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Tournament Rules - Spring 2017

FC Peoria Mid-America Spring Shootout Rules

April 28-30, 2017

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A. Laws of the Game 
Except as noted below, we will conduct all games according to the FIFA Laws of the Game. 

B. Player Eligibility 
As outlined in the application and acceptance packages, the following USYSA age divisions apply:

Age Groups

Roster Size

Length of Games

Sides

Ball Size

Offside

U7 – Born in 2010

12

4 x 10 mins

4 v 4 (No GK)*

3

No

U8 – Born in 2009

12

4 x 10 mins

4 v 4 (No GK)*

3

No

U9 – Born in 2008

12

2 x 25 mins

7 v 7

4

Yes**

U10 – Born in 2007

12

2 x 25 mins

7 v 7

4

Yes**

U11 – Born in 2006

16

2 x 30 mins

9 v 9

4

Yes

U12 – Born in 2005

16

2 x 30 mins

9 v 9

4

Yes

U13 – Born in 2004

18

2 x 30 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U14 – Born in 2003

18

2 x 30 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U15 – Born in 2002

22

2 x 35 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U16 – Born in 2001

22

2 x 35 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U17 – Born in 2000

22

2 x 35 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U18 – Born in 1999

22

2 x 35 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U19 – Born in 1998

22

2 x 35 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

 

* U7 and U8 4 v 4 formats, all free kicks are indirect and there are no penalty kicks. Kick offs, free kicks, throw-ins and corner kicks are used to restart play when the ball goes out of bounds or into the goal.  

In order to maximize the experience of all our youth players during our 4v4 tournament games, no players will be allowed to defend inside the box outlined just outside both goals on the 4v4 fields. Goal box size 3 yards from each goal post and 3 yards out into the field of play. 

Players can move through the box without the ball, but no player either defense or offense may enter the box to make a play on the ball. If this occurs during a match, it will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team.  

** U9 and U10 7 v 7 formats, offside will only be penalized between the build out line and goal line.

C. Team Eligibility 
A team may roster a maximum of four guest players. A team may not change its roster after submitting paperwork to tournament staff for check in. The following are the requirements for check-in (some of this may be submitted early): 

1. A current Player Pass for each player. 
2. Copy of current state approved roster on file with Tournament Registrar. 
3. Tournament roster signed. 
4. Signed and dated medical waiver form -- US Club or IYSA. 
5. Guest players must have the same information to register (guest player form completed for each). 
6. Teams from outside Illinois must present an approved "application to travel" from their home state's USYSA affiliate. 

No player may play for more than one team during the tournament. If this takes place, the following consequences will occur: 

The team that the player is not tournament rostered and state rostered for during the registration process with be disqualified from the tournament. The player that played for multiple teams will also be disqualified from the tournament. The team the player was legally rostered with will lose the disqualified player for the remainder of the tournament. No other punishment will be dealt to that team. (Example: taking forfeit for their previously played games.)  

D. Duration of Game 
All match durations shall be based on age division (see table in Player Eligibility). All games will be running time. There will be a maximum of 5 minutes between quarters/halves. The referee will not stop the clock except for serious injury. The tournament committee reserves the right to alter game length due to weather, injuries, or other delays. The first team on the schedule is the home team. The visiting team will kick-off, and the home team will have the choice of side.   

E. Build Out Line 
U9 and U10 7v7 formats will utilize build out lines. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (receiving the ball from an opponent) or from a goal kick, all opposing players must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once all opposing players are behind the build out line, the goal keeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punting is not allowed). After the goalkeeper puts the ball into play and after the player receiving the ball touches it, the opposing players can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.  

The goalkeeper is not allowed to punt the ball. If a goalkeeper punts the ball, Referees may punish the infraction with an indirect free kick to the opposing team at the spot of the offense.  

The build out line will also be used to denote where offside can be called. In other words, a player will only be penalized for being in an offside position when between the build out line and goal line. Players cannot be penalized for an offside between the halfway line and build out line.  

F. Substitutions 
All teams may substitute without limitation during the game. Teams playing in the U7 and U8 4 v 4 formats are allowed to substitute at any time during the game (i.e. on the fly). All other formats, teams may substitute on any goal kick, kick-off or on a throw-in when their team has possession of the ball. If both teams have substitutes waiting on a throw-in, both teams will be allowed to substitute regardless of possession of the ball. A player may leave and reenter the game.  

G. Heading 
In accordance with US Soccer, heading the ball is now banned for players aged 10 and under. Purposefully heading the ball in all age groups U11 and below will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team.  

H. Ejection 
Any player or coach ejected from a game will be ineligible to participate at a minimum in the team's next game. A team may not substitute for an ejected player. Anyone fighting will be ejected from further tournament participation. Player cards will be retained by the tournament for coaches or players that become ineligible to participate due to ejection. The cards will be returned to the team after the coach or player serves their suspension.  

I. Forfeits 
A minimum of three players constitutes a team for 4 v 4, five players for 7 v 7, six players for 9 v 9 and seven players for 11 v 11. A team must begin play if the minimum number of players are present at game start time. After the expiration of a ten-minute grace period, the Tournament will declare a forfeit. The Tournament will score the game 3 to 0, and the winning team will get 3 points. The Tournament Committee may eliminate a team forfeiting a game from further participation in the tournament. The Committee will review each situation individually.  

