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FC ATHLETICO Invitational Rules

FC ATHLETICO Invitational Rules & Procedures

 

The purpose of this event is to create a competitive, but fun environment for all mid-high level teams. All games will be officiated by experienced officials, with teams being grouped into divisions based on the results, division and/or level of competition each team has faced in the current season geared towards preparing for the Junior Showcases and top level tournaments at the end of each season. 

 

Tournament Format

Division with 4 teams:

Teams will play a round robin format. The top 2 teams will play for the championship

 

Division with 5 teams:

Teams will play a round robin format. Champion and runner up will be determined on a point basis.

 

Division with 6 teams:

Teams will play in groups of 3 with each group playing 2 matches within each group. Third match will be 1st in A plays 2nd in B, 1st in B will play second in A and 3rd in A plays 3rd in B. Winner of the first 2 third matches will play for the championship.

 

Division with 7 Teams:

Division with (7) teams will have a group of (3) and a group of (4)

The group of 3 will play two preliminary round matches. At the end of the preliminary rounds, each team will be ranked in their playing group based on the number of points earned from their wins and ties. The top team will play for the championship against the winner of the group of 4 brackets. The second and third place teams will play against each other for a consolation game.

 

The group of 4 will play three preliminary round matches. At the end of the preliminary rounds, each team will be ranked in their playing group based on the number of points earned from their wins and ties. The top team will advance to a final match to play the winner of the group of three.

 

Divisions with 8 teams:

Teams will play in 2 groups of four in a round robin format within each group. First in Group A plays first in Group B for championship.

 

Rules

 

All matches will be played in accordance with FIFA laws, except as specifically superseded by these rules.

 

U9 & U10 matches will play 7V7

U11 and U12 matches will play 9V9

*Spring Invitational will offer a U12, 11v11 Division. 

 

Point System for Preliminary Games (GAME POINTS ONLY)

 

Points are scored as follows -- Win 3 points

Tie 1 point

Loss 0 points

Bonus Points

1 bonus point per goal differential up to 3 bonus points based on goal differential

 

Bonus points will only be awarded to the winning team in each game.

 

At the conclusion of round robin play, teams will be ranked in their playing group based on points earned from wins and ties. 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 order listed, one after another as needed:

 

1. Head to head competition

2. Bonus Points up to 3 points per game based on goal differential 3. Fewest goals allowed

4. Most Shutouts

 

If more than two teams are involved in a tie, the criteria will be followed in order (omitting head to head competition) until all ties are broken. If these criteria are not enough to break a tie, the Tournament Director shall have absolute discretion to break the tie by any method they deem appropriate. There will be co-champions named wherever necessary.

 

**NOTE** There is no tiebreaker related to most goals scored. No team will gain an advantage by running up the match score beyond a 3-goal differential.

 

Forfeit Match Scores

 

In round robin matches, these scores will be reported as 3-0 for scoring purposes. In circumstances in which a forfeited match is involved with determination of advancement in the tournament, all tie-breaking criteria involving bonus points, most shutouts, or fewest goals allowed will be determined on a per match average, excluding the results of the forfeited match. A team, which has forfeited a match, may NOT advance or be declared a bracket winner or participate in a match to determine a finalist.

 

Round Robin Tie Matches

 

All tied matches in round robin play will stand.

 

Quarter Finals / Semi Finals

This procedure is used only in quarterfinal and semi-final matches as identified in the Tournament Format section of these rules. There are quarter / semi finals in 6 team divisions. In all age groups: If the match ends in a tie, the teams will IMMEDIATELY GO TO SHOOT OUT PROCEDURE OUTLINED BELOW……

 

Final Games / Resolving Ties to Move Forward

This procedure is used only in final matches as identified in the Tournament Format section of these rules. There are semifinals in 6, 9, 10, 12 team divisions. In all age groups: If the match ends in a tie, the teams will have a 5 (five) minutes rest period and then play two five minute sudden death overtime periods. A coin toss will determine the choice of goals to defend. After the first overtime period, the teams will switch ends of the field and substitutions may be made. If the game is still tied after the second overtime period, a shoot-out procedure will determine the outcome.

