Tournament Rules


General Rules

Teams may call one one-minute timeout per half (when in possession of ball, ball out of play).
There is no overtime, injury time or stoppage time.
Teams are comprised of four outfield players and one goalkeeper.
The goalkeeper must wear a different color jersey than the outfield players.
There is no offsides in futsal.

Substitutions

All substitutions are on the fly, this includes goalkeeping substitutions. Referees will not stop play for goalkeeping substitutions. A substitute may not enter the pitch until the player leaving the pitch leaves through the substitution zone in front of his teams’ bench. Any substitute who enters the pitch before the player being replaced has completely left the field of play may be shown a yellow card. All substitutions must take place through the substitution zone in front of his teams’ bench -- not at the half-way line.

Both teams will switch benches (and ends) at the beginning of halftime, ensuring that all substitutions take place in the defensive half.

Restarts

Kickoffs: A goal may not be scored directly from a kick-off. The ball must be played forward first. Tapped balls are not in play – the ball must move forward.

Kick-ins: are indirect. The ball must be placed on or no more than 10 inches behind the line and the kick must be taken within 4 seconds. The kicker's non-kicking foot must be out of bounds or on the line. (A kick-in that goes directly in the opposing goal is a goal clearance for the opposing team. A

Kick-in that goes directly in the defensive goal is a corner kick of the opposing team.) If the kick-in does not enter the pitch or if the kick is not taken within 4 seconds the kick-in is taken by the opposing team.

Goal Clearances: are taken when the ball wholly crosses the goal line and not under the crossbar and between the goalposts and after being touched last by the attacking team. The goalkeeper must use his hands to roll, bounce or throw the ball from anywhere inside the penalty area to outside the penalty area.

Corner Kicks: are direct. The ball must be placed directly on the corner arc and the kick must be taken within 4 seconds. If the kick is not taken within 4 seconds the restart becomes a goal clearance for the opposing team.

Free Kicks: may be indirect or direct. The ball must be stationary before the kick may be taken.

Penalty Kicks: are taken from the penalty spot and must be taken by a clearly identified kicker. Defenders may not be nearer to the ball than 16 feet and even or behind the ball when the kick is taken.

Fouls and Misconduct

Indirect Free Kicks: When a player plays in a dangerous manner, impedes an opponent, prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball with her hands, goalkeeper takes more than 4 seconds to release the ball when in possession in his own half, plays the ball again within his own half after releasing the ball and the ball doesn’t touch an opponent or has gone out of play, or commits any offense for which play is stopped to caution or eject a player.

Direct Free Kicks: When a player kicks an opponent, tackles an opponent, trips an opponent, jumps at an opponent, charges an opponent, strikes an opponent, pushes an opponent, holds an opponent, spits at an opponent or handles the ball deliberately.

Yellow Card / Caution: The offending player is shown a yellow card. If a player is shown two yellow cards in a match, he is shown a red card.

Red Card / send-off: The offending team plays with one less player for two full game minutes or unless scored upon before the two-minute penalty expires. The offending player serves a minimum one-match suspension.

Accumulated Fouls: All direct free kick fouls are recorded on the scoresheet and on the scoreboard. If one team accumulates 6 or more direct free kick fouls in one half, the opposing team will take a direct free kick without a wall. If the foul occurs farther from the attacking goal than the second penalty spot, the Direct Free Kick Without a Wall is taken from the second penalty spot. If the foul occurs nearer to the attacking goal than the second penalty spot (but outside the penalty area, of course), the attacking team may choose whether to take the Direct Free Kick Without a Wall from the second penalty spot or from the spot of the foul. All Direct Free Kicks Without a Wall must be kicked with the intention of scoring a goal by a clearly identified kicker. The defending team may not make a wall and may not be nearer to the ball than 16 feet and even or behind the ball when the kick is taken. The goalkeeper may be off the goal-line but may not be nearer than 16 feet from the ball. Accumulated fouls are reset to zero at the beginning of the second half and carry over into extra-time if being played.

