1. FIFA RULES, as modified by US Club Soccer, and as further modified herein, will apply.
2. SPORTSMANSHIP. Good sportsmanship is expected of all players, coaches, managers, and fans. Coaches and managers are responsible for the conduct of their players, staff, parents, and affiliated spectators. The use of offensive, insulting, or abusive language or actions will not be tolerated.
Player and coach passes are required. Acceptable player and coach credentials are current, laminated US Club Soccer or other official national soccer organization (AYSO, CYSA, SAY, etc). Player and coach passes or laminated 2017-2018 USYSA (CYSA)/ US Club passes. The team must maintain fully completed US Club medical release form, or a CYSA 1601 form signed by parents or guardian during the tournament. Each Player can play for ONLY one team during the tournament. Players do not have any player passes must to present the copy of birth certificate or passport and the photo if requested by referees or the Tournament director.
4. GUEST PLAYERS. All guest players must have the proper credentials per section 3, above. For each guest player the team must present a valid CYSA guest player form or US Club player loan form. If a guest player is from the same club, a guest player form is not needed. Maximum number of guests allowed: 5 for 7v7 & 9v9 and 7 for 11v11. Maximum players that may dress for any game is 18 for 11v11 and 14 for 7v7 & 9v9.
5. CHECK IN. Team representatives must perform online check-in by the deadline. Players will be checked prior to each game on the field by referee or field marshal and players who are not on the game card are not allowed to play. Failure to check in will result in an automatic disqualification (without refund of fees) from the Tournament. Games not played will be classified as a “forfeit”.
6. HOME TEAM. The team listed first on the schedule is the home team. HOME Team will wear Dark color Jersey and AWAY Team will wear white or light color Jerseys. Both teams shall set up on the same touchline as designated by the Field Marshall. Spectators will be at least 6 feet back from the touchline opposite the teams. HOME team is responsible for changing jersey’s if there is a conflict and shall supply the balls for each match. At the beginning of the game, the HOME team will choose which half to defend to start the match and the AWAY team start with kick off. No spectators are allowed at the goal ends of the field.
7. START TIMES AND FORFEITURES
Teams must be at the field thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the game in order to be checked in by the field marshals. Start times may be delayed due to injuries, stoppage time by the referee or any other unavoidable problem. All games will start within five minutes of the scheduled time. If a team has not taken the field with a minimum of seven players(5 for 7v7 & 9v9) within the five-minute grace period, the game will be forfeited to the team in attendance with at least seven players. If neither team takes the field within the five-minute grace period, the game will be deemed a “bye,” and no points will be awarded to either team. The referee and/or Tournament Director may terminate a game at his or her discretion and the Tournament Director may award a forfeit if: (1) a team leaves the field during the game without the approval of the referee; (2) a team is sent from the field by the referee for violent play and/or misconduct by a coach, player, or spectator; (3) a team is deemed to be in gross violation of US Club Soccer rules. If, in the opinion of the referee or the Tournament Director, a game must be terminated for the above reasons, the offending team may, at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director, be suspended from further play and forfeit all remaining games. All previous points earned remain as played.
8. PLAYING TIMES. Play will proceed as specified below:
(7v7): All games are 2x20 minutes in length.
(9v9): All games are 2x25 minutes in length.
(11v11): All games are 2x30 minutes in length.
Half time will be five minutes. Injury time will NOT be added to the length of the game, except under extreme circumstances and at the sole discretion of the referee.
In preliminary games, ties will stand. In semifinal games that are tied at the end of regulation time the winner will be determined by penalty kicks as per FIFA laws of the game.
If a championship or consolation game is tied at the end of regulation play, two 5-minute overtime periods will be played to full completion. If the game is still tied at the completion of the overtime periods, the game will be decided by penalty kicks as per FIFA laws of the game. At the discretion of the Tournament Director, overtime periods may be shortened or eliminated if the game has been significantly delayed at the start. The length of any game may be shortened to shorter but equal halves if the referee or Tournament Director deems it necessary due to field conditions, weather, or darkness.
9. SUBSTITUTIONS. Free substitutions are allowed, but teams may substitute only at the following times (including overtime) and only with the referee’s permission:
• Prior to a throw-in in your favor or in the opponent’s favor if it originated its own substitution. (me too)
• Prior to a goal kick by either team.
• After a goal by either team.
• After an injury to either team, when the referee stops play.
• During half time.
• A player who has received a yellow card may be immediately substituted.
10. MANDATORY REST PERIODS. Teams must be given a minimum rest period of two hours between games. The rest period will commence when a team’s match ends and will end when the team’s subsequent match begins.
11. EJECTIONS. A player receiving two yellow cards in a single game is considered as having received a red card. A player given a red card (or two yellow cards) in one game shall be expelled from that game and shall not be replaced. Additionally, any player, coach, assistant coach, or registered team official who is dismissed will automatically be suspended from that team’s next game in the tournament. At the discretion of the Tournament Director, violent conduct or extreme abuse, dissent, or disrespect ejections may result in suspension from more than one game, up to the remainder of the tournament.
