Tournament_Rules

I. THE BELOW TOURNAMENTS Rules APPLY TO
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II. TOURNAMENT Contact/ Application Mailing Address
Soccer Tournament Specialists / 10502 Mission Gorge Rd , #120, Santee, CA 92071
info@stspecialists.com

III. REGISTRATION AND TEAM ELIGIBILITY
1. Team Check-in will take place on the first day of the tournament 45-60 minutes prior to your first scheduled game at the field marshal tent onsite.

FOREIGN TEAMS – For teams coming from a CONCACAF nation:

-Players must present passports at registration or, if from a nation that the United States does not require passport, proof of entry into the United States that is required by the United States.
-Teams are required to have and present player picture identification
-Team must have a completed form from its Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament.

PLAYER AGE AND ELIGIBILITY (Age Groups Based on 2018-19 Season Calendar Year Age Groups)

Division: Born on or after January 1st of the year specified:

2011     U8

2010     U9

2009     U10

2008     U11 

2007     U12

2006     U13

2005     U14

2004     U15 

2003     U16

2002     U17

2001     U18

2000     U19

Games

U8:            Divisions play 7 v 7 (TBA)
U9-U10:   Divisions play 7 v 7
U11-U12:  Divisions play  9 v 9
U13-U19:  Divisions play 11 v 11

Game Duration by Age Group

AGE GROUPS / preliminary & semi  /  finals
   1999-2004    /  2 x 30 minute         / 2 x 35
   2005-2008 /    2 x 25 minute         / 2 x 30
   2009            /  2 x 25   minute         / 2 x 25
   2010              / 2 x 20   Minutes.      / 2 x 25

—If preliminary or consolation games are tied   they are recorded as a tie game.
—If Semi-finals games end in a tie, the game will go directly to penalty kicks. 
—If final games end in a tie, the game will go directly to 2 x 5 overtime minutes halves with golden goal rule in effect ( first team to score wins ) if still tied after the overtime period, penalty kicks will be taken to decide the winner.

Home & Away TEAMS

-Home team will be the first listed team on the schedule/game card and the online posted schedule.

-Home team will select which sideline and which goal to defend on the field they prefer.  

-Uniform color conflicts. Both teams must bring two sets of uniforms to each game, however if the referee determines there is a conflict, the home team will be required to change.

-Tournament director will designate which side of the field will be for the teams and which side will be for the spectators. No persons are permitted behind the goals.

PLAYER CREDENTIALS AND UNIFORMS

-Player picture identification cards are to be present and available at all matches.
-Identification cards are required.
-The shirt number of each player must be the same as the player’s shirt number on the daily match report or roster. If the numbers are not the same, the referee is not to allow the player to take part in the match until the numbers are the same.

LAWS OF THE GAME

-All matches must be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game, except as specifically modified as follows in the tournament rules:

SUBSTITUTION TIME

-A player may be substituted on at a stoppage of play with the permission of the referee.
NOTE: Tournament regulations may limit when substitutions maybe made by specifying specific stoppages in play when substitutions can be made (Example – At goal kicks and corner kicks, on your team’s throw-ins, when a player is cautioned); otherwise substitutions may be made at any stoppage only with the permission of the referee.

SUBSTITUTION AGE LIMITS

-If the age group is 15 & under, free substitution is allowed. For age groups 16 years and older, free substitution is allowed providing the tournament is not an official competition (but a friendly club tournament) and the age category does not include matches between national teams of CONCACAF member countries. If it does include national teams, then up to six substitutions are allowed.

Individual Player Rule

A player MAY play on two different teams within a tournament the same weekend.

With the below criteria:

-Player must not play down in level or age group of it’s existing registered teams level or age.
-Player may NOT play down in age.
-Player may play Down in level BUT must be playing up in age.
-Player may NOT play on two different teams within the same age group within the tournament.

Player Equipment

-Shin guards – Required for all players (no exceptions).
-Casts (No hard casts are permitted. Soft casts are permitted with the permission of the referee.
NOTE: You may require approval by a Tournament doctor as well but the ultimate authority is the referee.