Second Penalty Spot: 30 feet from goal-line and the center of the goal

Penalty Spot: 20 feet from goal-line and the center of the goal and placed at the top of the penalty area line.

Advantage: Advantage is applied in Futsal. Direct free kick foul will count as accumulated fouls if advantage is applied even if play is not stopped by the referees. If the referee gestures with both arms, the foul was a direct free kick foul and will be counted accordingly. If the gesture is with one arm, the free kick would have been indirect and will not count as an accumulated foul.

The Goalkeeper

  • Must wear a different color shirt.
  • He may wear long pants and/or other padding as deemed safe by the match referee.
  • May receive a kick-in directly.
  • May kick the ball directly over the half-way line.
  • May score directly with his feet during the run of play.
  • May not possess the ball for more than four seconds in his own half.
  • May throw the ball directly across the half-way line.
  • May not score a goal by using the hands (cannot throw or hit the ball directly into the goal)
  • Cannot touch the ball again in any way within his own half after releasing the ball into play unless an opponent has touched it or it has gone out of play.

 

Tournament Format  - In all Divisions, there will be NO OVERTIME in group-play. The advancement and resolution of ties will be handled in accordance with tie break rules below.

  • Divisions with 4 teams: A single group of four teams will be guaranteed three matches in a round robin format. The two teams with the most points will advance to a final game. 
  • Divisions with 5 teamsA single group of five 5 teams will be guaranteed four matches in a round robin format. The two teams with the most points at the end of the round robin will be declared the Winner and Finalist. 
  • Divisions with 6 teams: Teams will be divided into two 3-team groups with each team playing two matches within its group, and crossing over to play one team in the other group for the third game. The top team with the most points in each group will advance to the finals.
  • Divisions with 7 teams: Teams will be divided into two groups (one group of 3 and one group of 4).  Each team will play the teams in their group during group play.  After group play is complete the two 1st place teams from each group will play in the finals.  The two 2nd place teams from each group will play in the 3rd place game.  The two 3rd place teams from each group will play in the 5th place game.
  • Divisions with 8 teams: Teams will be divided into two 4-team groups with each team playing three matches within its group. The top team with the most points in each group will advance to the finals.
  • Divisions with 12 teams: Teams will be divided into three 4-team groups. Each team will play the other teams in their group. The top team with the most points in each group will advance to semi-final matches, and the Wildcard team will be the team with the highest number of points after the group winners.
  • Divisions with 16 teams: Teams will be divided into four 4-team groups.  Each team will play the other teams in their group.  The top team with the most points in each group will advance to semi-final matches.  The winners of the semi-final matches will advance to the final.


Eligibility  -  All players are born in the year of their age group classification, or in a later group. Teams must be properly registered and in good standing with their state, national and regional associations. Each player shall possess a valid pass from his or her national association and a medical release form.   For this tournament, the age classifications are as follows:

U-19                       Born on or after 1/1/00

U-18                       Born on or after 1/1/01

U-17                       Born on or after 1/1/02

U-16                       Born on or after 1/1/03

U-15                       Born on or after 1/1/04

U-14                       Born on or after 1/1/05

U-13                       Born on or after 1/1/06

U-12                       Born on or after 1/1/07

U-11                       Born on or after 1/1/08

U-10                       Born on or after 1/1/09

U-9                         Born on or after 1/1/10

U-8                         Born on or after 1/1/11

All Games Format and Length:

5v5 with Goalies

20 min halves

1 min halftime

4 min changeover for next games.  Please exit court immediately after each game to allow next game to start on time.  

 

Conduct-Discipline  - All players, managers, coaches and fans are expected to conduct themselves appropriately with respect to the “Laws of the Game”.  The Site Coordinators have the authority and responsibility to remove anyone from the tournament for abuses of good conduct.

