Trebol Soccer Club

Tournament Rules of Play

Tournament Rules of Play

 FIFA Laws of the Game shall apply as modified by USYSA and CSA and as described herein. 

 

Duration of Games and Overtimes (no overtime in bracket play), by halves, and ball sizes are as follows:

 

Age Group  

Game Duration  

Overtime*  

Ball Size  

Halftime

U17/U18
2x40 min half
2x5 min
5
5 min
U15/U16
2x35 min half
2x5 min
5
5 min
U13/U14
2x30 min half
2x5 min
5
5 min
U11/U12
2x25 min half
2x5 min
4
5 min

*Semi's and Finals Only


Game times may be decreased to accommodate available playing fields, late starts, and weather conditions. In the event of lightning delays, games may be considered final if they have reached half time. The Tournament Director’s decision on all timing matters is final. During pool play, regardless of game start time, referees have been instructed to limit playing time, so the games finish on time.

 

Home Team 

The home team will be the team that appears first on the game schedule. The home team will supply the game ball, and that ball shall be subject to referee approval. The home team is also required to wear dark colored jersey; visiting team is to wear white/light colored jersey.

 

Protests 

NO PROTESTS WILL BE ALLOWED!


Disputes 

The Tournament Director or a designee shall settle all disputes and the decision shall be final.

 

Authority 

Any situations that arise not specified herein will be resolved or determined by the Site Director, with knowledge of the Tournament Director(s). The Site Director has the authority to enforce coach, player, parent or fan eviction or removal from the tournament site at his/her discretion.

 

Cautions, Warnings, Send Off and Dismissal

  • A player receiving two Cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been sent off (shown the red card).  

  • A player who accumulates three (3) yellow cards over the course of tournament play will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled tournament game.  

  • A player who has been sent off shall not be replaced.  

  • A player who has been sent off shall not return for that game and shall not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.  

  • A coach receiving two warnings in a single game is considered to have been dismissed (shown the red card).  

  • A coach who has been dismissed shall not be replaced.  

  • A coach who has been dismissed shall not return for that game and shall not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.

  • Any player or coach receiving a red card or dismissal who plays in or coaches the next scheduled tournament game, will cause their team to automatically forfeit that game and the game in progress will cease immediately.  

  • A player or coach who is sent off or dismissed for violent conduct or serious foul play may not be allowed to participate in the next two (2) scheduled games.

  • Any player or coach involved in fighting or who assaults a referee will be expelled from the tournament without refund of fees.

  • Cards, Send Offs and Dismissals will follow through to USYSA/CSA sanctioned games.

 

Fighting

  • Any player, coach, or spectator who is involved in a fight for any reason will be ejected from the tournament.

  • Any player, coach, or spectator who enters the field during a fight will be ejected from the tournament regardless of the reason for entering the field.

  • In the event more people are involved than can be clearly identified, the game will be terminated and the entire team or teams will be ejected from the tournament.

  • Any player who removes his or her jersey or does anything else so as not to be identified before, during, or after an altercation will be identified by whatever means possible, will be ejected from the tournament, and will cause their team to forfeit the game.

  • ANY PLAYER, COACH, OR SPECTATOR WHO ASSAULTS A REFEREE WILL BE EJECTED FROM THE TOURNAMENT AND THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES SHALL BE NOTIFIED.

  • The Referee Tents will be OFF LIMITS to all coaches, players, and spectators unless accompanied by the Site Director or authorized designee.

  • Anyone entering the Referee Tent unaccompanied may be banned from his or her next scheduled game.

 

Suspended Games

If, in the opinion of game officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench, coaches or spectators, the offending team or teams may be suspended from further play and will forfeit that game and may forfeit all remaining games. All previous points earned remain as played. However, the Tournament Director has the right to have points earned forfeited if he/she so chooses. Additionally, the home league and State Association will be notified as appropriate.

