Age and Eligibility: Age groups for teams are as follows:
Each guest player must have a laminated player card. Maximum 5 guest players for U15-U19.
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 team / 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
U18/19 5 80 minutes 80 minutes
U17 5 80 minutes 80 minutes
U16 5 70 minutes 70 minutes
U15 5 70 minutes 70 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.
C. The designated home team shall provide the game ball, unless tournament ball is available.
THERE WILL BE NO PROTESTS ALLOWED
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.
D. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT GAME SITES
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 3 points for the win to the opposing team.
Forfeits of games in the playoff rounds shall be recorded as 1-0 scores.
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.