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2017 SAN DIEGO UNITED SUMMER CHALLENGE

TOURNAMENT RULES AS OF July 18, 2017

REGISTRATION AND TEAM ELIGIBILITY: July 29 and 30, 2017 tournament – Team Check-in will take place at the Marriott in Mission Valley from 6pm – 9pm, Friday, July 28, 2017.

Teams: You must bring the following documents to Team Check-in:

  1. Approved roster from your Club Registrar – If you are traveling in from another State you will need to get Travel papers from your State Association. NOTE: Region IV teams are no longer required to bring travel papers.
  2. A complete set of laminated permanent player cards from 2016-2017 OR 2017-2018 season will be accepted, years can be mixed but card must match player release form.
  3. Copies of signed Medical Release forms for each player.
  4. Your hotel information if applicable.
  5. Emergency cell phone numbers for team manager and head coach.

Boys and Girls U9- U19 are eligible to participate in San Diego United Summer Challenge. A maximum of 22 players on a game card will be submitted prior to each game with the player cards to the Field Marshalls. Only 18 may be rostered for each game.  Game cards will be provided at team check-in. Unlimited guest players are allowed. NO PLAYER MAY COMPETE IN THE TOURNAMENT IN TWO (2) AGE GROUPS IN THE SAME WEEKEND.

COACH AND PLAYER CREDENTIALS: Coach, player and team administrator picture identification cards are to be present and available at all matches. Identification cards are required to be checked by the referee prior to each match.

FIELD MARSHALLS: Field Marshalls are located at each field. Team administrator or coach are required to submit player cards and game card to the Field Marshall tent 30 minutes prior to game start-time.

GAME CARDS/TEAM CHECK-IN: One game card will be printed for each team.  It will list all players who are to participate in the game, along with their jersey number, and all bracket games.  Play-off game(s) information will have to be written in as necessary.  Player cards and game cards must be delivered to the Field Marshall for check-in at least 30 minutes prior to EACH scheduled game time. The Field Marshall will check-in the team and keep the player cards.  The team representative will give the game card to the referee prior to kick-off; the referee will inspect the player’s equipment prior to the start of the game.  Failure to check-in the team prior to the scheduled start of the game may result in a forfeit.

At the completion of EACH game the team representative will collect the game card from the referee and return it to the Field Marshall table.  The representative must sign the game card, initial the score on the schedule, and pick-up their player cards from the Field Marshall. (If a player has received a red card during the match, the player card will be held, by the Field Marshall, until the conclusion of the following game.  No exceptions!)  Individuals may not represent a team if not registered as an administrator/coach with the involved team(s). The score indicated on the game card cannot be disputed once the game card has been signed.

CONDUCT: All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, bench, friends and spectators at all times. Teams and their supporters shall occupy opposite sides of the field, field space permitting. Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in a loss of points or tournament.

REFEREES:

  1. All referees are “USSF-certified”
  2. All matches for ALL age brackets will have three assigned referees
  3. The referee has the final determination regarding the safety of each player’s equipment. All players are required to shin guards at all times. NO SHIN GUARDS – NO PLAY! No protested will be accepted. No jewelry may be worn. Players wearing a cast will need to be evaluated on a case by case basis and the final discretion is given to the referee for each game.
  4. After the start of a match, it will be the decision of the referee whether or not playing conditions are safe or not. (Example: rain/fog)
  5. Referees will make sure shirt and player name/number correspond with game card or player will NOT play.

SUBSTITUTIONS: Referees will comply with FIFA rules and substitutions.

  1. Substitution times - a player may be substituted during any stoppage of play with the permission of the referee.
  2. Substitution age limits - age groups U8-U19 are allowed free substitutions.

HEADING:  Deliberate heading is not allowed in 7v7 or 9v9 games. If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick will be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.

