A. Divisions with Four Teams
Three matches will be guaranteed. Each team will play the other teams within the division. Ties will not be broken for these matches. The top two teams after these matches will play for the championship or it will be a round robin division with champion determined by points.
B. Divisions with Five Teams
Four matches will be guaranteed. Each team will play the other teams within the division. Ties will not be broken for these matches. The top two teams based on points will be first and second.
C. Divisions with Six Teams
Three matches will be guaranteed. Teams will be divided into two groups with each team playing two matches within its group. After these matches, teams in each group will be ranked (first, second, third) using criteria in rules IIA and IIB. Sunday morning semi-final matches will be played between first and second place finishers in each group. Semi-final winners advance to the championship of that division. Semifinal ties will be broken by penalty kicks immediately following the match. Third place teams from each group will play their third and final game on Sunday against equally ranked teams from the other group.
D. Divisions with Eight Teams
Three matches will be guaranteed. Teams will be divided into two groups with each team playing three matches within its group. Ties will not be broken for these matches. The top teams from each group will meet for the championship of that division.
E. Divisions with Nine Teams
Three matches will be guaranteed. Teams will be divided into 3 groups with each team playing two matches within its group. After these matches, teams in each group will be ranked using criteria in Rules IIA and IIB. The three 1st place teams plus a wildcard team will go to the semifinals. Semifinal winners will advance to the Championship of that division. Second place teams from non-wildcard divisions will play each other and the winner of that game will play the third place team from the wildcard division.
The two third place teams from the non-wildcard divisions will play each other. In the semifinals division A vs. B and division C vs. the wildcard team except if the wildcard team is from division C, then A vs. C and B vs. wildcard.
F. Divisions with Ten Teams
Three matches will be guaranteed. Teams will be divided into three groups. One group of four teams and two groups of three teams. The group of four teams will play three matches within its group and the winner of the group will go to the finals. The two groups of three teams will play two games and the winner of each group will play each other and the winner will go to the final. The 2nd and 3rd place teams will play each other for their third game.
G. Divisions with Twelve Teams
Three matches will be guaranteed. Teams will be divided into four groups with each team playing two matches within its group. After these matches, teams in each group will be ranked (First, Second, Third) using criteria in rules IIA and IIB. Sunday morning semi-finals matches will be played between group winners. Semi-final winners advance to the championship of that division. Semi-finals ties will be broken by penalty kicks immediately following the match. Second and third place teams from each group will play their third and final games on Sunday against equally ranked teams from other groups.
All games shall be played in accordance with FIFA laws, except as specifically superseded by these rules:
A. Point System to Determine Team Rankings:
1. Win = 3 game points; Tie = 1 game points
B. Tie-Breaking Procedure to Determine Advancing Teams:
In the event of forfeiture, tie-breaking rules No. 2, 3, and 4 will be based on the “per game average for games actually played.
Wildcard teams will be determined by the tie-breaking procedure (above) Nos. 2, 3, 4 & 5.
C. Resolving Ties in the Championship and Semi-Finals
1. FIFA penalty kick procedure will be used to determine a winner. No overtime!
FIFA limited substitution rules will apply in divisions involving more than one foreign team in the U16 through U19 age categories. Only six (6) substitutions shall be allowed in each game. After leaving the game, the substituted player shall not be allowed to re-enter the game. If a National Team (16 years and older) is participating in an age division, a limit of only six substitutions is permitted. In all other age divisions and when no National Teams are participating, “Unlimited Substitutions” may be used for all games. Unlimited substitutions will be made with the referee’s permission:
Limited substitutions may be made, with the referee’s permission:
Under no circumstances may substitutions be made (1) on corner kicks or (2) after the game has ended in a tie and FIFA penalty kicks will be required to determine a winner.
E. Length of Game
Half-time intervals are 5 minutes.
F. Ball Sizes
Players and/or coaches ejected from a game are automatically banned from their team’s next tournament game. Players or coaches ejected for fighting will be ejected from the tournament. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their spectators. Coaches may be carded for their spectators’ conduct. No person is allowed behind the end lines.
H. Spectator and Coaching Areas
If possible, teams are to be on one side of the field and spectators on the opposite side. Coaching areas extend from the 18-yard line on one end to the 18 of the other end. If teams must be on the same side, each team must operate in its own half. The home team has the choice of bench.
Games must start on time. There is no grace period. Our tournaments run on a very tight time schedule. A team must have seven or more players present in order to begin a match.
J. Inclement Weather
Regardless of weather conditions, teams and coaches must be at game site and ready to play on time as scheduled. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of game. Only the tournament director or his staff may suspend or postpone a game.
K. Player Equipment: Law IV of FIFA Applies
J. Heading Rule at Age Group Divisions U11 and Younger
Whenever the ball strikes a player in the head, play is stopped. The proper restart depends upon whether the player deliberately played the ball with his or her head. If deliberate, the proper restart is an indirect free kick to the opposing team. If this occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If the play by the head is deemed in advertent, then the proper restart is a dropped ball.
K. Region 1 Policy Regarding Application to Host a Tournament
Region 1 has established the following policy concerning permission to travel when attending US Youth Soccer sanctioned tournaments in Region 1. The purpose of this policy is to make it as simple as possible for the US Youth Soccer Region 1 teams to ravel to tournaments within Region 1. The new policy states that any US Youth Soccer State Association teams within Region 1 that are accepted into a tournament in Region 1, do not need permission to travel papers. Permission to Travel is not required in friendly games within Region 1.
National State Associations in Region I:
Connecticut Jr Soccer Assn
Delaware Youth Soccer Assn
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Assn
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Assn
Maryland Youth Soccer Assn
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assn
New Hampshire Soccer Assn
New Jersey Youth Soccer Assn
New York State West Youth Soccer Assn
Pennsylvania West State Soccer Assn
Soccer Rhode Island
Vermont Soccer Assn
Virginia Youth Soccer Assn
West Virginia Soccer Assn
L. Unrestricted Tournament
Teams that are members of organizations of the United States Soccer Federation, but not members of US Youth Soccer (such as AYSO, SAY, US Club Soccer, or Super Y Leagues) DO NOT have to have a US Youth Soccer Application to Travel form (although that team’s organization may require that the team have permission.) An approved team roster does need to be provided to tournament officials, along with current player passes from its organization.