2014 Rules

TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS

Tournament Headquarters will be located at Striker Park; 4801 Pouncey Tract Rd., Glen Allen, VA  23059; Tournament Director:  Chris Friant; 804-288-4625

 

REGISTRATION

Team Check-in/Registration Requirements

 

US Teams:

  • Original 2013/2014 Player Passes; either USYS State Association or US Club Soccer passes

  • Original 2013/2014 Official Roster; either USYS State Association or US Club Soccer

  • Two Copies of Official Roster

  • Guest Players identified:  Written on front or back of COPIES of Rosters

  • Player Passes for Guest Player

  • Individual Player Medical Release Forms

  • Permission to Travel Paper Work:   Not Required for US Club Soccer Teams.  USYS State Association teams from Region I do not need Permission to Travel Paper Work.  USYS State Association teams from all other Regions need Permission to Travel Paper Work.

 

Foreign Teams: 

  • The 2014 Jefferson Cup will be sanctioned for Foreign teams from Canada

 

The Jefferson Cup is Dual Sanctioned for 2014

 

For US Club Soccer teams the tournament is sanctioned by US Club Soccer under the Open Cup format and a USYSA Sanctioned Tournament. This allows competitive teams from both US Club Soccer and any other USSF affiliated members (state associations, etc) to compete in this event. The US Club Soccer teams DO NOT have to have a US Youth Soccer Application to Travel Form, but must bring their proper roster, plus 2 copies for the tournament and player pass cards.

 

For USYSA Registered Teams:  Teams must have the proper USYSA state rosters, plus two copies for the tournament, permission to travel forms, player pass cards and medical release forms for each player at registration.

 

Note for Region I teams:
Region 1 Policy Regarding Application To Host A Tournament

Region I has established the following policy concerning permission to travel when attending USYS sanctioned tournaments in Region I.  The purpose of this policy is to make it as simple as possible for the US Youth Soccer Region I teams to travel to tournaments within Region I.

 

The new policy states that any USYS State Association teams within Region I that is accepted into a tournament in Region I do not need permission to travel papers.

 

Roster Sizes:

  • U10 teams are limited to 14 players identified at Registration

  • U11 & U12 teams are limited to 18 players identified at Registration

  • U13 teams are limited to 18 players identified at Registration

  • U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18/U19 Teams can have 22 players on their rosters turned in at Registration; however teams must identify 18 players before each game with the referees. Only 18 players in each game are allowed to play.
     

Five guest players per team will be permitted for all age groups. US Club Soccer teams may only take guest players registered under US Club Soccer, and USYSA teams may only take guest players registered with properly stamped USYSA player pass cards.

 

Players may play for only 1 team throughout the tournament.

 

A.    Ball Size:        Size 5   U19 - U13

                            Size 4   U12 - U10

 

B.    Game Duration:

               80 min. U17, U18, U19                    Halftime – 5 min

               80 min. U15, U16                           Halftime – 5 min

               70 min. U13, U14                           Halftime - 5 min

               60 min. U12 (11v11) & U12 (8v8)     Halftime - 5 min

               60 min, U11 (11v11) & U11 (8v8)     Halftime - 5 min

               60 min. U10 (7v7 & 8v8)                 Halftime - 5 min

 

C.   Substitutions:

Substitutions shall be unlimited, but made only at the following times:

a) Goal kick, after a goal, half time, at the beginning of an overtime period, throw in – by team in possession, after a yellow card – for carded player. Note for U16-U18 teams – substitutions can be made by either team at the referee’s discretion.

b) An injured player may be substituted for at the discretion of the referee. If a substitution is made for the injured player, the opposing team may also make one substitution (with the referee’s acknowledgement).

 

Under no circumstances may substitutions be made (1) on corner kicks or (2) after the game has ended in a tie and FIFA penalty kicks will be required to determine a winner

 

All substitutes shall inform the assistant referee on their side of the field that they wish to enter the game prior to the time they are entitled to enter the game as a substitute. The assistant referee will signal the referee that substitutes wish to enter the game at the first opportunity that the substitute is allowed to enter the game. The substitutes must wait until the referee signals that it is okay for them to enter the field.

 

For U16-U19 age groups:  This being a college showcase event, players ejected can be substituted, thus allowing teams to play at full strength.  Two yellow cards constitute a red card and ejection, however offending player can be substituted also.

 

D.   Home Team

        Team listed first is the designated Home Team and must change jerseys when the referee determines a conflict to exist.

 

E.    Forfeits:
Teams not at the field ready to play with a minimum of 7 eligible players at the scheduled game time will forfeit the match at the discretion of the tournament director.  Forfeited scores will be counted 3 – 0.  Teams forfeiting games will not be able to advance to the playoff rounds.

 

F.   7/8-a-side:
U10, U11, U12 Three referee system. Offsides will be called.

 

G.   Inclement Weather:
The Tournament Rules Committee reserves the right to make the following changes in the event of inclement weather:
* Relocate and/or reschedule a match.
* Change a division structure.
* Reduce scheduled duration of a match
* Cancel a match.

 

In the event of inclement weather forcing play to be halted and preventing the match from completing during the scheduled time, the score shall stand if at least one-half of the match has been completed.  The tournament director will have the final decision on field closure.

 

H.    Player’s Equipment:
All players must wear shinguards. No metal-rimmed glasses or jewelry of any kind will be allowed. Casts, splints or body braces made of a hard substance in its final form such as leather, rubber, plastic, plaster or fiberglass must be covered
on all exterior surfaces with no less than ½ inch thick, high density polyurethane, or an alternate material of the same thickness and similar physical properties to protect the injury. A medical release for the injured player signed by a licensed physician must be available at the game site.  Players may not play with these casts without the approval of the Referee.