HOME TEAM RESPONSIBILITY:

  1. The home team is listed first on the game schedule
  2. The home team will provide 3 game balls (unless the tournament provides them). The game ball is subject to referee approval.
  3. The home team will switch to an alternative jersey if the referee declares a color conflict.
  4. The home team selects which sideline they want to sit on. The away team sits on the opposite side – field space permitting.

SPECTATOR SEATING:

Home team has choice of touch line. No 2 teams will play from the same side, unless field space dictates otherwise.

In all cases spectators and team seating will allow the referees assistant (AR) clear runs and view of all touch lines.

NO spectators behind the goals.

NO players/coaches or parents allowed on the opponent’s sideline.

After your game has completed, please leave the sidelines immediately – taking your trash with you.

RED CARDS:

  1. A player or coach receiving 2 yellow cards in 1 game equals 1 red card.
  2. Red cards issued to any player or coach, will receive a minus 1 point per card.
  3. A player or coach given 2 yellow cards or 1 red card shall be expelled from the game, will not be replaced in that game and will not be permitted to play or coach in the next game, at a minimum. The Tournament Director may give a further suspension for violent conduct. Any adult or coach who is ejected must leave the field of play.
  4. Teams that are short a player(s) due to red card ejections will also play any overtime short a player(s).
  5. Cards for ejected player or coach will be available from the Field Marshall after the team’s next scheduled game (or the team’s last game).
  6. All red cards are reported to CYSA-S.

PROTESTS / DISPUTES: No protests will be allowed and all games will be considered final. The Tournament Director will resolve any situation not explicitly covered by the rules. Disputes relating to the interpretation of these rules will be resolved with the Field Marshall and administrator/coaches that are registered with the involved team(s). Individuals may not represent a team if not registered as an administrator/coach with the involved team(s). Communication between Field Marshall and tournament staff will be with properly registered team administrators and Coaches only.

FORFEITS: A forfeit results in a 1-0 score and will receive 8 points. If, at the discretion of the Tournament Director, a forfeit provides an unfair advantage, the Tournament Director may make an adjustment in the bracket. If both teams fail to appear, each team will receive 0 points. Teams forfeiting any game will forfeit all of their games.

Team will forfeit for the following reasons:

  1. Teams fail to check-in at the required location at the scheduled kick off time.
  2. Home team fails to produce an alternative color jersey if referee determines there is a conflict in color.
  3. Team fails to produce a complete set tournament stickered, 2016-2017 OR2076-2018 laminated player cards and/or coach’s card – all cards from the same year as player release forms.
  4. Team fails to report to the field with the minimum number of players to start the game, 6 players for U8-U10, 7 for 9v9 and 7 players for U11-U19.
  5. Coach is ejected and fails to leave the field when directed to do so.
  6. Coach is ejected and there is not an alternative coach from the club involved that holds a coaches card on his/her person.
  7. Game is suspended due to the misconduct of players, coaches, administrators, parents or spectators.

FIELD SAFETY/INCLEMENT WEATHER: The facility or Tournament Director will determine if a field is safe for play. After kick off, it will be determined by the referee if a field is safe for play. Teams are expected to show up for scheduled game times unless notified by a tournament official. Rain or other weather conditions will not delay play unless the referee determines the fields or other conditions are unsafe. If games cannot be rescheduled or played due to rain or other circumstances the score will stand as follows:

  1. One half of match is completed, score stands.
  2. Stoppage in first half of match, no score.
  3. Matches may be played next day if field space is available. We will make every effort to have every team get three full games. If inclement weather ensues, that will be our re-scheduling priority.
  4. Matches may be shortened to accommodate schedule.
  5. If match is unplayable, standings will be based on FIFA penalty kicks from top 2 teams or by Tournament Director if kicks cannot be taken.
  6. If play is terminated due to misconduct from one or both teams, the offending team will not benefit from the termination.
  7. If a semi-final match cannot be played, FIFA penalty kicks will determine the winner.
  8. If the final game cannot be played, the teams will be co-champions.

