• NCA Donato Cup Tournament Rules

      Tournament Headquarters (Saturday, and Sunday)

      Northern Columbus Athletic Assoc.
      4625 Westerville Rd

      Columbus, Oh 43231
      Phone 614-679-2804
      Fax 614--626-3037

      Tournament Director: Stanton Clark

      Send Checks to the address listed below and make checks payable to Northern Columbus Athletic Assoc.

      7285 Ironwood Dr.
      Blacklick, OH 43004
      614-679-2804

      Registration and Team Eligibility

      Registration Check-In:

       
       
      Friday August 26, 2016, 6:00pm-8:30pm Mid-Ohio Select Soccer Office, 670 Lakeview Plaza Blvd, Worthington, OH 43085. Coaches must bring Travel permits (if outside OSYSA), signed liability release form, concussion compliance certificate, approved roster, player passes and guess player roster with player card.
       
      All games are played at one site in Columbus, Ohio. The Tournament will be played on August 26-28, 2016. Coaches should bring player passes to every game and medical release forms should be available at the field.
       
      By signing the roster, players and coaches acknowledge that they have read and agreed to obey the tournament and NCA Complex rules as explained below.
       
      The NCA is not liable for any accidents or injuries occurring to the players or their guests while at the NCA Facility. The coach/team administrator is responsible for notifying their participants of this liability policy and of the NCA Complex rules. The coach is not to allow a participant to play without being on the team's initial or amended roster that is signed by the participant and submitted to the NCA tournament representative. 

      A. TEAMS FROM THE UNITED STATES – For teams from the United States:

      1.     The Players must present picture identification cards issued by the team’s Federation Organization Member (USYSA, AYSO, others)

      2.     Teams must provide proof of approval of the team’s participation from the team’s Federation Organization Member.

      3.     Teams from outside the State Association where the tournament is located must provide proof of permission to travel. Teams must be in good standing with their Federation Organization.

      B. FOREIGN TEAMS – For a team coming from a CONCACAF nation:

      1.     Players must present passports at registration or, if from a nation that the United States does not require a passport, proof of entry into the United States that is required by the United States.

      2.     Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards.

      3.     Tournament rules require that the team have a completed form from its Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament.

       

      Player Age and Eligibility
       
      U-16 born after 2002
      U-15 born after 2003
      U-14 born after 2004
      U-13 born after 2005
      U-12 born after 2006
      U-11 born after 2007
      U-10 born after 2008
      U-09 born after 2009
      U-08 born after 2010
       
       
      U-8 Thru U-10 teams play 7v7. U-10/12 age groups play 9v9 format U13 and older play 11v11. Top division is known as A. Lower division is known as B,C,D .

      Team rosters will be limited to 22(U13-19) with only 18 players dressed to play for teams playing the 11v11 format. Team rosters will be limited to 16 players for teams playing the 9v9 format, and 12 for 7v7. The Roster submitted at Tournament Registration will be the official Roster for the Tournament and may not be altered. A player may only play for one team. 

      Five (4) guest players will be allowed per team. Guest player Rosters (yours or ours) should be validated by your state association/country federation (if required by your association). Prior to the start of each game the Field Marshal shall check that each team have the following; current Federation player and coaches passes, Medical Release Forms, and approved guest roster (if applicable).

      Teams
       
      Home team is determined by the tournament scheduler. The first team listed in the tournament program (and website) (nc-athletics.org) is the home team.

       

      A maximum of 3 coaches are permitted on the coaches’ side of the field.
      All coaches will remain within 20 yards of the centerline on their half of the field, on the side opposite of both team's spectators. Field marshals will communicate which side is the coaches’ side if questions arise.

      The home team will be responsible for using an alternate color uniform if necessary.
       
      The home team is responsible for supplying the FIFA approved game balls. 

      Spectators are not permitted behind the goals.   No air horns or bullhorns may be used by teams or spectators since this device will be used to signal weather delays.

