SoccerFest Rules for 2014

  1. JURISDICTION:
    1. Unless otherwise noted, the current AYSO National Rules and Regulations, Region 419 and FIFA Laws of the Game will be used for this tournament. The following rules are intended specifically for this tournament ONLY!
    2. The Tournament Committee will have jurisdiction over all games played. Disputes will be resolved by the end of the soccer day.
    3. Referee judgment calls are NOT subject to dispute or protest!
  2. FEES:
    1. Entire entry fee must accompany the Tournament Application Form (MS Word) and will be returned if application is not accepted.
    2. Fees are: $40 per team (Region 419 will cover any team application cost for teams in Region 419).
  3. ACCEPTANCE:
    1. Applications are due before Friday, June 06, 2014.
    2. Applications will be accepted on a first-come basis, based on completed application (see Tournament Application Form for criteria).
    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. Refunds, if any, due to cancellation or the Tournament or games, shall be at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.
  5. PLAYERS/TEAMS:
    1. Players on participating teams must be properly registered to play in eAYSO.org.
    2. Players Division by birth date for 2014:
      Division Ages Born Between
      U14 (Coed) 12-13 8/1/99 - 7/31/01
      U12 10-11 8/1/01 - 7/31/03
      U10 8-9 8/1/03 - 7/31/05
      U8 6-7 8/1/05 - 7/31/07
    3. Players may play up a Division if approved by the Regional Commissioner and the Tournament Director.
    4. A player may play for only one team in the tournament.
    5. All Teams must be registered with a Region under the control of AYSO, Section 6, Area E, including Regions:
      • 419 - Dubuque, IA
      • 719 - Galena, IL
      • 1103 - Amana, IA
      • 1112 - Cedar Rapids, IA
      • 1468 - Center Point, IA
      • 1507 - Lowden, IA
    6. The team roster must be verified and approved by each player’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.
    7. A copy of the current Regional approved roster will be on file with the Tournament Registrar.
    8. Each team must have 75% of their current roster in eayso.org. Exceptions must be approved by the Tournament Director prior to the Tournament.
      • Division U-14 will play 11-v-11, Co-ed and there will be a roster limit of 18 players per team.
      • Division U-12 will play 11-v-11, and there will be a roster limit of 18 players per team.
      • Division U-10 will play 9-v-9, and there will be a roster limit of 16 players per team.
      • Division U-8 will play 7-v-7, and there will be a roster limit of 12 players per team.
    9. Co-ed must be half of each gender or must be approved by the Regional Commissioner and Tournament Director prior to the Tournament.
    10. 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.
    11. Any player receiving a red card will be suspended for the remainder of the match and the next match. Two yellow cards in the same match equals a red card. The coach must report to the Tournament Director to determine eligibility for any player receiving a red card.
    12. If a violation is determined during a pre-medal round match, the match in process and all previous matches will be forfeited. If the violation is determined during a medal match, the match in process and future matches will be forfeited (the results of the previous matches will stand).
  6. TEAM/SPECTATORS:
    1. Both teams will be on the same side of the pitch. Team access will be designated. All spectators will be on the other side of the pitch, three yards back from the touchline.
    2. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of players, parents, coaches and spectators at all times and locations during the Tournament.
    3. Alcohol and all tobacco products are strictly prohibited at the Dubuque Soccer Complex and by AYSO.
    4. No pets are allowed at the Dubuque Soccer Complex.
    5. Harassment of the Referees is unacceptable and may lead to the clearing of the tournament area of spectators or coaches and/or suspension of play. The Tournament Director will then decide the outcome of the match if suspended.
    6. Kids Zone is always in effect.
  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, AYSO trained at the age-appropriate level and must. Proof of coach certification and training will be verified by the coach and assistant coach attaching their training record from eAYSO to the roster.
    3. Team Coach or Team Manager must have a good contact number to be kept on file with the Tournament Registrar in case the tournament has to get in contact with the teams.
