Rules of Play


It is the understanding of this tournament committee that all teams, including all players, coaches, spectators, and officials, will participate in the spirit of FAIR PLAY and will conduct themselves in accordance with the tournament rules.

Protests: No protests will be allowed during this tournament. The decision of the referee, field marshal, and the tournament director shall be final. All games will be considered final.

Team Check-In/Registration: Teams shall check-in at the MANDATORY REGISTRATION pursuant to application and acceptance notifications. Mandatory check-in is Friday June 10th, 2016, with exceptions made for out of town teams delayed due to travel emergencies. Failure to check-in may result in disqualification from the tournament. Games not played will be classified as “Forfeits and Byes.”

Hotels: Each team that is traveling from outside of San Diego County must stay in one of our approved tournament hotels as listed on the Hotels page on our website.

Credentials: Laminated 2015-2016 USYSA player ID cards will be required. All teams must provide a team roster. Birth certificates must be available upon request.

At the mandatory registration, teams must provide the required credentials. All teams must provide current laminated Player ID Cards with photographs, and current signed medical release forms from USYSA or US Club Soccer (Calsouth teams are USYSA affiliated). USYSA teams from outside Region IV must also provide approved Travel Papers which must include a roster listing all players authorized to travel. Proper Player Loan forms will be required at Registration, along with all other required credentials, as required by the team’s State Association. US Club Soccer teams do not require travel papers. Coaches must display a Calsouth picture ID or equivalent at all games. All players must have medical release forms from the same organization that issued the ID card. Each team will be allowed unlimited guest players, up to the roster maximum. Players may only participate for one team registered in the tournament.

Players without a laminated player card and medical release form will be not be allowed to participate in the tournament. Players participating in the tournament must be on the roster prior to the team’s first game. Rosters are frozen once the first game starts. Players cannot be added to the roster after the commencement of the first game. No exceptions will be allowed.

Rosters: Teams may register a maximum of 22 players for 11 v 11; and 18 players for 9 v 9 and 14 players 7 v 7. Teams are allowed an unlimited number of loan players.

Player’s Equipment: It will be within the game Referee’s discretion to determine the safety and suitability of player equipment including the wearing of a hard brace.

Conduct: All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, bench, friends and spectators at all times. Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one’s own team) is permitted provided:

  • No mechanical devices are used;
  • The tone of voice is instructive and not derogatory;
  • Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards of either side of the halfway line;
  • No coach, substitute of spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes or spectators;
  • No coach, substitute of spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.

Cautions & Ejections: A player or coach receiving two (2) yellow cards in a single game is considered to have received an ejection (red card). Ejected players may not be replaced in the current game and shall serve a minimum of one game suspension at their next game played. Any coach, player, team official or spectator receiving an ejection (sent off) will not be allowed to be within sight or hearing distance of the field of play during his/her suspension and will not be allowed to coach the following game (will serve a one game suspension). Any parent red carded or sent off will be suspended for the remainder of the tournament. For flagrant violations, longer suspension may be enforced based on mandatory review of the tournament director.

Suspended Games: If, in the opinion of game officials, a game must be terminated due to misconduct of players, bench or spectators, the offending team could be suspended from further play and forfeit all points and position previously earned. Additionally, the home league and state association will be contacted accordingly.

Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions are allowed in all age groups. Teams may substitute at any game stoppage of play with the referee’s permission. Substitutes must wait on the sideline (off of the field of play) until the field player has left the field of play and/or the referee has indicated the substitute may enter the field of play. Substitutions will be made at the centerline.

Injury: Delays of the game due to injury will result in appropriate time being added to the full game time, based on the judgment of the referee. However, all preliminary games will be terminated not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game.

Home Team: The home team appears first on the game schedule. The home team will supply the game ball, unless supplied by the tournament. The game ball is subject to referee approval. The home team will be required to switch to an alternate jersey if the referee declares color conflict. The home team will have the selection of the touch line from which they play. In event of restricted space on one or both touch lines, teams my play from the same touch line subject to the discretion of the field marshal. If teams are on the same side of the field the halfway line shall separate the teams.

