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SOCCER CLUB

MAJOR TOURNAMENT RULES

OVERTIME RULES - ONLY APPLICABLE TO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS, SEMIFINALS (not to consolation finals)
 

Group games may end in a tie. If a play-off game (championship final or semifinal) ends in a tie, two five-minute “golden goal” overtime halves will be played. If the game is still tied at the end of the second overtime period, FIFA kicks from the penalty spot will be taken to determine the winner. 

 
SUBSTITUTION RULES
 

For u8, u9, u10, u11, u12 substitutions may occur with the consent of the referee at any stoppage

For u13 through u19, substitutions may be made with the consent of the referee at the following times: 

1. Prior to a throw-in in your favor or when the opponent is requesting subsitution on their throw-in.
2. Prior to a goal kick, after a goal, after any injury by either team when the referee stops play (only one player may be substituted per team), at halftime, and a yellow-carded player may be substituted for, but this must be done before restart of play. The other team may substitute one player with the permission of the referee.

 
GAME LENGTHS 

U7/U8 4v4  20 min/half           U9/U10 7v7 25 min/half         U11/U12  9v9  25 min/half
U13/U14 11v11 30 min/half     U15-U19 35 min/half 

** All halftimes will be strictly kept to 5 minutes in length
 
 
GAMESMANSHIP: What to Wear, Where to Sit

Home Team wears white, visitors wear dark.   Team benches will be designated at the facility. 
 

TIEBREAKERS IN STANDINGS:

 

If two or more teams are tied in points after their preliminary rounds are complete, the following tiebreaking procedures will be used to determine championship recognition and final placement in divisions: 

A. Head to head competition
B. Goal Differential (maximum per cross-over game is +3; unlimited in “non-cross-over games”) C. Most Goals Scored (no limit per game)
D. Fewest Goals Allowed (no limit per game)
E. Fewest accumulation of red cards/ejections
F. Penalty Kicks, round of 5, then sudden-death rounds if needed 

These procedures will be applied, in order, until ties are broken.


PRE-GAME CHECK-IN 

Teams will check-in prior to each game at least 30 minutes prior to kick-off (recommendation is 45 minutes prior to 13U and above) at the CHECK-IN TENT assigned to their field.  This check-in process will include the players.  Team leader should submit the "official tournament roster", and have prepared the player passes & medical releases. 

The team leader will receive the "game pass card".  The game pass card will include a list of all absent players (from the check-in procedure).  The game pass card must be presented to the referee prior to the game.  Teams will do this before each game. 

What about players who are late?  Late players can check-in at the check-in tent until such time as the game pass card is handed over to the referee.  Once the game pass card is handed over the referee, all late players must check-in with the AR.   

4v4 RULE MODIFICATIONS: U7/U8

Ball Size: 3 

Build Out Line:  The build out line is located between the penalty box and the halfline.  All defending players must retreat to the half-line prior to each goal kick OR when the goalkeeper has the ball in hands.  Once ball is played defenders may cross the build out line and press and oppose the opponent freely. 

Roster Size: Flex roster size for participation - the recommendation is 16 max.  We encourage coaches with over 16 players to maximize playing time and participation.  These teams should alert the tournament committee of their roster situation to receive approval prior to the beginning of the event.

Heading the Ball: Not allowed.  Result of intentional headers is indirect free kick to the opposing team.  

Offside:  Offside is not enforced.  In the spirit of player development and gamesmanship "goal guarding" is strongly discouraged but cannot be enforced by the referee.

Goal Guarding/Small Box Rule:  There will not be an enforceable small box rule.  Goal guarding is strongly discouraged, but w ill not be an enforceable rule for the sake of the tournament. 

Dual Rostering:  Not allowed within the same division of the tournament even if in different brackets.  It is allowed in different divisions within the tournament. 

Substitutions: Open and free at any stoppage w/ permission of the referee. 

7v7 RULE MODIFICATIONS: U9/U10

Ball Size: 4

Build Out Line:  The build out line is marked betwee n the pe nalty box area and half-line..  All defending players must retreat to the half-line prior to each goal kick OR when the goalkeeper has the ball in his/her hands.  Once ball is played by the goalkeeper, then defenders may cross the build out line and press and oppose t he opponent freely.  

Roster Size: Flex roster size for participation - the recommendation is 16 max We encourage coaches with over 16 players to maximize playing time and participation.  These teams should alert the tournament committee of their roster situation to receive approval prior to the beginning of the event.

Heading the Ball: Not allowed.  Result of intentional headers is indirect free kick to the opposing team.  

Offside: There is offside.  The offside line will be the "build out" line (taking the normal place of the half-line).  

Dual Rostering:  Not allowed within the same division of the tournament even if in different brackets.  It is allowed in different divisions within the tournament.

Substitutions: Open and free at any stoppage w/ permission of the referee.  

9v9 RULE MODIFICATIONS: 

Ball Size: 4

Heading the Ball: Not allowed.  Result of intentional headers is indirect free kick to the opposing team.  This is applicable to U11 9v9 - BUT not to U12 9v9. 

Offside: There is offside.  The offside line will be the halfline as in full sided soccer.  There is not build out line in 9v9.

Roster Size: Flex roster size for participation - the recommendation is 18 max.  

Dual Rostering:  Not allowed within the same division of the tournament even if in different brackets.  It is allowed in different divisions within the tournament. 

Substitutions: Open and free at any stoppage w/ permission of the referee.

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