TOURNAMENT AND MATCH SCHEDULES:

-Tournament Format –
1. First round/group play is a round robin

If a total team count within a age group/level is:
– 4 teams total – 1st & 2nd place finishers play in the finals.
-6 teams total – 1st & 2nd place in each group will play in Semi-Finals, winners in semi-final play in Final – 3rd place in each group play in a consolation game
– 8 teams total -1st place finishers in each group play in the Finals.
-12 teams total – 1st place in Group will play in Semi-Finals, along with one wild card team.
winners in semi-final games will play in the Finals.

– Match Schedules

1. The minimum number of matches a team will play total is 3 games.
2. Minumum Number of matches being played on each day is 1 games. Maxiumum 3 games.
3. Procedures for Determining a Winner –

The procedures for deciding ties at the end of reguation play is semi-finals if tied is FIFA Penalty
kicks. Finals will have two, 5 minute overtime periods (Golden Goal Rule team that scores 1st in overtime wins the game).  If still tied, game will go directly in to FIFA penalty kicks.

4. Match Delays, Suspensions, Cancellations, Forfeits

All winners by Forfeit, or Suspensions will receive a 1-0 result. Losing team 0-1.
All match cancellations due to weather will result in a 0-0 draw (if more than half the game was played, the game score will stand when ended)
ALL decisions are made final by the director of the tournament.

5. Refund Policy – Weather game cancellations

-Team that have played 2 games out of 3 games guaranteed, receive 15% of entry fee paid.
-Team that have played 1 games out of 3 games guaranteed, receive 40% of entry fee paid.
-Team that have played 0 games out of 3 games guaranteed, receive 70% of entry fee paid.

6. Refund Policy – Suspended or Forfeit game cancellations
(teams that forfeit or get suspended do NOT qualify for any refund)

-Team that have played 2 games out of 3 games guaranteed, receive 25% of entry fee paid.
-Team that have played 1 games out of 3 games guaranteed, receive 50% of entry fee paid.
-Team that have played 0 games out of 3 games guaranteed, receive 80% of entry fee paid.

7. Refund Policy Team Refunds – Once your team has been accepted and paid their entry fee, refunds will not be given. Teams can petition for a refund via email to info@stspecialists.com.
The Tournament Directors will consider if adequate notice was given to find another team and determine if any administrative expenses have been incurred. An administrative fee will apply for all full or partial refunds in the amount of– $25. Credit Card payments have an automated credit card processing fee that is handled by a third party. This fee will be non refundable.

APPLICATIONS/ TEAM ACCEPTANCE

Applications without payment with them to be considered. Applying Online without a payment does NOT automatically accept your team/ complete your teams application.
** NOTE: ANY TEAM THAT SIGNS UP FOR THE WRONG AGE GROUP WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED A SPOT IN THE TOURNAMENT UNLESS THERE IS ROOM IN THE APPROPRIATE AGE GROUP. IF THERE IS NO ROOM IN THE PROPER AGE GROUP THE TEAM WILL NOT BE REFUNDED, UNLESS THE TOURNAMENT FILLS THEIR SPOT IN THE TOURNAMENT.

Team Acceptance – Traveling Teams

-Teams traveling in from outside of the tournaments county will be automatically acceptance once their application and payment has been received PRIOR to the entry Deadline. UNLESS they receive a notification prior to the deadline in which it specifies your team has not been accepted.
Traveling teams traveling in from outside Southern California will need travel papers, unless they are with US Club Soccer
-All traveling teams will need to stay at one of the approved STS Hotels in order to be accepted. This tournament is a “Stay and Play” event.

Team Acceptance- Local teams

-Local teams will receive a rejection notice no later than 3 weeks prior to the event date. If your team
Does NOT receive a rejection notification, Your team will be accepted by default into the tournament.

Application Play Level Scale

**Academy = Academy
**1st Flight = Gold, Premier, Upper Silver Elite)
**2nd Flight= Silver Elite, Silver, AAA, Upper AA-A )
**3rd Flight = Bronze, AA-B, AA-C, Recreational/AYSO All-Star

Coaches that have multiple teams and need help with tournament coverage need to have in writing to the tournament the teams they are coaching by application deadline in order for the tournament to assist with schedules. STS will do its very best to accommodate all coaches conflicts, but there are no guarantees.