     

SHOOT OUT PROCEDURE:

1. All players on the field at the end of the second overtime period may participate.

2. Referee will decide the goal to be used for the shoot-out.

3. Team winning the referee’s coin toss may elect to kick 1st or 2nd.

4. Alternating shots will be taken from the mark.

5. Each team takes 5 attempts alternately, the team scoring the most goals wins.

6. If teams are still tied after 5 attempts, another 5 kickers are determined and a sudden death (first team to miss) will determine the winner. No player may kick a second time until all eligible teammates, including the goalkeeper, have kicked once.

7. Any eligible player may serve as goalkeeper and the goalkeeper may be changed at any time.

8. If a team is down a player(s), the opposing team will reduce to the same eligible number of players before starting the shootout.

9. Other than players attempting to score and the 2 goalkeepers, all eligible players are to remain on the half of the field not in use while the shoot-out is in progress. Idle goalkeeper is NOT to interfere with the kick in progress.

 

Substitutions

Substitutions can be made on ANY stoppage during the game for BOTH teams. Refs should be notified of any goalkeeper changes.

 

Law 3 – Substitution Procedures

“A player who is being substituted must leave the field by the nearest point on the touchline/goal line (unless the referee indicates the player can leave quickly/ immediately at the halfway line or a different point because of safety, injury etc.).”

Simplified

If a player is on the bench side of the field, they may leave the field by simply stepping off the field – they don’t have to come to the halfway line.

If a player is on the far spectator side of the field, they may leave that side of the field, immediately returning to their bench area – or in the case of safety issues or concerns, (unless otherwise indicated by the referee) must leave quickly and immediately over the bench side line. If the referee believes any delaying tactic is being used, the player could be subject to a caution for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The speed at which players are substituted for injury will be at the discretion of the referee.

 

Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment

“Multi-colored/patterned undershirts are allowed if they are the same as the sleeve of the main shirt.”

Simplified

If your jersey sleeve is ‘blue’, then your undershirt must be blue. If your jersey sleeve is ‘plaid’, then your undershirt must be the same plaid.

 

Law 5 – The Referee

“The referee may not change a restart decision on realizing it is incorrect or on the advice of another match official if play has restarted or the referee has signaled the end of the first or second half (including extra time) and left the field of play or abandoned the match. However, if at the end of the half, the referee leaves the field of play to go to the referee review area (RRA) or to instruct the players to return to the field of play, this does not prevent a decision being changed for an incident which occurred before the end of the half.”

 

Simplified

The referee may not change a restart decision if the play has restarted. However, If the AR or 4th official notices misconduct before a restart, and indicates a YC/RC offense to the referee and referee does not see/hear the AR or the 4th official, and the referee restarts play, (or blows the whistle for half-time, for the end of game whistle, or has abandoned the match), the referee may still act on that misconduct. However, the restart associated with the misconduct will not be applied.

 

Length of Game Age Group:

 

U8-1U0 - 25 minute halves

U11-U12 - 30 minute halves 

U13-U14 - 35 minute halves

U15+ - 40 minute halves

 

 (The “home” team is listed as the first team on the official schedule and will wear a lighter jersey).

 

Protection

Girls are permitted to protect their chests while trapping the ball. If hands or arms are used to direct or propel the ball, a direct free kick will be awarded to the other team.

 

No Heading Policy

 

NO HEADING is allowed in any small-sided match (12U and younger).

In matches for 13U and older in which a 12U player or younger may be on the roster, heading will be allowed due to the fact that it would be very difficult for a referee to be able during the run of play to determine if a player that heads the ball is 12U or younger vs 13U and older. As stated by the Federation, it will be the coach and parent’s responsibility to “police” a child 12U and younger on heading in a 13U and older match.

