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Tournament Rules


2011 Fall Classic
Tournament Rules

All matches will be played in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game. Rules and/or interpretations provided by USYSA and/or NCYSA for youth matches are in the following items, which will further interpret these rules for purpose of this tournament.

1. Eligibility

All teams and individual players must meet all tournament rules and the FIFA, USYSA and NCYSA rules for registration. Failure to meet any of these registration rules will render a team and/or individual players ineligible to participate in the tournament:

  • Teams must be registered though USYS.
  • Player must be registered and possess a valid pass from the same club or league.
  • Player must be listed on Official Certified match roster.
  • Have a Medical Release Form for each player.
  • A player may only play for one team in this tournament.
  • Three (3) guest players for U10 – U18 are allowed on any single team.
  • Each out of state team must provide properly executed permission to travel documentation from each appropriate sanctioning organization and/or state(s).

2. Tournament Fees and Roster Size

  • U10 6 v 6, roster of 12 maximum, tournament fee $400
  • U11-U12 8 v 8, roster of 14 maximum, tournament fee of $495
  • U13-U15 11 v 11, roster of 18 maximum, tournament fee of $595
  • U16-U18 11 v 11, roster of 22 maximum, tournament fee of $595

3. Player Equipment

  • Shin guards must be worn at all times by all players.
  • A player is not allowed to wear any jewelry (earrings, watches, necklaces etc.)
  • Medical tags and bracelets must be taped to the body.
  • In the case of similar or identical jerseys, the designated home team (the team listed first on the schedule) will change jerseys.
  • Players wearing casts or protective equipment are allowed to play with the approval of the referee.

4. Team Field Position

The referees will determine where each team’s players, coaches and spectators will take position during the match. Spectators will sit in the stadium, stands or along field touchline between the 18 to midfield opposite of their team. All players/coaches will take a position on the opposite side of the field from spectators. All players/coaches and spectators must stay at least one yard behind the touchline when positioned on the field. Players/coaches are expected to stay in the general position of player/coach bench area.

5. Player, Coach and Spectator Behavior

All players, coaches and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the letter as well as the spirit of the Laws of the Game. The referees working the matches in the tournament are experienced and will apply the Laws as they interpret them in the flow of the matches. Player, coach or spectator dissent will not be tolerated and will be dealt with as necessary.

Players, coaches or spectators ejected from a match will be banned (out of sight and sound of the playing area) from the team’s current and next scheduled match.

Player, coaches and spectators ejected from a match for fighting may be banned from the remainder of the tournament by the Tournament Director.

The Tournament Director reserves the right to ban any team from further competition if the behavior of the team’s players, coaches or spectators creates an atmosphere where further competition cannot take place within the letter as well as the spirit of the Laws of the Game.

Each coach is responsible for the behavior of players, parents and spectators of their team.

6. Duration of Play

The duration of each match is indicated below as designated by the USYSA. Half-time intervals will be five (5) minutes based on the referee’s discretion.

All Matches for the Fall Classic:

  • U-10: 25 minute halves
  • U-11 to U-12: 30 minute halves
  • U-13 to U-14: 30 minute halves
  • U-15 to U-18: 35 minute halves

7. Substitutions

Substitutes are unlimited, but made only at the following times:

  • Throw in by team in possession
  • Goal kick by either team
  • After a goal
  • Half-time
  • At the beginning of an overtime period
  • After a player receives a caution (yellow card)
  • For any injured players
  • All substitutions, should take place from the halfway line and substitutes should not enter the field until the player they are replacing has reached the touchline.

8. Score Reporting

The referees and/or field marshals will report to the site headquarters after each match. In the case of a one-field site, referees will report to referee headquarters.

9. Tournament Point System

All preliminary divisional matches can end in a tie. At the conclusion of round robin and/or divisional play (including crossover matches), teams will be ranked in their playing group based on points earned from wins and ties only.

Teams will be awarded points during divisional play based on match results as follows:

  • 3 Points for a WIN
  • 1 Point for a TIE
  • 0 Points for a LOSS

10. Tie Breakers

Any situation in which two or more teams have the same number of points, the tie will be broken by using the following criteria in the following order, one after the other as needed:

  • Most points
  • Winner of head to head competition. If teams tied or split their matches, then; Goal Differential (Maximum + or - 3 goals/game). Example: 15–0 = 3-0 (+3); 8–1 = 4–1 (+3); 2–4 = 2-4 (-2)
  • Fewest goals allowed
  • Most goals scored
  • Coin toss by the Tournament director, or their delegate.

(The above procedures are taken one at a time until the tie is broken. If ties still exist among other teams, the process begins again with “step one”.)

Semi-Final and Final Match Tie Breaking
If at the end of regulation play the match is still tied, FIFA penalty kicks will be used to determine the winner. If the match goes to FIFA penalty kicks, the teams must select players who are on the field of play at the end of the match to take kicks from the penalty mark. USYS small sided guidelines – penalty kicks for U10 (penalty mark distance 8 yards.) USYS small sided guidelines – penalty kicks for U11 – U12 (penalty mark distance 10 yards.)(FIFA Reduce to Equate rule applies.)
*** If game is still tied after 5th set of kicks, kicks will continue in the same order until one team has scored more goals in the same number of kicks. Each kick is taken by a different player and all eligible players must take a kick before any player can take a second kick. For questions, ask Tournament Director for clarification.

11. Forfeits

A forfeit shall be awarded if a team is not present and prepared to play within ten (10) minutes of its scheduled match time. The score for a forfeited match will be 3-0. If a team forfeits but still have enough points to advance, they will be allowed to advance.

12. Protests

THERE WILL BE NO PROTEST!!

13. Inclement Weather or Other Uncontrollable Circumstances

Regardless of weather conditions teams are expected to arrive for their scheduled match, failure to do so will result in a forfeiture of the match. Only the Tournament Director can postpone the match. In the case of extreme weather the Tournament Director may cancel any or all matches. If severe weather were to occur after the beginning of play the center referee or Tournament Director, may reduce the length of the match or cancel the match altogether. Additionally, the Tournament Director may reduce the length of the match by as much as 50% because of weather or field conditions. Should a match in progress be terminated due to weather or field conditions, the match will be considered official if at least the first half of competition has been completed. The score at that time will stand. For other matches, rescheduling attempts will be made as fairly as possible, considering referee and field availability and normal progress of the competition. As a final solution, it may be necessary to employ other means to determine the outcome of the match in which case the match will be scored 1-0. In cases of extreme heat, the Tournament committee shall mandate a water break for all teams. If this ‘water break’ order is issued, all referees will be informed that this is an across the board break for all teams participating.

14. Final Interpretations and Decisions

The Tournament Director will make final interpretations of any and all tournament rules and/or tie breaking decisions.

15. Disclaimer

Neither the Tournament Committee nor Lake Norman Soccer Club(including tournament sponsors) are responsible for any expense incurred by any team in the event the tournament is cancelled, postponed, or suspended in whole or in part or in the event the matches are discontinued or cancelled due to reasons beyond our control NOR WILL ANY REFUNDS BE ISSUED.

16. Team Contact

Upon checking in at registration, each team must provide the mobile phone number of the coach and team manager, so that these individuals may be contacted if circumstances require it. Be sure the team contact is someone who can be reached at any time.

Please Note

Be sure to have all USYSA match rosters, player passes, medical release forms and permits to travel at all matches. Rosters must be state approved originals, or state approved copies with the original official stamp or embossed certification on the roster. Same will be required of guest players. These are subject to inspection at any time by referees or tournament officials.