Updated Dec 2, 2018

2018 Holiday Classic Rules

PRE-TOURNAMENT CHECK IN:  All teams must provide player/coach credentials at the Pre-Tournament Check-In prior to the start of the tournament. 

  1. Each team or club must send a representative to the check-in.  For local valley teams check-in will be held a few days before the tournament weekend (see website for details).  Local valley teams will not be allowed to check in at the fields.  For out-of-town teams, a representative must check-in at least 60 minutes prior to the start of the first game at the Headquarters tent at their field where first game is played. The following documentation must be present during the games for review.  Teams failing to provide this documentation IF requested will FORFEIT all matches. 
    • Copy of a signed Medical Release (notary is not required) for each player.
    • Tournament Contact Form/ (available on the website)
    • Team will be required to turn in a singed Player Registration Certificate and show signed Medical Releases for each player.  Laminated USYSA ID Cards with photograph are required at check-in.  US Club Soccer teams must provide a US Club Soccer tournament roster and will be required at check-in and US Club Soccer Medical Release Forms.  Teams cannot mix USYSA and US Club Soccer passes.  Recreational teams must provide a certified roster signed by their club/state registrar. 
    • Teams not using or completing the roster in Got Soccer must bring a written copy of the team’s roster.  For each player, the roster must include: first and last legal name as shown on the player pass, birth date, and jersey number.  Player’s information must be entered on each game card.
    • Loan forms, properly signed by the required parties, must be submitted for each loan or guest player, as required by the teams sanctioning organization. Players loaning within the same club do not need loan forms.  Players loaning to a different club must have loan forms.
    • Teams from outside Region IV must also provide approved Travel Papers, which must include a roster listing all players authorized to travel.  US Club Soccer Teams do not require travel papers but must provide a US Club Soccer tournament roster, laminated US Club Soccer player passes and US Club Soccer Medical Release forms.  Teams CANNOT mix USYSA and US Club Soccer.  Team Managers must have ONE copy of their official roster on hand to turn into the referee’s with their player passes for each game on the field.
    • Rosters are frozen when a team starts their first game of the tournament. 
    • During the check-in process, the Tournament Committee will inspect all documentation.  
    • Players may not play without the above documentation.

For a team coming from a CONCACAF nation: 

  1.  Players must present passports at registration or, if from a nation that the United States does not require a passport, proof of entry into the United States that is required by the United States.
  2.   Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards.
  3. Tournament rules require that the team have a completed form from its Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament. 

               ROSTERS: 

     7U/8U - 4v4 - maximum roster of 8 players - maximum players suited for a match = 8

     9U/10U - 7v7 - maximum roster of 14 players - maximum players suited for a match = 12

      11U/12U - 9v9 - maximum roster of 18 players - maximum players suited for a match = 16

       13U + - 11v11 - maximum roster of 22 players - maximum players suited for a match = 18

      Proper Player Loan Forms will be required at registration along with other       required credentials, if required by the team’s State Association.  Players can            only play for one tournament team in the same age group during the weekend. 

JERSEY NUMBERS:  The shirt number of each player must be the same as the player’s shirt number on the daily match report or roster.  If the numbers are not the same the referee shall not allow the player to take part in the match until the numbers are the same.  Any team found switching player jersey numbers during the game without notifying and getting referee approval shall automatically forfeit the match. 

Academy Teams - U7 & U8 do not need player passes, but must provide an official issued roster. Academy players may play in 2 squads for the same team if the team plays with a non-fixed roster and the players are registered as AYSA Academy players.  For example, Team Red has 15 players and splits into Team Red 1 and Team Red 2, (both teams must register in the tournament). A player may play for both Red 1 & Red 2, but their play time must not exceed 80 minutes of soccer per day. U9 & U10 have frozen rosters and must only play on the team they are rostered for. No player may be rostered on more than one team

RULES OF PLAY

REFEREES:  All matches will use Federation Certified Referees.

FIFA LAWS of the Game will apply as modified by USYSA and AYSA as described herein.

HEADING THE BALL:  No heading the ball for U11 and below age groups.  Play will be stopped and indirect free kick given to the opposing team for “deliberate” headers. 

Duration of Game by HALVES and Balls Size as Follows:

Division                     Length of Halves           Halftime              Ball Size

U7/U8                             4 – 6  Min Quarters    3 min                      3

U9/U10                           25 minutes                    5 min                      4

 U11/U12                        30 Minutes                   5 min                      4

U13/U14                         35 Minutes                   5 min                      5

U15/U19                        40 Minutes                   5 min                      5

**Bracket games will end in a tie.  If a playoff game is tied at the end of regulation time, FIFA Penalty Kicks will determine the winner.  Penalty Kicks will be taken immediately following the game.  