 

Law 7 - Duration of the Match

 

Allowance for lost time

“Medical stoppages permitted by competition rules e.g. ’drinks’ breaks (which should not exceed one minute) and ‘cooling’ breaks (ninety seconds to three minutes).”

 

Simplified

In the interest of player safety, in certain weather conditions (high humidity and temperatures) competition rules may allow a cooling break, to get the body temperature down) may last from 90 seconds to 3 minutes. A water/drink break may not exceed one-minute.

 

Law 8 – Start and Restart of Play

“The team that wins the toss of a coin decides which goal to attack in the first half or to take the kick-off. Depending on the above, their opponents take the kick-off or decide which goal to attack in the first half. The team that decided which goal to attack in the first half takes the kick-off to start the second half.” Simplified

At coin toss a team may decide to take the kick-off OR which goal to attack. If the team decides which goal to attack at the beginning of the match, they will take the kick-off to start the second half.

 

Kick-Off

“If the player taking the kick-off touches the ball again before it has touched another player, an indirect free kick, or for a handball offense a direct free kick, is awarded.”

Self-explanatory.

 

Drop Ball

“The ball is dropped for the defending team goalkeeper in their penalty area if, when play was stopped: the ball was in the penalty area or the last touch of the ball was in the penalty area. In all other cases, the referee drops the ball for one player of the team that last touched the ball at the position where it last touched a player, an outside agent or, as outlined in Law 9.1, a match official.

All other players (of both teams) must remain at least 4m (4.5 yds) from the ball until it is in play.The ball is in play when it touches the ground.”

 

Simplified

If the ball is in the penalty area or the last touch of the ball was in the penalty area and play is stopped, causing a drop ball, the ball will be dropped to the defending team goalkeeper in their penalty area for restart.

If the ball is NOT in the penalty area, the ball will be dropped by the referee to one player on the team that LAST TOUCHED THE BALL, in that same area. All other players of both teams must remain at least 4.5 yds from the ball until it is in play (when the ball touches the ground). The same drop ball will occur if the ball is touched by an outside agent or the match official.

 

Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play

“The ball is out of play when:
It touches a match official, remains on the field of play and a team starts a promising attack or the ball goes directly into the goal or the team in possession of the ball changes. 
In all these cases, play is restarted with a dropped ball.” 

Simplified

Basically, if the ball hits the referee and remains on the field of play causing a promising attack, a goal or change of possession, there will be a drop ball.

 

The Ball In Play

“The ball is in play at all other times when it touches a match official and when it rebounds off a goalpost, crossbar or corner flag post and remains on the field of play.”

 

Simplified

If the ball touches a match official and when it rebounds off a goalpost, crossbar or corner flag post and remains on the field of play, the ball is still in play.

Law 10 – Determining the Outcome of a Match

Goal Scored

“A goal is scored, provided that no offense has been committed by the team scoring the goal. If the goalkeeper throws the ball directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal kick is awarded.”

 

Simplified

The goalkeeper may not score by throwing the ball into the opponents’ goal. The restart will be a goal kick.

 

Conduct

Good sportsmanship will be exhibited by all players, coaches, officials, and spectators. Players ejected and/or coaches removed from a game need to be out of sight and sound of the field and automatically banned from their team’s next tournament game. Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their spectators and may be cautioned for dissent. Players ejected and/or coaches/spectators removed for fighting and/or dangerous play will not be allowed to return to the tournament.

No one is allowed behind the end lines.

 

Yellow and Red Cards

“The referee takes action against team officials who fail to act in a responsible manner and warns, or shows a yellow card for a caution or a red card for a sending off from the field of play and its immediate surrounds, including the technical area; if the offender cannot be identified, the senior coach present in the technical area will receive the sanction. A medical team official who commits a sending-off offense may remain if (…)”

 

Simplified

In the past, adult coaches (team officials) engaging in misconduct were verbally warned or verbally sent off. Now team officials engaged in misconduct can be shown the yellow and red cards. If the offending person on the team bench area cannot be identified, then the head coach will be given the appropriate sanction at the time of incident.