 

I.    Rules for Advancement:
Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:
Six (6) points for each Win
Three (3) points for each Tie
Zero (0) points for each Loss
One (1) point for each goal scored up to a max of three (3) per game.  Losing teams receive points also.
One (1) point for each shutout

Examples: 
A 0-0 tie will be scored as 4 points for each team (3 for tie, 1 for shutout)
A 4-2 game will be scored as 9 points for the winning team (6 for win, 3 for goals) and 2 points to the losing team (2 for goals).

In the event of a tie in points at the end of bracket play; the winner for advancement to Semi-Final or Finals will be determined as follows:

1.  The winner in head to head competition. (If there is a 3 team tie, proceed to the next tie breaker)

2.  Goal differential, max of +/-3 per game (Team wins 4-0, only gets +3 GD, losing team gets -3)

3.  Goals For (max 5 goals per game)

4.  Goals Against (max 5 goals per game)

5.  Shoot-Outs*

 

When the tiebreaker system is used, the criteria are followed from 1 through 4 until one team is eliminated and then the criteria starts over again at Rule #1.  Rules are repeated until one team remains.

 

*All Shoot-Outs for 1st in Divisional play will be at 7:30am Sunday morning or time determined by the tournament director and at a field location determined by the tournament director.  Ties between 2nd and 3rd in division play leading to both teams playing consolation games will be decided by the above criteria; except for #5 Shoot-Outs.  These ties will be decided by the discretion of the Tournament Director.

 

J.   Resolving Ties in Semi-Final and Final Match:
If the semi-final or finals match are tied at the end of regulation time, the teams will be given a five minute rest. The following will decide the match:

·    Overtime will be 2 - five minute periods with substitutions allowed.  Overtime will not be sudden death.  Overtime is played 11v11 (minus any send-offs)

·    If teams remain even at the end of overtime the game will be decided by the FIFA, Kicks from the Penalty Spot Procedure as outlined in the Laws of the Game; using only the players remaining on the field at the end of overtime.
 

K.   Placement of Division (for U10s to U15s (excluding ASL teams):

Division of 12:  3 Groups of 4 - Each team will play three group games (2 games on Saturday, 1 game Sunday).  The winners of each group will advance to semi-finals.

 

Division of 12:  4 Groups of 3 - Each team will play two games on Saturday.  The winners of each group will advance to semi-finals.  Others will play consolation game. 

 

Division of 10:  2 Groups of 3 and 1 group of 4.  Group with 4 plays round robin with two games Saturday and one game Sunday; winner of the group advances to the Final.  Groups of 3 will play two group games Saturday.  Sunday 1st in each of the 3 team groups will play a semi-final leading to the final.  The remaining teams in these groups with play consolation games 2nd vs 2nd and 3rd vs 3rd.  

 

Division of 8:  Each team will play 3 games within a 4-team group.  The group winners will play for the championship.

 

Division of 7:  Teams will be divided into two groups; one group with 3 teams and one with 4 teams.  Teams will play round robin within their groups.  Top two teams from each group will advance to semi-finals.  Also 3rd place teams from both groups will play a consolation game.  The semi-final winners will play for the division championship.

 

Division of 6:  Each team will play two games within a three-team group. The first and second place team in each group will play in a semi-final match.  The third place teams will play a consolation game.  The semi-final winners will play for the division championship.

 

Division of 5:  Each team will play a four game round robin schedule.  The champion will be the top finishing team by points.  No Final will be played in 5 Team Divisions

 

Division of 4:  Each team will play a three game round robin schedule.  The first and second place teams will play for the division championship.

 

L.   Protest:
There will be no protests.  All officiating decisions are final.

 

M.    Sideline Behavior:
Both teams will sit on the same side of the field.  Only coaches and trainers may stay on the player’s sideline.  Spectators are only allowed on the opposite side of the field from the coaches and players and are limited to being in the designated area from penalty box to penalty box.  No spectators are allowed behind the goal areas.

 

      Harassment of the officials from coaches, spectators or players will not be tolerated.

 

N.   Send-offs:

U10-U15:
If a player receives a red card or two yellow cards during a match, that player will sit out the rest of that match and also their next match.  Red Cards for U10s to U15s are not appealable. Players serving Red card suspensions are allowed to sit on the bench during their team’s next game but are not allowed to be in uniform. 

U16-U19:

o   If a player is ejected from a match (red card by the referee) that player must sit out the remainder of that match

o   In addition the player must sit-out the his/her team’s next tournament match.  However as this is a showcase event appeals on this sit-out are allowed at the discretion of the tournament director in coordination with the tournaments referee coordinator.  Ejections for violent behavior, fighting, referee abuse are in no way appealable.  Only the tournament director can make these decisions.

o   This being a college showcase event, players ejected can be substituted, thus allowing teams to play at full strength.

o   Two yellow cards constitute a red card and ejection, however offending player can also be substituted. 

Coaches (Any Age Group)
A coach or other authorized bench personnel sent off during a match must leave the field immediately upon being sent off, and must remain away from the field during the team’s next match.  (Per FIFA rules, coaches are not issued red cards, they are "sent-off")

 

O.   NO alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park or the parking lot of any of the game sites. Your team will be subject to forfeiting game(s).

 

P.   Game Balls: 
All game balls will be provided by tournament.  Only balls provided by the tournament can be used.

 

Q.   The tournament will be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game except as modified by these rules.

S.   Team Withdrawal:
All Entry Fees must be postmarked by December 15, 2013 to guarantee consideration. All late applications will be put on a wait list for review. Upon acceptance, the fee is non-refundable. If your team is accepted and later withdraws, the entry fee is non-refundable and sanctions will be placed against your team/club for future participation in Richmond Striker events.