Tournament Rules

Nether Spring Invitational Tournament
Rules & Regulations
1.   General
Cancellation Policy - The Tournament Committee and Nether Soccer (NS) will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team, club or individual if the tournament is canceled in whole or in part. Every effort will be made to play the tournament in full, however, should severe inclement weather cause partial or whole cancellation there will be no refunds. There is no make-up or rain date planned for the tournament.
The Tournament Committee’s interpretation of these rules shall be final and binding. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament.
All teams are responsible for their own insurance. In the case of injury during travel or while participating in the tournament, NS and the Tournament Committee will not be liable.
A stamped roster from a USYSA or US Club roster must be submitted by each team at team check in.
Scores will be published online for all U11 and older games only All U8-U10 players receive participation medals. . All U10 and younger scores will be reported as 0-0.
Be at your field ready to play 15 minutes before game time.
Home team is team listed first on the schedule. They will choose goal to defend, "AWAY" team will take kick off tap. Sides and tap will switch at halftime.
Game reports will be called in by the refs.
It is expected that each team will participate in the customary handshake at the completion of each game.
Any player must play for only one registered team during the tournament
2.   Laws of the Game
All games will be played in accordance with FIFA and USYSA laws, except as specifically modified by these rules.
3.   Eligibility
All participating teams must be currently registered with their State association or other US SOccer affiliated organization. All non-US Club Soccer teams from outside Region I must have Permission to Travel forms authorized by their State association. Rosters, player passes and medical release forms for all players will be required at registration. Rosters, player passes and medical release forms for all players will be required at registration.
4.   Ball Size/Duration of Game
Size 4 ball for ages U08, U09, U10; games consist of two 20 minute halves (5 minute halftime)
Size 4 ball for age U11, U12; games consist of two 25 minute halves (5 minute halftime)
Size 5 ball for age U13, U14; games consist of two 25 minute halves (5 minute halftime)
Size 5 ball for age U15 and older; games consist of two 35 minute halves (5 minute halftime)
5.   Inclement Weather
In the case of severe inclement weather, the Tournament Committee shall have the authority to change the format as follows:
·     Relocate or reschedule any game;
·     Consider as complete a game that has been call by an official once 50% of the game has been played;
·     Cancel any preliminary games that have no bearing on the selection of division winners or runners-up;
·     Reduce the duration of any game as needed.
No refunds will be made for cancellation in whole or in part due to severe inclement weather.
6.   Substitutions
Substitutions may be made without limit at any stoppage, with the permission of the referee.
There will be no substitutions for a player who has received a red cardA red-carded player will not be permitted to play in the remainder of the tournament.
7.   Protests
There will be no protests allowed.
8.   Games and Equipment
All uniforms must be numbered. In the event of conflicting color jerseys the home team will be required to change (home team is listed first on the schedule). Players are required to wear shin guards in accordance with the Laws of the Game.
9.   Conduct
Players, coaches and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit and laws of the game. Players, coaches or spectators ejected from a game by the referee will be required to leave the field area. Severe misconduct and/or failure to comply with a referee could result in disqualification from the remainder of the tournament.
Players, coaches and spectators of opposing teams shall occupy opposite sides of the field. No one will be permitted behind either end line.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at any game sites.
10. Failure to Show and Forfeits
There will be no grace time allowed for teams not at the field of play at the scheduled time of kick-off. The opponent shall be awarded a 1-0 win for the match. A minimum of seven players is required for play to begin for 11v11 teams and 5 for 8v8 teams.
In no event shall a team who forfeits a game be eligible for first or second place awards. The team with the next best record or point total shall be declared the award winner.
11. Determination of Division Winners –
For U11-U14, each team will be awarded 6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie and 0 points for a loss. In addition, both teams will earn 1 point for each goal, to a maximum of 3. One point will be awarded to the winning team who shuts out its opponent.  In the case of a 0-0 tie, each team is awarded one shutout point. The maximum points earned by a winning team is therefore 10.
At the end of play, the division champion will be the team with the most win/tie points. The finalist will be the team with the second best win/tie points. In the event of a tie within the division, the following criteria will be used to determine the division champion and finalist, in the following order:
·     Head to head competition (this will not be used in the case of a three-way tie);
·     Fewest goals allowed;
·     Best goal differential (maximum of +3 per game for a win, -3 per game for a loss);
·     Penalty kicks
12. Guest Players-
A maximum of three (3) guest players may be used during the tournament for 11v11 teams and three (3) for 8v8 teams. However, a team using guest players can have no more than a total of eighteen (18) players fourteen (14) players for U08 - U12 teams listed on their Tournament Roster. Guest players must be current soccer year registered players, whose club team is not participating in the Tournament. Teams must present a valid player pass and notarized medical release form for each guest player at tournament registration
13. U8 Specific Rules
A. Goalkeeper will wear a pinnie or different colored shirt than teammates.
B. Soccer cleats and shin guards must be worn.
C. All free kicks will be indirect. For fouls in the goal box (ie, hand ball, tripping, etc) same rules apply and indirect will be taken from outside box closest to wear the foul occurred.
D. Kick-ins will restart the game from the touchlines (sides).
E. Corner kicks or goal kicks will restart the game from end lines.
F.  Players will retreat 5 yards from corner kicks and kick-ins from the touchlines.
G. Players will retreat to the half line during goal kicks.  They can proceed to the ball after the ball is put into play.
H. “NO PARENT COACHING”….Please cheer on all players.
I.  No scores or standings will be kept.
J. Substitutions at goal kicks, goals, kick-ins, injury, yellow card by either team.
L. Goal Kicks will be taken from anywhere on the top of the goal area box.
M. No offsides.
N. Goalies cannot punt the ball .
O. Ball Size -  Size 4
P. Coaches will ensure games stay balanced in scores. If the game is getting significantly unbalanced, coaches to agree to add/remove a player and work together to ensure both teams learn and get something out of each game. No one ’wins’ or learns with games that are significantly lopsided and teams that consistently blowout teams without attempting to control it will not be allowed back to future Nether tournaments
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