J. Uniforms and Equipment 
All players must wear shin guards. A player must wear his or her socks in a manner that completely covers the shin guards. Each player on the team must wear the same team uniform. In the case of similar uniforms, the Referee may instruct the designated home team to change uniforms. The designated home team will provide the game ball. 

K. Player, Coach, Parent, Spectator Conduct 
Coaches are responsible for the conduct of players, parents, coaches, and spectators at the field, hotel, or other locations for the duration of the tournament. If FC Peoria receives complaints regarding the conduct of any player or person associated with your team, the Tournament Committee may ask any and or all people to leave the tournament. In addition, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to ask a team to leave the tournament, declare any remaining games a forfeit, and may bar a team from future participation in our tournament. 

Both teams, including their coaches, shall be on the same side of the field. All other people must be on the opposite side of the field. The Tournament Director believes that an argument between parents and supporters of opposing teams is completely inappropriate conduct for adults. Accordingly, FC Peoria encourages the parents and supporters of each team to stay on the half of the field opposite of their team and to limit their comments to support for their players. Making derogatory remarks about or to referees, opposing teams or their supporters shall be grounds for dismissal from the Complex. The Referee will ask anyone standing at the goal ends of the field to move. Coaches must remain with their team. We request that all coaches refrain from coaching on the spectator's side of the field. 

During youth soccer events, the Midwest Sports Complex and FC Peoria strictly prohibit alcohol and smoking at their facilities. Possession of alcohol on complex grounds will cause immediate dismissal from the complex and the potential for arrest by the Peoria County Sheriff Department. Any player, coach, parent, or spectator caught fighting will be ejected from the remainder of the tournament. 

L. Preliminary Round 
We will divide age divisions with six, eight, or ten teams into two groups. Generally, teams with the most points in each group will qualify for semifinals. However, we reserve the right to schedule only a final game for any group. 

We will divide age divisions with twelve teams or more into three or four groups. The group winners and if there are three groups a wild card team will qualify for the semifinals. The team with the most points that does not win its group will be the wild card team. 

Any age division with less than 6 teams will play a round robin schedule. We will determine the final standings, and award first and second place on points earned during the round robin games.  

M. Points 
In the preliminary games, each victory (forfeit) is worth three (3) points and each tie is worth one (1) point. Teams do not earn any points for a loss. A shutout victory earns the winning team one (1) additional point. If there is a tie in the round robin or preliminary round standings, the Tournament Committee will use the following procedure to determine group winners, wild card teams, and final standings for round robin play: 

1. Head to head competition. The winner of the game, if any, played between the tied teams. However, if more than two teams are tied, then head-to-head competition will NOT be used for any purpose in determining tie breakers.
2. 
Most wins 
3. 
Best goal differential for all games (the maximum goal differential is 4 per game) 
4. 
Fewest goals allowed 
5. 
Most goals scored for a team (up to 4 goals per game). 
6. 
Penalty shots, according to the procedures described in the "overtime" section of the rules.

N. Overtime 
For the U7 and U8 4 v 4 formats, if there is a tie at the end of regulation time in a semifinal or final round game, then the teams will determine the winner as follows: 

1. Teams will go through one round of regular penalty shot procedures with five (5) players shooting for each time. The penalty shot will be taken from the center mark at midfield. All players can participate in the penalty shots. 
2. 
If the game is still tied at the conclusion of the first round of penalty kicks, then the teams will go to sudden victory penalty shot procedures.  

For all other formats, if there is a tie at the end of regulation time in a semifinal or final round game, then the teams will determine the winner as follows: 

1. The teams will play 2 overtime periods of 5 minutes each, playing golden goal. There will be no coaching time between periods. The visiting team will kick-off and the home team will have choice of the side. 
2. 
If still tied, then the teams will go through one round of regular penalty shot procedures with five (5) players shooting for each team. 
3. 
If the game is still tied at the conclusion of the first round of penalty kicks, then the teams will select 5 additional players to go to sudden victory penalty shot procedures. 

In the case of regular or sudden victory penalty shot procedures, only the players on the field at the conclusion of the overtime periods shall be available to participate. 

O. Awards (Team and Individual) 
FC Peoria will award a team trophy and individual player trophies to the first and second place finishers U7 through U12. First and second place finishers U13 and older will be awarded a team trophy and tournament tee shirts for each player. 

P. Protest 
To file a protest, a team's head coach must present its protest in writing to the Tournament Headquarters within one hour of the completion of the game. A Referee's judgment is not a basis for protest. The Tournament Committee's decisions and or interpretations are final. There will be a protest fee of $100 that is only refundable if the team wins the protest. 

Q. Complaints 
Complaints to the tournament committee/staff will only be heard when presented by the coach of the affected team along with a team manager or assistant coach. There must be two Representatives from the team. 

R. Rain Policies 
If there is severe weather, only the Referee Assignor or the Tournament Director may halt matches. If we halt a match, the Tournament Director and Referee Assignor will determine the best manner in which to continue play. Resumption of play format will be determined by the Tournament Director and the Referee Assignor. 

S. Guaranteed Number of Games and Refund Policy 
All U9 and under teams are guaranteed three (3) games and U10 and above teams are guaranteed three (3) games. If the tournament is canceled prior to the start due to an “act of nature” the tournament will refund the team’s application fee less 20%. If the tournament is canceled in its entirety prior to the start for any other reason, the entire application fee will be refunded. We agree to provide the guaranteed number of games or refund a percentage of the tournament’s application fee equal to the percentage of guaranteed games not played. 

Revised 3/10/17 

 

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