2017 Rules of Competition

Age and Eligibility: Age groups for teams are as follows

Under 14- 2004 birth year and younger

Under 13- 2005 birth year and younger

Under 12- 2006 birth year and younger

Under 11– 2007 birth year and younger
Under 10 - 2008 birth year and younger

Under 9 -  2009 birth year and younger



Guest Players:

Each guest player must have a laminated player card.  Five guests allowed


Laws of the Game: All games shall be played in accordance with FIFA Laws, except as specifically modified by these rules.  Unlimited substitution will be allowed with referee approval in the following situations: prior to throw-in by either / prior to goal kick by either team / prior to the restart of the game after a goal scored by either team / at the start of the 2nd half of play / prior to a restart of the game after an injured player is removed from the field (either team may sub 1 for 1; not unlimited substitutes)


Duration of Games:

The duration of tournament games shall be in accordance with the following:


Year       Ball Size         Preliminary Matches                Semis & Final

U14                5                       60 minutes                         60 minutes

U13                5                       60 minutes                         60 minutes

U12                4 (9v9)             60 minutes                         60 minutes

U11                4 (9v9)             60 minutes                         60 minutes

U10                4 (7v7)             50 minutes                         50 minutes

U9                  4  (7v7)            50 Minutes                         50 Minutes           



Field and Game Equipment:

A.  Players must wear numbers on the back of their uniforms and these numbers shall coincide with those listed on the teams’ official GIT approved roster.

B.  If in the opinion of the referee uniform colors are similar, the designated home team will change colors.  Home team is listed first on the schedule.  The home team is encouraged to wear light colored jerseys.  HOME TEAM SHOULD WEAR LIGHT COLORS.

E.  The designated home team shall provide the game ball, unless tournament ball is available.





A.  Players, coaches and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit and the letter of the Law. Displays of temper or dissent are cause for ejection from the game and surrounding field area.

B.   Players, coaches and team officials ejected from a game by the referee shall be ineligible for the next scheduled game.  Any player or players ejected for fighting shall be ineligible for the remainder of the tournament.   All ejected players/coach’s cards will be held at soccer central until after suspension is served.

C.   All players and coaches will take one side of the field, and supporters will take the other side.  No one will be allowed behind either end line.  On the 8 v 8 Fields all teams and parents will sit on the same side.




Games will be scored (3) three points for a win, (1) point for a tie and (0) zero points for a loss.  If a bracket winner and a wildcard team (Best second place team overall) come from the same division, they will be switched so the bracket winner plays the lowest seed division winner from another bracket.



A.   To determine preliminary winners and runners up, if necessary:

1.     Winner of head to head competition. (This criterion is not used if more than two teams are tied.)  If still tied:

2.     Most Wins

3.     Team with greatest net goal differential (NGD) which is computed as ‘goals for” minus ‘goals against’ with a maximum of 7 NGD in each game. If still tied:

4.     Fewest goals allowed in all games. If still tied:

5.     Most total goals scored.

6.     Penalty kicks (FIFA rules)


In the case of a three-way tie in bracket play, one team shall be eliminated through the above tiebreakers and then the remaining two shall begin from tiebreaker number A2 above.


B.   To resolve ties at the end of regulation for semi-final and final games:

All tied matches will go straight to penalty kicks.  FIFA rules

                Only players on the field of play at the end of regulation may participate in taking of the penalty kicks.


Failure to Show and Forfeits:

A.  A team shall be allowed a 10-minute grace period after the scheduled kick-off time before the match is awarded to their opponent.  A minimum of 7 players constitutes a team and if 7 players are present, the game will not be delayed.

B.   In no case shall a team that forfeits a game be declared a division winner or wild card team.  If an apparent division winner forfeits a game, the division team with the next best record shall be named the division winner.

C.   If a team is the cause for termination of a game, that team will be considered to have forfeited that game.

D.  A forfeit in the preliminary rounds shall be awarded as 4 points for the win to the opposing team.

E.     Forfeits of games in the playoff rounds shall be recorded as 1-0 scores.


Inclement Weather:
The tournament committee reserves the right to cancel or reschedule games or the entire tournament due to inclement weather conditions.  If the event is canceled entirely because of weather, we will refund a percentage of your entry fee. Teams will be refunded per game if the event starts and they play only one or two games.

What we are...

November 11th and 12th 2017

Boys U9-U14

Midsouth FC's Germantown Invitational Tournament (GIT) invites you to one of the region's premier events!  Since the GIT's inception in 1979 it has grown to a 500+ team tournament that now is spread across 4 weekends just to handle the number of teams.  U9-14 Boys, U9-14 Girls, Showcase Boys, Showcase Girls are the different weekends and we currently use Memphis' 17 field premier facility that is Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, TN to play the weekends.  We host the most diverse competition of any tournament in our city and some of the countries best teams and regularly come to compete.  Regular attendees are state, regional, & national champions/finalists as well as ODP teams, & international teams.  For the Showcase Boys & Girls we host over 100 college coaches each year offering players a tremendous scouting opportunity.  Come join us for the amazing and diverse competition that will be the perfect finish to your fall season!