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2020 IFC Raising Cane’s Fall Invitational
Tournament Rules 
 
This tournament shall be in accordance with US Club Soccer. 
 

PRE-GAME PROCEDURE 

Tournament Officials shall examine and verify all credentials at initial registration. In no event will a player be allowed to participate who has not been certified by the Tournament Credentials Committee. At the field, prior to each game, the manager/coach will present to the Referee: 
 
a. A copy of an approved official roster with player numbers listed. 
 

LAWS OF THE GAME 

All games will be in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game, except as modified below. 
Number of Players 
U10/U11 will play 7v7 (7v7 includes build out line(s)) and 9v9
U11/U12 will play 9v9 
U12 and above will play 11v11 
 
A maximum of four (4) guest players may be added to the roster. 
 
Player passes, certified roster and medical release forms must be with the team at all times. 
 
Players are allowed to play and be rostered on more than one team (maximum of 2 teams) but NOT more than one team playing in the same division. 
 

SUBSTITUTIONS 

Substitutions shall be unlimited. Substitutions may be made only upon proper notification of the center referee through the linesman, with the referee’s permission, on any dead ball situations.
 

UNIFORM

Teams will wear uniforms of matching design and color with numbers affixed to the back of the uniform jersey.  No two players may have identical uniform numbers while both playing on the field at the same time.
 
  1. In the event of similar team colors, the designated home team will be required to change to a color accepted by the referee (Home team is the first team listed for a game)
  2. Home team wears light colored uniforms, Away team wear dark colored uniforms
  3. The uniform of the goalkeeper must be distinctly different in color from the basic uniform colors of both competing team and referee.
 
In accordance with the Laws of the Game, the referee shall be responsible to insure that no player wears anything that may cause injury to himself or to another player.  Therefore, metal hair clips, earrings, watches, bracelets, or any other items deemed dangerous by the referee are prohibited. 
 
REFEREES 
Our tournament goal is to have a three referee system at each game, but this is not guaranteed. 
 

DURATION OF ALL GAMES 

U9 -10 7v7 : 2 x 25 minute Halves
U10 through U12 (9v9 format): 2 x 25 minute halves
U12 -19(11v11 format) and above: 2 x 30 minute halves
 
CONTROL OF SIDELINE CONDUCT Coach/Manager is responsible for spectator behavior. 
 
COVID SIDELINE POLICY:  The players and parents of the same team will sit on the same sideline of the field.  The opposing team’s players and parents will sit on the opposite side of the field for all divisions.
 
DISCIPLINE 
 
Protests: 
NO PROTESTS ARE ALLOWED, THE REFEREE DECISION IS FINAL. 
 
  1. A player or manager/coach ejected will have an automatic one (1) game suspension (minimum)
regardless of the cause of the ejection. 
 
  1. Depending on the severity of the unacceptable conduct, the Discipline Committee may recommend the suspension for up to the duration of the tournament with further disciplinary action by the appropriate state or national associations. The Discipline Committee recommendations must be available to the affected parties no later than or prior to their next scheduled game. 
 

DETERMINATION OF WINNERS 

In-group play there will be no overtime periods. Standings will be determined as follows: 
 
Game Points: 
3 points for a win 
1 points for a tie 
0 points for a loss 
 
In semi-final and final rounds: 
 
  1. If teams remain tied at the conclusion of semifinals and finals, teams will proceed directly to Penalty Kicks in accordance with FIFA “Taking of Kicks from the Penalty Mark.” 
 
FORFEITS
Forfeited round-robin games: The non-forfeiting team shall be accorded:  a. 3 points for the win 
  1. 4 goals for, 0 goals against 
 
The forfeiting team shall be accorded:  a. 0 points for the loss 
b. 0 goals for, 4 goals against 
A team will be allowed a 5-minute grace period from the scheduled game time before awarding the game to the opposing team. (A minimum of seven (7) players is required for a team to begin play.) A forfeit will be scored 4-0. If a Team forfeits due to a faulty schedule provided by the tournament the Tournament Director has the right to reschedule the game at a time that is acceptable to both coaches. The forfeit will be nullified and the game will be scored as if it had been played at the regular time. A team that leaves the field of play prior to the completion of the game shall automatically forfeit that game to the opposing team. (After review of the circumstances, the Tournament Director will designate the score.) 
 
