All FIFA rules apply, except for throw-ins. See #13 below. No protests of referee decisions allowed.
Any player or coach who is “sent off” by a referee will not be able to participate in the balance of that match or the next.
Maximum game roster is
U10 - 14 players
U12 - 16 players
U15 - 18 players
U19 - 22 players
All players on game roster must play at least half of each match.
No guest player allowed without prior approval of the Tournament Director. The roster must be the team roster from the regular season.
No current carded travel or premier players are allowed.
A team must have 7 players to start or continue a match (7 players for 9v9 teams and 6 players for 7v7 teams). If a team does not have the minimum number of players 5 minutes past the start time, the match will be declared a 1-0 forfeit.
Teams must be at their scheduled field 10 minutes prior to their start time.
The games are “running clock.” The referee will have the option of limiting substitutions in the final two minutes of play.
Proper equipment is the responsibility of the players and coaches and will not be checked by the referee prior to the match. If a player is found to have improper equipment, the referee will send them off the field to correct the equipment.
Both teams will be located on the same side of the field. Coaches and substitutes will remain on their half of the field for the entire match. Fans and parents will be on the other side of the field.
Coaching Limitations: It is the end of the season and time to let players show what they are capable of. Limited, positive coaching will be allowed. Negative coaching or verbal abuse from coaches or spectators will not. Referees and field marshals are instructed to deal quickly with verbal abuse from anyone.
On throw-ins, the team without possession may substitute players as long as the team with possession is substituting players. >>> Exception: If the team with possession only has the minimum number of players, meaning no substitutes at all, the team without possession may still substitute players. This is to ensure that players on the team without possession can play half the game.
Team on the right on the master schedule is the home team. Home team supplies game ball, wears pinnies in event of opponent of same color, and kicks off in 1st half at goal of its choice.