PRE-GAME CHECK IN:  Teams must check in game ready with the referee on the field 15 minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game.  At this time the player equipment will be checked.  Failure of a team to report to the referee prior to kickoff will result in a forfeit of the game.  Team Managers must give player passes and official tournament roster to the Center Referee to be turned in for the duration of the game.  Once game is complete coach and referee must sign off on the scorecard the passes and roster will be release back to the team manager from the referee. 

SUBSTITUTIONS:  Free substitutions will be allowed in all age groups.  However, teams may substitute only with the referee’s permission and only at the following times:  Prior to a throw-in by the team in possession;  Prior to a goal kick, by either team;  After a goal, by either team;  After an injury on either team;  when the referee stops play at halftime;  On a caution, only the cautioned player may be substituted at that time.

PLAYER’S EQUIPMENT:  It will be at the Referee’s discretion to determine the safety and suitability of player equipment including the wearing of an orthopedic cast or hard brace.  Shin guards are mandatory for all players  No jewelry or hair pins allowed.

COACHING:   All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, and spectators at all times.  Coaching from the sidelines, giving direction to one’s own team on points of strategy and position, is permitted, provided:

  1.  No mechanical devises used.
  2. The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory.
  3. Each coach or substitute remains within (10) yards on either side of the halfway line.
  4. No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referee’s other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators.
  5. No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS: A player or coach receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an ejection (red card) for the purposes of awarding point for the tournament competition.  A player who has been ejected (sent off) will not be replaced.  A player or coach who has been ejected will not return for that game (the tournament will follow the AYSA Red Card Standards and Procedures).  A player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament.  For the purpose of this tournament a coach CAN be carded. 

All send off reports will be sent to AYSA following the tournament.  When a player receives a last game red card, the player pass must be pulled and sent, along with the referee report, to the state office (AYSA).

For U.S. Teams, each State Association will be notified of any disciplinary action taken or required to be taken.  For Foreign teams, the Federation will transmit the disciplinary action taken or required to be taken to that team’s provincial or national association.

 

 

The Tournament will conform to the established guidelines as set forth by the State sanctioning body (ASA)-see table below:

OFFENSE

Minimum : Player Suspension

Minimum:  Coach or Team Representative Suspension

Second Caution

1 Game

2 Games

Foul or Abusive Language directed at anyone other than a game official

1 Game

2 Games

Serious Foul Play – Denies an opponent a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball;  Denies an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by offense punishable by a free kick, in a non-dangerous way (i.e. pulling a jersey).

1 Game

N/A

Serious Foul Play other than above

2 Games

N/A

Violent Conduct

3 Games

4 Games

Foul or Abusive Language directed at a game official

3 Games

4 Games

THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND SITE DIRECTOR DO NOT HAVE ANY ATHOURITY OVER ANY DECISION MAKING NORMALY DONE BY THE REFEREE DURING THE COURSE OF A GAME AND CANNOT OVERTUNR ANY REFEREE DECSION.

SUSPENDED AND TERMINATED GAMES:  If in the opinion of game officials a game must be suspended (for any reason), the game may be resumed, but is subject to being ended not less than (5) minutes prior to the start of the next scheduled game.  If in the opinion of the game officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, coaches, or spectators, the offending team could be suspended from further play and forfeits that game and all remaining games.  All previous points earned remain as played.  Additionally, the home league and State Association will be contacted as appropriate. 

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 (10) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game. 

 

 

DETERMINING WINNERS:  Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:

Six (6) Points per Win

Three (3) Points per Tie

Zero (0) Point per Loss

One (1) point for each goal up to 3 per game

One (1) point for Shutout, includes (0-0) Tie

In the event of a tie in points at the end of the bracket play, the winner for the advancement to Semi-Final or Final will be determined as follows:

  1.  The winner in head to head competitions
  2. Goal Against (limit of 5 per game)
  3. Goals For (limit of 5 per game)
  4. Most Wins
  5. Most Shutouts
  6. If a tie still exists after steps 1 through 4, FIFA Kicks from the Penalty Mark will be taken fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the Semi or Final Game.

