2023 North Kingstown Father’s Day Classic Tournament Rules of Competition
Current FIFA Laws of the Game with the following modifications will govern all tournament games.
1. Team Eligibility Teams may have the following number of players on their roster:
At check-in registration, each team must submit a roster certified by their state soccer association and an official USYSA player pass or equivalent for each player and coach. No player may play for more than one team per age bracket and no roster changes will be permitted for the duration of the tournament. Any team using an ineligible player will be disqualified from the tournament and forfeit their registration fee. Roster exceptions granted at the discretion of the Tournament Director prior to the start of the tournament.
2. Guest Players Teams may have up to three (3) guest players. All guest players must be officially listed on the roster certified by your state soccer association. Handwritten entries will not be accepted. If you bring a guest player, he or she must have your official guest player form from your state. Please contact your state office for these forms which must be signed and stamped by the state registrar if they have not been officially added to your roster. Roster exceptions granted at the discretion of the Tournament Director prior to the start of the tournament.
3. Player Eligibility In addition to the above qualifications, each player must be represented on the signed Medical Release Form and an eTravel form should be completed with their state soccer association (if required). Medical Release forms and USYSA player pass or equivalent must be submitted to Tournament Director at check-in.
3. Referees Referees and assistant referees are USSF certified. U10 will be a single man system with best effort made to call offsides.
5. Schedule, Game Location, Failure to Show It is the responsibility of each coach to make certain they have received the correct game schedule at registration. Regardless of weather conditions, teams must be on the field of play, ready to play and field the required minimum of players and one coach within five minutes after the scheduled start of the game (Required numbers of players are as follows: U8 - 3, U9/U10 - 5, U11/U12 and up - 7). The winner of a forfeited game will be credited with a 4-0 winning score. Only tournament officials may cancel, postpone or reschedule a game for any reason. Games terminated for any reason after one half of play will be considered official and the score will stand.
6. Team Size, Ball Size, and Game Duration
7. Field of Play
8. Player’s Equipment All players must wear protective shin pads and molded bottom or screw-in plastic soccer shoes. No metal cleats are allowed. No jewelry is allowed to be worn, nor may it be taped over (medical bracelets may be worn). All casts must be properly covered with sufficient padding to protect all players on the fields. The decision to allow a player wearing a cast to enter a game is at the discretion of the referee. Players’ shirts must be clearly numbered with a unique number. In the event that team colors are the same or similar, at the sole discretion of the referee, the home team will change colors. The home team is the first team listed on the game schedule. All player equipment is subject to final inspection and approval by the referee.
9. Conduct Players, coaches and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit and letter of the Laws of the Game. Proper conduct shall be determined in accordance with the Laws of the Game and shall be solely at the discretion of the referee and tournament officials. Either the referee or a tournament official may eject a player, coach or spectator from the field of play. A tournament official may take additional action and eject any player, coach or spectator for cause, at his or her sole discretion, from further participation in the tournament. The eligibility of any player or coach receiving a red card to participate in the next scheduled match shall be at the discretion of tournament officials.
10. Sidelines Coaches, substitute players and spectators are required to remain at least three yards behind the touch line and between the penalty boxes. Both teams shall be on one side of the field and the spectators on the opposite side of the field.
11. Substitutions Unlimited substitutions are permitted with consent of the referee at the following times: a) Prior to a throw-in by the team in possession (both teams may sub at the same time if both are ready). b) Prior to a goal kick by either team. c) After a goal is scored. d) At half time or prior to the beginning of an overtime period.
Limited substitutions are permitted with consent of the referee at the following times: a) After an injury only to replace the injured player. b) To replace a cautioned player.
U8 age bracket will operate under sub-on-the-fly rules.
12. Suspension of Play Policy The referee has the authority to suspend games at any time and submit a report to the Tournament Director. In addition, tournament play may be suspended in the event of weather conditions. The decision to suspend play for weather reasons will be made jointly by the Tournament Referee Coordinator and the Tournament Director. Game duration times may be adjusted at the decision of the Tournament Director. Game results will be referred to the Tournament Director for final determination. In the event of inclement weather which forces play to be halted and prevents the game from being complete during the schedule time, the score shall stand if at least one half of the game has been completed.
13. Score Cards Both coaches are responsible for verifying the score of the match by signing the score card at the end of the match. Failure to do so will negate any grounds for protest for incorrectly posted scores.
14. Tournament Standings The Tournament will be played according to the schedule provided. The procedures used to determine the winner of a division are as follows: a) Total points accumulated [Three (3) points for a game win, One (1) point for a game tie and Zero (0) points for a game loss). b) Results of head-to-head competition. c) Most victories. d) Fewest losses. e) Least goals allowed. f) Most goals scored with no more than a four goal differential spread allowed per game. g) Knockout competition according to FIFA rules.
15. Protests There will be no protests affecting the outcome of any game. Decisions of the referees and tournament officials are final.
16. Playoff Games For U11, U12, & U14 Brackets of 8 team groups, a final game between the winner of each 4 team sub group will play for championship/runner-up on Sunday. Brackets of 6 team groups, each 3 team sub group will play pool play on Saturday to determine standings. Saturday standings will determine semi-finals and finals for Sunday. The third place team from each sub group will play consolation game on Sunday. Brackets of 5 team groups are round robin play with total points determining winner and runner-up. Brackets of 4 team groups, a final game between the top two teams will play for championship/runner-up on Sunday.
In the event of a tie in either a semi-final or final game, two(2) five minutes overtime periods will be played out in full. If the game is still tied at the end of the overtime periods, kicks from the mark will decide the winner following FIFA guidelines and starting with 5 kickers for each team. Kickers must be on the field of play at the end of the overtime period to be considered for kicks.