       

      Player Credentials and Uniforms

      1.     Player picture identification cards are to be present and available at all matches.

      2.     Identification cards are required to be checked by the field marshal or referee prior to each match.

      3.     The shirt number of each player must be the same as the player’s shirt number on the daily match report or roster. If the           numbers are not the same, the referee is not to allow the player to take part in the match until the numbers are the same             (Examples –The player changing his or her shirt, or the daily match report being changed).


      Laws of the Game

      All matches must be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game, except as specifically modified as follows in the tournament rules:

      a. Substitution Time:

      Substitutions may be made with the consent of the referee.

      1.     After a goal is scored for either team.

      2.     Prior to a goal kick by other team.

      3.     Prior to the kick-off of the second half.

      4.     After receiving a yellow card.

      5.     Prior to a throw-in that is in the favor of the team that will be substituting a player.

      6.     If a player for the opposing team is at the mid-field flag waiting to be a substitute when the team that is awarded a throw-         in has a substitute to enter the game, the substitute for the opposing team may also enter the game. If the team that has             been awarded a throw-in does not have a substitute, then neither team may substitute a player.


      b. Substitution Age Limits

       1.     All matches will be “unlimited substitution”.

       

      Player Equipment

      a. hard casts are not permitted; soft casts will only be allowed upon approval of the game referee.
      b. Shin guards are required.

       

      Games

      Games will consist of two halves of equal length.

      The age groups, players per side, ball size and length of games (minutes) are as follows:

      Age                                 Ball            Game          Finals

      Group            Side          Size           Length         Length

      U8                    7             4                  40                50

      U09/10             7             4                  50                60

      U10/12             9             4                  50                60

      U13/14-16      11            5                  60                 70

                  

      The Directors reserve the right to adjust game length for conditions beyond their control. See Weather/Reschedule section below.

      a. The game clock will not be stopped because of injury to any player, except if deemed necessary by the referee. Due to the         time allowed for the completion of all games, the clock should run continuously.

      b. It is the intent of the Soccer Classic to provide a three person referee system for all tournament matches except for U-8 and       U-9 there are no offside. They will have a 1 man referee system for all games however; cherry picking is not allowed and         will be called. If deemed necessary matches may be able to be conducted with club linesmen.

      c. A coach may coach more than one team during the tournament.
       

       

      Tournament Format

      For all age groups the Tournament format calls for three preliminary round games (round robin) with a Final Matches in each division. (Some divisions may have Round Robin with Final Matches depending on the number of teams in the division).

       

      Match Schedules

      Each team will play a minimum of 3 games. A maximum of 2 matches will be played on any one day.

       

      Referees

      All matches will use referees certified by the FEDERATION.

       

      Weather/Rescheduled

       

      Games Match Delays (ex: Lightning delays game )
       
      In the event play is delayed due to lightning or severe weather, an air horn will be used to signal stoppage (and restarting) of play.  All teams will take cover but remain at the tournament site for the duration of the current match. 

       

      Do not remain on the fields or under trees.  One coach from each team must report to tournament headquarters for information concerning the delay.  If a delay occurs, a decision will be made according to the following guidelines.

      1. If time permits, allow play to resume and play to completion, but not beyond scheduled starting time of the next match.

      2. If time does not permit play to completion and:

          a) The first half of the match was completed, the match will be considered complete and the score will stand as the final               score;

          b) The first half has not been completed; an attempt will be made to reschedule the remainder of the game.  Check at                   tournament headquarters for information.

      3. All efforts will be made to return to the original schedule as soon as possible after weather delay. 

      Note: if necessary, game lengths may be shortened to accommodate scheduling requirements. It is the responsibility of each coach to check Tournament Headquarters for rescheduled information.