Any player sent off from a match will not be replaced and will not be allowed to participate in the team's next match. Players and or coaches sent off for fighting will result in the player or coach not being allowed to participate in any remaining tournament matches. Any coach ejected from a match will not be allowed to coach his/her team in its next match. Each coach is responsible for the conduct of the players and parents on his/her team. Coaches not taking responsibility for their sidelines' conduct may be warned and/or ejected. Coaches or spectators ejected must leave the playing area and not be within visible distance of the field.  In accordance with FIFA rules, only players will be shown a card (yellow or red) when being cautioned or sent off.

Depending on the severity of the unacceptable conduct, the Tournament Director may suspend the offending manager/player/coach for the duration of the tournament and/or recommend further disciplinary action by the appropriate controlling organization.  If an individual is coaching more than one team, any suspension shall be applicable to the age group in which the infraction occurred.


Post Game Procedure  - Please observe the following at the conclusion of each game:

  • Coaches/Managers of both teams shall insure that their sideline area is clean and that all trash has been placed in containers.
  • Referees will complete the game report and give to the winning coach or home team coach in the event of a tie.  If the Field Marshal is present, the game card may be given to this tournament representative to be turned in at the main tent.


Point System -  Each team will be awarded points as follows:

Win:      3 points

Tie:        1 point

Loss:     0 points


Preliminary Tie Breaking Procedures - Preliminary matches tied at the end of regulation time will remain tied. At the end of the preliminary rounds the following criteria shall be used to determine the winner:

Most Points

Head to Head Competition

Goal differential (total goals scored minus goals scored against (Maximum of +3  or -3 per match).

Least number of goals allowed.

PKs


Tie Breaking Procedures in Semi-Final Rounds and Final Matches - In the event a semi-final or final match is tied after regulation time, the following procedures will be observed:

Two equal – 5 minute - halves will be played.  The team leading at the end of the 2nd overtime half will be declared the winner.

If the game is tied at the end of the 2nd overtime half, FIFA penalty kicks will be taken to determine a winner.


Forfeited Games -  The following procedures shall be observed regarding forfeitures:

  • A forfeit shall be awarded if a team is not present and prepared to play within five minutes of the scheduled start time. A ten-minute allowance shall be made for semi-final and championship matches.
  • A minimum of seven (7) players constitutes a team for U13-U19,  four (4) players for a U9-U10 team and six(6) players for U11-U12.
  • Any team quitting the field of play before the conclusion of the match is automatically disqualified from the tournament.
  • Teams causing abandonment shall be declared the loser by a 3-0 score. When the situation causing abandonment is such that the referee and tournament officials cannot assign responsibility, both teams shall forfeit with no goals scored and a double forfeit declared with a score of 0-0.
  • Teams will be rewarded a 3-0 win if a game is forfeited due to a vacant division team spot.  


Protests

NO protests are allowed!!


Inclement Weather - Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams must appear at the respective venue ready to play as scheduled. Failure to appear will result in a forfeit of the match. Only the Tournament Director may cancel or postpone a match. In case of severe weather, the Tournament Director, in his discretion, may cancel any and all matches. In the event of severe weather that occurs after the beginning of play, the Site Coordinators or Tournament Director may reduce the length of the match and may discontinue or cancel the match. 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. Referees and Site Coordinators will not consider beginning or continuing matches when a lightning storm exists. The Tournament Director reserves the right to make the following changes in the event of inclement weather:

  • Relocate and/or reschedule a match
  • Change division structure
  • Reduce scheduled duration of match
  • Cancel a match

The Tournament Committee, and all sponsors and organizers, will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team or club. If the tournament is canceled in its entirety due to inclement weather or other “Acts of God” then refunds will be determined at that time.  Refunds will not be issued for any other reason.


Game Reports - The center referee and the coach of the winning team must sign the game report. This is for score verification. The winning coach (or home team coach in the event of a tie) is responsible for turning in the game report in to the Venue Site Coordinator.


Other

All judgment decisions of the referee are final and binding.

The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament and its judgment is final.

Awards for the top two teams (i.e. 1st and 2nd) shall be awarded immediately following the championship match.


 

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