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  1. JURISDICTION
    1. Unless otherwise noted, the current AYSO National Rules and Regulations, Section 2 and FIFA Laws of the Game will be used for this Tournament.
    2. The Tournament Committee (including the Tournament Director, Assistant Director(s), Field Director, Referee Director, and other assigned staff) will have jurisdiction over all games players.  Disputes will be resolved by the end o fate soccer day.
    3. Referee judgement calls are NOT subject to dispute or protest.
  2. FEES
    1. Entire entry fee must accompany Tournament Application and will be returned if the application is not accepted.  Fee must be a single check issued from the AYSO Region's account (no personal checks, money orders, credit cards or other payment instruments will be accepted).
    2. Fees are stated on this page.
  3. ACCEPTANCE
    1. Applications are due no later than March 15th.
    2. Applications will be accepted on a first-come basis, base on completed applications (see Team Application Form for criteria).  Teams will be notified on the page, Teams Applying and Accepted, within 48 hours of the receipt of their applications.
    3. Teams not accepted into the tournament will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list.  If a team chooses not to be on a waiting list, the application and entry fee will be returned within 48 hours of notification.
    4. The primary form of communication between the Tournament and applying teams will be email, and the Tournament website.  Teams must designate a Team Contact on their application who has email and Internet access.
  4. REFUNDS
    1. Teams withdrawing 30 days or more before the Tournament will be issued a full refund.
    2. Teams withdrawing less than 30 days before the start of the Tournament will only be issued refund if a replacement team can be found.
    3. If the Tournament is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled a full refund will be issued.
  5. RAINOUT/CANCELLATION
    1. Should the Tournament be rained out on the original date, it will be cancelled.  All teams will receive a full refund.
    2. If the Tournament is cancelled due to weather after partially completing and it cannot be rescheduled to be completed, refunds will be to teams on a pro-rated basis, baed on the number of games actually played.
  6. PLAYERS/TEAMS
    1. Players on participating teams must be properly registered to play in AYSO, and have played in a Fall Program in the immediately prior season.  The player must have played in a minimum of 1/2 of the games in that season.  Coaches are responsible to ensure that all players meet eligibility requirements.
    2. The team roster must be verified and approved by each team's Regional Commissioner.  Roster changes may be submitted (with the written approval of the Regional Commissioner); however, these changes must be received by the Tournament Registrar prior to the Tournament.  There will be no roster changes allowed on Tournament Day.
    3. Three guest players, players from a different region from the applying team's region, will be allowed for each team.  However, the Guest Player will be required to have the approval of both the Guest Player's Regional Commissioner and the Host Team Regional Commissioner.  See the Guest Player Form.
    4. Co-ed teams will be accepted; however they must play in the boy's divisions only.
    5. Division game formats is shown on this page.
    6. All players must play at least half of each game.  Violation of these player rules exposes a team to protest and renders them subject to forfeiture of game and possible disqualification at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
  7. COACHES
    1. Each team is limited to two coaches - one Head Coach and one Assistant Coach.  These coaches must be the ones listed on the Official Team Roster.
    2. Each coach must provide their AYSO identification number, be a currently registered volunteer, Safe-Haven certified, and AYSO trained at the age-appropraite level.  Proof of coach certification and training will be verified from the eAYSO roster.
    3. Each coach will be issued a coaches badge.  The coaches must wear these Badges on the lanyard provided by the Tournament at all times when they are coaching their team's games, and must present them upon request to any Tournament or Field officials.
    4. Coaches are expected to set the example for their team in exhibiting proper AYSO and Kids Zone behavior.  Coaches are expected to remain in the technical area during games and only enter the field of play as requested by the referee.
  8. REFEREES
    1. Each team in the Tournament will provide a minimum crew of 2 referees.  These referees are expected to self-assign 3 games each, based on their qualifications.
    2. All referees must be AYSO registered and trained volunteer to the appropriate level for the games they sign up for, and be Safe Haven certified.
    3. Only the diagonal system of control will be used to referee the games.
    4. Referees for U16 games must be Advanced or National Certified, for U14 games must be Intermediate or above, and for U10 and U12 games must be Regional or above.
    5. Youth referees (assistant referees) must be at least 2 years older the the age group of the game they referee.  Youth referees may not act as Center Referee.
    6. All referees must be in full uniform as defined by AYSO and USSF, including the Referee Badge.  Referees not in full uniform will not be permitted to referee.
