Tournament Rules


  1. This tournament is open to currently registered USYSA teams composed of no more than 18 players in the 13U and 14U divisions. 11U and 12U divisions will carry a roster limit of 14 players or less. The 8U, 9U, & 10U divisions will carry a roster of 12 players or less. All teams must be currently registered with their state, national or provincial association, and all USYSA player passes must be furnished for each tournament contestant at registration.
  2. A maximum of three guest players may be added to the official state or tournament roster but not to exceed the maximum number allowed per roster as stated above.
  3. Rosters and guest player forms must be presented at registration. Note: Guest player forms must be signed by State approved representative.
  4. No player shall be allowed to register with more than one team or switch to another team during the tournament.
  5. Any team outside of the West Virginia Soccer Association must have travel permission forms filed out, with the exception of those teams registered with US Soccer.
  6. Medical Release forms must be completed, signed by a parent or guardian. Forms must be presented at registration.
  7. Teams having both boys and girls on their roster will play in the boys division.


8U    7v7 2-20 minute halves #4
9U    7v7 2-25 minute halves #4
10U  7v7 2-25 minute halves #4
11U  9v9 2-30 minute halves #4
12U  9v9 2-30 minute halves #4                                                                                                                               

13U  11v11 2-35 minute halves #5                                                                                                                             

14U  11v11 2-35 minute halves #5 

The clock will be started on the game time! The tournament director will decide forfeits. We will try to accommodate any problems because we want the children to play the games. 8U, 9U & 10U age group, a minimum of 5 players is required to start or continue a match. At all other age groups, a minimum of 7 players is required.



All round robin games will be scored by World Cup Format.
3 points for a win
1 point for a tie
0 points for a loss


1) Head to head for two teams.
2) Goal differential up to three
3) Goals allowed
4) Shoot out

1) Two full, 5 minute extra time periods (no golden goal)
If still tied - Kicks from the penalty mark

1) Three-team group – Following round robin play second and third place teams will play and winner will face first place team to decide championship.
2) Four-team group – Following round robin play the top two teams play for the championship.
3) Five-team group – Following round robin play the top team is considered the champion.
4) Six-team group – Following round robin play in two groups the top two teams in each group plays for the championship.
5) Seven-team group – Following round robin play in two groups the top teams in each group plays for the championship.
6) Eight-team group – Following round robin play the top team in each group will play for the championship.


1) The team listed first is the home team. The home team will change jerseys if, in the opinion of the referee, there is a conflict. The home team will provide the appropriate game ball except where it is provided by the YMCA. Shin guards are mandatory. Hard casts or any protruding metal will not be allowed.

1) Rules of WVSA and FIFA, except where otherwise noted.
2) Unlimited substitutions at any stoppage with the consent of the referee.
3) We will play offsides for 8U/9U/10U age divisions.

7v7 Build Out Line

The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting.

When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play.

Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punting is not allowed).

After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.

If a goalkeeper punts the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.

If the punt occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.

The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called.

Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line.

Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal line.

1) Games cancelled due to weather will be made up if possible but will not be cause for reimbursement. Every effort will be made to play all games, but due to time limitations games could be cancelled or shortened.
2) Teams will be given a ten-minute grace period before the tournament director can call a forfeit. Forfeits will give the winning team 3 points and a goal differential of 3.
3) Due to weather conditions if sweatshirts or long sleeve shirts are worn they must be under the uniform. This is also true for sweatpants. Hats may be worn if determined not to be hazardous by the referee.
4) It is the responsibility of the team to learn of any schedule changes - either time or field.
5) Teams should allow sufficient time to arrive and register promptly. It is the team’s responsibility to know traffic patterns, problems or detours.
6) If a referee terminates a game for reasons other than weather or field conditions, the Tournament Director will decide the result of the game.



1) Anyone ejected will not be able to participate in the next match.

a) Serious infractions could result in ejection from the tournament, if deemed necessary by the tournament director.


2) It is expected that players, coaches, and spectators will represent their teams in a sportsmanlike manner and will in no respect abuse the referee, the opposing teams, or members of their own team.

a) The referee has the discretion to terminate the match and declare a forfeit for the team exhibiting the abusive behavior. This includes players, coaches, and spectators. A warning will be given to the team’s coach before a forfeit is declared.

PROTESTS: 1) All protests must be in writing and accompanied by a fee of $200. All referee decisions are final and beyond protest.

1) YMCA prohibits the use of tobacco products at youth events. Please refrain from its use while on touchlines or around the facilities where youth are present.
2) YMCA prohibits the use of or being under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs at its competitions.
3) Persons suspected of alcohol or illegal drugs, regardless of where the alcohol was consumed or the drug was used. Will be removed from the area of competition.

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