Game Check-in: At least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game, a team representative must present to the field marshal the team’s player cards and game card so the game can start as scheduled. The team manager will then take the game card and the team’s player cards to the referee who will check the team in and keep both items until completion of the game.

Each team manager or representative will be required to initial the game card area for that game before the player cards will be returned by the referee. The team manager will then report the game score to the field marshal. The manager will keep the game card until the end of the tournament. The game card will be returned to a field marshall at the end of the tournament. A forfeit will be declared if a team cannot field and maintain a minimum of seven (7) players (11 v 11), six (6) players (9 v 9), or five (5) players (7 v 7), for the entire game, beginning five (5) minutes after the scheduled game starting time.

Forfeits & Byes: Games not played will be classified as “Forfeits & Byes”. Teams failing to report ready to play within five (5) minutes of scheduled kick-off time forfeit that game. Forfeits & Byes will be scored 1-0 and the winner will be awarded 8 points for a win.

Brackets: Bracketing of teams within an age group is at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director and may not be appealed unless a team is placed in the wrong gender.

Acts of God: Rain or other weather conditions during the tournament shall not delay play unless the referee determines the field to be unsafe for play or the facility personnel decide to close the fields. In the event of such a delay or postponement, games will be rescheduled if at all possible. In case of cancellation due to inclement weather, the tournament committee retains the right to keep up to one-half (1/2) of the team registration fee to cover expenses. There will be no make-up games due to inclement weather.

No refunds after June 1, 2016.

Playing Times: Play will be based on halves as specified below (Using 2016-17 ages):

Bracket Prelims Finals Ball Size
U19-1998 30 Min. 30 Min. 5
U18-1999 30 Min. 30 Min. 5
U17-2000 30 Min. 30 Min. 5
U16-2001 30 Min. 30 Min. 5
U15-2002 30 Min. 30 Min. 5
U14-2003 30 Min. 30 Min. 5
U13-2004 30 Min. 30 Min. 5
U12-2005 30 Min. 30 Min. 4
U11-2006 25 Min. 25 Min. 4
U10-2007 25 Min. 25 Min. 4
U9-2008 25 Min. 25 Min. 4
U8-2009 20 Min. 20 Min. 4
U7-2010 20 Min. 20 Min. 4

All teams will be scheduled for a minimum of 3 games.

All preliminary games will be terminated not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game regardless of the amount of time played in each half up to that point.

A game is complete upon completion of one half of play regardless of the circumstances of termination during the second half with final results based on the score at termination.

A preliminary game can end in a tie.

Semi-final and Final games that end in a tie will be decided by FIFA penalty kicks from the mark. They will not have overtime periods added.

Championship games, if tied after regulation, will play up to two sudden death overtime periods.

Championship games, if tied after overtime, will proceed immediately to FIFA penalty kicks to determine the winner. In the event of an injury time may be added on at the discretion of tournament officials.

Half-time: Half-time will be exactly five (5) minutes, unless games are behind schedule which will be determined by the tournament director. Please help officials with this request.

Tournament Point System:

  • 6 Points for each Win,
  • 3 Points for each Tie,
  • 0 Points for each Loss,
  • 1 Point for each Goal Scored (Maximum of 3),
  • 1 Point for Shut-out, excluding 0-0 ties.

Tie Breakers: In the event of a tie, bracket winners will determined as follows:

  1. The winner of head to head competition,
  2. Most goals scored (max 3 per game),
  3. Fewest goals against,
  4. Most wins,
  5. Most shutout wins,
  6. Most shutouts.

If a tie still exists after steps 1 through 6, FIFA penalty kicks will be taken from the Penalty Mark at a location determined by the director.

Updated May 28, 2016

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