2019 Rules

 

 

REGISTRATION:
Teams must register at the MANDATORY REGISTRATION. Teams will be notified of the time and location of the Mandatory Registration. Failure to register may result in automatic disqualification (without a refund of the fee) from the Tournament. Games not played will be classified as "Forfeits." 
 
CREDENTIALS:
At the Mandatory Registration, teams must provide the required credentials. All teams must provide laminated or digital Player I.D. Cards from 2019 season with photographs and registrar's signature, 2019-20 Spring and Summer tournament cards and signed Medical Release Forms. All cards must be from USYSA or all from US Club Soccer . Teams registered through Super Y League, AYSO, or US Club Soccer must provide the appropriate travel documentation for the organization to which they are affiliated. NO MIX AND MATCH CARDS.
 
ROSTERS:
All players must be legally registered with their team prior to Mandatory Registration which is 1 hour before your first game. Teams may register a maximum of twenty  (20) players for teams U14-U19, eighteen (18) players for ages U11-u13 and fourteen (14) players for ages U8-U10 . There is no limit to the number of borrowed players a team may use. 
 
RULES OF PLAY:
FIFA Laws of the game will apply as modified by USYSA and CYSA-South as described herein. Duration (in minutes) of games by halves, and ball size are as follows:

Division

2001 U19

 2002 U18

2003 U17

2004 U16

 2005 U15

2006 U14

 2007 U13

 2008 U12

 2009 U11

 2010 U10

 2011 U9

 

Preliminary

35

35

35

35

30

30

30

25

25

20

20

 

Finals

40

40

40

40

35

35

35

30

30

25

25

Ball Size

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

4

4

4

4

 

Competition

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

9 v 9

9 v 9

7 v 7

7 v 7

 

 

There will be no stoppage time for injuries; in other words, there is a running clock for all games. Halftime for Preliminary games will be 5 minutes. Halftime for Final games will be 10 minutes.

All preliminary games will be terminated not less than 5 minutes prior to the start of the next game regardless of the amount of time played in each half up to that point. A game is "complete" upon completion of one half of play regardless of the circumstances of termination, with final results based on the score at termination. Preliminary games can end in a tie. 

Semi-Final and Final games ending in ties will go directly to Penalty Kicks.

HALFTIME:
Halftime will be exactly 5 minutes. 

GAME CHECK-IN:
No less than 5 minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game, each team must present the team's player cards to the referee for check-in. A team failing to report within five minutes of a scheduled kick-off will forfeit the game. At the conclusion of each game, the referee will give the roster and game report back to the team manager/administrator. A team representative must sign the game card indicating their agreement with the reported results. No grace period will be allowed to start a match. A team with less than the minimum number of players, 7 (seven) for 11 v 11, 6 (six) for 8 v 8 bracket, ready to play when the referee is ready to begin the match, will forfeit that match. Referee will start play at the designated time or as soon thereafter as possible in the event of a delay by a preceding game. 

PLAYER'S EQUIPMENT:
It will be at the Referee's discretion to determine the safety and suitability of the player equipment including the wearing of a hard brace or cast. 

SUBSTITUTIONS:
Teams may substitute only with the referee's permission, at any stoppage of play: No grace period will be allowed to start a match. 

COACHING:
Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one's own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, provided: 1. No mechanical devices are used; 2. The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory. 3. Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards on either side of the halfway line; 4. No coach, substitute or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coach's players, substitutes or spectators; 5. No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior. 

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS:
A player receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered the same as having been given an ejection (red card) for the purpose of awarding team points for the Tournament. A player who has been ejected (sent off) may not be replaced. An ejected coach or spectator must immediately leave the field and must remain out of sight and sound of the field. 
 
A player or coach who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game. A player or coach who has been ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play may receive further suspension (more than one game) or may be expelled from the tournament. Any player, coach or spectator assaulting a referee will be expelled from the Tournament. For purpose of this Tournament, a coach may be carded by the referee. If the referee issues a red or yellow card to either a player or coach, the referee shall report the circumstances of the caution or ejection on the game card. All red cards are reported to the Tournament Director and CYSA-S. 
 
During game suspension(s) for coaches, there can be no contact between the team and the coach during the game and the coach must remain out of sight and sound of the field. Additionally, the coach may not be involved in further unacceptable conduct (including but not limited to coaching players by any means or method, harassment of opponents, referees, spectators, tournament staff, etc.). Failure to comply with this rule or the spirit of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from the tournament. 

CONDUCT:
All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, bench, friends, and spectators at all times. During a match for this tournament, a referee may stop the game and eject a spectator from the grounds if, in the opinion of the referee, the offender is guilty of violent conduct, serious foul play, use of foul or abusive language. Each coach and assistant coach shall be held primarily responsible for the conduct of the spectators, for or from their respective teams and as such may be cautioned or ejected if a spectator(s) interferes with the game, dissents the referee, is guilty of violent conduct or foul play, or uses foul or abusive language. At no time will dissension or foul or abusive language be permitted on any field. 

