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Tournament Rules

Houston Easter Invitational

 


ROUND ROBIN QUALIFYING GAMES

 

SCORING SYSTEM

 6 points for a win

 3 points for a tie

 0 points for a loss

 1 bonus point per goal (3 max)

 1 bonus point for shutout

 A Forfeit is scored 1-0 and counts as 8 qualifying points

 

GAME LENGTHS

AGE GROUP

LENGTH OF HALVES

 

       U8 - U10 - 25 minutes

 

       U11 – U12 (8v8 and 11v11) - 30 minutes

 

       U13  -U19 All Levels - 35 minutes

 

 

 Halftimes will be 5 minutes for all age groups

 

 

TIE-BREAKERS

Ties in qualifying games will not be broken. The following criteria will be used to break ties when teams are tied in qualifying points:

 

  1. Results of Head-to-Head competition;
  2. Goal Difference (total goals for minus total goals against; NO LIMIT on goals scored or allowed per game);
  3. Total Goals Scored (total goals for; NO LIMIT on goals scored per game);
  4. Ties between teams when only 1 team advances: FIFA shootout
  5. Ties between teams when both teams advance (for seeding purposes): Coin flip with representatives of both teams present

 

FORFEITS

 Any team forfeiting a game after 12 Noon Friday will not be eligible for advancement to  playoffs

 

PLAYOFF (ADVANCEMENT) GAMES

 

LENGTH OF GAMES

 All Finals will be the same as round robin games or as noted above.

 

TIE-BREAKERS

 Finals: FIFA shootout; no overtimes

 Participation in penalty kicks: Only players on the field at the end of regulation may participate in the taking of penalty kicks. All other players, spectators, etc. must remain on the sidelines. Only the coach may enter the field to join the team, with referee permission.

 

ROSTER LIMITS

            U8 – U11 (8v8): 13 players

            U12 (8v8): 14 players

            U12 – U15 (11v11): 18 players

            U16 – U18 (11v11): 22 players

 

PLAYERS REQUIRED/SUBSTITUTIONS/WATER BREAKS

 

PLAYERS REQUIRED

 11-a-side games: 7 players

 8-a-side games: 6 players

 The above number of players is required to start or finish a game

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

 Substitutions with referee permission in ALL cases

 USSF substitution rules apply, as modified by USYSA

 ALLOWED FOR BOTH TEAMS: goal kicks, after a goal, halftime

 ALLOWED FOR ONE TEAM: throw-ins, possession team only, stoppage due to injured player (injured player only); yellow cards (player who received card ONLY).

 

WATER BREAKS

 Water breaks may be taken during the play of all games

 Referee and both coaches should agree prior to a game when and how long water breaks should be

 Water breaks will only be allowed with the referee's permission

 The clock WILL NOT STOP during a water break

 

GAME ARRIVAL AND STARTING TIMES

 

ARRIVAL TIMES

 Teams must be at their assigned field 15 minutes before scheduled game time

 Teams must be ready for inspection by referee and/or field commissioner

 

STARTING TIMES

 All games START at the time shown on the schedule

 NO GRACE PERIODS will be allowed

 

UNIFORMS

 

NUMBERS AND COLORS

 All players shall wear numbered jerseys, shorts and socks of like color which distinguish them from the opposing team and the referee

 

ALTERNATE JERSEYS

 Each team must have an alternate color jersey in case of color conflict

 The first team listed on the schedule is the home team and must change jersey colors if deemed necessary by the referee

 

PLAYER JERSEY NUMBERS

 Player numbers (for both uniforms) must be on the final roster submitted at team check-in. Players must wear their assigned jersey number in all games.

 Changes in player jersey number must be reported to the referee prior to the start of each game; no number changes will be allowed after a game has started.

 

HOME TEAM RIGHTS/RESPONSIBILITIES -- All Games

 Home team (1st team listed in a pairing or top team in a playoff tree) must provide the game ball for all games

 Home team has 1st choice of side of the playing field for their team. Supporter must be located on the opposite side of the field and must not go to the team side at any time during the game.

 

SCHEDULES AND SCORE REPORTING

 

SCHEDULES

 The game schedule is final as published

 No changes will be permitted without the consent of the Board of Directors

 

 

SCORE REPORTING

  • ·The Referee will be responsible for providing all game reports.
  • ·Referee’s are subject to check player cards prior and during a game.
  • ·Games will not start without an official game report.
  • ·The Referee (not linesmen) must bring the official game report to the official scorer's table within 1 hour of the completion of a game
  • ·Game Reports must be signed by both Coaches.

 

DISCIPLINE

 

RED CARDS

 Player receiving a red card is banned from that game and the next game (1 game suspension)

 2nd red card to the same player results in that player's suspension from the tournament

 

YELLOW CARDS

 Player accumulating 2 yellow cards is suspended for the next game (1 game suspension)

 A player accumulating 1 red card plus 2 yellow cards will be suspended from the tournament

 

APPLICATION

 Above disciplinary rules apply to tournament games only, but...

 Cases of serious misconduct will be reported to a player or team's governing association for follow-up action

 

REPORTING

 Referees are required to report all disciplinary actions taken before, during and after the game on the official game report

 All cases of serious misconduct must be reported immediately following the game after which the serious misconduct occurred

 

PROTESTS

 

GENERAL

 All referee decisions are final during the course of a game

 Protests will NOT be allowed

 

 RAINOUTS

 The Tournament Directors have the final decision over field conditions and game cancellations

 In case of rainouts, games will be rescheduled if possible within tournament time constraints

 

 

OFFICIAL GAME LENGTH

 A game must be played beyond the 2nd half kickoff to be considered a complete or an official game

 Any game not played beyond the 2nd half kickoff will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Tournament Committee (excluding rainouts)

 

REGISTRATION

             Each team must check in at the main tent at least one hour prior to their first game on Friday morning.

 All players and teams must be USYSA-registered for the current seasonal year

 Each player must have a current signed and laminated player ID card (USYSA/STYSA) available for inspection by tournament officials at the site of each game in which the player participates

 Each Player must have a signed (parent and/or guardian if under 18) medical release

 There are no limits to guest players. All players must be on your got soccer roster to play in this tournament.

 All team will be required to input all players on their tournament got soccer roster. Please do not use your league got soccer roster if you plan to use guest players.

at check-in

INSURANCE/OTHER REQUIREMENTS

 The wearing of hard casts, whether padded or not, will not be permitted in tournament games...NO EXCEPTIONS

 

 REFUND POLICY

A team withdrawing from the tournament after being accepted shall forfeit its entry fee. In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Committee has the authority to restructure or cancel the tournament. It will not be rescheduled for another date and no refunds will be issued once play has begun. If the tournament is cancelled prior to the start of play, a refund less expenses will be distributed.    

 

Bracket Formats

 

There is no quarter final or semi final games in this tournament. Below will explain how each of the finals will be determined based on the bracket size:

 

Bracket of 4: Played as a single group of four teams in a roundrobin format, the two teams accumulating the highest points will play a final game for the championship.

 

Bracket of 6: Played as two groups of three teams. Each team will cross over and play the three teams in the other group. The two teams accumulating the most points from all six teams will play a final game to determine which team is the champion.

 

Bracket of 8: Played as two groups of four. The winner of each roundrobin group will play a final game to determine which team will be champion.