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RULES AND REGULATIONS
Autumn Blast Tournament
IN PERSON CHECK for Teams Friday night, November 5, 2021 will be at
Pepsi Soccer Complex,
5655 Sweet Bay Lane, Hickory 28602 NC. Please check our website for this information and any future updates. ON LINE Check in will also be available.
Coaches must check in with the field marshal at least 30 minutes prior to each match and present an approved match roster to the referee. Player passes should be available at each match. At the conclusion of the match, the two coaches are to verify the score of the match with the referee and retrieve their match rosters from the referee.
All players must be within the proper age grouping as determined by USYSA, US Club and other USSF Affiliates. No player shall play for more than one team during the tournament nor transfer from team to team during the tournament. Teams must be properly registered and in good standing with their respective state or national associations and each player must have a current player pass. All players must be properly registered with the team on which they are playing. Each player must have a medical release to be eligible to play.
ALL 12U and younger Academy Teams will participate with Challenge teams in a competitive tournament bracket.
1 Red Stamp and 4 Copies.
ROSTER SIZE AND GUEST PLAYERS
The maximum team roster size is dependent on age.
10U has a maximum of 12 players
11U – 12U has a maximum of 16 players
13U – 16U has a maximum of 18 players
All age groups are allowed a maximum of three (3) guest players. Guest players may not bring the total team roster size above the maximum number of players allowed for their specific age group. Guest players must have a guest player form from their state association.
FIFA “Laws of the Game” as modified by USYS shall apply to all matches unless otherwise provided.
10U: two 25 minute halves
11U – 12U: two 30 minute halves
13U – 16U: two 35 minute halves
The 10U, 11U and 12U age groups shall use a size 4 ball. The 13U to 16U age group will use a size 5 ball. A tournament game ball will be provided to each team to be used for match play.
NCYSA No Heading Policy
(Ex. BOD 8/29/2016)
In a recent webinar from the Federation, it was stated that they were looking at NO HEADING for ALL Small Sided play believing this would address the many concerns they have received. The EXBD considered this and the calls and emails we have received and made the decision to modify the heading policy to the following. This supersedes any other previously released policy on heading from NCYSA.
NO HEADING is allowed in any small sided match (12U and younger).
In matches for 13U and older in which a 12U player or younger may be on the roster, heading will be allowed due to the fact that it would be very difficult for a referee to be able during the run of play to determine if a player that heads the ball is 12U or younger vs 13U and older. As stated by the Federation, it will be the coach and parent’s responsibility to “police” a child 12U and younger on heading in a 13U and older match.
There are limitations on heading in training for 11U and younger. There are no restrictions for heading in training for 12U and older.
This has been shared with the Referee organization their Assignors and Referees.
Shin guards are mandatory.
All field players must have matching uniforms with individual numbers on the shirts.
When the colors of the Jerseys are similar or identical, the designated home team shall change jerseys (home team: team listed first on official schedule).
SUBSTITIUTIONS DURING THE MATCH
Teams are permitted unlimited substitutions during the following:
Goal kicks for either team
Following a goal
Between periods of play, including OT
*All players entering and leaving the field of play must do so at mid – field nearest the designated team bench area.
The referee shall insure all players are properly equipped. The score of each match must be reported to the field marshal by the referee immediately following each match. Names of cautioned and ejected players must also be reported to the field marshal.
The assistant referee shall assist the referee with the field and play inspections prior to each match and shall perform those other duties as dictated by the laws of the game and the referee.
Ties in preliminary group matches will stand (no overtimes). Should a semi-final or championship match end in a tie, teams will be given a 5-minute rest and immediately proceed with two 5-minute GOLDEN GOAL periods. If neither team scores in the two periods, FIFA penalty kicks will be used to determine the winner of the match. Teams must have an equal number of players for the penalty kicks which follow the overtime periods.
A forfeit shall be awarded if the team is not present to play within five minutes following the scheduled time of its match. (The coach is to report to the Field Marshall 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the match.) Any team which forfeits a game before championship play will not be eligible for the championship matches.
CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH DETERMINATION
Point System for Preliminary/Round Robin Games:
Points are scored as follows:
1. Win 3 points
2. Tie 1 point
3. Shutout 1 point
4. Loss 0 point
Example 1: A 2-0 score: Winning team gets 4 points (3 pts. For win & 1 pt. for shutout)
Example 2: A 0-0 Score: Both teams gets 2 points (1 pt. for tie & 1 pt. for shutout)
Win-loss-tie records at the conclusion of match play will be used to determine the first and second place teams to play for the Semi-final or Championship Matches.
Tie Breaking Rules
In the event/situation that 2 or more teams have the same number of points from round robin play, tie will be broken by using the following criteria in the ORDER listed, one after another as needed:
1. Head to Head competition
2. Goal Differential (max/min 3 goals per game)
3. Fewest Goals Allowed
4. Most Shutouts
5. Shootout from the penalty mark
If more than 2 teams are involved in a tie, the criteria will be followed in order (OMMITTING HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITION) until ties are broken. If tie cannot be resolved, tournament DIRECTOR shall have the ABSOLUTE DISCRETION to break the tie by any method deemed appropriate.
“NOTE “: There is no tie breaker related to
goals scored (NO RUNNING UP SCORE)
A team winning by forfeit gets 3 points for a win and 1 point for a shutout.
Matches terminated due to fighting will be considered double forfeits and the teams involved will have one (1) point subtracted from their totals.
FAIR PLAY AND GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
Teams are encouraged to exhibit good sportsmanship throughout the tournament. Trading of patches and club standards is highly encouraged. Fair Play Award will be given to a team in each division.
FOULS AND MISCONDUCT
Any player ejected from a match will not be allowed to participate in this team’s next match. Ejection for fighting will result in the player not being allowed to participate in any remaining tournament matches. The protest and appeals committee shall make this decision with the recommendation of the referee. Any coach ejected from a match will not be allowed to preside as coach in his/her team’s next match. If a coach coaches multiple teams, the coach will still be allowed to coach the team he / she did not have an ejection with. Any parent sent off from a game will not be allowed to attend the next game of his/her team. EACH COACH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT OF THE TEAM’S PARENTS AND SPECTATORS.
Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams must appear on the field and be ready to play as scheduled. Failure to appear for the match will result in a forfeiture of the match.
Only the Tournament Director or his designee has power to cancel, postpone or shorten a match prior to its commencement.
Matches will not begin and matches will not be allowed to continue if lightning exists.
Should a match in progress be terminated due to weather conditions and one half has been completed, the match will be considered official and the score at that time will stand. If a match in progress is terminated before the end of the first half or postponed due to inclement weather and cannot be rescheduled, each team will be awarded one (1) point.
If an age group’s competition cannot be completed through the championship match due to poor weather conditions, the division winner and runner up will be determined by the Tournament Director in consultation with the protest and appeals committee. They will determine, as equitably as possible, the performance of the teams based upon points accumulated in the matches that have been completed at that time. Such decisions will be final and will not be subject to appeal or subject to protest.
TOURNAMENT CANCELATION: If the Autumn Blast is completely cancelled due to weather, there will be no refund of the entrance fee.
Protests regarding alleged mis-application of the Laws of the Game shall be made in writing and must be submitted with a $150.00 cash fee to the Tournament Headquarters within one (1) hour following the competition of the match. The fee will be refunded only if the protest is upheld. No protests regarding referees’ application and interpretation of the laws of the game will be considered. The decision of the protest and appeals committee is final and binding and not open to any appeals.
QUESTIONS REGARDING THE TOURNAMENT RULES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
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