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Tournament Rules

With the exception of rules listed here, the rules of US Youth Soccer and FIFA “Laws of the Game” shall govern

this tournament.

ELIGIBILITY FOR YOUTH TEAMS (U8-U19)

Age: The age groups for this tournament shall be in accordance with the US Youth Soccer age groups for the current seasonal year. Divisions for single age years will be implemented provided that there are sufficient registrations to do so.

Registration: All players must be currently registered with their respective US Youth Soccer State Association or another approved association. All US Youth Soccer Affiliated member teams from outside the State of Kansas must have an approved “Application for Travel” form.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TEAM ROSTER

U8 (5 v 5)  10  players

U9 & U10 (7 v 7) 14 players

U11 & U12 (9 v 9) 18 players

U13 to U19 (11 v 11) 22 players (18 eligible to play in each game)

Adult Men & Women (7 v 7)

1. A player may play for only one team per age group/division/bracket. A  player may play in an additional division ONLY with the following provisions, player is listed as a primary or secondary player on the official team roster prior to team check in. Any team violating this rule is subject to forfeit. 

 2. Any team with more than 18 players will be required to submit a game roster identifying the eligible players for each individual game.

3. A maximum of five (5) guest players will be allowed for 11 v 11 and 9 v 9,  (3) guest players for  7 v 7. 

4. A certified state roster must be submitted to the Tournament prior to the opening game of the tournament.

5. Approved Guest Player Forms must accompany the roster for all guest players.

6. No changes to the roster will be permitted once play has been initiated in the first game.

Proof of Age: All players and coaches must have current ID cards. The card must contain a current photo of the

coach or player, and must be laminated. Teams are allowed a maximum of 3 coaches. If teams fail to present their passes prior to the game, the game will be started, however, if the team cannot present their passes by half time, the game will be declared a forfeit and terminated at that time. All teams must have a representative who is carded present throughout all games. Coaches who are carded through that club are eligible to coach, but must present their coaches pass in order to do. Failure to have a carded coach or administrator present through the duration of the game will result in a forfeit against the team.

CREDENTIALS / TEAM CHECK-IN

1. All youth (U8-19) teams must have official certified rosters and ID cards issued by an organizational member of the US

Soccer Federation (e.g. State Association, US Club, AYSO, USSSA, etc.) along with medical release

forms approved by the Tournament staff at the team online check-in or in person. 

2. All youth (U8-19) teams must complete the tournament check-in procedures prior to the first game. Laminated cards must be presented for all players and coaches to one of the game officials before each game. A team representative is responsible for ensuring that the team cards are reclaimed at the end of each game.

DURATION OF THE GAME

The length of games for each age group shall be as follows:

Preliminary Games:

U10 & Below Two 25-minute halves

U11-12 Two 25-minute halves

U13-14 Two 30-minute halves

U15-16 Two 35-minute halves

U17 -19 Two 35-minute halves

Halftime periods shall be a maximum of five (5) minutes.

Finals: As listed above.

Overtime Rules. A tie in a preliminary game will be considered a complete game. In the event of a tie in a final

game, penalty kicks (as defined in FIFA “Laws of the Game”) will be used to determine a winner.

 

IMPORTANT: The game clock will not be stopped because of injury to any player unless, at the discretion of the

referee, the injured player must be removed from the field by medical personnel. In case of extremely hot, humid

conditions, water breaks may be designated by the referee. Due to the time allowed for the completion of all games, the clock will run continuously.

Inclement Weather/Unplayable Field Conditions. In the event unusual conditions necessitate rescheduling,

curtailment, or cancellation of games, the Tournament Director shall have absolute authority to make these changes to best serve the interest of the tournament.

It is possible that weather conditions may lead to stoppages in play. In the event that weather or other events outside the control of the tournament officials causes delays, the following procedures will be used to ensure the least amount of disruption to the teams and tournament schedule:

1. If the delay occurs while the game is in progress, and the game cannot be restarted before the start of the next

scheduled game, then the score of that game will be considered final. This is regardless of the length of time that the game had been played.

2. If conditions prevent a game from being played at all, the game will be listed as a 1-1 tie, and both teams will be awarded one point.

3. If a game can be started during its scheduled time, referees will be instructed to ensure that the following game starts on time. The game will be shortened accordingly even if this means that the two halves may be of different lengths.

4. If a game can be restarted during its scheduled period, it will also be shortened to ensure that the next game starts on time.

In the event that final games are canceled, the division winner will be determined in accordance with the tiebreaker rule, points 1-5. If still tied, co-champions will be declared.

SPECIAL u9/10 RULES:

1. Al u9 and  U-10 and teams will play 7 v 7 with a size 4 ball.

2. Age-appropriate fields will be used.

3. The maximum number of players on the field at any one time shall be seven (7), one of who shall be a

goalkeeper. Minimum number of players on the field is four (4), one of whom shall be a goalkeeper.

4. FIFA laws of the game will be applied, including the enforcement of offside.

5. Intentional heading of the ball is not allowed. An indirect free kick will be awarded from the point of the

infraction. If the deliberate header 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 infringement occurred.

