2016 TOURNAMENT RULES
ROUND ROBIN QUALIFYING GAMES
6 points for a win
3 points for a tie
0 points for a loss
1 bonus point per goal (3 max)
1 bonus point for shutout
Forfeit is scored 1-0 and counts as 8 qualifying points
GAME LENGTHS *Half-times will be 5 min. for all age groups.
· U9 – U10 Boys and Girls – 7 v 7
· U11 – U12 Boys and Girls – 9 v 9
· U13 – U20 Boys and Girls – 11 v 11
RULES OF PLAY
The rules of play shall be those published by the Houston Youth Soccer Association, unless modified by the tournament rules, and in the case of conflict the tournament rules shall take precedence. For the U9-U10 age groups there shall be no build-out line, and the only rule variation adopted by the tournament rules for this age group, and for the U11 age group, shall be the following:
If in the opinion of the referee a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) shall be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick shall be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If in the opinion of the referee a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.
Ties in qualifying games will not be broken. The following criteria will be used in the order listed below to break ties between teams that finish regular play with an equal number of qualifying points:
1. Results of Head-to-Head competition
2. Goal Difference: (total goals for minus total goals against)
3. Total Goals (NO LIMIT on goals scored or allowed per game).
4. Ties between teams when only 1 team advances: FIFA shootout
5. Ties between teams when both teams advance (for seeding purposes) Coin flip with representatives of both teams present.
Any team forfeiting a game will not be eligible for advancement to playoffs and all previous game points will not count towards group standings.
PLAYOFF (ADVANCEMENT) GAMES
Semifinals and Finals:
Proceed directly to FIFA shootout. NO OVERTIMES
Participation in penalty kicks: Only players on the field at the end of regulation time. All other players, spectators, etc. must remain on the sidelines. Only the coach may enter the field to join the team, with referee permission.
· U9 – U10 (7v7): 12 players
· U11 - U12 (9v9): 16 players
· U13 – U20 (11v11): 22 players (maximum 18 dressed to participate in any game)
PLAYERS REQUIRED/SUBSTITUTIONS/WATER BREAKS
· 11-a-side games: 7 players
· 9-a-side games: 6 players
· 7-a-side games:5 players
Free & unlimited. Substitutions must have referee permission in ALL cases.
USSF substitution rules apply, as modified by USYSA.
Substitutions for BOTH TEAMS allowed:
1. on goal kicks
2. after a goal
3. at halftime
Substitutions for ONE TEAM allowed:
1. On throw-ins by possession team only.
2. On stoppage due to injured player (injured player ONLY).
3. For yellow cards (player who received card ONLY).
Water breaks shall be agreed upon prior to the start of any game by both coaches and the referee (unless there is a change mandated by the tournament director), and are subject to the following:
- One-minute maximum per half
- Clock will not stop
GAME ARRIVAL AND STARTING TIMES
Teams must be at their assigned field 15 minutes before scheduled game time.
Teams must be ready for inspection by referee and/or field commissioner.
All games START at the time shown on the schedule.
NO GRACE PERIODS allowed.
NUMBERS AND COLORS
All players shall wear numbered jerseys, shorts and socks of like color to distinguish them from the opposing team and the referee.
Each team must have an alternate color jersey in case of color conflict.
First team listed on the schedule must change colors if deemed necessary by ref.
PLAYER JERSEY NUMBERS
Player numbers (for both uniforms) must be on the final roster submitted at team check-in.
Players must wear their assigned jersey number in all games.
Changes in player jersey number must be reported to the referee PRIOR to start of each game; no number changes will be allowed after a game has started.
HOME TEAM RIGHTS/RESPONSIBILITIES—ALL GAMES
Home team (1st team listed in a pairing or top team in a playoff tree) must provide the game ball for all games.
Home team has 1st choice of field playing side for their team.
Team supporters must be located on the opposite side of the field and must not go to the team side at any time during the game.
SCHEDULES AND SCORE REPORTING
The game schedule is final as published and no changes will be permitted without the Consent of tournament Board Directors.
Referee will be responsible for providing all game reports.
Referees and tournament officials are free to check player cards prior to and at any time during a game.
Games will not start without an official game report.
Immediately upon conclusion of a game the Head Referee or Assistant Referee must give the game report to the Field Marshall.
Both coaches must sign game report.
Player receiving a red card is banned from the game in which it was received and the following game (1 game suspension).
2nd red card to the same player results in that player’s suspension from the tournament.
Player accumulating 2 yellow cards is suspended for the next game (1 game suspension).
A player accumulating 1 red card plus 2 yellow cards will be suspended from the tournament.
Above disciplinary rules apply to tournament games only.
Cases of serious misconduct will be reported to a player or team’s governing association for follow-up action.
Referees are required to report all disciplinary actions taken before, during and after the game, on the official game report.
All cases of serious misconduct must be reported immediately following the game during which the misconduct occurred.
Referee decisions are final during the course of a game.
Protests will not be allowed.
Tournament Directors have final decision over field conditions and game cancellations.
In case of rainout, games will be rescheduled if possible within tournament time constraints.
OFFICIAL GAME LENGTH
A full half of a game must be played to completion to be considered a complete or official game.
Check-in will be available Friday (September 2, 2016) from 6pm - 9pm.
Each player must have a current signed and laminated player ID card (USYSA/STYSA/US Club Soccer) available for inspection by tournament officials at the site of each game in which the player participates.
Each player must have a signed (parent or guardian if under 18) medical release.
ALL players must be on your Got Soccer registration roster to be eligible to play.
Coaches or Managers in technical area must be 21 years of age
All appropriate team registration and age bracket will be based on South Texas Youth Soccer Association's published age-birth year parameters.
GUEST PLAYERS – No limits on guest players although all players need to be added to the team’s Got Soccer registration roster to be eligible to play.
GOLD flight teams need to be more competitive teams (i.e. Premier, Div 1 and Super II).
SILVER flight teams need to be less competitive (i.e. DII & DIII).
U9 and U10 ACADEMY teams should play in the Gold bracket.
U9 and U10 RECREATIONAL teams should play in the Silver bracket.
The wearing of hard casts, whether padded or not, will not be permitted in tournament games...NO EXCEPTIONS
No jewelry or piercings permitted.
A team withdrawing from the tournament after being accepted shall forfeit its entry fee. In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Committee has the authority to restructure or cancel the tournament. It will not be rescheduled for another date and no refunds will be issued once play has begun. If the tournament is cancelled prior to the start of play, a refund less expenses will be distributed.
All complaints must undergo a 24-hour waiting period before being submitted to the Headquarters Tent. Complaints must be registered in writing and include the following:
1. Date and time of occurrence
2. Detailed description
3. Player # and team name
4. Coach’s signature