    7. Referees are expected to check in  at the Referee Station (Field Marshall Station) at least 20 minutes prior to their assigned game.  Failure to appear on time may result in a replacement referee crew being assigned to the field.  Once a replacement crew has been assigned they will have priority and the original crew must report to the Station for reassignment.
    8. Coaches and players in the Tournament will not be allowed to referee their own division.
    9. Referees may not officiate a game in which their region is participating.
    10. Referees will be expected to uphold the Tournament Rules, AYSO Rules and Regulations, and FIFA Laws of the Game. Any failure of the referee to uphold these rules may be cause for dismissal from the Tournament.
  9. FIELDS
    1. All fields will be set up and taken down by the Tournament Staff.
    2. Trash cans will be provided at each field.  Teams will be expected to clean up all trash in their area before leaving.
    3. Please observe the posted Facility Use Rules while attending the Tournament.
  10. FORMAT
    1. This is a pool-play tournament.
    2. Each age division will be bracketed into playing pools.  Each team will play a minimum of 3 preliminary games within their respective pools.  Where there are sufficient teams, divisions will also be separated into multiple competition flights.
    3. Teams will advance from qualifying rounds based on pool play point standings.  Number of teams advancing per pool will be determined by the number of pools in the division.  In a 2 pool division the two first place finishers in each will play a championship game, the two runner-up teams in each pool will play a consolation game.
  11. CHECK-IN
    1. Teams must check in 60 minutes prior to their first game, and must present Player ID cards.  The Player ID cards must be AYSO format and be properly completed.
    2. Each player will be required to have a laminated Player ID Card, which will include the player's name, AYSO ID#, and a picture.  The Player ID Card must be signed by the Regional Commissioner.  These cards must be presented to the Tournament Official at Team Check-in, and be available for inspection prior to each game by the Tournament Field Marshall.
    3. Each coach or team representative must provide AYSO Player Registration Forms with original ink signatures for verification by tournament officials.
    4. Coaches must have these Player Registration Forms with them at all times and be ready for presentation to Tournament Officials.
    5. Late arriving players must be escorted to the check-in station by a team official along with their Player Registration Form and be cleared by the Tournament Staff before participating in any games.
  12. FIELD MONITORS
    1. There will be a Tournament Field Monitor (Field Marshall) assigned to each field, and will report to the Tournament Field Director.  Field Monitors will check in teams prior to each game, receive and verify the Player ID Cards, and the present the game cards to the match referees.
    2. At the introduction of the game the match referees must return the completed game cards to the Field Monitor.
    3. Field Monitors will be the first to respond to any incidents or injuries, and will be in contact with the rest of the Tournament Staff by radio (cell phone).  Tournament participants are encouraged to report any concerns immediately to the Field Monitor, and also to respectfully follow any instructions given by the Field Monitor.
    4. The Player ID Card for any player that must miss a match, for example if red-carded, will not be returned to the player until the player is cleared to play again.

  1. GAMES
    1. Pool play games will consist of 20 to 35 minute halves depending on the age division (see chart below) with a five minute half time. There will be a running clock during the match including substitutions. There will be no time added on for injuries or time wasted in qualifying rounds. Games will expect to end on time, and may be shortened if they started late. Pool play games may end in a tie. 
    2. Championship and consolation games will be full length for that division (see chart below). Championship and consolation games will be played until there is a winner (see Medal Round rules below). 
    3. Game duration is planned to be as follows:
        U10 U12 U14 U16 U19
       Pool Play 405060 70 80 
       Champion 5060 70 80 90 
      These times may be altered slightly after the game schedule is composed. The game schedule indicates the corrected time.
    4. The “home” team will be the first team or top team listed on the game schedule and will be responsible for providing the 3 game balls. The home team may choose the side of the field. Spectators must remain on the opposite side of the field from the teams. The home team will change jerseys or don pinnies in the event of a color conflict with the visitor team. If any questions, the referee will determine whether this is necessary. 
    5. There will be no warming up on the field. Teams must warm up prior to taking the field. As soon as the previous game has ended, teams must clear the field and the teams for the next game must take their places. 
    6. FORFEITS: Teams must check in at the designated Field Coordinator Station 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. There will be a five-minute grace period at the start of the game for a team to take the field before a forfeit is declared. The score for a forfeit match will be 1-0 for the remaining team (See STANDINGS for the points to be awarded). For U-10 division teams, there is a minimum of 5 players on the field to continue a game. For U-12 the minimum number is 6 players. For all other divisions, there must be a minimum of 7 players to continue a game. If a team cannot field the minimum number of players, the game will be abandoned and a forfeit will be declared. 