    4. Coaches are expected to set the example for their team in exhibiting proper AYSO behavior 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.
    5. A Coach not exhibiting proper AYSO behavior and Kids Zone behavior may be asked to leave the match by the Referee. The Referee will stop the match and wait for the Coach to leave the vicinity. The match will not restart until the Coach has left the pitch. The Coach must report to the Tournament Director to determine eligibility for future matches.
  8. REFEREES:
    1. Each team in the tournament will provide a referee. Referees will be assigned up to 3 games, based on their qualifications.
    2. All referees must be an AYSO registered and trained volunteer and be Safe-Haven Certified.
    3. Only the diagonal system of control will be used to referee the games.
    4. Experience:
      • Referees for U-14 games must be Advanced level or above.
      • Referees for U-12 games must be Intermediate level or above.
      • Referees for U-10 games must be Regional or above.
      • Referees for U-8 games must be Regional or above.
    5. Youth referees (center referees) must be at least 4 years older than the age group they are refereeing.
    6. All referees must be in full uniform as defined by AYSO and USSF, including the Referee Badge. Referees not in uniform will not be permitted to referee games.
    7. Referees are expected to check in at the Referee Station at least 30 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 Referee station for alternative assignment.
    8. Referees will be expected to uphold the tournament rules, AYSO Rules and Regulations and FIFA laws. 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 following Facility Use Rules while attending the tournament <Facility Use Rules here>.
  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 play 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 pools based on pool play standings points. Number of teams advancing per pool will be determined by the number of pools in the division.
  11. CHECK-IN:
    1. Teams must check in 30 minutes prior to their first game at the check-in station next to the concession stand.
    2. Each coach or team representative must provide AYSO Player Registration Forms with original ink signatures for verification by tournament officials.
    3. Coaches must have these Player Registration Forms with them at all times and ready for presentation to Tournament Officials.
    4. 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. GAMES:
    1. All Teams must report to the Match Referee for check-in 10 minutes before each scheduled match. The match Referee will conduct an equipment check.
    2. Teams may play down by two (2) players. The opposing team may choose to match (play down 2) or play down by one (1) player. Any team fielding a team with less than the two (2) player rule will forfeit the match.
    3. Game duration shall be as follows unless changed by the Tournament Director:
      Division Pool Play Ball Size
      U-14 24 minute half #5
      U-12 24 minute half #4
      U-10 24 minute half #4
      U-8 10 minute quarters #3
    4. Halftime is 5 minutes.
    5. All matches will be running time and start at the scheduled time except for a major delay, e.g. serious injury. There will be no time added on for time wasted during substitutions. Each coach is urged to have their team ready at the start of each half and to conduct substitutions in as expedient a manner as possible.
    6. The "home" team will be the first team listed on the game schedule and will be responsible for providing the game ball. The home Team will kick off. The visiting team will receive. The home team will be situated on the South or West side of the field, and the visitor team will be situated on the North or East side. Spectators must remain on the side of the field designated for their team. The home team will change jerseys or use pinnies if the referee determines there is a conflict.
    7. 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.
    8. All players must wear shin guards that are fully covered by socks.
    9. Offside does not have to be blatant to be called.
    10. Only one chance to perform throw-ins (no re-dos).
    11. Heading the ball is only allowed in the U12 and U14 Divisions.
    12. Slide tackling, bicycle kicks and flip throw-ins are PROHIBITED.
    13. Forfeits: The match will be considered a forfeit if a team is more than five (5) minutes late for a scheduled match; refuses to field a team when the referee indicates that the match is to begin; if a team quits a match before its conclusion or playing down more than two (2) players. In the event of a forfeit, the score will be 3-0 and the winning team will be awarded 3 points. The winning team will not receive the bonus one (1) point for a shutout. A team forfeiting a match is disqualified from the tournament.
    14. 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).