      For more information regarding schedule changes: 614-633-8241

      However, in the event that rescheduling is not possible, and game cancellation creates a situation where teams within the division are unable to play an equal number of qualifying games, the group winner will be determined on the basis of awarding the average tournament points earned in the other games, to the teams that were unable to complete an official game, followed by the
      tie breaking procedure if necessary. The team with the highest average points will be declared the winner of the group. In the event there is a tie which cannot be resolved by point averaging, the advancing team will be determined by penalty kicks, or a coin toss if necessary, per FIFA as directed by the Tournament Directors.

       

      Forfeits

      The score of a forfeited game shall be recorded as 3-0 in favor of the team not forfeiting, if; 1) the game has not commenced, or 2) the game has commenced and the non-forfeiting team has less than a 3-goal lead at the time of cessation. If the non-forfeiting team has more than a 3-goal lead at the time of cessation, the score shall stand. Forfeiture will be declared for a failure to begin play within fifteen (15) minutes of game time with a minimum of seven (7) players to start the game. Failure to complete a match or a team leaving the field during play may result in forfeiture. In no case will a team which has forfeited a game be declared a group winner or wild card.

      Procedures for Determining a Winner (Scoring)
       
      Coaches and game referee will sign the game card certifying the final score which will then be delivered to the HQ tent at each site. Site scorer will be responsible for updating score board. Posted scores will reflect a maximum goal difference of 4. Bracket standings, leading to championship play, will be determined on the following basis.

       

       

      Standings and Tie-breakers


      Three points will be awarded for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss.

      In the event of ties in point standings, the following sequence will be used:

      a. Points earned from matches won or tied.
      b. Result of head to head game (2 teams only)
      c. Goal difference: Total net score for tournament games. Net score = goals scored, less goals scored against. A maximum             differential of 4 goals per game will account for this purpose.
      d. Fewest goals allowed.
      e. The procedure for Kicks from the Penalty Mark, as outlined in the FIFA Laws of the Game, will be utilized”.

      In the event of ties at the end of championship round games, winners will be determined as follows:

      1. Two Five-minute overtime periods will be played, both mandatory.
      2. Penalty kicks elimination as above. Only players on the field at the end of the second overtime are eligible for penalty kicks.

       

      Match and Score Reporting

      Referees will enter final game score on the game card, sign, and give to both coaches to sign. Field marshal will deliver signed game cards to the Site scorer. Site scorer then updates scores on the board at each site.


      Protests and Disputes

      Protests by any team must be submitted in writing, and accompanied by a $100.00 cash deposit to be presented to the tournament headquarters to the Tournament Directors within 30 minutes of completion of the game. The deposit will be returned only if the protest is upheld. Referees' decisions may NOT be the basis for protesting the game. The game referee must be informed of the pending protest at the conclusion of the game and must report in writing on the game card his comments regarding the protested situation.


      Final Rulings

      The final interpreter of the foregoing rules and regulations, and also any matters not provided for in these rules will be the Tournament Directors, whose decisions shall be final.

       

      Conduct and Discipline
       
       
      All participants in the tournament will be expected to maintain high standards of conduct during their stay in the Columbus area.  These standards are expected of players, coaches, referees and other guests, both at the tournament sites, in hotels/motels, etc.; being respectful of the property of others. Should it come to the attention of the Tournament Directors that a person(s) had failed to observe these standards, the Director reserves the right to take remedial action depending upon the circumstances; may range from a warning to banning that team and/or all teams in its club from future participation in the tournament.
       
      Disciplinary action taken against a coach will be levied in the next game in which he/she coaches the team playing at the time of the original infraction, or to the next game coached if the violation occurred during the last game for that team. If additional behavior problems occur, the Directors reserve the right to levy additional discipline up to and including expulsion from the Tournament.
       
      There shall be no dissent between players and/or coaches and the referee. Questioning a referee is considered dissent.  All coaches are responsible for the actions of his or her spectators, specifically verbal abuse of referees. Such abuse will not be tolerated! Violation may result in forfeiture of the game and/or expulsion from further play.
       
