Tournament Rules

FC Boston Columbus Day 2016 Tournament Rules

Registration: Teams must register before their first scheduled game.  Failure to register will result in automatic disqualification from the tournament without a refund of the tournament fee.  At the discretion of the tournament, the disqualified team may be allowed to compete as a “GUEST TEAM”, but the results will not be counted, and the games will be recorded as forfeits and a score of 0-1.
Credentials:  At the mandatory registration teams must provide the following credentials.  All US teams must provide valid, laminated player ID cards with photos, and signed medical release forms for all players and two copies of a state approved roster. International teams must provide a certified team roster, league identification cards, medical release forms, travel papers and passports.  In the event an international team does not have league identification cards, a photograph of each player should be provided in addition to the passport.  
Rosters: USYSA and US Club teams may register a maximum of 22 players for the U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18 age groups, and USSF registered teams may have an unlimited number of registered players, but all teams will have a maximum of 18 eligible per game; 18 players for U-12 to U-14 age groups (playing 11v11), and 16 for U-10 to U-12 9v9 play.  U-9 and U-10 teams playing 7v7 will have a roster limit of 13 players per team.  
Guest Players: All guest players must be members of an affiliated USSF organization. Up to and no more than four (4) guest players may be utilized by any team during the Tournament. Guest players may be hand written into the approved Tournament roster. Accepted documentation includes: USYS/USCS, or other USSF approved player pass cards. All documentation and signed waiver must be submitted during team check-in procedures. 


NEW BIRTH YEAR RULE IN EFFECT: Divisions are by Birth Year
FIFA Laws of the Game will apply as modified by USYSA as described herein.  
Duration of Games and Overtime (Playoffs Only), by Halves and ball size are as follows: 

Division Group Stage Finals                   OT (Semis & Finals only) Ball Size
U-9 (2008) 2-25 Minute Halves N/A N/A 4
U-10 (2007) 2-25 Minute Halves N/A N/A 4
U-11 (2006) 2-30 Minute Halves 2-30 Minute Halves 2- 5 Minute periods 4
U-12 9v9 (2005) 2-30 Minute Halves 2-30 Minute Halves 2- 5 Minute periods 4
U-13 (2004) 2-30 Minute Halves 2-30 Minute Halves 2- 5 Minute periods 5
U-14 (2003) 2-30 Minute Halves 2-30 Minute Halves 2- 5 Minute periods 5
U-15 (2002)
8th Grade
2-30 Minute Halves 2- 30 Minute Halves 2- 5 Minute periods 5

PRELIMINARY GAMES – All preliminary games will be called not less than five minutes prior to the scheduled 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 during the second half with final results based on the score at the time the game is called.  Preliminary games can end in a tie.  Halftime of all games will be exactly five minutes.  Referees will be instructed to give a warning at four minutes, and start the clock exactly at the conclusion of a five minute halftime.      
SUBSTITUTIONS – Teams may substitute only with the referee’s permission.  Substitutions will be allowed on any stoppage except for when defending a corner kick.  If the attacking team on a corner kick substitutes then the defending team may as well.  
PLAYERS EQUIPMENT – It will be at the game referee’s discretion to determine the safety and suitability of player equipment, including the wearing of a hard brace.
COACHING – All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends, and spectators at all times. Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one’s own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, provided:
•    No mechanical devices are used;
•    The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory;
•    Each coach or substitute remains within ten yards of the halfway line;
•    No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators;
•    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 to have been given an ejection (red card).  A player who has been ejected (sent off) will not be replaced.  A player who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.  A player who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play will not be allowed to participate in the next TWO scheduled games (this determination will be made by the referee and site director together).  Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be removed from the tournament.  A coach who has been ejected (sent off) will be suspended the same as a player ejection.  

During game suspensions for coaches, there can be no contact between the team and the coach during the game and the coach must be out of sight and sound of the field.  Additionally, the coach must not be involved in unacceptable conduct (defined as coaching his/her players by any means or method, or harassment of opponents/players/referees/staff).  Failure to adhere to this rule will result in an immediate ejection from the tournament for the coach.  
SUSPENDED AND TERMINATED GAMES – If in the opinion of the referee a game must be suspended (for reason), the game may be resumed, but is subject to being ended not less than five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game.  If in the opinion of the referee, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench coaches, or spectators; the offending team could be suspended from further play and will forfeit that game and all remaining games by a score of 0-1.  All previous points 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 appropriate time being added to the full game time, based on the judgment of the referee.  However, all preliminary games will be terminated not less than five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game.  
REFEREE DECISIONS – The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final.  The referee may only change a decision on realizing that it is incorrect or, at his/her discretion, on the advice of an assistant referee, provided that he/she has not restarted play.
DETERMINING WINNERS – Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:
•    3 points will be awarded for a win
•    1 point will be awarded for a draw
•    0 points will be awarded for a loss
In the event of a tie at the end of bracket play, the teams to advance will be determined as follows:
•    The winner in head to head competition 
•    Goal differential to a maximum of 4 per game 
•    Goals Against
•    Goals Scored
•    Most Shutouts 
•    If a tie still exists after steps 1-5, a coin flip will be decided by Tournament HQ. 

HOME TEAM – The home team will be the team, which appears under that heading on the schedule.  The game ball will be supplied by the home team, and will be subject to referee approval.  The home team will be required to switch to alternate jerseys to accommodate a color conflict as declared by the referee.  If the home team cannot supply alternate jerseys they will have to wear pinnies.  The home team will have the selection of the side of the field they wish to play from.  
FORFEITS – All teams who forfeit will have the game scored as a 0-1 loss.  The winner will be awarded three tournament points.  Teams failing to report ready to play within five minutes of the scheduled kickoff time will forfeit.  Teams failing to check in at registration prior to their first game will forfeit.  Teams taking actions which cause a match to be terminated will forfeit.
DISPUTES – Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee and the tournament will not overrule a referee’s decision.  All disputes off the field of play will be settled by the Tournament Director or their designee and the decision will be final.  
GUEST TEAMS – The tournament may accept a “guest team” in order to fill a late vacancy in a division.  Guest teams cannot advance out of a bracket.  Guest team game results are predetermined to be a 1-0 against the guest team.  The opposing team is awarded three points.