 

SPECIAL u11/12 RULES:

1. U-11 & U-12 teams will play 9 v 9 with a size 4 ball.

2. Age-appropriate fields will be used.

3. The maximum number of players on the field at any one time is eight (9), one of who shall be a goalkeeper.

Minimum number of players on the field is five (5), one of whom shall be a goalkeeper.

4. FIFA laws of the game will be applied, including the enforcement of offside.

5 Intentional heading of the ball is not allowed in U-11 games. An indirect free kick will be awarded from the

point of the infraction. If the deliberate header 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 infringement occurred.

 

REFEREES All divisions will use a three-person referee system. The Tournament Committee shall have the right to allow a club linesperson from a team if necessary.

 

EQUIPMENT/UNIFORMS

1. Each team’s jersey must be all the same color, and they must be numbered (no duplicate numbers).

2. The home team will wear white or light colored jersey and the away team will wear a dark colored jersey. The team not complying  is responsible to change  jerseys in case of color duplication. The home team is the first

team listed in the schedule.

3. Shin-guards are required for all players.

4. Players are allowed to wear approved headgear as long as the referee does not have reason to believe it

is dangerous to the player or other players.

5. Casts must be completely covered with at least two (2) inches of foam padding and totally wrapped with an

elastic bandage. The referee will be responsible for determining that the cast is not a danger to any other

players.

6. In the interest of safety, any player sustaining an open wound MUST be removed from the field of play

immediately. The player may be substituted at this time. Such players are not allowed to return to the field

until any wounds are treated, bandaged, and all blood is removed from their uniforms.

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

Except as noted, substitutions shall be “unlimited”. The team in possession may substitute at any time after any dead ball situation (corner kicks, free-kicks, throw-ins etc). However, teams not in possession of the ball can only

substitute after these situations provided that the team in possession is also substituting. Free substituting is allowed for both teams after goals, goal kicks and at half time.

The substitutes must be at the centerline ready to enter before the referee will allow the substitution to take place.

The referee has the authority not to allow the substitution if he/she believes that the procedure will stop the flow of the game or is being used as tactical time wasting ploy.

 

SCORING

In the preliminary rounds, points will be awarded as follows:

3 points for a win

1 point for a tie

0 points for a loss

 

Tie Breakers. In the event of a tie in points in the preliminary round standings, the following procedures will be

used to determine the group winners:

1. Winner of most games.

2. Winner of head-to-head competition.

3. Goal spread (goals scored minus goals against) with a maximum differential of four (4) goals per

game.

4. Team with the most defensive shutouts.

5. Fewest goals allowed.

6. Penalty kicks.

The group winners will advance to the final rounds in all age divisions with six (6) or more teams.

Byes. If there is a “bye” in a bracket, teams will be awarded a 4-0 win (3 points).

 

FORFEITS

1. A forfeit will be declared if a team fails to report at game time with at least the minimum number of

rostered players. For 11 v 11 games at least five (7) players shall be required to start the game. For 7 v 7

games at least five (4) players shall be required to start the game. For 9 v 9 games at least five (5) players

shall be required to start the game.

2. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to delay the start of a game in extenuating circumstances.

Any team that leaves the field of play before the conclusion of the game will forfeit the game and is subject

to disqualification in the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.

3. When the situation warrants, the Tournament Committee can declare a double forfeit to both teams with no

points scored for the game. This could be done in the case of unsportsmanlike behavior by both teams, etc.

4. A team that forfeits a game will be assessed a 0-4 loss to the other team with full points awarded.

 

PROTESTS

1. Protests will be accepted only in the case of a suspected violation regarding illegal teams or players.

Judgment calls, including player or team official cautions and/or ejections, may not be protested. Only

those teams involved are permitted to protest a game result, and the protests must be filed by one of the

involved team officials (coach or listed team contact).

2. All protests must be filed with the Tournament Director in writing within thirty (30) minutes of the

completion of the game.

3. The Tournament Director shall appoint a three (3) person Tournament rules and protest committee who will

be authorized to act on the behalf of the full committee in the interpretation of the rules and regulations of

the tournament, and their decision will be final. The decision of the Tournament rules and protest

committee may not be appealed to a higher authority.

 

PLAYER and/or TEAM OFFICIAL SUSPENSIONS

1. A player or team official who is ejected from a game will be suspended for the next tournament game for

that team. An individual may receive more than a one-game suspension. Two game suspensions may be

handed down in cases involving violent conduct or racial abuse. Multiple game suspensions may be given

at the discretion of the tournament committee. No substitution will be permitted for an ejected player.

2. If a coach or team official is ejected from a game, from the point of ejection until the period of suspension

is satisfied, the suspended individual must remain out of sight or sound of the playing field. The “sight and

sound” rule may be invoked in the case of an ejected player, at the discretion of the referee or the

Tournament Committee. At minimum, an ejected player must leave the player/bench are of the field and

must remain silent for the duration of the game.

