The playing rules for the Tornado Challenger Cup will be USSF/FIFA/USYSA Laws of the Games, except as otherwise specifically superseded by GYSA modifications or other modifications as outlined herein.
1. TEAM ACCEPTANCE
The tournament committee reserves the right to accept or reject any team application. Once accepted by the Tournament Committee, the application fee is non-refundable.
2. TEAM ELIGIBILITY
This tournament shall be open to all teams comprised of properly registered youth players (as defined by the rules of USYSA) and are in good standing with its state youth association. Each team must provide the following at check-in:
• Official state Roster
• Player Passes/cards
• Travel Permits (for out of state teams)
• Medical waivers
3. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY USYSA
Players must be legally registered to USYSA through their respective state association in accordance with USYSA registration requirements.
USYSA player passes must be current, valid, verified, laminated and with photo attached.
US Club Passes are accepted where applicable.
4. GUEST PLAYERS
There will be a limit of three guest players allowed. All guest players must have player passes and medical waivers
5. AGE GROUPS – For 2010 Tournament
Age Group Birth Year:
• U10 8/1/00 – 7/31/01
• U11 8/1/99 – 7/31/00
• U12 8/1/98 – 7/31/99
• U13 8/1/97 – 7/31/98
• U14 8/1/96 – 7/31/97
• U15 8/1/95 – 7/31/96
• U16 8/1/94 – 7/31/95
• U17 8/1/93 – 7/31/94
• U18 8/1/92 – 7/31/93
• U19 8/1/91 – 7/31/92
6. TEAM CHECK-IN
All teams are requested to attend the team check-in meeting prior to the tournament. Any changes to the schedule or any other tournament details will be passed onto the teams at this meeting. The tournament will not be held responsible for not passing on information to any team that does not attend the check-in meeting. It is strongly recommended, therefore, that a team manager, coach or representative be present at the check-in meeting.
7. PRE-GAME PROCEDURE
Field Marshals will conduct the pre-game check-in when appropriate, in order to minimize delay between games. The referee will review the results of the check-in with the field marshal and make the final ruling on any questions.
• Only at this pre-game procedure may a player be challenged by an opposing manager/coach. Challenged
players will be noted by the Referee on the Referee game report, but will be allowed to participate in the game
so long as they have valid, verified player passes and are listed on the validated roster.
• A player who arrives at the playing field after the Pre-game procedure, may enter the game once the game
officials verify the player is eligible and with the permission of the center referee. A late arriving player may be
challenged at the time he is allowed to participate by the center official.
8. TEAM BENCHES
Both teams will be situated on the same side and the spectators will be on the opposite side of the field.
9. MATCH BALL
Each team shall furnish a regulation game ball to the referee prior to the game.
The referee will then select the game ball.
U10-U12 age groups will use size 4 balls and U13 and above will use size 5 balls.
10. NUMBER OF PLAYERS
• U10 will play 6v6 with a limit of 12 players on the roster.
• U11 will play 8 v 8 with a limit of 14 players on the roster.
• U12 will have the choice of 8 v 8 or 11 v 11 with 14 players and 18 players being the roster limit.
• U13 and above will play 11 v 11.
• U13-U19 with a limit of 18 players on the roster.
11. COLOR CONFLICT
In cases where the referee deems there to be a color conflict the visiting team (listed second on the official schedule) will be responsible for changing their uniforms.
Substitution may be made only with the Referee’s permission at the following times:
• Prior to a throw-in by your team.
• Prior to a goal kick by either team.
• After a goal by either team.
• At half time or the beginning of overtime periods.
• After an injury, by either team, when the referee stops play.
Substitutes may enter field of play only after receiving permission from the referee.
13. DURATION OF THE GAME
The duration of games will be as follows:
• U10, U11, U12(8v8) - 2 x 25 = 50 mins
• U12(11v11)U13, U14. U15. - 2 x 30 = 60 mins
• U16 and above - 2 x 35 = 70 mins
Overtimes will only be used in the knock-out stage of the tournament – quarter finals, semis and finals. The duration of the overtime will be 2 x 5 minutes, this will be played in full, there is NO GOLDEN GOAL RULE enforced.
In case of a tie after overtime FIFA style penalty kick shoot outs will determine the winner.
• A minimum of 5 players constitutes a team for U10, 6 for U11, U12, and 7 minimum for U13 and above.
• A 10-minute grace period will be extended beyond the scheduled kick-off time before a forfeit shall be
• Failure to complete a match, or a team leaving the field during play, will result in forfeiture.
• No team that has forfeited a match will be declared a group winner for advancement purposes.
• Winning teams as a result of forfeits will be automatically awarded a 3-0 victory.
17. CONTROL OF SIDELINE CONDUCT
Players, reserve players, managers, coaches, assistant coaches and fans are expected to conduct themselves with the letter and spirit of “THE LAWS OF THE GAME.” The site directors have the authority and responsibility to remove any person(s) from the tournament for abuses to good conduct, in addition to any specific disciplinary action brought about by other authority.
There will be NO PROTESTS. All disputes will be resolved immediately by the Site Director. These decisions will be final.
19. POST-GAME PROCEDURE
We ask that as a mutual courtesy, both teams congratulate each other after every game. The tournament committee recommends souvenir patches, pins, etc. may be exchanged during the handshake after the game.
The following procedures should also be used:
• The Referee or Field Marshals will ensure the return of all player passes to each team.
• Referee will complete the Game Report and deliver it with any incident reports to the Site Director Desk.
• Manager/coach of both teams will confirm the score with the referees Manager/coach of both teams will
ensure that their sideline area is clean and that all trash is in containers.
20. RED CARDS AND TEAM DISCIPLINE
A red carded player will automatically miss the next scheduled game, but depending on the severity of the unacceptable conduct, the Disciplinary Committee may recommend suspension up to the duration of the Tournament. Further disciplinary action by the State Association or national association may be recommended.
21. POINT SYSTEM
3pts for Win
1pt for Tie
0 for Loss
22. TIE BREAKERS
If at the conclusion of the preliminary rounds a tie breaker is needed the following criteria will be utilized:
• Head to head (not used if more than two teams are involved in the tie breaker)
• Goal difference (i.e. goals scored minus goals allowed with 4 goal maximum differential, e.g. 10-1 games will
be deemed 5-1)
• Most shut-outs
• Fewest goals allowed
• Most goals scored (no maximum)
• Sudden death Penalty Kicks
23. SHORTENING OF GAMES
In the event unusual conditions necessitate rescheduling, curtailment, or cancellation of games, the Tournament Director shall have absolute authority to make these changes to best serve the interest of the tournament.
24. REFUND POLICY
The Tournament Committee, and/or host affiliate will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team due to the cancellation in part or whole of this tournament. Refunds will be provided under the following guidelines:
1) If the tournament is cancelled prior to the first game being played due to circumstances outside the control of the Tournament Committee or Challenger Sports, $150 of the entry fee will be retained and the balance refunded to paid entries.
2) $75 per game will be refunded or credited for every game cancelled after the start of the tournament.