The statement “A medical team official . . .“ is more than likely included for professional-type matches. In NCYSA sanctioned matches any adult engaging in misconduct will be subject to being cautioned or sent off.

 

Injuries

“An injured player may not be treated on the field of play (...). Exceptions to the requirement to leave the field of play are only when: a penalty kick has been awarded and the injured player will be the kicker.”

Simplified

If the injured player is the player taking an ensuing penalty kick, then they may receive treatment on the field and the player may stay on the field and does not have to leave the field

We believe all teams, referees, coaches and spectators will use common sense when attempting to move an injured player from the field and always defer to medical staff if present.

 

Forfeits

Unless superseded by a ruling from the Tournament Director, or designee, there is no grace period. FORFEIT TIME IS GAME TIME. Seven players must be present in order to begin the match. (13U and up) 6 must be present for (11U-12U).

To forfeit, the game must be started with a team lined up on the field of play. The ball must be kicked forward one complete revolution. The game will then be declared forfeited by the referee and recorded as a 3-0 match.

 

Inclement Weather Policy

Every attempt will be made to have all matches played. Rescheduled games may be played under lights in the evening at an alternate location, with shortened match times, and/or early Sunday morning, prior to normal starting time, at the discretion of the Tournament Director and subject to referee and field availability and normal progression of competition. Games can be suspended by the referee and the Tournament Director in the event of lightning, hail storms, and/or unplayable field conditions. Matches will continue in the rain.

The safety of players, referees, coaches, and spectators is the tournament’s primary concern followed by fairness to the affected teams and the orderly flow of competition to the Championships. Therefore, the Tournament Director’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

 

Games Suspended Before Completion

Games suspended at halftime or into the second half will be considered complete and final. The score at that time will stand. Games suspended before the end of the first period will be handled by attempting to complete one half of the match prior to the next scheduled match. If able to do so, the game is official and the score stands. If this is not possible then:

 

1. The match may be rescheduled at the end of the day.

2. The match may be rescheduled before the start of play on Sunday.

3. The match may be canceled and the shoot-out procedure used to determine who advances. A win will be recorded as a 3-

0 win and a loss shall be recorded as a 0-3 loss.

Matches That Can NOT Start at the Scheduled Time

Teams are to remain at the site to begin the match at any point possible prior to 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the next match. Attempts will be made to play 2 equal halves, changing ends at the midpoint with no break for half. All matches must end at the time designated as the starting time for the next match.

 

Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct Handball
“It is an offense if a player:

  • deliberately touches the ball with their hand/arm, including moving the hand/arm towards the ball.
  • gains possession/control of the ball after it has touched their hand/arm and then: o scores in the opponents’ goal or creates a goal-scoring opportunity 
  • scores in the opponents’ goal directly from their hand/arm, even if accidental, including by the goalkeeper 

 

It is usually an offense if a player: 

  • touches the ball with their hand/arm when: the hand/arm has made their body unnaturally bigger, the hand/arm is above/beyond their shoulder level (unless the player deliberately plays the ball which then touches their hand/arm)

The above offenses apply even if the ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from the head or body (including the foot) of another player who is close.

 

Except for the above offenses, it is not usually an offense if the ball touches a player’s hand/arm:

  • directly from the player’s own head or body (including the foot) 
  • directly from the head or body (including the foot) of another player who is close 
  • if the hand/arm is close to the body and does not make the body unnaturally bigger 
  • when a player falls and the hand/arm is between the body and the ground to support the body, but not extended laterally or vertically away from the body” 4 

Simplified

If a player deliberately touches the ball with the hand or arm, it is a handball.

If the player gains possession/control of the ball from their hand/arm (even if accidental), then scores in the opponent’s goal or creates a scoring opportunity, it’s a handball.

If a player scores directly from the ball hitting their hand or arm, even if by accident, it’s a hand ball.

