then the team awarded the forfeit does not need to show up at game time against the absent team for the forfeit results to be official.

If a forfeit is deemed intentional, in the opinion of the Tournament Committee, a formal letter of protest may be sent to the team’s sanctioning club, league and/or association, as appropriate.

If teams are tied, the following procedure is used to determine the placement:

IF TWO TEAMS TIE IN POINTS

First:              Head-to-Head competition

Second:        Net goal differential (maximum three (3) goals per game)

Third:            Fewest goals allowed in all matches

Fourth:         Most goals scored (maximum of three (3) goals per game)

Last:              Penalty Kicks according to FIFA’s “Taking of Kicks from the Penalty Mark”.

IF THREE OR MORE TEAMS TIE IN POINTS

First:              Net goal differential (maximum three (3) goals per game)

Second:        Fewest goals allowed in all matches

Third:            Most goals scored (maximum of three (3) goals per game)

Last:              Penalty Kicks according to FIFA’s “Taking of Kicks from the Penalty Mark”.

Concussion Policy:

If the referee believes that, in his opinion, a player has suffered a head injury or possible concussion, the match must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. The injured player has to leave the field and the referee must notify the coach that the player cannot return until cleared by a medical professional. lt is the responsibility of the coach and the player’s parent(s) or legal guardians to seek medical attention.

 Heading Guidelines:

  • Deliberate heading is not allowed in age groups U11 and younger
  • If a U11 or younger player deliberately heads the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.
  • If the deliberate header of a U11 or younger player occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infraction occurred.

 Orthopedic Casts:

  • Orthopedic casts may be worn with written approval from a doctor and permission from the tournament Final judgement as to its safety is at the discretion of the referee.
  • Soft braces can be worn with written approval from a doctor, and judgement as to safety is at the discretion of the

Jewelry Policy:

No player is allowed to wear ANY jewelry while participating in a match. The only exception that may be allowed is a medical alert bracelet or necklace when taped to the body. The referee shall make the decision as to the safety of the player and the referee’s decision is final. (The taping of any earring shall not be permitted under any circumstances.) If the referee notices a player wearing jewelry while the match is under way at the next stoppage of play, the referee will instruct the player to remove the item. If the referee deems the jewelry to be dangerous to any player, the referee must stop the match to correct the situation.

Conduct and Discipline:

  • It shall be solely the team’s responsibility to determine the status of its players and Any suspension from a tournament, local league, etc., is the responsibility of the team to notify the Tournament Director of this suspension at the time of the player’s check-in.
  • Red card suspension or send off suspensions can only be served with the team with which the suspension was earned in games played by their team. Players may not serve suspensions as “guest players”.
  • The Tournament Committee shall have a Discipline Committee of three (3) members. This committee will review and rule on all reports of unacceptable conduct by players, managers, coaches, referees, spectators, etc. using the FYSA standards as set by Rules Section 502.
  • Any player or manager/coach ejected (red carded) will not complete the game in which the ejection occurred. The ejected player or manager /coach will have at least a 1 game suspension, regardless of the cause.
  • Depending on the severity of the unacceptable conduct, the Discipline Committee may recommend the suspension of up to the duration of the tournament in accordance with FYSA requirements. The committee’s recommendations must be available to the affected parties no later than following the next scheduled match.
  • At the conclusion, of the tournament, passes will be returned to the coach, even if the suspension has not been completed. A complete discipline report will be sent to the FYSA office within 72 hours of the tournament’s conclusion for possible further discipline.
  • Only coaches and players with passes may be on the bench side. All other parents, spectators, trainers, etc are not allowed on the bench side without being on the team’s roster and having a pass in their posession. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Coaches and substitute players will remain at least one meter from the sidelines at all times and within one meter of the end of their benches/technical areas or within the marked technical area; parents and other spectators will remain at least three meters from the sidelines at all times. They will not be permitted on the sidelines and not past the line of the penalty area parallel to the goal line.
  • The tournament director has the authority and the responsibility to remove any person(s) from the tournament for abuses of conduct, in addition to any specific disciplinary action brought about by any other authority.
  • The coach will be responsible for the behavior of their fans and the referee/field marshal/tournament director will have the authority to warn and ultimately send off, any coach whose fans behave in an abusive or disruptive manner. Spectators deemed exhibiting poor sportsmanship can be removed from the field. Spectators are not allowed to coach or incite players—this is defined as poor sportsmanship.
  • Artificial noise making devices are prohibited.
  • All decisions of the Referee are final and binding.
  • The Tournament Committee and FYSA will not be held responsible for any expense incurred by any team if the Tournament is canceled in whole or in part.
  • The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the Tournament; its judgment is final.
  • No protest is allowed.