1. Organizing Committee (OC)
The Organizing Committee will be responsible for all matters pertaining to the organizing and conduct of the Tournament. In the event of dispute arising from the interpretation of these rules, the committee’s decision will be final. The Executive board of the OC will also be responsible for all disciplinary matters.
2. Team Categories:
Need to be comprised of LOCAL players from U7/8 (5 a-side), U09/10 (7 a-side), U11/12 (9 a-side); U13/14 to U15/16 (11 a-side) and U17/18 (7 a-side) may register a team. Each team will play a minimum of three (3) games, weather permitting.
3. Proof of Age
The committee reserves the right to request proof of age. A valid individual or team passport is necessary to participate in this event.
U 7/8 players born in 2010 – 2011 or after* (5 a-side)
U 9/10 players born in 2008 - 2009 or after* (7 a-side)
U11/12 players born in 2006 - 2007 or after* (9 a-side)
U13/14 players born in 2004 - 2005 or after* (11 a-side)
U15/16 players born in 2002 - 2003 or after* (11 a-side)
U17/18 players born in 2000 - 2001 or after* (7 a-side tournament)
* The OC reserves the right to refuse a player in the ‘or after’ category.
5. Team Composition
The maximum size of an 11-aside team, with or without using up to three call-ups from one category below, is a total of 25 players.
Any 11-aside team may have up to six (6) 'guest' players from another team in the same category. However, the maximum size of an 11-aside team that uses even one 'guest' player shall be reduced to a total of 18 players.
The maximum size of a 9-aside team, with or without using up to three call-ups from one category below, is a total of 20 players.
Any 9-aside team may have up to six (6) 'guest' players from another team in the same category. However, the maximum size of a 9-aside team that uses even one 'guest' player shall be reduced to a total of 16 players.
Note: Only three registered coaches are allowed behind the bench.
The maximum size of a 5-aside and 7-aside team, with or without using up to three call-ups from one category below, is a total of 16 players.
Any 5-aside and 7-aside team may have up to six (6) 'guest' players from another team in the same category. However, the maximum size of a 5-aside and 7-aside team that uses even one 'guest' player shall be reduced to a total of 13 players.
5.1 A coach may not coach more than one team in a tournament division. In the event that inter-division matches (Crossovers) are scheduled, if two teams playing each other have the same coach, the coach must declare his primary team at the beginning of the tournament and an assistant must coach the secondary team in head to head games.
A maximum of 3 call-up players are allowed provided such players are from the category preceding theirs (e.g.: U14 can call up from U12; U16 can call up from U14, etc.), have played a minimum of two games during the regular season and are as such submitted to the tournament registrar for addition to the team’s roster no later than two days prior to the first game day of the tournament. The total number of players on a game sheet cannot exceed 15 for 11-aside (13 for 9-aside, 11 for 7-aside). All call-up players must have a valid regional passport or, if their club does not issue passports, the player must be validated by its Regional Soccer Association for the 2016 season.
7. Playing Rules
Games will be played in accordance with FIFA rules unless otherwise specified in these rules.
8. Playing Equipment
U09/10 and U11/12 games shall be played with a size 4 ball and all other age group games shall be played with a size 5 ball. Shin guards are MANDATORY. No metal cleats with sharp edges. If in the opinion of the referee, the jersey colors between the two teams conflict, the VISITING team will be required to change jerseys or wear pinnies.
An unlimited number of substitutions may be made during a game with the approval of the referee. The substitutions may only be made at the following times:
a) After a goal;
b) At a goal kick;
c) At a throw-in, when initiated by the team taking the throw-in;
d) At the beginning of the second half or overtime;
e) At the referee’s discretion, following an injury, a coach may substitute the injured player.
A player receiving a red card will be automatically disqualified from the team’s next game in the tournament. Players receiving a total of three (3) yellow cards during the tournament will be disqualified from their next game in the tournament. Ejected players and/or officials must leave the field immediately. The Tournament Disciplinary Committee may take further actions. Team official must indicate the name of the suspended player on the game sheet.
An ejected team official will be automatically suspended for one game and the Disciplinary Committee may disqualify such team official from the tournament.