SUSPENDED GAMES:
If, in the opinion of game officials, a game must be suspended (for reason), the game may be resumed, but is subject to being ended not less than five (5) prior to the scheduled start of the next game. If in the opinion of game officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench coaches, or spectators, the offending team may be suspended from further play and forfeit that game and all remaining games. All previous points earned remain as played. Additionally, the home league and State Association will be contacted as appropriate. 
 
INJURY:
Delays of the game due to injury will result in the appropriate time being added to allow the full game time, based on the judgment of the officials. However, all preliminary games will be terminated not less than 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game. Refer to "Playing Times." 
 
DISPUTES:

Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee's decision. All disputes will be settled by the Tournament Director or their designee and the decisions will be final. 
 
PROTESTS:

No protests will be allowed. 
 
REFEREES:
The referee's judgment, with regard to the physical conditions of the field and its acceptance for play, to the actual happenings and occurrences related to the conduct of the game, and those prerogatives granted to the referee by the "Laws of the Game" as published by FIFA, shall not be challenged! 
 
HOME TEAM:
The Home Team will be the team which appears first on the game schedule. The Home Team will supply the game ball. The game ball will be subject to referee approval. The Home Team will be required to switch to an alternate jersey if a color conflict is declared by the referee. The Home Team will have the selection of the side it wishes to play from. The home team will have the choice of sidelines. Teams' benches will be on opposite sides of the fields

Coin Flip: Winner determines which side of the playing field they will possess.
 

Heading Rule:  Players 2008 and younger shall not engage in heading.  The following rules will apply:
If a player intentionally heads the ball, the opposition will be awarded an indirect free kick from the point of the infraction.

If a player (either on offense or defense) intentionally heads the ball within the 18-yard box, the ball will be placed in the nearest corner at the top of the 18-yard box.


7v7 Game Format:  
There will be a build-out line painted mid-way between the top of the penalty area and the half-way line in each half.  There are no goal kicks in the 7v7 games.  All restarts are from the goalkeeper’s hands.  The goalkeeper may release the ball from the hands by rolling or throwing the ball, or putting the ball on the ground and playing the ball with the foot.  The goalkeeper may not drop kick or punt the ball. 
 
Players on the opposing team must retreat behind the Build-Out line when the ball is in the goalkeeper’s possession until the goalkeeper releases the ball.  Teammates of the goalkeeper may be located anywhere on the field.  The ball is in play when it is released by the goalkeeper; it does not have to leave the penalty area.  Once the ball is released by the goalkeeper, the opponents may move inside the build out line.  If the goalkeeper releases the ball before the opponents have moved past the build out line then anyone can play the ball after it is released, regardless of whether they have retreated behind the build out line.  Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and the goal line. 

Concussion Protocol:  Any player showing signs or symptoms characteristic with concussion will be removed from participation/competition.  If an athlete who is 17 years of age or younger has been removed from athletic activity due to a suspected concussion, the Tournament will notify a parent or guardian of that athlete of the time and date of the injury, the symptoms observed and any treatment provided to that athlete for the injury.
 
The player ID card will be held and the player will not be allowed to return to play in any Cal South sanctioned event until he/she has a full unconditional medical clearance from a licensed health provider or physician who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and is acting within the scope of his or her practice. The player’s card will be returned if a clearance is received or after the player’s last game. 
 
The clearance must be on the physician’s letterhead and include his/hers wet and/or original signature and display the address of the office location. It is important to note that conditional clearances will NOT be accepted.

If the licensed health care provider determines that the athlete sustained a concussion or other head injury, the athlete shall also complete a graduated return-to-play protocol of no less than seven days in duration under the supervision of a licensed health care provider.


 
FORFEITS:
Teams failing to report ready to play at game time, or teams failing to check in at the mandatory check-in, will forfeit the game(s). Forfeits will be recorded as 1-0 game. Winner will be awarded 8 points. 

SCORING FOR ADVANCEMENT:

Teams shall 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 maximum of three (3) per game
• One (1) point is awarded for a shutout (a zero-zero tie is a shutout)
• Eight (8) points for each forfeit

In the event of a tie for advancement, the winner will be determined in the order following:

1. The winner in head-to-head competition
2. Goal Differential (4 goals max)
3. Fewest goals against
4. Most goals for (4 goals max)
6. If a tie still exists after steps 1 through 5 above in the Preliminary rounds ONLY coin flip will be used for advancement.
7. FIFA Penalty Kicks will be taken in final games. 

PENALTY KICKS:

Only the players on the field at the end of regular game. NO OVERTIME. Finals game only will participate in penalty kicks. 

REFUND POLICY:

For teams withdrawing from the tournament prior to the entry deadline or teams not accepted into the Tournament, a full refund will be made. NO REFUNDS will be issued after teams have been notified of their acceptance into the tournament. If the tournament is cancelled for weather, Acts of God, or any other circumstances beyond our control, 50 % of the tournament fee will be refunded.