PROTESTS 
NO PORTEST ALLOWED! The decision of the referee and/or the Tournament Director is final. 
 

TOURNAMENT BRACKET RULES 

  • Four Team Bracket: 
    • Each team plays in a round robin format. Highest point total is the Champion  (Finals of the top 2 teams will only be played if noted on the schedule)
 
  • Five Team Bracket: 
? Each team plays in a round robin format. The team with the most points declared the champion. NO Final Game 
 
  • Six Team Bracket: Two bracket of three teams 
    • All teams will play in bracket games which will determine your finalists. The top two teams with the highest points total (regardless of bracket) will play in a bracket/age group final on Sunday. The 2nd place teams will play a consolation game.  The 3rd place teams will play a consolation game.
 
  • Seven Team Bracket: One bracket of seven teams 
    • All teams will play two bracket games on Saturday. The top Team goes to Final with the highest points total. The second and Third team with Points play in a Semis. The 4th and 5th team in points play in Consolation. The 6th and 7ths Team will play in Consolation on Sunday.
 
  • Eight Team Bracket: Two bracket of four teams 
    • All teams will play in bracket games which will determine your finalists. The top two teams with the highest points total (regardless of bracket) will play in a bracket/age group final on Sunday.
 
 
 

TIEBREAKERS 

In the event teams are tied on the basis of points, the following tiebreakers will be considered in order until the tie is broken: 
a. Winner of head-to-head competition. (This criteria is not used if more than two teams are tied) b. Most wins. 
  1. Team with greatest net goal difference (NGD), which is computed as ‘goals for’ minus ‘goals against’ with a maximum of 4 NGD in each game. 
  2. Team with least goals against (there is NO limit on the number of goals that will be counted to determine this tiebreaker). 
  3. Team with the most goals (maximum of 4 goals in each game). 
  4. Kicks from penalty spot per FIFA Law. 
  5. Coin toss 
 

More than Two Teams Tied 

If more than two (2) teams are tied, the sequence will be followed until a team is eliminated. The remaining teams will then restart the sequence at 10-b above, until the tie is broken. 
 
If three teams are still tied after computing the listed tiebreakers and FIFA Kicks have to be taken, there will be a draw by the Tournament Director. The first team drawn will receive the bye; the next team drawn will be the home team against the remaining team in the first contest of FIFA Kicks. The winner of the first contest will then compete against the bye team in FIFA Kicks to determine the winner. The bye team will be the home team. 
 
If four teams are still tied after computing the listed tiebreakers and FIFA Kicks have to be taken, there will be a draw conducted by the Tournament Director. The first team drawn (home team) will compete against the 2nd team drawn (away team) in the first contest of FIFA kicks. The third team drawn (home team) will compete against the fourth team (away team) in the second contest. The winners of these two contests will then compete to determine the winner. The winner of first/second draw will be the home team. 
 
EXTERNAL CONDITIONS, WEATHER, ETC. 
 
In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Director has the authority to restructure or cancel the tournament. If the tournament must be cancelled prior to the kickoff of each team’s first round matches, then refunds will be given. 
 
GENERAL 
  1. Player passes, certified roster and medical release forms must be with the team at all times. 
  2. Games will be played at NWRAA Athletic Complex and Flowood Liberty Park
  3. The Tournament Director interpretation of the foregoing rules and regulations shall be final. 
  4. The Tournament Director reserves the right to decide all Tournament matters. 
  5. The Tournament Director reserves the right to make final decisions regarding any issues not covered by these rules. The decision of the Tournament Director will be final.
 

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