Tournament Rules

Updated 08-07-2019

TOURNAMENT WEB SITE

Please check our Tournament web site – https://lagalaxyconejovalley.com/summer-cup/ – for schedules, scores, rules, regulations, and procedures. If there is a conflict between documents on the web site and other published information, it should be brought to the attention of the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director and Board of Directors reserve the right to revise the rules and regulations at any time.

 RULES OF PLAY

We use the FIFA “Laws of the Games,” as modified by Cal South, USYSA, and the USSF small-sided standards. For a summary of the most recent updates to the Laws of the Game click here. For teams playing 7v7, referees have been instructed to use the build-out lines specified by the USSF small-sided standard.

CREDENTIALS

USYSA/Cal South and US Club Soccer teams: Current laminated USYSA/Cal South, US Club Soccer cards, and medical release forms (aka registration form) are required for check-in and games. Medical release forms must have a parent “wet” signature. Coaches must have a USYSA/Cal South or US Club Soccer card, as appropriate. Use of an “F” license is limited to emergencies only (a previously known game conflict is not an emergency). Non-Cal South teams require approval of loan players. AYSO loan players are not permitted. Teams outside of Cal South require approved travel papers.

AYSO teams: Current laminated AYSO cards and medical release forms are required for check-in and games. A roster listing AYSO players and coaches, and signed by the AYSO regional commissioner, must be provided at check-in. Loan players from Cal South are permitted, and must have a current laminated Cal South card and medical release form.

Teams, players, or coaches without proper credentials cannot participate.

CHECK-IN

Tournament Check-in: Local teams are asked to complete their tournament check-in Friday night. Teams traveling to the location do tournament check-in at their playing venue 90 minutes before their first scheduled game or 60 minutes before for 8:00 am games. Game cards will be pre-printed and provided at check-in using the roster entered online (must be entered by midnight the Wednesday before the tournament). Teams may update their roster by hand at tournament check-in after which the roster will be frozen. Complete details of check-in will be posted on the tournament web site and e-mailed to accepted teams.

Game Check-in: Teams check-in 15 minutes before each game at the designated check-in tent. Tournament staff will check the player/coach cards and player gear. Player/coach cards and score cards will be held at the check-in tent during games, and must be picked-up by the team immediately after the referee signs the card at the end of the game.

BRACKETING/GAME SCHEDULES

All brackets and game schedules are final. It is the intent of the tournament to bracket teams in a way to ensure the best possible balance and afford the greatest competition and fairness. Changes may take place based on team entries or subsequent team drops. There will be no compensation for the loss of a game due to a team forfeiting or dropping from the tournament.

ROSTERS

For 7v7 games, teams must have a minimum of 5 players to start a game. For 9v9 and 11v11 games teams must have a minimum of 7 players to start a game. If a team does not have the minimum number of players 5 minutes after the scheduled start of the game, that team shall forfeit the game. Players may be rostered to and only play for one team in the tournament.

Teams playing 7v7 or 9v9 are limited to no more than 6 loan players. Teams playing 11 v 11 are limited to no more than 10 loan players.

PLAYING TIMES

Teams are guaranteed a minimum of 3 games. Each game will have a 5-minute halftime. The time for each half is:

     Year           Format           Games           Finals             Ball

2010, 2011      7 v 7               20 min              20 min              4

2008, 2009      9 v 9               25 min              25 min              4

2006, 2007      11 v 11            25 min              30 min              5

2004, 2005      11 v 11            30 min              35 min              5

2001 – 2003     11 v 11            35 min              40 min              5

Preliminary games may end in a tie. Quarterfinal and semi-final games ending in a tie go immediately to FIFA kicks from the mark. Championship games tied at the end of regulation will play two overtime periods of 5 minutes, and games tied at the end of overtime go to FIFA kicks from the mark. The game clock does not stop for injuries, except for serious injuries requiring on field medical aid as determined by the referee and Field Marshall. The referee may shorten the game if it does not start on time to ensure that subsequent games start on schedule. The Field Marshal has the authority to shorten games.