    7. SUSPENDED GAMES: The Tournament Committee may determine to end matches early if field schedule is behind due to game delays, interference, or if weather conditions provide unsafe conditions; and may distribute awards according to games played and points. The Tournament Committee will determine the outcome of any single game which is terminated prematurely (due to inclement weather, participant injury, or interference by outside party, etc.). 
    8. ABANDONED GAMES: if any pool play games cannot be played due to circumstances beyond the control of the tournament, the final standings of the pool will be determined by applying the Winning Percentage formula (Total Points Earned in all Game Played divided by Total Points Possible for the Number of Games Played) to each team in the pool. Note. This does not apply to games which were shortened due to late a late start. Only the Tournament Director or designee can declare a game to be abandoned or not played.
  2. SUBSTITUTIONS
    1. All substitutions must be approved and recognized by the referee. 
    2. Substitutions may be made for injured players.
    3. Substitution for a player receiving a yellow card is permitted.
    4. For U10-U14 divisions, substitutions shall be allowed approximately mid-way through each half, and will be recorded on the game cards by the Assistant Referee. 
      1. Substitution for injury may not return until the beginning of the next quarter and will be considered as having played the current quarter (exception: an injured player not replaced may return to play at any time with the referee’s permission). 
      2. Substitutions in overtime periods of medal round matches will be at the beginning of each period only.
    5. For U-16 and U-19 divisions free substitution is permitted throughout the game using the following procedures;
      1. Coach signals the Referee for substitutions
      2. AR signals CR for a substitution by the team in possession on a throw-in, or by either team at a goal kick or kick-off. The team not in possession may substitute on a throw-in if the team in possession substitutes AND the players are standing at the halfway line, waiting to substitute.
      3. All substitutes must be standing at the halfway line ready to enter the field at the Referee's indication.  If the players are not ready, the referee may decide not to acknowledge the substitution request, and play on.
      4. Substitution is performed by the substituting player at the touchline calling the name of the player to be substituted, the substituted player runs off field, and the substituting player is invited onto the field.
  3. STANDINGS
    1. Standings for pool play games will be determined on the “ten-point system” as follows: 
      1. WIN = 6 points 
      2. TIE = 3 points 
      3. LOSS = 0 points 
      4. GOAL = 1 point per goal differential up to a maximum of 3 per game 
      5.  SHUTOUT = 1 point for a shutout, including a 0-0 tie 
      6. FORFEIT = 8 points (scored as a 1-0 win) 
      7. RED CARD/EJECTION  = 2 point deduction for team (includes 2 points for each player, substitute, or coach) 
    2. Winners of ties in standings will be determined as follows: 
      1. Head to head competition 
      2. Most number of wins 
      3. Goal differential (goals scored to three per game less total goals allowed; highest differential advances) 
      4. Goals allowed 
      5. Least number of sportsmanship point deductions (1 point per misconduct, 1 point per spectator incident) 
      6. Coin toss at the end of pool play.  Kicks from the Penalty Mark can be the last tie-breaker, at the discretion of the Field Marshall.
    3. Runner-up teams will be the team(s) with the second highest standings points from all teams in the division who are not automatically advancing. 
    4. Standings will be updated hourly at the Tournament Scoreboard. The deadline to challenge the posted results will be at the conclusion of Pool Play.
  4. ADVANCEMENTS
    1. Pool winners (and in some runner-up teams) will advance to medal round play. 
    2. Teams will play consolation and/or championship final matches, depending on the number of teams in each pool and the format of play for that flight.
  5. MEDAL-ROUNDS
    1. All medal round matches ending in a tie will have two full overtime periods of five minutes in length with teams changing field direction after the first five minute period. In these matches, if still tied after overtime play, the game shall be decided by FIFA Kicks from the Penalty Mark.
  6. AWARDS
    1. Medals will be presented to coaches and players from the first through the fourth-place teams in each division.
    2. A tournament pin will be presented to each player and coach.
  7. CONDUCT
    1. Coaches will be expected to set a positive example for the team, and will be held responsible for the actions of their team including spectators. All spectators must remain behind the control line and between the 18-yard lines (penalty areas in small fields). Two coaches maximum per team, and they must remain in the marked coaching area (within ten yards either way from halfway line). 