PROTESTS CONCERNING REFEREE’S DECISIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE OC UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. The official score of each game will be that shown on the game-sheet, signed by the Referee, the Assistant Referees, the two coaches and the Field Marshall.
12. Reporting for Games
Teams must report to the field Marshall at the scheduled fields half an hour before the scheduled starting time of the game. Teams will be allowed a ten (10) minute grace period from the scheduled kick-off time, after which the game will be forfeited to the opposing team by a score of 3-0.
For 11 a-side teams, the minimum of players is 7.
For 9 a-side teams, the minimum number is 6 players. For 7 a-side the minimum number of players is 5.
Only when less than the required number of players is available may the start of a game be delayed for the period of ten (10) minutes.
13. Match Duration
All games are made-up of two (2) periods, with a 5 minute rest in-between halves. The duration of each game shall be:
Game Duration Minimum Duration for the game to be declared valid
U07/08 2 x 20 minutes 5 a-side 30 minutes
U09/10- 2 x 25 minutes 7 a-side 30 minutes
U11/12 - 2 x 30 minutes 9 a-side 45 minutes
U13/14 - 2 x 30 minutes 11 a-side 45 minutes
U15/16 - 2 x 30 minutes 11 a-side 45 minutes
U17/18 - 2 x 30 minutes 7 a-side 45 minutes
14. Team classification
Tournament will be played according to the published schedule. Division winners will be determined by the following rules:
Win: 3 points
Tie: 1 point
Loss: 0 point
Forfeit: -1 point
14.1 A loss by forfeit, for any reason, will be recorded as a 3-0 win in favor of the opposing team. Matches not played due to the withdrawal of a team after the schedule is made are considered as played and a victory is accorded to the opposing team. In the case both teams forfeit, each will be charged with a -1 point and a 3 goal against loss.
14.2 The final classification of the teams will be determined by the following criteria and in the order listed:
i) Greatest number of points;
ii) Most points in games played between the tied teams.
1 If only one of the tied teams can advance to a playoff position and there is no contradiction (see 3 below), any team with less points than any of the tied teams in games versus each other, is automatically eliminated. If there are teams still tied after applying this rule then C (iii – v) will be used to break the tie.
2 If 2 or more of the tied teams can advance to a playoff position then the team vs. team rule will ONLY be applied if the tied teams have all played each other the same number of games. If any of the tied teams have not played each other the same number of games then C (ii) will NOT be applied and C (iii – v) will be used to break the tie.
3 If 3 or more teams are tied an application of C (i) results in a contradiction, then C (ii) will not be used for that group of tied teams. For example, if team A has more points than team B in games versus each other, and team B has more points than team C in games versus each other, but team C has more points than team A in games vs each other and this is a contradiction and C (ii) can not be used so C (iii – v) will be used to break the tie.
III) Greatest number of wins;
IV) Highest goal differential;
V) Greatest number of goals scored.
If teams are still tied after applying (C) and a playoff position is at stake, the final order between the tied teams will be determined by kicks from the penalty mark (as per rule 14). If more than two teams are tied, each team will draw a team number and team 1 will shootout against team 2 and the winner will shootout against team 3 and so on. If 2 teams are tied at the top of a division where the top 2 teams advance to the playoffs then no shootout will take place and the final positions will be determined randomly. Likewise, when 3 or more teams are tied at the top of a division where the top 2 teams advance to the playoffs, the last two teams standing in the shootout will not be required to have a shootout and their final position will be determined randomly.
Scheduling of kicks from the penalty mark will be arranged by the organizing committee.
No overtime period shall be played during regular games as well as quarter and semi-finals. Any game, other than the final match, that requires a winner to be determined will go directly to penalty kicks (see C, D, E, & F below). The final matches which finish in a tie will be decided by the following rules:
A) 5 minute rest period;
B) 2x5 minute overtime periods, 1 minute rest period in-between;
C) If the tie continues, each team will take 5 kicks from the penalty mark;
D) If the tie continues, each team will take an additional kick from the penalty mark; this will be repeated until there is a winner
E) Only the players on the field at the end of the overtime will be permitted to participate in kicks from the penalty mark.
