Tournament Rules 2014


2014 Nike Premier Harvest Wine Cup
Tournament Information and Rules
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 will not be tolerated. 
Player and coach passes are required. Acceptable player and coach credentials are current, laminated US Club Soccer player and coach passes or laminated 2014-2015 USYSA (CYSA) passes. All players must present an original and fully completed US Club medical release form or a CYSA 1601 form signed by parents or guardian.
TEAMS: An official roster is required. Acceptable rosters: (1) a printed copy of the on-line US Club Soccer Player Roster, or (2) a CYSA golden rod. (Please bring 4 photo copies of your roster)
4. GUEST PLAYERS. Guest players will be allowed on any team attending the tournament to a total of 18 tournament 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. Maximum number of guests allowed: 5 (five). Maximum players that may dress for any game is 18.
5. TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION/CHECK IN. Team representatives must present credentials at least 1 ½ hours prior to that team’s first game on the field where that team’s first game will be played. 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”.   In addition to being checked at the pre-tournament check-in, all player passes will be checked 45 minutes prior to each match. Please go the Field Marshall station for game check in.
4 team flights: All teams play each other and the two teams with the most points advance to the Championship game.
5 team flights: All teams play each other and the highest point total from the games played is champion, second place in bracket
will finish 2nd place etc...
6 team flights: Two flights of three, each team plays three preliminary games against teams in the other flight.1st highest points and 2nd highest points advance to the Championship game. 
8 team flights: Two flights of four teams (A/B). Play all teams in your flight for 3 preliminary games. Winner of flight A and winner of flight B advance to the Championship game. 2nd in flight A and 2nd in flight B advance to the Consolation game.
9 team flights: Three flights of three teams (A/B/C). Play 2 preliminary games against two other teams in your flight. Three flight winners advance to semi-finals, plus the 2nd placed team with the best record. All other teams will play a placement game, placements for these games are relative to the records of other teams.
7. GAME BALLS. Three game balls will be provided by the home team.
8. HOME TEAM. The team listed first on the schedule is the home team. If there is a conflict in team colors, as determined by the referee, the home team shall switch to an alternate jersey or alternate uniform pieces. Both teams shall set up on the same touchline as designated by the Field Marshal. Spectators will be at least 6 feet back from the touchline opposite the teams. No spectators are allowed at the goal ends of the field. If necessary, the designated home team shall supply the balls for each match.   
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 unless the Tournament Director approves delays. If a team has not taken the field with a minimum of 7(seven) players 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. 
10. PLAYING TIMES. Play will proceed as specified below:
U12-U14 Preliminary games: 2x30 minutes. 
U12: Consolation and Championship: 2x30 minutes.
U13 & U14: Consolation and Championship 2x30 minutes.
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. If a championship, semifinal, or consolation game is tied at the end of regulation play, the game will be decided by penalty kicks as per FIFA laws of the game. 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.
11. 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.
• 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.
12. 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. Any player, coach, assistant coach, or registered team official who is sent off or receives a red card 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. 
13. 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) points for a loss
• One (1) point for each shut out
• One (1) point for each goal, to a maximum of 3 per game
• 0-0 tie is scored as 3 points, there will be no shutout point given for a 0-0 tie
• Nine (9) points to a team winning by forfeit (2-0)
• Minus one (-1) point for each red card received by a player. 
• Minus one (-1) for each expulsion received by a coach, team official, or team-affiliated spectator.
SCORES will be posted at the field, as soon as possible after the game.  The tournament website is the unique repository of the OFFICIAL SCORES and RESULTS.
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.
14. 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) Team with the highest goal differential advances (goals scored minus goals allowed, not to exceed a differential of 4 goals in any one match)
c) Fewest goals allowed
d) Most goals scored to a max of 5 per game
e) Team with most wins  
f) Team with fewest send-offs advances
g) Kicks from the penalty spot as per FIFA rules. The team with the most successful kicks advances.
15. AWARDS. A team trophy and individual medals will be given to each division champion. In four, six, and eight-team brackets, medals will also be given to the division finalist. In eight team divisions medals will be given to the third place teams. 
16. INCLEMENT WEATHER. If deemed necessary by the Tournament Director, games may be shortened or cancelled due to weather conditions.
17. 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.
18. REFUNDS. Teams that withdraw from the tournament after the registration deadline but before being accepted will be assessed a $100 administrative fee. Once accepted, if a team withdraws, the complete registration fee will be forfeited. 
The Tournament is not financially responsible for instances when a team cannot complete the guaranteed 3 games due to the forfeit or disqualification of an opponent team.
19. 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.
20. 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 Santa Rosa Untied. Use of tobacco products is prohibited within 100 ft of the tournament grounds
21. 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. 
22. 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 with no appeals allowed. 


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