DURATION OF GAMES: Play is based on halves as specified below:

Age                 Preliminary*                Semi-Final**                Finals***          OT (Finals)

U8-U10           20 min                         20 min                         25 min             5 min (PKS)

U11-U12         25 min                         25 min                         30 min             2x 5 min (PKS)

U13-U14         30 min                         30 min                         35 min             2x 5 min (PKS)

U15-U19         35 min                         35 min                         40 min             2x 5 min (PKS)          

All games will have five (5) minute half-time.

*Preliminary games can end in a tie after regulation play.

**Semi-Final games tied at the end of regulation play will go directly to FIFA penalty kicks.

***Final games tied at the end of regulation play will go to two overtime halves (golden goal) and if still tied will go directly to FIFA penalty kicks.

San Diego United Summer Challenge does not accept “running the clock” aspect. Every effort should be made to keep the game on schedule. The referee is in charge of determining if time should be added for injuries or stoppage.

In the events of an unusual event that results in a significant loss of game time, the lost game time may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Tournament Directors. The rescheduling of the lost game time is subject to field availability. An example of an unusual event would be a major injury to a player, which prevented the use of the playing field. The Tournament defines a significant loss of game time as more than half of the game. An accumulation of time delays due to minor/moderate injuries to several players would not constitute an unusual event nor will these delays be considered loss game time. An accumulation of time delays resulting from normal course of a game will not be considered loss game time.

COMPETITION FORMAT:

4-Team Bracket (one four-team bracket): Bracket is played round robin games with each of the other teams in the bracket. The two highest point teams advance to the Championship match. The championship game will be a re-match and a semi-final or consolation game will not be played. Higher point team will be the home team for the Championship.

5-Team Bracket (one five-team bracket): Bracket is played round robin games with each of the other teams in the bracket, each team gets four games. The champion and runner-up is determined on points.

6-Team Bracket (two three-team pools): Pool play is crossover games with each of the other teams in the opposite pool. The Championship game match is the two highest point teams.

8-Team Bracket (two four-team pools): Each team will play the other teams in its pool for a total of 3 preliminary round games. The winner of pool A and the winner of pool B will play in the Championship game. Winner of pool A will be the home team in the Championship. In older ages, there may be semi-finals between Pool A #1 and Pool B #2, as well as Pool A #2 vs. Pool B #1.  Winner of each semi-final advance to Championship game.

POINT SYSTEM:

6 points = win

3 points = tie

1 point = shut-out, including 0-0 tie

0 points = loss

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

Minus 1 point = red card issued to player or coach

Ties in standing from pool play will be resolved as follows:

  1. Winner of head-to-head competition
  2. Goal differential (goals scored minus goals against, to a maximum differential of 3 per game)
  3. Goals against
  4. Goals scored (to a maximum of 3 per game)
  5. FIFA penalty kicks

We guarantee a minimum of 3 games played per team.

In the event of a last-minute team drop and your team(s) doesn’t play 3 games; refunds will be issued as follows:

U9 – U14 > $125 per game

U15 – U19 > $150 per game

  1. There will be no refunds to teams who forfeit their own games.
  2. No refunds after the deadline. ***Unless a team coming in late pays fees***

 

REFUND POLICY FOR A DROPPING TEAM:

Prior to the application deadline, refunds will be less an administrative fee of $150.00

***After the application deadline, only if the spot is filled (with a team that pays) will a dropping team receive a refund. The refund will be the difference between the entry costs minus what the fill-in team pays at the last minute minus $150 administrative fee. (Example: An U10 team request to be dropped due to lack of players after the deadline date. The Tournament Director will offer the open slot to teams with a discounted entry fee to ensure the bracket stays in-tacked. IF a suitable team is found, then and only then will the requesting dropping team receive a refund.)

     $525 – U10 entry fee

    -$200 – New U10 team pays

     $325

    -$150 – administrative fee

     $175 refund

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. In the event of such a delay or postponement games will be rescheduled if at all possible. If games cannot be rescheduled or played due to rain, weather, or other Acts of God there will be no refund of fees.

 

 

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