SCORING SYSTEM

Preliminary games are awarded points as follows:

Win:     Six (6) points
Tie:      Three (3) points
Loss:   Zero (0) points
Shut out: One (1) point
Goals:  One (1) point for each goal up to a maximum of 3 goals/points
Cards: One (1) point is deducted for each red card. No deductions for yellow cards
0-0 tie: each team receives three (3) points
Forfeit: Scored as 1-0 with winning team awarded seven (7) points

If teams are tied after preliminary games, the following tie-breakers apply in order until a winner is determined: In the event of a three-way tie, head to head will not be used.

  1. Head to Head
  2. Goals Allowed
  3. Goals Scored
  4. Most Shut Out Wins

If teams are still tied after these tie-breakers, teams will go to a penalty kick shoot-out for semi-final or championship games, and a coin flip will be used to determine which team advances for consolation games.

SPECIAL RULES

Teams sit one side of the field and parents sit on the other side opposite their team. Spectators must be respectful of other spectators and sit only on the half of the field opposite their team, and share space with spectators of adjacent fields. Spectators refusing to do so will be asked to leave the fields.

No one is allowed behind goals or goal lines. Referees and Field Marshalls will ask anyone in those areas to move.

The home team is listed first on the schedule and provides game balls. If the referee determines the teams’ jerseys are too similar in color, the home team must change jerseys.

Referees will start games on time. Failure to take the field with the minimum required players within 5 minutes of the official start time will result in a forfeit by the offending team.

Unlimited game substitution is allowed. The referee may allow substitutions at any stoppage of play, but excessive substitutions resulting in confusion or delay of game will be discouraged by the referee. The new rules for substitutes leaving the field will be enforced.

Players must wear shin guards to participate. Players with hard casts cannot participate, no exceptions.

Use of personal drones is prohibited. Commercial operators of drones must have prior approval from the tournament director and provide proof of insurance.

DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE FIELDS UNLESS THEY HAVE AN OFFICIAL SERVICE DOG VEST OR HARNESS.

ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, BBQs, AIR HORNS, NOISE MAKERS OF ANY KIND, ELECTRONIC AMPLIFICATION, EXPLOSIVE DEVICES, WEAPONS OR FIREARMS ARE PERMITTED AT ANY SITE.

Tailgating is allowed only in the dirt parking area.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Coaches are responsible for the control and conduct of their players and spectators at all times. Coaches may be carded for actions of other during games under the revised FIFA rules.

Harassment of the referees will not be tolerated. Coaches and players are subject to FIFA laws in games. Spectators will be removed from the fields for inappropriate conduct.

If a spectator or coach is asked to leave the tournament site(s) it will count as a RED CARD against that team’s points.

Any player or coach receiving a RED CARD is ineligible for the remainder of that game and all the next game. Red cards for violent conduct will be mailed to the appropriate association (e.g., Cal South, AYSO, etc.), and must be retrieved there.

In the event of fighting, assault, or falsification of credentials, the player, coach, and/or spectator will be removed for the remainder of the tournament and will be reported to their State Association.

Tournament Officials will review the following for disposition and may impose additional sanctions:

  • All yellow and red cards.
  • All games forfeited or terminated for cause

Teams refusing to complete a game will forfeit that game. Tournament Officials may impose additional sanctions.

AWARDS

Awards will be presented to the players and coach of the first and second place teams.

REFUNDS

Refunds will be made to teams not accepted to the tournament for reasons beyond the control of that team. To receive a full refund, less a $50.00 administrative fee, teams must withdraw via e-mail to tournament@cvusc.com prior to the application deadline.

Teams that drop after the application deadline forfeit their entire entry fee.

The Tournament is held at fields owned by the Conejo Recreation and Parks District, who has sole discretion whether to close the fields. If the Tournament is cancelled prior to the start of the first game, teams will be refunded two-thirds their entry fee. If the Tournament is cancelled after the start of the first game, there are no refunds except as otherwise determined by the Tournament.

ANY INTERPRETATION OF THE TOURNAMENT RULES AND RESULTING DECISION IS AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE TOURNAMENT AND IS FINAL.