 

Inclement Weather

Teams will be expected to play their game at the scheduled time and location, regardless of weather, unless otherwise notified by the Tournament Site Director. In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to modify all tournament rules to safely and fairly end the tournament successfully. Coaches must be available to be contacted by the Tournament Staff. Teams must not leave the site until their coach has spoken directly with the Tournament Site Director if games are called or postponed due to inclement weather. Keep in contact with the Tournament Site Director at your site. It is your responsibility to make sure you supply a cell phone, a local phone number, and hotel number at check-in in case we need to contact you for any reason.

 

Lightning Safety 

In order to provide for the safety of players and spectators, please follow these rules:

  • If the lightning warning horn is sounded, play must be stopped and the fields cleared immediately. 

  • You must seek shelter in a hard-topped car with the windows rolled up.

  • Any picnic shelters, pop-up tents or other partially open structures are NOT safe.

  • Do not return to the fields until 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard or the horn is sounded to return to the fields.


Injury

Delays of the game due to injury will result in appropriate time being added to the full game time, based on the judgment of the referees. However, all preliminaries will be terminated not less than five (5) minutes prior to the start of the next scheduled game.

 

Check-in Conduct

Prior to the start of each scheduled game, each team must check-in with the referee or field coordinator with player cards and an official, stamped tournament roster (with players' jersey numbers) so that the team may be checked into play and the game started as scheduled. Teams failing to report within 5 minutes of a scheduled kick-off will be considered to have forfeited the game.

 

Substitutions

With the referee’s permission, a team may substitute or re-substitute any number of players at the following stoppages:

  • prior to a throw in, only by the team throwing in;

  • prior to a goal kick, by either team;

  • after a goal, by either team;

  • after an injury when the referee has stopped play, by either team;

  • between periods, by either team;

  • with the referee’s permission, a team may substitute for a cautioned player at the time of the caution.

 

Player's Equipment

Casts/orthopedic devices are permitted in competition provided that it is padded to the referee's satisfaction. It will be the referee's opinion only as to the safety of the players. The referee will ask the coach to remove the player if, in their opinion, the player is acting irresponsibly with the cast/orthopedic device.

 

Coaching

  • All coaches have the total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends and spectators at all times.  

  • Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one's own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, provided the following rules are followed:

  • No mechanical/electronic devices may be used, other than a time keeping device 

  • Each coach, substitute, or player is to remain with the "coaching area" (10 yards either side of the halfway line or midfield line);

  • No coach, substitute or player is to use profanity;

  • No coach, substitute, or player is to incite in any manner, disruptive behavior of any kind.

  • No coach, substitute, or player is to make derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other players, or spectators;


Tournament Competition

 

Determining Winners

Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:

  • 11 points to the beneficiary of a forfeiture;

  • 7 points for win;

  • 3 points for tie;
  • 0 points for loss;
  • 1 point for each goal scored to a maximum of 3 goals;
  • 1 point for a shut-out;
  • A 0-0 tie will be scored as 4 points for each team (3 for a tie, 1 for a shut-out).

  • Tie Breakers   

    In the event of a tie in points at the end of bracket play; the winner for advancement will be determined as follows (except in a three way tie – see note below*):

     

    The winner in head-to-head competition:

    • Fewest goals against;

    • Most goals for (maximum 4 goals per game);

    • Fewest red cards;

    • Most total wins;

    • Most shutouts.

     

    If a tie still exists after steps 1-6, FIFA kicks from the mark.

    * In the event of a three-way tie at the end of bracket play, the winner for advancement will be determined as above without consideration of head-to-head competition to eliminate one team. Then advancement for the remaining two teams is determined as above with consideration for head-to-head competition.

     

    Preliminary Games

    A game is complete upon completion of one half of play regardless of the circumstances of termination during the second half with final results based on the score at termination. A preliminary game can end in a tie.

     

    Semi-Finals and Finals

    Semi-Finals and Final games, if tied after regulation, will play two 5 minute overtime halves or until the first goal scored. The first team to score a goal in overtime shall be the winner. If after overtime halves a tie still exists, FIFA kicks from the mark will immediately follow to determine a winner.

     

    Co-Champions

    In the event of a three-way tie at the end of bracket play, the winner for advancement will be determined as above without consideration of head-to-head competition to eliminate one team. Then advancement for the remaining two teams is determined as above with consideration for head-to-head competition.

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