12. HEADING. Players in U11 and younger shall not engage in heading. If a heading occurs, an indirect free kick to the opposing team will be awarded. If this occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
13. BUILD OUT LINES. U9 & U10 teams will play with build out lines. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during the play from the opponent, 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 (punts and drop kicks are 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. The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play. If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the punt or drop kick 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 the goal line. To support the intent of the development rule, coaches and referees should be mindful of any intentional delays being caused by opponents not retreating in timely manner or encroaching over the build out line prior to the ball being put into play. Coaches are responsible for addressing these types of issues with their players. Referees can manages the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate. Referees should be flexible when enforcing the 6 second rule and counting the time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line.
14. SCORING SYSTEM. Teams shall be awarded points on the following basis, to a maximum of 10 points per game:
- Six (6) points for each win
- Three (3) points for each tie
- Zero (0) point for a loss
- One (1) point for shutout
- One (1) point for a goal scored up to maximum three goals.
- Minus one (-1) point for each red card received by a player.
- Minus two (-2) for each expulsion received by a coach, team official, or team-affiliated spectator.
- Minus one (-1) point for EVERY goal over a 9 goal differential win. Example: 10-0/11-1 – minus 1 point, 11-0 – minus 2 points.
GAME CARDS: The field marshals will provide game cards to the referee prior to the start of the game. Coaches should review game cards for accuracy at the match’s end and sign off on the card.
15. TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURE. In case of a tie in tournament points following the completion of preliminary games, the advancing team will be determined based on the following criteria in the order specified:
a) Head-to-Head competition – team that won the head-to-head competition between the teams that are tied will advance (should there be a tie in tournament points between three or more teams, the tie-breaking procedure begins with (b), below.
b) When and if two teams remain tied at any point while using this procedure, the order of tie breaking will recommence at (a), above
c) Team with most Wins
d) Team with the highest goal differential advances (goals scored minus goals allowed, not to exceed a differential of 6 goals in any one match)
e) Team with most goals scored advances (not to exceed 6 goals for any one match)
f) Team with fewest goals allowed advances
g) Team with most shutouts
h) Coin toss
16. AWARDS. A team trophy and individual medals will be given to each division champion. Individual medals will be given to the Finalists.
17. WATER BREAKS. If the referee deems the weather to be excessive heat, a water break will take effect midway through the half. Water breaks are at the discretion of the referee.
18. INCLEMENT WEATHER. If deemed necessary by the Tournament Director, games may be shortened or cancelled due to weather conditions.
19. SAFETY AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. All players must wear shin guards. Players without shin guards may not play. Any injuries shall be reported to the Tournament Director or field marshal so that an accident report may be completed. In case of serious injury, 911 will be called if requested by the parent, coach, or referee. Tournament headquarters will be notified of any medical emergency.
20. REFUNDS/WITHDRAWAL. Teams that withdraw from the tournament less than one month before the start date but before being accepted will be assessed a $100 administrative fee. After the registration deadline or once accepted(whichever occurs first), if a team withdraws, the complete registration fee will be forfeited. The tournament is not financially or in any other way responsible for teams that end up not playing the guaranteed number of games due to an opponent forfeiting the game.
21. TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION. Should the tournament be canceled due to inclement weather, acts of civil disobedience, war, destruction of facilities, or other circumstances deemed by the US Club Tournament Committee to be beyond the control of the hosting club, the tournament may retain up to 30% of the entry fee once the tournament’s expenses are verified and approved by the US Club Tournament Committee. Any refunds will be postmarked and mailed to the teams within 45 days after the tournament date.
22. PROHIBITIONS. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is expressly prohibited at or near any of the tournament fields or complexes. No dogs or pets of any kind are allowed. No horns, bells, or noisemakers of any kind are allowed at or near the tournament fields or complexes at any time. No rude, profane, or inappropriate behavior (at the discretion of tournament officials) is allowed. Any parent, spectator, coach, or player directing any inappropriate comments (at the discretion of the tournament officials) toward a referee or other tournament official will be asked to leave the tournament area, and that person’s team may be subject to penalties, and/or expulsion from the tournament. Any team (including players, coaches, managers, parents and affiliated spectators) found violating these rules may (at the discretion of tournament officials) suffer penalties, forfeit all games played, face possible expulsion from the tournament, and may not be invited to any future tournaments hosted by Evolution FC. Use of tobacco products on the grounds of any public school facility is a violation of California State Law.
23. DISPUTES and PROTESTS. All game results will be considered final and no protest of their outcome is allowed. The Tournament Director will settle all disputes and his or her decision shall be final.
24. RULES NOT COVERED. The Tournament Director shall make decisions as appropriate for any situation that arises that is not covered by these rules. The Tournament Director’s decision will be final. No appeals allowed.