TEAM AWARDS

-Awards will be given to the first and second place team members. Champions will receive team trophy and medals for each participant & coach Finalist will receive medals for each participant & coach

CONDUCT:

-All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, bench, friends and spectators at all time. Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one’s own team) is permitted provided: No mechanical devices are used; The tone of voice is instructive and not derogatory; Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards of either side of the halfway line No coach, substitute of spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes or spectators; No coach, substitute of spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior. Any parental behavior on the sideline such as profanity, coaching, fighting or other behavior that is not sportsman like is not accepted. Teams can be removed from the tournament per the Tournament Director without compensation if the director feels that the team sideline is out of control.

FILING A COMPLAINT/OPINION TO THE TOURNAMENT

-The tournament director will ONLY communicate with the teams Head Coach in regard to any concerns or issues pertaining to the tournament. We will NOT RESPOND to any Manager or Parent phone calls or e-mails.
-All referee complaints should be made to info@stspecialists.com and NOT by phone. These concerns will be sent the head referee assignor

TOURNAMENT POINT SYSTEM:

3 Points For each Win
1 Point For each Tie
O Point For each Loss

A. Score Reporting

Scores after each game will need to be reported by the team managers to field marshal. Referees will not be responsible for this.

B. Tie Breakers:

In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined as follows:
1. The winner of head to head competition
2. Fewest goals against
3. Most goals for
4. Most total wins
5. Most shut outs
6. If a tie still exists after steps 1 through 4, FIFA Kicks from the Mark will be taken 15 minutes
prior to the scheduled start of the Semi-Final game. If a 3-way tie exists within a bracket after
steps 1-5, a three-way coin Flip will be conducted.

Step #1. Director will assign each of the three teams to a coin.
Step #2. All three coins will be flipped in order until we receive (2 heads /1 tail or 2 tails/1 heads toss) The odd team out will go to finals and the other 2 teams will take penalty kicks to determine who goes to the semi-final or finals.

FORFEITS:

1. A team not arriving to it’s scheduled game no later than 15 minutes- Director may extend this time.
2. The minimum number of players required to start play 9 players (11v11) 7 players (9v9), 5 players (7v7).
3. A team that forfeits may proceed in the tournament to the playo rounds.
4. The result for a forfeited match is scored 1-0. Forfeit one and forfeit all rule is NOT in effect.

PROTESTS/ DISPUTES

1. Protests/Disputes – Can ONLY be made by a HEAD COACH, NO parent/s or Manager protests/disputes.
2. Disputes –Player eligibility issues or disputes are made directly to the tournament director over any tournament rules. The initial contact will be made to field marshal if its a game day dispute.
3. All referee disputes/protests will be made to info@stspecialists.com. All referee disputes/protests will be sent to the referee association hired to handlie the game.
4. The procedures and entity involved in a protest or dispute must provide quick due process.
5. Decisions by referees may not be appealed and decisions by the director deciding a protest or dispute are final and may not be appealed

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE:

1. A code of conduct will be enforced for spectators and coaches. Action will be taken for any misconduct, by either the director or referee at the time of misconduct. Director and/or referee will have the right to cancel/forfeit the game in which will result in a 1-0 result or the result at the time of game cancellation.
2. Animals, smoking, verbal abuse of anyone, & alcoholic are NOT allowed in and around the field.
3. Ejections – A player or coach sent o during a match is not allowed to play or coach in the next match, unless the otherwise approved by the director. The tournament director may take additional disciplinary action against a team or individual for serious offenses, including suspension from the remainder of the tournament and non-eligibility for future tournaments of that tournament committee. Passes for the player or coach are to be held by the tournament director until the suspensions are served. Coaches may not be located on the spectators side or coach or communicate with the team in any manner; players may sit with the team but may not be in uniform.
4. No accumulation of Yellow Cards will be applied to rule.

GAME BALLS – Home team will be supplying the game balls.

Heading the Ball will be allowed in the following age groups U12 through U19, Boys & Girls