F) No player may take a second kick until all the players on his team have taken a kick including the goalkeeper.
16. Mercy Rule:
Should the score in a game reach a difference of 6 goals, the referee shall record that score as the final score in the game and shall allow the game to continue to completion unless the team with the lower score elects not to continue,
A) Individual passports or the team passport must be available for verification by the referee or field-Marshall. Game-sheets must be properly filled out and available before the game. Failure to produce the documents may result in a loss by default.
B) In order to be consistent with the rules, each team must provide one of the following:
i) Individual or team passports (consisting of players of their original summer team only) certified by both the Club and Tournament Registrar; or
ii) A copy of 1 of their game sheets from mid-season from their summer league game with a copy of their Medicare card; or
iii) In the case that a team did not use a passport or game sheet during their original summer league a team must submit a roster with pictures of their players and a copy of their Medicare card. This list must be certified and stamped by their association confirming their players were part of only one team. This last option must be agreed on prior to the commencement of the Tournament and approved by the Organizing Committee.
18. Please note
A) Only team officials and players listed in a game sheet will be allowed on the bench/technical area.
B) A referee may request that a spectator leave the vicinity of the field. Such request will be made
to the coach of the team which the spectator belongs. If the spectator refuses to comply,
the team to which the spectator belongs will have 5 minutes to ensure that the spectator complies,
otherwise the referee will stop the game & the team may forfeit the game and, subject to the OC’s
review, could be disqualified from the tournament.
As per the schedule.
20. Special Considerations for bad weather or unplayable field conditions
If a game is stopped due to the weather, the game will be considered valid if the minimum playing time has been reached according to rule 13.
If a game cannot be played to valid completion (see rule 13) due to bad weather or unplayable field conditions, the final outcome will be determined by a penalty shootout (as per rule 15) at a time and field designated by the tournament committee.
In the event a final game cannot be played to valid completion, the game will be rescheduled if and only if time and field availability permits. The tournament committee will decide whether to reschedule or proceed to a penalty shootout.
21. Special playing rules for 7 a-side (U09/10/11 & U17/18) games
21.1 Normal FIFA rules shall apply;
21.2 Fields shall measure approximately 60 meters long by 40 meters wide;
21.3 Goals shall be 6 meters wide by 2 meters high;
21.4 Fields shall be marked with a center line and a centre circle with a radius of 6 meters. A rectangular penalty area 25 meters wide be marked, 10 meters from the center of the goal line;
21.5 Offside rules do not apply;
21.6 Goalkeepers will be permitted to handle the ball only within the penalty area and may not take more than 6 seconds in releasing the ball from his hands. Opposing players must allow the goalkeeper to return the ball into play without interfering or obstructing his moves;
21.7 On taking of a corner or free kick, no opposing team player is to be less than 6 meters from the ball until it is put back into play;
21.8 On the taking of a goal kick, all opposing team players must remain outside the penalty area and not less than 6 meters from the ball until is put back into play, i.e.: when kicked directly out of the penalty area. Referee must make sure required distance is respected at all times.
21.9 Fouls: FIFA rules will prevail for all direct or indirect kicks:
21.9.1 If a foul that requires a direct free kick is committed inside the penalty area by the defending team a penalty kick will be awarded to the attacking team;
21.9.2 If a foul that requires am indirect free kick is committed by the defending team inside the penalty area by the defending team an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the attacking team. The ball will be positioned at the spot the foul occurred, unless the fouls occurs in the goal area in which case the ball will be placed in line with where the foul occurred on the 6 yard line;
21.9.3 If a foul that requires either a direct or indirect free kick is committed by the attacking team inside the penalty area; a free kick will be awarded to the defending team. The ball will be placed where the foul occurred unless the foul occurs in the goal area in which case the ball may be placed anywhere in the goal area. Opponent team players must remain outside the penalty area until the ball is put into play.
21.10 Penalty kicks shall be awarded for major infractions occurring inside the penalty area. Penalty kick shall be taken from a distance of 8 meters away from the center point of the goal line;
21.11 When restarting the game with a drop ball from within the penalty area, the referee shall drop the ball in the penalty area at the spot nearest to where the play was stopped.