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2020 HOPE INTERNATIONAL SOCCER FEST RULES & REGULATIONS

Bridging the gaps
 
100 General Rules
 
101 Team Eligibility
101.1 – This Tournament is open to all teams in the United States and the international community.
101.2 – The HISF Tournament Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any team application. No team is deemed accepted into the event until written notification has been sent from the Tournament Director. Emails confirming an application has been submitted are not considered notification of acceptance.
101.3 – The payment of Tournament Fees is required prior to being accepted into this Tournament. Tournament fees which are returned from any bank for any reason will NOT be re-deposited. The amount of the check plus a $25.00 fee (cashier’s check or money order) must be received in the HISF office within 7 days.
 
101.4 – All teams participating in this Tournament are encouraged to make housing reservations through our official tournament housing agent.
102 Rosters and Player Eligibility
102.1 – It is the club’s responsibility to ensure that all teams have proper documentation for players and coaches for this event, e.g. official IDs. Documentation may be inspected at any time by referees and Tournament Officials.
102.2 - A player may only participate with one team throughout the entire tournament. Each player and coach shall possess photo ID (state issue or any other forms of ID), player pass or proper pass from their national association is also acceptable and a sign tournament waiver.
102.3 - Each team is allowed to use the number of guest players found in 302.1. In order to be eligible to participate, guest players must meet all requirements for individual team players.  
102.4 – All documentation required to confirm the eligibility of each team, coach and players must be provided to participate in the 2020 HISF tournament.
102.5 – Failure to provide proper documentation for any individuals will result in that individual being considered ineligible to participate in the event until cleared by a Tournament Official.
102.6 – Teams found to have used ineligible players or coaches in previously completed matches will be excluded from the event, and the results of those games will be counted as forfeit losses.
103 Check-In
103.1 - It is required that all team complete check-in through one of two avenues:
A – In Person Check-In, which will be scheduled on Friday June 5, 2020 at the opening ceremony (1:00-4:30 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.) EST)
B – In Person Check-In, which will be scheduled before the start of the first games on Saturday June 6, 2020 (7:00-8:30 A.M. EST)
200 Structure and Schedules
201 Groups and Schedule
201.1 – The tournament will have three groups: Men’s Open, Men’s Over 40, and CoEd.  The tournament committee shall determine the number of teams needed in each group based on the number of participating teams in each division.
201.2 – All teams will play three games across Saturday and Sunday. Games will be scheduled as early as 8:00 A.M. on Saturday and as late as 5:00 P.M. on Sunday.
201.3 – All divisions will have a Championship game and medal ceremony on Sunday, June 7, 2020.
202 Determination of Division Placement
202.1 – Three points will be earned for a win, one point for a tie and no points earned for a loss. Any forfeiture will be scored as a 4-0 win with three points awarded to the winner.
202.2 - Where it is required to break a tie for standings within a division or for purposes of determining placement, the following order will be used to determine the winner:
A) Head-to-head competition – Except where more than two teams are tied, in which case head-to-head competition will not be used.
B) Goal Differential.
C) Most goals scored.
D) Least number of goals allowed.
E) Penalty Kicks in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game.
202.3 - If more than two (2) teams are tied, the sequence above will be followed until a team is eliminated or selected over one of the tied teams. The remaining teams will then restart the sequence at letter A above until the tie is broken.
202.4 – In the event three teams are still tied after the fourth tiebreaker, the teams that applied to the event second and third will take kicks from the mark to establish a winner. The winner will advance to a second kicks from the mark event against the team that applied to the event first.
202.5 – In the event four teams are still tied after the fourth tiebreaker, the teams that applied to the event first and second will take kicks from the mark to establish a winner. The teams that applied third and fourth will take kicks from the mark to establish a winner. The two winners will then take kicks from the mark to establish the winner of the tiebreaker.
203 Division Advancement
203.1 – Division with 16 teams (4 Groups)
A) Each team will play three preliminary round matches.
B) At the conclusion of all preliminary round matches, the top 4 teams from each group will play the semi-final matches.
203.2 – Division with 24 teams (6 Groups) 
A) Each team will play three preliminary round matches.
B) At the conclusion of all preliminary round matches, the top 6 teams from each group along with the 2 best second place teams will play  the knock-out round. If there is tie between teams, letter E above will be used to decide which team qualified.
203.3 – Division with 32 teams (8 Groups)
A) Each team will play three preliminary round matches.
B) At the conclusion of all preliminary round matches, the top team from each group will play in the knock-out round.  
 
300 Playing Rules
 
301 Laws
 
301.1 – This Tournament will be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game observed by HISF with the adjustments outlined in this document. In the event of any rules dispute during the event, the HISF rules of the game will be the rules of record during the tournament.
 
302 Division Format
302.1 Division groups will play as follows:
 
Division
Format
Roster Limit
Active Player Limit
Guest Player Limit
Ball Size
Halftime
Game Length
Substitutions
Men’s Open
11 v 11
22
18
5
5
5
30
Unlimited
Men’s Over 40
8 v 8
20
18
5
5
5
30
Unlimited
Co-Ed
8 v 8
20
18
5
5
5
30
Unlimited
 