It’s usually a handball when a player touches the ball with their hand or arm when the hand or arm makes their body ‘unnaturally bigger’ (extended arms and/or hands). The above offenses apply if the ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from the head or body of another player who is close.

 

It may not be a handball:

  • when the ball touches the player’s hand/arm directly from their own head or body, including when they are trying to clear the ball away from their own defensive area;
  • when the ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from the head or body of another player who is close; 
  • when the ball touches the player’s hand/arm while it is held close to their body (not making themselves unnaturally bigger); 
  • when the ball touches the player’s hand/arm while the player is falling – and the hand/arm is directly between the player and the ground to offer support from the fall (not extended laterally or vertically). 


Goalkeeper Handling the Ball

“The goalkeeper has the same restrictions on handling the ball as any other player outside the penalty area. If the goalkeeper handles the ball inside their penalty area when not permitted to do so, an indirect free kick is awarded but there is no disciplinary sanction.” 


Simplified 
A goalkeeper cannot handle the ball from a deliberate pass or throw in from a teammate inside their penalty area. The result is an Indirect Free Kick. However, there is no disciplinary sanction (yellow or red card) – even if it stops a promising attack, goal-scoring opportunity, or denies a goal. 


Indirect Free Kick for Goalkeeper Handling the Ball 


“An indirect free kick is awarded if a goalkeeper, inside their penalty area, commits any of the following offenses: 

  • touches the ball with the hand/arm, unless the goalkeeper has clearly kicked or attempted to kick the ball to release it into play, after it has been deliberately kicked to the goalkeeper by a team-mate or receiving it directly from a throw-in taken by a team-mate.”

 

Simplified

An indirect free kick awarded inside the penalty area if the ball is passed (or thrown in) to the goalkeeper by a teammate if the GK touches the ball with hands/arm. However, if they Attempt to clear/kick the ball, but the ball hits them in the hand or arm, it is determined the goalkeeper was NOT trying to handle the ball and they may now catch the ball without offense.

 

Delaying the Restart of Play to Show a Card

“Once the referee has decided to caution or send off a player, play must not be restarted until the sanction is administered, unless the non-offending team takes a quick free kick, has a clear goal- scoring opportunity and the referee has not started the disciplinary sanction procedure. The sanction is administered at the next stoppage; if the offense was denying the opposing team an obvious goal- scoring opportunity, the player is cautioned.”

 

Simplified

If the referee has not started the disciplinary procedure (the yellow or red card process) the non- offending team may take a quick free kick if they have a clear goal-scoring opportunity. The sanction then can be administered at the next stoppage of play.

 

NOTE: If the offense was a DOGSO (Denying an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity), AND the non-offending team (that has control of the restart) decide to take a quick free kick, the referee will then sanction the player committing the DOGSO on the next stoppage of play. The player will then be cautioned – not sent off, as the quick restart is similar to advantage and play continues.

 

Celebration of a Goal

“A player must be cautioned, even if the goal is disallowed.”

 

Simplified

Yellow card cautions for inappropriate goal celebrations apply even if the goal is disallowed just as if the goal was awarded.

Team Official – Disciplinary Actions

“Where an offense is committed and the offender cannot be identified, the senior team coach present in the technical area will receive the sanction.”

 

Warnings

 

“The following offenses should usually result in a warning; repeated or blatant offenses should result:

  • in a caution or sending-off
  • entering the field of play in a disrespectful or confrontational manner 
  • failing to cooperate with a match official e.g. ignoring an instruction/request from
  • assistant referee or the fourth official 
  • minor/low-level disagreement (by word or action) with a decision 
  • occasionally leaving the confines of the technical area without committing another offense


Caution 


Caution offenses include (but are not limited to): 