3. The referees may suspend play when necessary due to spectator interference until the individual(s) creating

the disturbance leaves the playing area (minimum of 100 yards from the field). Said individual(s) shall

remain silent for the duration of the game. Failure to observe this rule may result in forfeiture of the game

as well as further disciplinary action.

 

REFUND POLICY

SPECIAL COVID-19 POLICY: If the tournament is cancelled prior to the start date due to COVID-19 policies, restriction or health mandates all teams will receive a FULL refund of their tournament fee paid. 

 

In the event that the tournament is cancelled prior to the first date of play, with no games played, all teams will receive a refund of the registration fee less $150.00 administrative cost.  In the event that any team does not play a minimum of two  games due to weather related issues,  they will receive one third of the registration fee for each game lost minus the $150.00 administrative fee. 

 

MATTERS NOT PROVIDED FOR

The Tournament rules and protest committee shall determine any matter not provided for in the tournament rules. In Addition, the Tournament rules and protest committee may amend the tournament rules when, in its judgment, the amendment will be beneficial to the conduct of the tournament. The decision of the Tournament rules and protest committee shall be final.

 
 

GLOBAL CUP INVITATIONAL MENS 7v7 TOURNAMENT RULES

It is the responsibility of each team rep/captain and/or coach to familiarize his team with the following league rules. These rules will be enforced beginning with the first league match. Penalty for not complying will be forfeiture.

 

ROSTER

a. Completed team roster must be turned in to the tournament registrar by Thursday, September 3rd via email.

b. You may roster up to 18 players, all players must have picture I.D. available for referee that matches roster names at the beginning of each match.
c. A team shall forfeit any games which are played non-roster players

UNIFORM/EQUIPMENT

a. All teams are required to wear matching color jerseys, shirts or same color pennies (tops). The tops must be permanently numbered on one side. The numbers must be visible at all times and either sewn on or stenciled on. Team shorts and socks don’t have to match. Referees will not officiate a match if both teams are wearing the same color top.

b. Home team wears a light or white colored jersey.
c. Both teams must furnish a size 5 match soccer ball. The soccer balls must be properly inflated and in playable condition. Failure to provide the minimum requirement of match soccer balls will result in a forfeit.
d. Soccer cleats or sport/turf shoes must be worn – No street or metal cleats are allowed.

 

THE GAME
a. League games shall consist of two 27 minute running clock halves, 5 minutes between halves.
b. All teams must have their roster ready for review before their game begins.
c. All participating players in the match must be listed on the roster, failure to do so will result as a forfeit.
d. Offside will not be enforced.
e. Slide tackling is not allowed on, or in the vicinity of, an opponent. Player can be penalized up to, and including a red card.
f. One head referee will be scheduled for each match.
g. There is no provision of overtime in this league.
h. The game clock will start at the scheduled game time.
i. Substitutions – free substitutions are allowed at the discretion of the referee during any restart.
j. Games are played with 7 field players (6 field players and a goalie). Minimum number of players to start the match is 5. Grace period – If a team fails to meet the minimum requirement within 5-minutes of the start
time, that team will forfeit the match. The referee will officiate the match as a friendly game only.


MATCH LAWS
a. F.I.F.A - FUTSAL LAWS OF THE GAME. http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/generic/51/44/50/futsallawsofthegameen.pdf
GAME CONDUCT/RED & YELLOW CARD
a. Field player may not charge, tackle or slide tackle an opponent who has possession of the ball. Goalkeepers may slide-tackle only in the penalty box – slide to retrieve the ball but may not slide feet first to take the ball away from the opponent in the possession team. As for any other concurrent foul, other infractions may result in a caution or ejection of the match when in the judgment of the referee.
b. Abusive or inappropriate language used by any player either on the field or on the bench will be treated with the minimum of one yellow card. Continued language will receive a red card and an ejection.
c. Any player receiving a direct red or 2nd yellow will be ejected from the match and will have to miss a minimum of one additional match. ANY PLAYER THAT IS SHOWN A RED CARD MUST LEAVE THE FIELD BEFORE THE MATCH CAN CONTINUE.

d. If a captain/coach has been warned about the behavior of spectators, card(s) may be assessed to the captain/coach if the problem is not corrected.

MATCH SCORING

a. Match scoring will be as follows:
Win = (3) points Tie = (1) points Loss = (0) points
Forfeit wins are scored as 3-points for the winner; 0-pointsforthe forfeiting team. The score line shall be 2-0 with the winning team receiving full credit for the goals awarded due to the forfeit.
b. 10 goal mercy rule. During the match, if the goal differential is more than 0 goals the referee will stop counting additional goals. Those goals will not be added in the final score.  

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL:
Depending on the number of teams in the bracket a Champion and Finalist will be determined by round robin overall points or Championship final. If a final goes into overtime it will be determined by one five minute golden goal overtime and then FIFA kicks from the mark. if a Champion and Finalist is determined by round robin scoring the following applies in case of a tie:
1. Winner of most games.
2. Winner of head-to-head competition.
3. Goal spread (goals scored minus goals against) with a maximum differential of four (4) goals per game.
4. Team with the most defensive shutouts.
5. Fewest goals allowed.