  13. SUBSTITUTIONS:
    1. Substitutions are unlimited for U10 through U14 Divisions in accordance with Region 419 Regional Rules.
    2. All substitutions must be approved and recognized by the referee prior to the substituting team’s throw-in or corner kick (the opposing team may also substitute); prior to either team’s goal-kick; or after an injury requiring an attendant. The injured player must be substituted (not including the goalkeeper), and the opposing team may substitute a like number.
    3. U-8 only may substitute at quarter breaks.
    4. Substituting player must be at the halfway line.
  14. STANDINGS:
    1. Standings for pool play games are awarded to teams in the following manner:
      • Win by Shut-out = 4 points (except for wins by Forfeit)
      • Win = 3 points
      • Tie = 1 point to each team
      • Loss = 0 points
    2. Winners of ties in standings will be determined (in order)as follows:
      1. Head to head competition
      2. Goal differential (up to a maximum of 1 - 3 per game)
      3. Fewest goals allowed
      4. Penalty kicks
    3. Once a tie is broken between multiple teams, then the tie breaker starts over between the remaining teams. If both teams are still tied, then penalty kicks will determine the advancing team.
    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.
  15. ADVANCEMENT:
    1. Top teams with the most points in each pool advance. Pools with four of five teams final standings will be based on the points earned in pool play. If you play a cross pool game, it will count towards your overall standings.
    2. Teams will play semi-final and/or championship final matches, depending on the number of teams in each pool and the format of play for that flight.
  16. TROPHY-ROUNDS:
    1. All trophy round matches ending in a tie will play two five minutes in length golden goal overtime periods with teams changing field direction after the first five minute period. All levels may substitute players during the second 5 minute period. In these matches, if still tied after overtime play, the game shall be decided by penalty kicks from the Penalty Mark to determine the winner. Only players in the pitch at the end of the overtime will take the penalty kicks in the first round. A coin flip will decide which team shoots first. First round is 5 vs. 5, each team alternating penalty kicks.
    2. Second round is sudden death, each team alternating penalty kicks from players on the bench.
    3. Only the Referees and players taking the penalty kicks are allowed on the pitch. Coaches, Reserve Players and Spectators are to remain off the pitch.
  17. AWARDS:
    1. Medals will be presented to coaches and players from the first through the third-place teams in each division.
    2. Ribbons will be given for 4th place teams in each division.
    3. Sportsmanship medals are awarded to the team whose Coaches, Players and Spectators are the role model in their division for demonstrating AYSO philosophies in the Kids Zone.
  18. 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.
    2. At the conclusion of each game, referees will score players, coaches and team spectators in demonstrating good sportsmanship.
    3. The Winners will be announced at the end of Pool Play.
  19. 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.
    2. At the conclusion of each match, the referees will indicate on the reverse of the game cards sportsmanship for the Coaches, Players and Spectators. 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.
    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 field of play and may stay on the sideline under the supervision of the coach.
    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. All conduct problems will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner.
    7. All Serious Incidents will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner as well as Area, Section and AYSO National Office parties.
  20. MEDICAL/FIRST AID:
    1. There will be a First Aid station at the main tent where participants may receive ice, etc. for minor injuries.
    2. If an injury is serious, the first aid staff or Safety Director will call 911 for emergency response.
    3. Directions to the nearest hospital/urgent care center will be available at the First Aid station.
  21. UNIFORMS/SAFETY:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  22. TOURNAMENT RULES COMMITTEE:
    1. The Tournament Rules Committee consists of the Tournament Director, Referee Coordinator, Region 419 Commissioner and Dubuque Kiwanis Tournament Representative.
    2. The Tournament Rules Committee reserves the right and authority to group age divisions based on team availability, relocate and/or reschedule match times, reduce up to half the duration of matches, cancel preliminary matches which have no bearing in deciding group and/or division winners, decide the final tournament standings and trophy winners.
  23. RULES INTERPRETATION:
    1. The Tournament Director retains the right to interpret and apply the tournament rules to the optimum benefit of all tournament participants.
  24. PROTESTS:
    1. The decisions and/or interpretations of the Tournament Committee and the Referees are final. No protests will be allowed.