  • clearly/persistently not respecting the confines of their team’s technical area 
  • delaying the restart of play by their team 
  • deliberately entering the technical area of the opposing team (non-confrontational)
  • dissent by word or action including: 
    - throwing/kicking drinks bottles or other objects
    - gestures which show a clear lack of respect for the match official(s) e.g. sarcastic 
    clapping 
  • entering the referee review area (RRA) 
  • excessively/persistently gesturing for a red or yellow card 
  • excessively showing the TV signal for a VAR ‘review’ 
  • gesturing or acting in a provocative or inflammatory manner 
  • persistent unacceptable behavior (including repeated warning offenses) 
  • showing a lack of respect for the game 


Sending-off 

Sending-off offenses include (but are not limited to): 

  • delaying the restart of play by the opposing team e.g. holding onto the ball, kicking the ball away, obstructing the movement of a player 
  • deliberately leaving the technical area to: 
    - show dissent towards, or remonstrate with, a match official 
    - act in a provocative or inflammatory manner 
  • enter the opposing technical area in an aggressive or confrontational manner 
    - deliberately throwing/kicking an object onto the field of play
  • entering the field of play to: 
    - confront a match official (including at half-time and full-time) 
    - interfere with play, an opposing player or match official 
    - physical or aggressive behavior (including spitting or biting) towards an opposing player, substitute, team official, match official, spectator or any other person (e.g. ball boy/girl, security or competition official etc.) 
  • receiving a second caution in the same match 
  • using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures using unauthorized electronic or communication equipment and/or behaving in an inappropriate manner as the result of using electronic or communication equipment 
  • violent conduct.” 


Simplified 
As stated previously, Team Officials will now be shown yellow and red cards for misconduct. If the person engaged in misconduct in the bench area cannot be identified, the head coach/senior team official will receive the sanction. 
The above lists of Warnings, Cautions, and Send-Offs are at the determination of the referee. 


Restart of Play After Fouls and Misconduct 
“The ball is in play and a player commits a physical offense inside the field of play against: 
an opponent – indirect or direct free kick or penalty kick 

a team-mate, substitute, substituted or sent off player, team official, match official 
 – direct free kick or penalty kick any other person – dropped ball

- All verbal offenses are penalized with an indirect free kick.”

 

Simplified

Confirmation that all verbal offenses are penalized with an indirect free kick.

Also, if an offense is committed outside the field of play by a player against a player, substitute, substituted player, or team official of the player’s team (offense is committed between individuals on the SAME team), play is restarted with an indirect free kick on the boundary line closest to where the offense occurred.

 

Kicking Objects and the Restart

“If a player who is on or off the field of play throws or kicks an object (other than the match ball) at an opposing player, or throws or kicks an object (including a ball) at an opposing substitute, substituted or sent off player, or team official, or a match official or the match ball, play is restarted with a direct free kick.”

Self-Explanatory

 

Indirect Free Kick

“The referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising the arm above the head; this signal is maintained until the kick has been taken and the ball touches another player, or goes out of play or it is clear that a goal cannot be scored directly.”

 

Simplified

The referee does not need to maintain the IDFK signal (arm in the air) if the kick taken is too far from the opposing goal (e.g. too far away to score).

 

Law 13 – Free Kicks “The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves”

 

Simplified

  • If a free kick is being taken by a team in their own penalty area, once the ball is kicked and clearly moves, it is in play. Opponents must remain outside the penalty area for at least 10 yds. away until the ball is in play.
  • If a free kick is taken by the defending team inside its penalty area, any opponents inside the penalty area, touches or challenges for the ball before it is in play, the free kick is retaken.
  • If after the ball is in play, the kicker touches the ball again before it has touched another player, an indirect free kick is awarded.

 

Players and the Wall

“Where three or more defending team players form a ‘wall’, all attacking team players must remain at least 1m (1 yd.) from the ‘wall’ until the ball is in play.”

 

Simplified

When three or more defending team players form a wall, all attacking players must no longer embed themselves into the opponents’ “wall” and must remain at least 1 yard away from the wall until the ball is in play. Opposing players guilty of being within 1 yard of the wall will cause a restart of an indirect free kick.

