Tournament Rules

As a Positive Coaching Alliance member club, we strive to set a positive example for our members, and we have no tolerance for abusive language or behavior on the soccer field.

REGISTRATION: Team check-in is done through Gotsport after registering your team and being accepted into the tournament.

Instructions can be found here on how to upload documents to check in your team.

It is mandatory to bring all of your player and coaching cards to the field marshal tent before each game. 

The deadline for online check-in is Friday, June 10th. Online check-in will not be accepted after the deadline dates under any circumstances. If teams miss the online registration deadline or have changes to their roster after they submit their information, they must contact us immediately. 

Games not played will be classified as "Forfeits."

The schedule is subject to change prior to game day. 

CREDENTIALS: Teams will be playing the 2022/2023 season age group. See the matrix below. Teams must provide laminated Player I.D. Cards (2021/2022 season cards, 2022 spring/summer tournament cards, or 2022/2023 season cards accepted) with photographs and registrar's signature, and signed Medical Release Forms (eg. CalSouth Registration Forms). All cards must be from Cal South or all from US Club Soccer. Teams registered through Super Y League, AYSO, or US Club Soccer must provide the appropriate travel documentation for the organization to which they are affiliated. No mixing of cards; the entire team must have cards from the same governing body -- for example, all US Club cards or all Cal South cards.

ROSTERS: All players must be legally registered with their team prior to the start of the first game. Teams may register a maximum of twenty (20) players for teams U13-U18, eighteen (18) players for ages U11-U12, and fourteen (14) players for ages U8-U10. There is no limit to the number of borrowed players a team may use. 

RULES OF PLAY: FIFA Laws of the game will apply as modified by USYSA and Cal South as described herein. Duration (in minutes) of games by halves, and ball size are as follows: 

All preliminary games will be terminated not less than 5 minutes prior to the start of the next game regardless of the amount of time played in each half up to that point. A game is "complete" upon completion of one half of play regardless of the circumstances of termination, with final results based on the score at termination. Preliminary games can end in a tie. Semi-Final and Final games ending in ties will go directly to Penalty Kicks.

HALFTIME: Halftime will be exactly 5 minutes.

GAME CHECK-IN: No less than 15 minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game, each team must present the team's player cards to the field marshal for check-in. A team failing to report within fifteen minutes of a scheduled kick-off will forfeit the game. At the conclusion of each game, the team manager will check the score and retrieve the player cards from the field marshal. A team representative must sign the match sheet indicating their agreement with the reported results. No grace period will be allowed to start a match. A team with less than the minimum number of players, 8 (eight) for 11v11, 7 (seven) for 9 v9, and 5 (five) for 7v7 brackets, ready to play when the referee is ready to begin the match, will forfeit that match. Referee will start play at the designated time or as soon thereafter as possible in the event of a delay by a preceding game.

PLAYER'S EQUIPMENT: It will be at the Referee's discretion to determine the safety and suitability of the player equipment including the wearing of a hard brace or cast.

SUBSTITUTIONS: Teams may substitute only with the referee's permission, at any stoppage of play. Tactical substitution at the end of a game to delay play is discouraged and it is up to the discretion of the referee on the field to disallow substitution requests if they are deemed unsporting and not in the spirit of the game. No grace period will be allowed to start a match.

COACHING: Coaching from the sidelines is permitted, provided:

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

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS: A player receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered the same as having been given an ejection (red card) for the purpose of awarding team points for the Tournament. A player who has been ejected (sent off) may not be replaced. An ejected coach or spectator must immediately leave the field and must remain out of sight and sound of the field. A player or coach who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game. A player or coach who has been ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play may receive further suspension (more than one game) or may be expelled from the tournament. Any player, coach or spectator assaulting a referee will be expelled from the Tournament. For purpose of this Tournament, a coach may be carded by the referee. If the referee issues a red or yellow card to either a player or coach, the referee shall report the circumstances of the caution or ejection on the game card. All red cards are reported to the Tournament Director and Cal South. During game suspension(s) for coaches, there can be no contact between the team and the coach during the game and the coach must remain out of sight and sound of the field. Additionally, the coach may not be involved in further unacceptable conduct (including but not limited to coaching players by any means or method, harassment of opponents, referees, spectators, tournament staff, etc.). Failure to comply with this rule or the spirit of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from the tournament. 

