Rules for the Tournament

Updated Tuesday October 23, 2018 by Admin.

Coaches and Families:

As you know, the tournament is a very busy day for our club with a number of games going on a very tight schedule.  For the day to be a success, we really need your support in the following areas.

  • Please remember that tournament day is about the kids and their experience.  Please try and make it a positive one.  The games will be exciting and intense and it is important that the coaches remember what is important.....sportsmanship and fun!
  • All game start times are the time listed on the bracket. Please have your team ready to play at that time. Any warmup required to get your team ready will need to be done in the space off of the fields, so once the game is ready to start your team is ready to go.  Please be mindful of your game start time.
  • Home team is listed in GREEN highlight on the bracket.
  • All players still must play at least half of the game. Even though this is a tournament, this is still a recreational league and all players must play at least half of the game.
  • Please set the example for your players and parents in regards to the officiating. The officials are going to make mistakes or see things differently than you and your parents during the game. It is the human element of sports and one that is seen in every sporting event at every level of play. There is no reason to believe it will not happen in youth recreational soccer. Our expectation is that the coaches and parents will maintain their composure throughout these games and set the example for their players.
  • All games are 17-minute halves with a one-minute halftime. In other words, halftime is really quick.  Your players will have enough time to get a drink of water, get a few coaching points, and then back on to the field. It is important that we keep the games moving since we have games scheduled for the entire day.
  • Per league policy, no guest players are allowed. Only players assigned to your team may participate in games.
  • If a game is tied at the end of regulation, the winner will be determined by penalty kicks.  
    • There will be three penalty kicks for ALL age groups (not 5).
    • For simplicity, any player on the team may take one of the penalty kicks and/or play goalie (not just the players on the field at the end of the game). If the game is tied after the allotted penalty kicks, the teams will alternate penalty kicks until a winner is decided.
    • No player can take a second penalty kick until all players on the team have taken at least one penalty kick.
  • For the tournament, the substitution policy will be altered to allow substitutions on any throw-in, kick-off, or goal kick with the referee's permission.  Please have your players ready for the substitution so the game can keep moving.