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Rules for the 2018 Westlake Invitational
Competition is open to teams composed of no more than 18 players (U-13 through U-18), 16 players (U-11 & U-12), 14 players (U-8 through U-10) who are registered with their respective state or national association. USSF- affiliated teams not under affiliation with a US Youth Soccer state association are permitted provided OYSAN- required documentation is submitted. No player shall be allowed to register with more than one team or switch to another team during the tournament. Teams from outside Ohio North and all out of state teams must have a copy of the Permission To Travel Form signed by their Association. Official state stamped team rosters will be checked against the players passes at registration. Player registration cards authorized by the state association will be required as proof of age, except for the U-8 division. Teams in the U-8 division will be required to provide a league approved roster and proof of age (e.g. birth certificate). Players must be registered to their team according to current US Youth Soccer standards for age groupings. Each team will be allowed to add up to 4 guest players in U8-U14, High School divisions will be permitted 6 guest players. . All guest players will be required to meet all other eligible player requirements including having a current player card, a validated team roster and have a birth date appropriate for their designated age group. Teams who use guest players, may only use players who are rostered within the same USSF affiliate. (e.g. USYSA teams may only use USYSA rostered guest players; US Club teams may only use US Club rostered guest players.) U8-U10 teams will play 7v7; U11-U12 teams will play 9v9; U13-U18 teams will play 11v11.
Coaches must present official tournament roster and player cards during check in for EACH GAME.
All coaches must complete the requirements for concussion safety training as mandated by the state of Ohio. Proof of concussion training and risk management clearance must be provided by all coaches. Training may be completed at: http://nfhslearn.com/courses Click on the “Concussions in Sports” link.
2. LAWS OF THE GAME
All games shall be played in accordance with FIFA Laws, except as specifically noted by these Rules.
3. PLAYER EQUIPMENT
a. No metal cleats allowed on soccer shoes.
b. Where the color of jerseys is similar or identical, the designated home team will change colors. Home team is listed first on the schedule.
c. All players must have uniforms with individual numbers on the shirt. Uniform number must coincide with players name on the roster.
d. All equipment will be subject to approval of the referee.
e. All players must wear shin guards.
a. After a goal has been scored by either team.
b. At halftime.
c. Before a goal kick by either team.
d. Before a throw-in in your favor. The team in possession of the ball for a throw-in may substitute. If the team in possession substitutes players, the opposing team may also substitute any number of players at the same time.
e. In the case of injury on a one-for-one basis. (If a substitution is made for an injured player, the other team may also make a substitution.)
f. After a caution, one for one by both teams, if the cautioned player is substituted.
5. CORNER KICKS
Corner kicks for all ages will be long kicks.
6. TEAM FIELD POSITION
Both teams' players and coaches will take up positions in the designated team areas at each field. All spectators will remain on the opposite side of the field from the teams behind the crowd line. There is a limit of three coaches, who are rostered to a team and who will be allowed to remain with the team during the game. No spectators will be permitted behind the goals. All coaches and players not on the playing field must remain in the designated team areas located 10 yards either side of the center line line.
Players and coaches are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the Law, as well as the letter of the Law. Displays of temper dissent by word or action against the opponent or referee, and retaliation of fouls are cause for ejection from the game. Players or coaches receiving a red or two yellow cards will not be permitted to participate in the next scheduled game.
8. DURATION OF PLAY
All preliminary and semi-final games will have two equal halves of 25 minutes in duration with a 5-minute half time interval.
U9-U10 2 equal halves of 25 minutes in duration with a 5-minute half time interval
U11-HS 2 equal halves of 30 minutes in duration with a 5-minute half time interval
The game clock will not be stopped because of injury unless, at the discretion of the referee, medical personnel must remove the injured player from the field. Due to the time allowed for the completion of all games, the clock must run continuously. Not more than 10 minutes will be added to the clock.
9. BALL SIZE
U13-U18 Size 5
U8-U12 Size 4
THERE WILL BE NO PROTESTS.
ALL DECISIONS OF THE REFEREE ARE FINAL AND BINDING.
12. INCLEMENT WEATHER
Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams MUST appear on the field of play, ready to play as scheduled. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the game. Only referees and/or the Tournament Directors can cancel a game.
Inclement weather before games: In case of severe weather conditions before play, referees and/or the Tournament Directors MAY reduce the length of the game by 50%.
Games interrupted in the first half:
a. If time permits, play to completion.
b. If time permits, play to completion of at least the first half and record the score as complete.
c. If the first half cannot be completed, the game will be called a scoreless tie and each team will be awarded one point.
Games interrupted after completion of first half:
a. If time permits, play to completion.
b. If time does not permit, the game will be called complete and the score at the time of the interruption recorded.
In any event, games shall not be played past the scheduled start time of the next game due to weather delays.
A maximum 5-minute grace period will be allowed after scheduled kick-off time before a game is awarded to an opponent.
Minimum number of players to start match
U8-U10 5 players constitutes a team; and ONLY less than 5 players present may delay the start of a game.
U11-U12 7 players constitutes a team, and ONLY less than 7 players present may delay the start of a game.
U13-U18 8 players constitutes a team, and ONLY less than 7 players present may delay the start of a game.
Teams are expected to be ready to start the game on time, possibly with no warm up time. Failure to complete a match, or a team leaving the field of play, will result in a forfeit. No team that has forfeited a game will be declared a group winner. Forfeits will be scored as a 4-0 loss. This score will be the official score in case goal differential is a necessary tiebreaker.
14. GENERAL RULES
a. The Tournament Committee and the Westlake Soccer Association will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team or club if the tournament is canceled in whole or part. No refunds will be made to any participating teams if the tournament directors for any reason cancel a portion of or the tournament in its entirety once tournament play has begun unless the guaranteed minimum of 3 games is unable to be played. In which case, a teams may request a refund of $50 per unplayed game within 14 days via teh tournament site e-mail template. Team requesting the $50 refund should include who to make the refund check out to and where to send it in the email. The tournament will refund a team's entry fee in its entirety if it is unable to provide an appropriate age bracket in which to compete.
b. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament and its judgment is final.
c. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited anywhere on the tournament site.
d. Serious misconduct of coaches, parents or anyone associated with the team can result in disqualification of the team from the tournament.
15. POINT SYSTEM
3 Points - Win 1 Point - Tie 0 Points - Loss
First and second place individual awards will be presented in each U9-U18 age group to the Winners and Runners-up in each division. Participation Awards will be presented to each player on every U8 team. Competition in the U8 division will be conducted with no playoffs or Championships. No awards for placement (1st and 2nd) will be presented in this age group.
17. BRACKETING - SEMI-FINAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES (TIE BREAKERS)
Ties will stand at the end of regular play for preliminary round games. Division standings and/or playoff positions will be determined as follows:
a. The team with the most points, second highest number of points, third highest number of points and fourth highest number of points, etc.
b. Result of game played between tied teams. (if three teams or more are tied, go to the next step).
c. Highest total goal differential (total goals scored minus total goals allowed). A maximum differential of 4 goals per game will count for this purpose. (i.e. For a score of 4-0, goal differential is 4 for the winner and -4 for the loser. For a score of 7-2, goal differential is also 4 and -4 as above).
d. Least number of total goals allowed.
e. Most goals scored. (Maximum of 4 goals per game.)
f. If teams are tied after step "e", standing will be based on penalty kick elimination (as governed by FIFA rules) or coin toss as determined by the Tournament Directors.
18. SEMI FINAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES - TIES
If the teams competing in Semi-Final or Championship Games are tied at the end regular time, the FIFA penalty kick procedure will be used to determine a winner.
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