CONDUCT: All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, bench, friends, and spectators at all times. During a match for this tournament, a referee may stop the game and eject a spectator from the grounds if, in the opinion of the referee, the offender is guilty of violent conduct, serious foul play, use of foul or abusive language. Each coach and assistant coach shall be held primarily responsible for the conduct of the spectators, for or from their respective teams and as such may be cautioned or ejected if a spectator(s) interferes with the game, dissents the referee, is guilty of violent conduct or foul play, or uses foul or abusive language. At no time will dissension or foul or abusive language be permitted on any field.

SUSPENDED GAMES: If, in the opinion of game officials, a game must be suspended (for reason), the game may be resumed, but is subject to being ended not less than five (5) prior to the scheduled start of the next game. If in the opinion of game officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench coaches, or spectators, the offending team may be suspended from further play and forfeit 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 the appropriate time being added to allow the full game time, based on the judgment of the officials. However, all preliminary games will be terminated not less than 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game. Refer to "Playing Times."

DISPUTES/PROTESTS: Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee's decision. All disputes will be settled by the Tournament Director or their designee and the decisions will be final. No protests will be allowed.

REFEREES: The referee's judgment, with regard to the physical conditions of the field and its acceptance for play, to the actual happenings and occurrences related to the conduct of the game, and those prerogatives granted to the referee by the "Laws of the Game" as published by FIFA, shall not be challenged.

HOME TEAM: The Home Team will be the team which appears first on the game schedule. The Home Team will supply the game ball. The game ball will be subject to referee approval. The Home Team will be required to switch to an alternate jersey if a color conflict is declared by the referee. Teams' benches will be on the same side of the field. Parents are to sit on the opposite side of the field on the half directly opposite their team player bench. Home Team may choose which half of the field their team bench will be on. 

FORFEITS: Teams failing to report ready to play at game time, or teams failing to check in at the mandatory check-in, will forfeit the game(s). Forfeits will be recorded as 1-0 game. Winner will be awarded 8 points

SCORING FOR ADVANCEMENT: Teams shall be awarded points on the following basis:

  • Six (6) points for each win
  • Three (3) points for each tie
  • Zero (0) points for each loss
  • One (1) point for each goal scored, up to a maximum of three (3) per game
  • One (1) point is awarded for a shutout (a zero-zero tie is a shutout)
  • Eight (8) points for each forfeit
  • One (1) penalty point will be subtracted for each player or coach ejection.

In the event of a tie for advancement, the winner will be determined in the following order:

  1. The winner in head-to-head competition
  2. Fewest goals against (6 goals max)
  3. Goal Differential (4 goals max)
  4. Most goals for (4 goals max)
  5. If a tie still exists after steps 1 through 4 above in the Preliminary rounds ONLY, a coin flip will be used for advancement.
  6. FIFA Penalty Kicks will be taken in semifinal and final games.

There is no tie-breaker benefit for scores larger than a 4-goal differential. In the event of a lopsided game, coaches are encouraged to manage the game in a sporting manner to the best of their ability to prevent large goal differences. Thank you.

PENALTY KICKS: Only the players on the field at the end of regular game. NO OVERTIME. Final and semi-final games only will participate in penalty kicks.

REFUND POLICY: For teams withdrawing from the tournament prior to the entry deadline or teams not accepted into the Tournament, a full refund will be made. NO REFUNDS will be issued after teams have been notified of their acceptance into the tournament. If the tournament is cancelled for weather, Acts of God, or any other circumstances beyond our control, a percentage of the tournament fee will be refunded to the teams after tournament costs are covered.