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South Central District
Joseph A. Conte
Recreational Tournament


Playing Rules

All CJSA and SCD playing rules will apply EXCEPT for the following:

1. U10 and U12 games will be 8 v 8 (7 players plus a keeper). U14 games will be 11 v 11.

2. The SCD head Registrar, or Vice President, Joe Conte, must certify all rosters. No Premier or Competition (Classic) player may be on the certified roster. Clubs entering more than one team may not switch players between rosters.

3. Allgameswillbe40minuteswithtwotwenty(20)minutehalves. There will be a two (2) minute break between halves.

4. Substitutions will be without limit and may be made during any stoppage of play with the referee’s permission provided that those players entering the game are at midfield waiting to go in at the time the whistle is blown to stop play. Each player should play a minimum of 50% of the game.

5. The first team on the schedule for each game will be considered the home team for that game. Home teams will change their jerseys in case of a conflict or wear pennies. To start every game the home team will choose direction and the away team will start the game with possession. There will not be a coin toss to start the game.

6. There will be three referees for the U12 and U14 games and a single referee for U10 games.

7. Aplayerreceivingaredcardisdisqualifiedfromhis/herteam’snext game. A player receiving a second red card is disqualified from the rest of the tournament.

8. Matches will start promptly as scheduled. Teams should warm-up for games on auxiliary areas of the tournament site so that they are ready to start play at the scheduled time. Games may begin earlier then scheduled if a field is available.
A team failing to show for a game forfeits the match and points (loss of 3-0).

9. Only two (2) coaches and the rostered players are allowed in the team’s bench area.

10.The Five-goal rule will be in effect for the tournament.

11.Points in the three games played will be awarded according to: Win = 3, Tie = 1, Loss = 0, Forfeit = 3.

12.Any team forfeiting a game will be ineligible to participate in the semi-finals and finals.

Tie Breaking Procedure

Flight winners are determined by the total points earned in the three games played (Win = 3, Tie = 1, Loss = 0). If a team plays 4 games the last (4th) game will not be used to calculate points/standings. If two or more teams are tied at the end of divisional play, the following procedure will be used to determine advancement:

1. Head to head competition (unless 3 or more teams are tied).
2. Most wins.
3. Goal differential (Up to 3 goals per game).
4. Goals against.
5. Number of shutouts.
6. If a winner cannot be determined the above tiebreakers; PKs will be used to break the tie. PKs will be under the supervision of the Referees’ Committee according to the “Taking of kicks from the penalty mark” procedures. Upon agreement of both coaches, the Referees’ Committee and the Tournament Committee, a coin toss may be substituted for PKs.


Final and Semi-Final Competition

1. The U10 Divisions will have no play-offs. All teams will play 3 games. All U10 players will receive a participation t-shirt. At the conclusion of the team’s third game the coach of each team should come to the tournament staff area to receive the participation shirts for the team.

2. The U12 Divisions will have two Semifinal games and a Championship game to determine the winner of the Division. The
winner of each of the 3 Flights will advance and the second place team with the greatest number of points among the second place teams (see item 7 in Playing Rules and Tie Breaking Procedure) will also play in the semifinals. Seeds 1-3 will be the winners of each flight and the order of seeding, i.e. seed 1, 2 or 3, will be based upon total points, followed by tie breakers, if needed (see above). The fourth seed will be the second place team with the greatest number of points. A tie at the end of regulation in the Semifinal games will be broken by PKs. In the event of a tie in regulation play of the Championship game two additional 10-minute overtime periods will be played (not sudden death). If the game remains tied at the end of overtime the participants will be declared Co-Champions. At the conclusion of the championship game teams are asked to promptly gather at the concession stand for the awarding of “Champion” and “Runner-Up” shirts.

3. The U14 Divisions will have a Final to determine the champion and runner-up. The two teams with the best record based upon total points, followed by tie breakers, if needed (see above) will play in the Final. The team with the best record will be the number 1 seed and the team with the second best record in the division will be the number 2 seed. In the event of a tie in regulation play of the Championship game two additional 10-minute overtime periods will be played (not sudden death). If the game remains tied at the end of overtime the participants will be declared Co-Champions. At the conclusion of the championship game teams are asked to promptly gather at the concession stand for the awarding of “Champion” and “Runner- Up” shirts.