      Any player or coach receiving a red card shall be ejected from the current game and will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game.  The player/coach card is to be turned in to the tournament headquarters immediately following the initial suspension game.  If dismissed in the last game, card will be returned to state association within 1 week. 
       
      Any player or coach who receives an accumulation of two (2) yellow cards in a game must sit out the next game. 
       
      Spectators may be ejected from the tournament site for improper conduct at the discretion of the tournament officials. 
       
      Report of Disciplinary Action:
       
      The disciplinary action taken or require shall be reported to that team's provincial or, for United States and CONCACAF teams, the procedure for notifying the Federation Organization Member of that team of disciplinary action taken or required will be followed.
       
      Awards
       
      All U-8 through U-16 first and second place teams and individual awards will be awarded in each Division after the final game at the Finals game site.
       
      Cancellations
       
      If the tournament is cancelled due to events beyond the control of the Tournament Committee, the tournament will not be required to make any financial remuneration.
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    • NCA Complex Rules

      The NCA wants all participants and guests to have a good experience at its facility.  All participants and guests on NCA property will be expected to maintain high standards of conduct while on the property. These standards are expected of players, coaches, referees, and guests.  Should it come to the attention of the NCA officials that a person (or persons) has failed to observe these rules; the NCA reserves the right to take remedial action. Said action, depending upon the circumstances, may range from a warning, ejection, terminating a game or banning of teams from future participation.  Fees will not be refunded for terminated or cancelled games.  Spectators and players may be ejected from the complex at the discretion of  NCA tournament or league officials, and in such instances must leave the site immediately.

       

       

       

      NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES PERMITTED ON THE NCA complex.  Anyone found with alcohol will cause the entire team with which they are associated to be asked to leave the complex.

       

      Pets are not permitted on NCA grounds, except in documented instances of service dogs to assist the visual or otherwise impaired participant or guest.  In these instances, the NCA representative to the League should be notified prior to the game.

       

      NCA is a smoke free facility.  Participants and guests may smoke only in their automobiles.

       

      No swimming or fishing is permitted in the pond on the NCA complex.

       

      Artificial noise makers are prohibited.  If an NCA official or referee orders a person to cease using such noise maker and the person disregards such order, the official or referee may eject the person from the complex.

       

      Verbal abuse or fighting among participants, guests and officials is not acceptable.  The NCA representative for the league or tournament should be notified immediately if there is an occurrence of verbal abuse or fighting.

       

      There shall be no dissent between players and/or coaches and the referee. Questioning a referee is considered dissent. All coaches are responsible for the actions of his or her spectators, specifically verbal abuse of referees. Such abuse will not be tolerated! Violation may result in forfeiture of the game and/or expulsion from further play.
       

       

      Motor vehicle operators are required to operate their vehicles in a safe, courteous and responsible manner.  The complex speed limit is 5 MPH. Observe directional signs.  Operators are required to comply with directional signs and instructions of  NCA officials or delegates.  Motor vehicles must remain in the parking lot and are not allowed on the grass or playing fields.  Participants and guests are allowed to park in available parking spaces at no additional cost.


      Participants and guests are expected to clean up after themselves and use trash cans provided to dispose of waste.

       

      Participants and/or guests are not permitted to repair equipment or grounds.  When there is a problem with equipment or grounds, the team representative, referee or League manager should report the issue(s) to the NCA representative in charge.

       

      When the warnings are issued due to adverse weather such as storms and lightning in the area, all games are expected to cease immediately.  The games can be continued from the point of interruption when possible as determined by the NCA representative.

       

      The warning signals are as follows:

      ·         3 short horn blasts:  leave the fields immediately and seek shelter

      ·         1 long horn blast:  play can resume

      ·         3 short horn blasts repeated:  all games are canceled – go home

             ·         5 short horn blasts repeated:  tornado is in the area, immediately leave the fields and seek shelter