    2. At the conclusion of each match, the referees will indicate on the reverse of the game cards any point deductions for poor sportsmanship. Point deductions will be used as tie-breakers should that become necessary. Referees will be required to complete a game misconduct report for all misconducts during the game, as well as any incidents of interference by spectators. Player ID cards will be returned by the Field Monitor for any players permitted not required to miss a match.
    3. Any coach or spectator ejected must immediately leave the vicinity of the playing field (out of sight and sound) and will be prohibited from attending the next scheduled game. Any player sent off (red carded) must immediately leave the vicinity of the game (under supervision of his/her parent or Safe Haven-certified adult), and may not return to the field of play during the current game, including for the post-game handshake, and may not be substituted for, and is suspended from participation in the next game. In the alternative, the player may stay on the sideline under the supervision of the coach. There will be penalty point deductions for all send-offs (see Standings rules). The Player ID card will be retained by Tournament officials until the player is again eligible to play. 
    4. Any violent conduct red card or ejection will result in that player/coach/spectator being barred from the remainder of the tournament. 
    5. If it is determined that an ineligible player has participated in a game, the team will forfeit all games in which that player participated illegally. Furthermore, if it is determined that the coach knowingly played a player illegally, that coach will be barred from further participation in the tournament. 
    6. It is mandatory to play a scheduled game. If it is determined that a coach willfully fails to have his team participate in a scheduled game, the coach will be dismissed from the tournament and the incident will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner. 
    7. All conduct problems will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner. 
    8. All Serious Incidents will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner as well as Area, Section and AYSO National Office parties
  8. MEDICAL/FIRST AID
    1. There will be a First Aid station at the Field Marshal Station where participants may receive ice, etc. for minor injuries. 
    2. There will be a roving first aid response staff member to respond to injuries on the field. Field Monitors will communicate via mobile phone to call the first aid staffer to the field where first aid is requested. 
    3. If an injury is serious, the first aid staff, Field Marshal or Safety Director will call 911 for emergency response. 
    4. Directions to the nearest hospital/urgent care center will be available at the Field Marshal station.
  9. UNIFORMS/SAFETY
    1. All players must wear the approved AYSO uniform only according to the National Rules & Regulations, and all players on the same team must wear matching uniforms (goalkeeper excepted – may have a different jersey, AYSO logo is recommended, but not required.) 
    2. Each player’s uniform must be marked with a permanently-affixed unique number that matches the uniform number on the Game Card, and may not exchange numbered jerseys with any other player during the game including the goalkeeper. 
    3. Garments may be worn under the uniform (i.e. long sleeves, etc.) during inclement weather, however the match referee will be the judge of what should be allowed or not. 
    4. Not allowed: jewelry, hard metal or plastic clips on clothing or hair. No player will be allowed to participate with any type of cast or splint. Removal of any type of cast or splint at the field or surrounding are in order to participate shall disqualify that team member from participation. 
    5. AYSO will not prohibit the use of knee braces by players in AYSO events and programs; providing that the brace is adequately covered and padded in the judgment of the referee, so as to eliminate the possibility of its causing injury to the other players on the field.
  10. PROTESTS
    1. Protests will be considered only for the following reasons: 
      1. An ineligible player has played. 
      2. One or more registered player(s), present and in uniform, have not played the required one half of the game (except for illness or injury as recorded by the game referee). 
    2. All protests must be presented in writing to the Tournament Director within 1/2 hour of the completion of the game. 
    3. All protests will be heard by a Protest Committee of at least three persons selected by the Tournament Director. In all cases, the members of the Protest Committee will be unrelated to either team involved in the protest. 
    4. ALL PROTEST DECISIONS ARE FINAL! 
    5. Referee judgment calls are FINAL and are not grounds for nor subject to protest or dispute!
  11. RULES INTERPRETATION
    1. The Tournament Director retains the right to interpret and apply the Tournament Rules to the optimum benefit of all Tournament participants.
  12. SPORTSMANSHIP COMPETITION
    1. In addition to competing to be the overall winner of the tournament, teams will be competing to be the Best Sportsmanship Team. There will be a Sportsmanship Winner in each age division, as well as an Overall Best Sportsmanship Team for the team with the highest overall sportsmanship points in the tournament. 
    2. A more detailed explanation of the Sportsmanship competition will be provided to coaches, teams, referees and field monitors in a separate handout. 
    3. At the conclusion of each game, field monitors with input from the referees, will score players, coaches and team spectators in different categories. 
    4. The Winners will be announced at the end of Pool Play

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