In the event of a three-way tie at the end of bracket play, the winner for advancement to the Final will be determined as above without consideration for comparison of head to head competition to eliminate one team.  If the teams are still tied and FIFA Kicks have to be taken there will be a draw by the Tournament Committee.  The first team drawn will receive the bye;  the next team drawn will be the home team against the remaining team in the first contest of penalty kicks.  The winner of the first contest will then compete against the bye team in penalty kicks to determine the group winner.  The bye team will be the home team. 

HOME TEAM:  The home team will be the team, which appears first on the game schedule.  The Home team will supply the game ball, unless supplied by the Tournament.  The game ball will be subject to Referee approval.  The Home team will be required to switch to alternate jerseys to accommodate a color conflict as declared by the referee.  If the Home team cannot supply alternate jerseys, the Home team will forfeit the game. 

The Home and Away teams will sit on the designated side of the field.  All spectators will sit on the opposite side of the field directly across from their team’s bench. 

FORFEITS AND BYES:  All teams who forfeit will have the game(s) scored a 0-1 loss.  The winner will be awarded six tournament points (for the win).  Teams failing to report ready to play within five minutes of the scheduled kick off time will forfeit.  Home Teams unable to supply alternate jerseys, or teams failing to check in at Mandatory Tournament Check in or for taking actions which cause a game to be terminated, will forfeit.  Byes will be scored and tournament points awarded the same as a forfeit.  Teams must have a minimum of 7 players to start.

PROTESTS/APPEALS:   NO PROTESTS OR APPEALS WILL BE ALLOWED

DISPUTES:  All disputes will be settled by the Tournament director or designee and the decision will be final.

AWARDS:  All team players will receive participation pins.  

Academy Age groups U7-U8 will receive participation medals.

Individual awards will be presented to the first and second place teams in the U9-U15 age divisions.

 

REFUNDS:  NO REFUNDS will be granted to any team accepted to participate in this Tournament.

GENERAL INFORMATION

HEADQUARTERS:  Tournament Headquarters will be located at Reach 11 Sports Complex next to Field 1 for the East Side and Reach 11 West side will be located next to the building/bathrooms, Headquarters for SSC will be above fields1-4 located by the bathrooms near the parking lot.  Headquarters for Snedigar will be near field 2.  Standings will be available online through Gotsoccer.  Awards will be present at the Headquarters tents.

TRAINERS AND FIELD MARSHALLS:  The tournament will supply Field Marshalls and Athletic Trainers to help provide your teams a safe experience.  Contact the check-in tent for the location of the Trainers.

FIELD SET UP AND CONDITIONS:  The directors from Reach 11, Snedigar and SSC  have been most generous to host our tournament.  It is the responsibility of each team to treat these facilities with care.  The tournament expects that each team clean their sidelines and or pre-game gathering areas of all debris and trash, including tape, immediately after each game.  Each field will have numerous trash receptacles, please use them.  Your cooperation in this area will ensure that we are able to sue these facilities for future tournaments.

INCLEMENT WEATHER CONTIGENY PLAN:  In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Director reserves the right to modify all tournament rules to fairly and safely complete the tournament.  The health and safety of players is our first priority.  The tournament has an obligation to protect the fields and facilities that are being used for tournament play.  All decisions will be based on field conditions with input from the Director of Reach 11.  It is the responsibility of the coaches to be available for any contingencies and to monitor the tournament website for updates.  Field Marshall’s at the location will be informed of any changes and will provide instructions to all teams.  Coaches are asked to be patient and remain flexible if this unfortunate situation arises.  As a result of inclement weather, and at the direction of the Tournament Director, one of the schedule will be implemented:

  1. All games are to continue as scheduled.
  2. Eliminate pre-game warm up on the field, game times to continue as scheduled.
  3. Eliminate pre-game warm-up on the field and shorten all games.  The Tournament Committee will determine the game length. 
  4. Shots from the Penalty Mark will replace games.

REMINDERS:  Pick up all trash and belongings from the sidelines after each game.  NO DOGS permitted at the fields.  NO ALCOHOL or SMOKING permitted.  NO STAKING of canopies, tents or umbrellas is not allowed at any of the sites.

SPORTSMANSHIP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY:  All Spectators, Coaches and Players MUST show respect for each other and the authority of the Referees.  Help us set a great example for our youth!

  • Please cheer enthusiastically for your team
  • Please acknowledge the good play of both teams
  • Please do not “help” players or coaches or criticize referees
  • Let the players make their own decisions on the field

THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!