Soccer Tournament Rules
Each team must have its certified team roster for approval. Failure to check in could result in forfeiting all games.
Check-in: Check in is on Thursday evening prior the tournament between 5:00PM – 7:00PM at the Sounders Soccer Complex/Polo fields (Out of town teams traveling more than 250 miles can check in 90 minutes prior to their first game on Friday).
The following is required at check-in:
- Official tournament final roster signed by the team’s club registrar, or an official US Club roster (no hand writing).
- US Club player passes may accompany the official US Club roster incase needed but not required.
- All players MUST have a medical release form available at each game that is signed by the player’s parent or legal guardian. These Medical Release forms will be checked at team check in and should be available at each game.
- Teams from outside of region 4 must provide proof of permission to travel.
- Player cards are not required as the official roster will be used to verify and validate player and team eligibility.
Foreign Teams – Foreign teams must provide proof of permission to travel from its Provincial or National Association, in addition to the above.
Tournament is open to teams from U-9/10 De to U19, Boys and girls.
Maximum team roster per age group is as follow:
- U9 - U10team maximum roster is limited to 12 players (not to exceed 12 players)
- U11 - U12team maximum roster is limited to 14 players (not to exceed 14 players)
- U13 - U19team maximum roster is limited to 18 players (not to exceed 18 players)
Guest Players are unlimited as long as they are registered with a US Soccer affiliated organization and all players on roster are from the same organization.
- Home team is the first team listed on the schedule. In Playoff matches Home team is the team with the higher number of points from group play.
- Both Teams must bring two sets of uniforms to each game, however if the referee determines there is a conflict, the home team will be required to change. In playoff matches the team with the lower amount of group play points is required to change.
- Teams will be located during games, on the same side of the field. Spectators will be on the opposite side. No persons are permitted behind the goals.
PLAYER CREDENTIALS AND UNIFORMS:
- The shirt number of each player must be the same as the player’s shirt number on the roster supplied at check in. If the numbers are not the same, the referee is not to allow the player to take part in the match until the numbers are the same. (Example – the players changing his or her shirt)
LAWS OF THE GAME:
- The games will be played in conformity with the rules of FIFA, USYSA and USSF, unless otherwise stated herein.
- U 9 – 12, 25 minute halves
- U13 – 15, 30 minute halves
- U16 – 19, 35 minute halves
- In Playoffs two full 5-minutes overtime periods will be played. If a tie still exists after overtime play, FIFA "Penalty Mark" will be used to determine the winner.
A player may be substituted at a stoppage of play with the permission of the referee. Free substitution is allowed.
- Shin Guards – REQUIRED for all players (no exceptions.)
- Casts – soft casts are permitted with the permission of the referee
Modified Rules for U9, U10 and 11 Age Group ONLY:
- Build out line (Line of confrontation) is a line between the top of the box and center of the field. On a goal kick and/or ball distribution by the goalkeeper, the opposing team players SHALL remain behind the "Build out line" (not crossing) until a defender touches the ball. Once the ball is touched/played by a defending team player, the players from opposing team can enter and challenge the player.
- There is no heading allowedfor this age group, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.
- There is no punting by the goalkeeper allowed. An indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team. The indirect free kick shall be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.
- The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called.
TOURNAMENT AND MATCH SCHEDULES:
Tournament Format: First round is round robin where numbers permit. Amount of advancing teams is based upon the numbers in the round robin play. Same for all age groups.
- Match Schedules– Minimum number of matches a team will play is four. Number of matches per day will be a minimum of zero to a maximum of three. Majority will be one or two per day. Same for all age groups.
- Procedure to Determining a Winner – Matches requiring a winner (all playoff matches) if after regulation the game is still tied two full 5-minutes overtime periods will be played. If a tie still exists after overtime play, FIFA Penalty will be used to determine the winner.
- Referees – All matches will use referees certified by the Federation.
- Match Delays, Suspensions, Cancellations- Any match delays due to the weather or other situations will be handled by the tournament director based upon rescheduling openings or cancellation of play.
- Refund Policy – No refund of entry fee due to cancellations. If a team applies to tournament and cancels before the deadline of registration refund will be granted minus a $150 administrative fee. If a team cancels after the registration deadline no refund will be given.
- Forfeit will happen if a team does not show up 5 minutes after the game is supposed to start.
- Minimum number of players to constitute team and start a match is seven.
- Once a team forfeits a match all further games will be forfeited as well.
- Forfeited match results in a 0-1 loss for forfeited team.
STANDINGS AND TIE-BREAKERS:
A point system is employed to determine the order of finish in-group play, as follows:
Three (3) points for a win
One (1) point for a tie
Zero (0) point for a loss
A team winning by FORFEIT will be awarded THREE (3) points and ONE goal.
If teams are equal in points, the tie-breakers, in order shall be:
• Head to head competition (If teams did not play against each other, move to next tie-breaker)
• Goal differential, i.e. total team goals for, minus goals against (max goal for/against is six per
• Less goals scored on (max goals against is six per game)
• goals scored (max goals for six per game)
• FIFA "Kick from the Penalty Mark."
• A point will be deducted from total score for each red card received throughout the whole
MATCH AND SCORE REPORTING:
- Winning team managers are responsible for reporting the match results through online. Phone number, Event Number and Pin number will be provided to guide team managers to report the match result. Make sure to have the match number as it needed to finalize the report.
PROTESTS & DISPUTES
- Protests require a $200 fee and must be made to the tournament director within 45 minutes of the game ending wanting to protest. Fee is refunded if protest is upheld.
- Disputes – Non-referee decisions (Example – player eligibility issues or disputes over tournament rules) are handled by the judiciary chair of the tournament.
- A committee for protests and disputes is chaired and organized by the judiciary chair of the tournament.
- The Judiciary Chair will make sure and provide a quick due process
- Decisions by referees may not be appealed
- Decisions by the judiciary committee deciding a protest or dispute are final and may not be appealed.
CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE:
- Team and Spectator are expected to respect the referee and any tournament officials (ie field marshal, etc.) Any abusive action – whether verbal or physical will result in expulsion from the tournament a reported to the appropriate sanctioning organizations.
- NO SMOKING, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR DOGS ARE PERMITTED!!!
- Accumulation of Yellow Cards – If a player or coach receives three yellow cards they will be suspended for the next game.
- Ejections –A player or coach sent off during a match is not allowed to play or coach in the next match. The tournament committee may take additional disciplinary action against a team or individual for serious offenses, including suspension from the remainder of the tournament and non-eligibility for future tournaments of composed of our tournament committee.
- Report of Disciplinary Actions:
- For United States teams, misconduct will be reported to WYS and USYS if necessary. All unserved and serious disciplinary action will be reported to WYS and USYS if necessary. b. For CONCACAF teams to tournament committee will notify the US Soccer Federation of disciplinary action taken, and the Federation will transmit the disciplinary action taken or required to that team’s provincial or national association.
The following size breakdown is used: Size 4 for U9 - U12 & Size 5 for U13 – U19
- The winning team from each championship game will receive one team trophy and each player will receive a gold medal.
- The second place team will receive one team trophy and each player will receive a silver medal.
WEATHER DELAYS and/or CANCELATION:
Any match delays due to the weather or other situations will be handled by the tournament director based upon rescheduling or cancellation of play.
No refunds will be allowed if games are cancelled or delayed or rescheduled due to the weather condition or any other conditions due to mother nature.