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2017 Kroger Cup Tournament Rules

Rules and Format

I. TOURNAMENT FORMAT

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.

 

II. TOURNAMENT RULES

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:

  1. Results of head-to-head competition.  Disregard if more than two teams are tied. (You must continue to the next criteria and may not revert back.)
  2. Goal differential points (goals scored minus goals allowed – max. 3 negative or positive)
  3. Least goals allowed.
  4. Most goals scored to a maximum of 5.
  5. Penalty kicks same day, if light permits or 7:00 a.m. next day.
    1. If two teams are still tied and it is placement for consolation game the tournament committee or score keeper reserves the right to determine placement of teams.
  6. Goal differential points example: Team I – 3, Team II-1. Team I gets 2 points and Team II gets -2 goal differential points. Goal differential points are added together from each individual team’s games.

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!

  • Only the 11 players (or less) on the field at end of regulation will be eligible to participate in penalty kick procedure.
    • Note: If a team finishes the game with less than 11 players, the opposing team must pick an equal amount of players to fill the sequence.
  • The 11 players (or less) from each team must stay on the field of play and will meet at the center circle at the end of the game.
  • Captains will meet for the coin toss to determine who kicks first.
  • Referee decides which goal will be used.
  • Five players, selected by coach, will be used for the first round of penalty kicks.
  • With teams alternating five kicks, the teams scoring the most kicks will be the winner. If there is a winner prior to all kicks being taken, kicks shall cease.
  • If penalty kicks result in continuing tie, the remaining six (or less) players from each team will alternate kicks, not necessarily five more until a team scores.

D. Substitutions

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:

  • After a goal has been made;
  • At the beginning of the second half of play or prior to the beginning of an overtime period;
  • At a goal kick by either team; or
  • At a throw-in by the team in possession.

Limited substitutions may be made, with the referee’s permission:

  • In case of stoppage of play for an injury
  • For any player receiving a yellow card at the time of the warning with opponent also able to substitute one for one. (A player who has been yellow carded does not need to leave the field – it is at the coach’s discretion.)

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

  • U15, U16, U17, U19 = 35 minute halves
  • (11v11), U13, U14 = 30 minute halves
  • U10 (6V6) = 25 minute halves (roster size 14 maximum)
  • U11 & U12 (8v8) = 30 minute halves (will play 8v8 – roster size 14 maximum

Half-time intervals are 5 minutes.

F. Ball Sizes

  • U13 – U19 Size 5
  • U9 – U12 Size 4

G. Conduct

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.

I. Forfeiture

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.

  1. Inclement weather before a game: In cases of severe weather conditions before play begins, the tournament director or his assistant may reduce the length of the game.
  2. Inclement weather during game: Should a game’s progress be terminated due to severe conditions, the game may be (at director’s direction) be considered official and the score at that time will stand.

K. Player Equipment: Law IV of FIFA Applies

  1. When the color of jerseys is similar or identical, the designated home team will change colors (teams listed first on the schedule is the home team).
  2. With the exception of the goalkeeper, all players must have uniforms with individual numbers on the shirt. The goalkeepers’ shirts shall be easily distinguishable from all other players and from the referee.
  3. No equipment changes may be made after the referee’s equipment check without his/her permission.
  4. No plastic or metal jewelry of any kind (excluding corrective glasses) may be worn.
  5. Shin guards for all players and goalkeepers are mandatory.
  6. Casts: Players who are wearing protective casts are allowed to play if the following conditions are met:
    1. The cast is wrapped in foam or other protective material that will protect other players.
    2. The player with the cast does not attempt to use the cast to an advantage or in such a way as to put other players in danger.
    3. The referee approves the cast protection and such approval will not be unreasonably withheld.

L. General

  1. Due to the tournament’s strict time schedule the clock will not stop for any reason. The games must, and will, start at the scheduled game times.
  2. All decisions of the referee are final and binding.
  3. The tournament committee, RVYSC, sponsors, and VYSA will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team or club if the tournament is canceled in whole or in part. Refunds will not be made.
  4. NO PROTEST! The tournament committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament and its judgment is final.
  5. Both managers must turn in the game card to field marshals at tent.
  6. ALCOHOL POLICY: It is the policy of the US Youth Soccer that no alcohol be brought to U.S. Youth Soccer games.
  7. All teams must have U.S. Youth Soccer, or approved organization, Player Passes, or the appropriate National Association Passes.
  8. 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).
  9. All teams must register on-line before the Tournament and up-load medical release forms for each player, certified rosters, player cards and Permission to Travel forms.
  10. If team has more than 18 players rostered, they must submit a game roster of the 18 playing to the score tent prior to each game.
  11. If a team withdraws from tournaments prior to entry deadline we will give a full refund. If team withdraws after deadline and either Roanoke Star Soccer Club or team that withdraws can find replacement, we will give a full refund. If either party cannot find a replacement their will not be refund.

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

Soccer Maine

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.

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