 
302.2 - The Active Player Limit refers to the number of players eligible to be dressed out to play in any one match. The roster presented to the referee at the beginning of the match shall indicate the players that will be used to play in that match, and no changes can be made after the match has started. Roistered Players not included as an Active Player for the match are permitted to sit in the bench area but must be dressed to differentiate themselves from Active Players.
302.3 - The tournament does not require the referee to add time for substitutions. The official clock will not stop for any reason unless in the judgment of the referee: removing an injured player from the field would endanger the physical well-being of the player or other conditions so warrant in the judgment of the referee.
303 Minimum Numbers of Players
303.1 – Men’s Open teams may begin play with a minimum of seven players and at no time may be the number of players on the field drop below 7 players per team. The addition of late arriving players who are on the official roster, will take place with the permission of the referee and at regular legal substitution periods. The opposing team may play at full strength.
303.2 – Men’s Over 40 and Co-Ed teams may begin play with a minimum of six players and at no time may be the number of players on the field drop below five players per team. The addition of late arriving players who are on the official roster, will take place with the permission of the referee and at regular legal substitution periods. The opposing team may play at full strength.
303.3 Co-Ed teams are require having a minimum number of two females on the field at all time during the game.
A) If a team is short one female player on the field, they must play with one player less than their opponent.
B) If a team is short two female players on the field, they must play with two players less than their opponent.
304 Uniforms and Equipment
304.1 - Each player shall have a number on the player’s jersey. The number shall be affixed to the back of the jersey and shall be clearly visible. Duplicate numbers are not permitted. Numbers are not required for goalkeepers.
304.2 - In the event of a uniform color conflict, the team designated as the home team will wear change jerseys.
304.3 - Goalkeepers must wear colors that distinguish them from other players and game officials.
304.4 – Players wearing casts are permitted to play with the approval of the match referee. Casts should be covered with bubble wrap or foam wrap.
304.5 - The referee is the sole judge of allowing player equipment as prescribed by FIFA Laws of the Game.
305 Substitutions
305.1 – There is no limit to the number of substitutions that can be made during the game.
305.2 – A substitution may occur during a goal kick, after a goal, half time, at the beginning of an overtime period if applicable, throw in- by team in possession and by team NOT in possession when team in possession has a substitution, after a yellow card – for carded player.
305.3 - An injured player may be substituted for at the discretion of the referee. If a substitution is made for the injured player, the opposing team may also make one substitution (with the referee’s acknowledgement).
306 Technical and Spectator Areas
307.1 - Teams will occupy one side of the field with each team between the 18 yard and center lines. Referees will have the authority to determine team location during the match.
307.2 - All spectators will occupy the opposite side of the field, opposite their team, between the 18 yard and center lines. Artificial noise maker devices are prohibited.
307.3 - The use of tobacco, and illegal substance products are not permitted at game sites.
307 Conduct
308.1 - Coaches are responsible for their behavior, for the conduct of their players, team staff, and spectators of their respective team. Coaches not taking responsibility for their sideline’s conduct may be cautioned and/or ejected.
308.2 - Any player ejected from a match will miss the remainder of that match and will not be allowed to participate in his or her team’s immediate next match. The ejected player may not be replaced.
308.3 - Ejection for fighting by players and coaches may result in the player or coach not being allowed to participate in any remaining tournament matches upon review of the situation by the Tournament Committee. Any coach ejected for a match will not be allowed to coach his/her team in its immediate next match (if a coach is ejected an adult team representative, 21 or over, must occupy the team sideline for the remainder of the match).
 
308.4 - Coaches and spectators ejected must not be within “sight or sound” of the playing field. Players ejected may remain on the bench or be released into the care of a guardian or risk management approved personnel. A player released from the bench area must not be within “sight or sound” of the playing field.
308 Overtime
309.1 – For all group play and consolation matches, ties will stand at the end of regular play.
309.2 - For both semi-final and championship matches, in the event of a tie, teams will be given a five-minute rest and then immediately proceed with two consecutives five minute overtime periods (not sudden death). If the teams are still tied at the end of the two overtime periods, the winner of the match will be determined using the FIFA penalty kick method. Prior to starting the FIFA Penalty Kick shootout, the referee will ensure each team has the same number of eligible players in the center circle. If one team has finished the game with fewer players than the other, the other team must reduce the number of players eligible to participate in the shootout so that both teams have the same number of players.
309 Weather
310.1 - Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams must appear at the respective field site, ready to play as scheduled. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the match. Only the Tournament Director may cancel or postpone a match. Referees may suspend a match. In the case of severe weather, in his/her discretion, the Tournament Director may cancel any and all games. In case of severe weather that occurs after the beginning of play, the Tournament Director may reduce the length of the match and may discontinue or cancel the game. Should a match be terminated due to weather conditions after 20 minutes of play, the match will be considered official and the score at the time will stand. If a match is terminated prior to 20 minutes of play every attempt will be made to complete the match. However, if necessary other means, determined by the tournament committee, may be used to determine a winner. Referees and field managers will not consider beginning or continuing matches when a lightning storm exists. No refunds will be given in the event of cancellation.
310 Forfeited and Terminated Matches
311.1 - A forfeit shall be awarded if a team is not present and prepared to play within five minutes of the scheduled commencement time. It is requested that teams be present 30 minutes in advance of the scheduled commencement of a match to aid in the timely start of play. A forfeit will be scored according to Rule
311.2 - Any game shortened due to injury or weather will be continued or made up at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director.
311.3 - Neither the Tournament Committee, North Carolina FC Youth nor the Tournament Sponsors are responsible for any expenses incurred by any team in the event the tournament is cancelled in whole or part or in the event games are discontinued or cancelled due to inclement weather or adverse field conditions, nor will any refunds be made.
400 Tournament Management
401 Authority
401.1 - The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide all matters pertaining to the tournament. The judgment of the Tournament Committee is final. The Tournament Directors has authority to make all decisions and these decisions will be final. All referee decisions are final and binding. Tournament rules and regulations maybe adjusted by the Tournament Directors during the tournament if changes are needed for safety of tournament participants (players, staff and referees).
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