 

Law 14 - The Penalty Kick

“The ball must be stationary on the penalty mark and the goalposts, crossbar and goal net must not be moving.

The defending goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts, without touching the goalposts, crossbar or goal net, until the ball has been kicked. The player taking the penalty kick must kick the ball forward; back heeling is permitted provided the ball moves forward. When the ball is kicked, the defending goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot touching, or in line with, the goal line.” Once the referee has signaled for a penalty kick to be taken, the kick must be taken, if it is not taken the referee may take disciplinary action before signaling again for the kick to be retaken.

 

Simplified

The referee must not signal for the penalty kick to be taken if the goalkeeper is touching the goalposts, crossbar, or net, or if they are moving. Goalkeepers are not allowed to stand in front or behind the line and must have part of one-foot touching or in line with the goal line.

If an offense occurs after the referee has signaled for a penalty kick to be taken but before the kick is taken, a free kick cannot be awarded as the ball has not been put into play. The necessary disciplinary action can still be taken by the referee.

 

Law 15 – The Throw-In

“All opponents must stand at least 2m (2 yds.) from the point at which on the touchline where the throw-in is to be taken.

If, after the ball is in play, the thrower touches the ball again before it has touched another player, an indirect free kick is awarded.” 

 

Simplified

Opponents must be 2 yds. from the touchline where the throw is being taken. If the player throwing the ball touches the ball again before it touches another player, an indirect free kick is awarded. If the thrower commits a handball offense, then a direct free kick or penalty kick is awarded if inside the thrower’s penalty area.

 

Law 16 - The Goal Kick

“The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves.”

 

Simplified

The ball does not have to leave the penalty area to be in play.

Opponents must be outside the penalty area until the ball is in play. However, if the kicking team takes a quick goal kick and opponents have not had time to leave the penalty area, the referee will allow play to continue. If the opponents who are inside the penalty area or enter the penalty area before the ball is in play, touch or challenge for the ball before it is in play, the goal kick is retaken.

 

Player Equipment

In general, Law IV of FIFA Law applies. The referee shall be the final authority.

 

Protests

No protests will be allowed.

 

General Information

 

• All divisions are coordinated according to the information provided on the application and upon the Tournament Director’s knowledge of your team, in order to provide balanced fair competition.

• ALL JUDGEMENT DECISIONS OF THE REFEREE ARE FINAL AND BINDING.

• The Tournament Director reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament, and those decisions are final.

• Tournament entry fees are not refundable once a team has been notified of its acceptance into the tournament.

• There will be guest players based on age division. Proper paperwork will be required.

• The Tournament Director, Committee, sponsors, organizers, and volunteers, will not be responsible for any expense incurred by a team if the tournament is canceled in whole, or in part, nor will any refunds be made.

• Official USYSA match rosters, player passes, and permits to travel must be presented and on file at registration. Match Rosters must be originals, or state approved copies with the original official stamp or embossed certification on the roster. Teams must have medical release forms with them at all times. US Club teams must present US Club player passes, match rosters, liability release form, medical release forms and guest player forms. AYSO teams must present USSF affiliate player passes, match roster, liability release form, medical release form and guest player forms.

• Each team must provide a contact person’s phone number at registration in case of last minute changes. Please be sure the person can be reached at ANY hour.

• Match balls will be provided by the host organization to the referee. If necessary, the home team will provide a game ball if needed.

• Championship and finalist awards will be presented at a specified time and place per division.

  • A player can only participate for 1 team during the tournament.

 

Venue Information:

 

Mazeppa Park

645 Mazeppa Road 

Mooresville, NC, 28115

 

Stumpy Creek Park

160 Stumpy Creek Road

Mooresville, NC, 28117

 

Cornelius Park

247 Cornelius Road

Mooresville, NC, 28115

 

Bellingham Park

1600 Bellingham Drive

Mooresville, NC, 28115

 

Statesville Soccer Complex

2012 Simonton Road

Statesville, NC, 28625


 

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