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Rules for the 2017 Bay Challenge Cup

Bay Challenge Cup
Invitational Soccer Tournament
2017 Tournament Rules & Regulations

U15 – born on or after January 1, 2003
U14 – born on or after January 1, 2004
U13 – born on or after January 1, 2005
U12 – born on or after January 1, 2006
U11 – born on or after January 1, 2007
U10 – born on or after January 1, 2008
U09 – born on or after January 1, 2009


All Players, Coaches, and Teams must abide by the rules of USSF/US Youth Soccer/US Club, its affiliated organizations and sponsors, and the Bay Challenge Cup Tournament.

All Players must be current USSF/US Youth Soccer/US Club members in good standing. All Players must also be current members in good standing of the listed Club or have been correctly identified as Guest Players. All members of a team, including guest players, must be registered with the same USSF affiliate member. All players must provide the Bay Challenge Cup Tournament a medical waiver.

All Coaches must have risk management certification and concussion certification required by Ohio laws.

All Teams traveling from outside OYSAN (Ohio Youth Soccer Association - North) must have required permission to travel forms.

U9 and U10 teams will play 7 v 7;
U11 and U12 teams will play 9 v 9;
U13, U14, and U15 will play 11 v 11.

Rosters may contain no more than the following:
14 players for U10 and under
16 players for U11 & U12
18 for U13 and up.

Each team may have up to three (3) guest players per team. Players are not allowed to play for or be rostered on more than one team during the tournament and cannot switch to another team during the tournament. If a coach/player breaks this rule both teams will be disqualified.

Teams are guaranteed 3 games.
All championship games will be on Sunday.

Awards will be given for 1st and 2nd place for all age groups in each bracket.

All games will be played in accordance with FIFA Laws, except as specifically noted by these Rules.

No.4 – U9, U10, U11, U12
No.5 – U13, U14, U15

a) No metal cleats allowed on soccer shoes.
b) Where the color of jerseys is similar or identical, the designated home team must change colors. Home team is listed first on the schedule.
c) All players must have uniforms with individual numbers on the shirt.
d) All equipment is subject to approval of the referee.
e) All players must wear shin guards.

a) After a goal has been scored by either team.
b) At halftime.
c) Before a goal kick by either team.
d) Before a throw-in in your favor. The team in possession of the ball for a throw-in may substitute. If the team in possession substitutes players, the opposing team may also substitute any number of players at the same time.
e) In the case of injury on a one-for-one basis. If a substitution is made for an injured player, the other team may also make a substitution.
f) After a caution, one for one by both teams, if the cautioned player is substituted.

Preliminary games will consist of two halves of 25 minutes each. Championship games will consist of two halves of 30 minutes each except for U9 and U10 which will remain two halves of 25 minutes. Teams must switch ends of the field for the second half.

For championship games only: If teams are tied after two regulation halves, two overtime periods of 5 minutes each will be played. Teams must switch ends of the field for the second overtime period. Play will continue to the end of each 5 minute overtime period, regardless of whether either or both teams score at any time within either or both overtime periods. If the teams are still tied at the end of the second overtime period, then the winner will be decided by FIFA penalty kicks. Only players on the field at the end of the second overtime period are eligible for penalty kicks.

Stoppage time (for injuries, delay of game tactics, or other reasons) can be added to games at the referee’s discretion.

A team failing to field the minimum number of players at the start of or at any point during the game – 7(seven) players for 11 v 11 games, 7(seven) players for 9 v 9 games, and 6(six) players for 7 v 7 games – will forfeit the game. The game will be scored 4-0.

Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams MUST appear on the field of play, ready to play as scheduled. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the game. Only referees and/or Tournament Committee Members can cancel a game.

Inclement weather before games: In case of severe weather conditions before play, referees and/or Tournament Committee Members MAY reduce the length of the game by 50%.

Games interrupted in the first half:
a) If time permits, play to completion.
b) If time permits, play to completion of at least the first half and record the score as complete.
c) If the first half cannot be completed, the game will be called a scoreless tie and each team will be awarded one point.

Games interrupted after completion of first half:
a) If time permits, play to completion.
b) If time does not permit, the game will be called complete and the score at the time of the interruption recorded.

In any event, games will not be played past the scheduled start time of the next game due to weather delays.

Tournament Committee Members reserve the right to alter game length due to weather conditions.

Any question concerning these rules should be directed to a Tournament Committee Member.


U9 and U10 games will have one registered referee.
U11, U12, U13, U14, and U15 games will have a three-man referee system.

Offside rule is in effect for all age divisions.

Players age 10 and younger may not head the ball. Heading will not be allowed in all U11 and younger games. Intentionally heading the ball will result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opponent at the spot of the infraction - or from the top of the penalty area for infractions inside the penalty area.

a) Coaches and players must be stationed on the side of the field opposite spectators.
b) Coaches and players who are not active in play will be restricted to an area along the touch line within 20 yards of their side of midfield. Coaching type instructions to players by others from any area of the field is not consistent with the spirit of the game and shall be reported to a Tournament Committee Member.
c) Coaches and players may be carded, and if red carded will be expected to leave the field of play for the duration of the game in which the red card is given. Tournament Committee Members will review reasons for red cards given to coaches and players and a decision made concerning his/her status for the next game.

Refer to division schedules for teams that advance to the championship match. Any questions should be directed to a Tournament Committee Member.

Standings leading to championship play will be determined as follows:
a) Most points: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss.
b) In the event of ties in point standings, the following tie breaker sequence will be used:
1) Head to Head: result of the game played between tied teams.
2) Games Won: most games won.
3) Goal Differential: total net score for tournament games. Net Score equals goals for less goals against. A maximum differential of four goals per game will count for this purpose. If the goal differential is negative for a team, zero will be used for the calculation.
4) Goals Against: least number of goals allowed.
5) PKs: FIFA penalty kicks.

a) Spectators are expected to exhibit good conduct and sportsmanship at all times.
b) Spectators must be located on the side of the field opposite coaches and players and may not be behind either goal line.
c) Use of noisemakers such as air horns, cowbells, etc. is considered unsportsmanlike and will not be allowed.
d) Coaches are expected to aid Field Marshals in controlling parent/spectator behavior.
e) Tournament Committee Members may eject spectators from the tournament at their discretion.

The playing fields for the Bay Challenge Cup have legally based restrictions against the presence and use of alcoholic beverages. No alcohol is allowed at or around any field at the tournament. In addition, no vehicle is permitted on the fields or grass adjacent to the fields. No camping or Recreational Vehicles allowed overnight at any tournament field locations or adjacent parking lots. Please observe these rules and report any observed violations promptly to Field Marshals or Security Officers.

The Tournament Committee and the Bay Soccer Club will not be responsible for expenses incurred by any team or club if the tournament is cancelled in whole or part. Should any division be cancelled, each affected team will receive a full refund of their tournament entry fee. Accepted teams who elect to withdraw from the tournament prior to the application deadline will receive a full refund. Accepted teams who elect to withdraw after the application deadline will NOT receive a refund.

Rules Updated July 28, 2016.


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