All games will be played under the FIFA Laws of the Game, except the changes to the substitution rules.
USYS teams from outside of the state of Missouri must file travel permission forms with their State Associations. Your state’s medical release forms, player cards, a completed Tournament Roster and state-approved rosters must be presented at registration. Foreign teams will also need to submit extra paperwork to attend. Please contact us for details. Teams may carry a roster of no more than 12 for U8-U10 7v7 and no more than 16 for U11 & U12 9v9 and 22 for U13-U19 11v11. No roster changes will be permitted after a team roster has been approved at tournament registration. All teams must be currently registered with their State, National or Provincial Association. Up to 3 guest players may be added to a team. Each player must have a valid US Club/USYS ID card. The minimum number of games is three (3). No player may play on more than one team in the Tournament.
DURATION OF THE GAME
|Age Division||Game Time||Ball Size|
|U19||(2) 45 Minute Halves||5|
|U17||(2) 45 Minute Halves||5|
|U16||(2) 40 Minute Halves||5|
|U15||(2) 35 Minute Halves||5|
|U14||(2) 35 Minute Halves||5|
|U13||(2) 30 Minute Halves||5|
|U12 9v9||(2) 30 Minute Halves||4|
|U11 9v9||(2) 30 Minute Halves||4|
|U10 7v7||(2) 25 Minute Halves||4|
|U9 7v7||(2) 25 Minute Halves||4|
Participation bag tag awards will be presented to ALL U8-U9 players…with individual and team awards being presented to the 1st place teams in U8-U15 & 2nd place gets individual medals for finalists in the U8-U15 divisions. There are no finals in U16-U18. They play full length Showcase games.
UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
Each player must wear shin guards and an official uniform with a number on the back. Where uniform color is similar, the designated VISITING team will change colors. Home team should wear their lighter color Jersey. Home team is listed first. Home team will provide the game ball.
START OF THE GAME
A referee’s coin toss will determine direction and which team starts with the ball.
Unlimited substitution is allowed for all Divisions. Substitutions will be in accordance with USSF rules. Players can sub on the other team’s possession throw in IF the team in possession have a player up as a substitute as well.
Any player or coach ejected from a game will be ineligible for the team’s next game. No substitution will be permitted for an ejected player. Anyone fighting can be subjected to ejection from further tournament participation. Passes will be retained by the tournament and will be returned to the coach of the team after the player has sat out their suspension.
FAILURE TO SHOW – FORFEITS
A minimum of seven players constitutes a team. A ten (10) minute grace period will be extended beyond the kickoff time before a forfeit will be declared. The Tournament Directors will make the final decision if a forfeit shall be allowed depending upon extenuating circumstances that may have prevented a team from making the game on time. If a forfeit is determined, the winning team shall be awarded a score of 4-0 and will receive the points for that score.
Any protest must be presented in writing to the tournament headquarters within one (1) hour of the completion of the game, and must be accompanied with a $100 bond. This bond will only be returned if the protest is upheld. Referee judgment calls will not be a basis for protests.
Three (3) Points will be awarded for a win
One (1) point will be awarded for a tie
Zero (0) points will be awarded for a loss
In the event of a tie in total point standings, the following sequence will be used:
(In case of 3 way tie we will go through tie breakers until we have a winner, the process does not eliminate a team and then restart the tie breaker list)
TIE BREAK – FINALS
Games that are tied at the end of regulation time will end as a tie in preliminary rounds. In the event of a tie in a final game; the game will continue with two five (5) minute overtime periods after which penalty kicks will be taken as listed below to determine a winner.
TIE BREAKERS – PENALTY KICKS
In the event that penalty kicks must be used to determine a winner in the preliminary or final rounds the format will be as follows:
PROCEDURE: Penalty Kicks will be taken in accordance with the Laws of the Game.
ELIGIBLE PLAYERS: Only players on the field at the end of the match are eligible to participate.
US Soccer Heading Mandate
In accordance with US Soccer’s recommendation on specific rule changes to heading, will eliminate heading for players age 10 and under. Please note that U11 is listed in the US Soccer concussion initiative document because U11 players can be 10 years old during the season. Therefore, because of the concerns for the safety of younger players, beyond the limitations of the laws of the game, our Tournament will follow the mandate and not allow players U11 and under to head the ball. This infraction will result in an indirect free kick.
When a player deliberately heads a ball during the game, an indirect free kick should be awards to the opposing team from the spot of the infraction. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal box, the indirect free kick should be taken from the spot of infringement as well. If the infringement takes place within the 6 yard box, the ball will be placed on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, play should continue.
Build Out Line
The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punting is not allowed). After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper and received by his team mate, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.
If the event is canceled entirely because of weather, St. Louis Scott Gallagher will refund a percentage of the application fee. This would be the case if a team does not play any games as well. If teams play 1 game, St. Louis Scott Gallagher will refund 50% of the entry fee. If teams play two games, the refund will be 25%. No refunds will be given for teams that drop after September 15, 2016 or after they have been accepted.
No pets are allowed at any facilities during this event.