Tournament Rules

Santa Rosa United Nike Academy

Cup Tournament Rules 2014


TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS:  Trione Fields, Santa Rosa, California  

Director: Andy Farrant (707) 888-8950

TOURNAMENT CHECK-IN:  Teams must check-in at least 90 minutes prior to your first game.
 Failure to check-in will result in automatic disqualification from the tournament (with no refund). Games not played will be considered "forfeits". 

CREDENTIALS:  Teams must provide the following required credentials: 

Laminated Player Passes: US CLUB SOCCER laminated player passes with the player’s signature and photo for all players will be required at initial check-in. For teams with CYSA cards, also provide Proof of US Club Insurance, or see instructions below for CYSA teams. Mixing of affiliation within documents and player cards is not allowed.

Proof of Age: Copies of birth certificates or passports.

Signed US Club Forms: Are required for all players at initial check-in.

Official Team Roster: 4 official copies of team roster needs to be given at tournament check-in. 

Coaches/Team Officials: Coaches and/or team official must present proper credentials (passes) for team check-in.  Only credential coaches / team officials will be permitted on the sideline with the team.

For Non US Club Soccer Registered Teams:  If you are not a US Club registered team, you may attend our tournament as a non-member by obtaining temporary US Club status and insurance for our tournament. Visit www.usclubsoccer.com and select the green “Registration” tab and proceed to the “Tournament Team Insurance” option for further options. Each team will receive a packet containing rules of competition, schedule, and any updates or new information at the check-in.

AGE GROUPS: U9 through U11

Teams will play in their 2014-2015 Age Group 

U9                   8/1/2005 - 7/31/2006

U10                 8/1/2004 - 7/31/2005

U11                 8/1/2003 – 7/31/2004


U9 - U11 TEAMS: 8 v 8 format

May register a maximum of fourteen (14) players.

May use up to five (5) guest players

Guest players must have completed guest player approval documentation to be eligible to play.

GAME CARDS: Will be provided by the tournament. Players and coaches may not be added once registration is complete. 


GAME CHECK-IN: At least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game a team representative must present to the Field Marshal the team’s Player Passes, so that the team may be checked in to play and the game started as scheduled.  The Field Marshal will retain the team’s Player Passes until completion of the game. Each team manager or representative will be required to initial the Game Card for that game before the Player Passes will be returned.  A team who fails to properly check-in with the Field Marshal will forfeit that game.

GAME CARDS: Game cards will be provided by the tournament.

LENGTH OF GAMES: two 25 minute halves  

OVERTIME   No overtime, straight to PK’s   (For Semi’s and Finals only) 

HOME TEAM, JERSEYS, & GAME BALLS: The Home Team will be the team which appears first on the game schedule.  The Home Team will be required to switch to alternate jerseys to accommodate a color conflict as declared by the referee. If the Home Team cannot supply alternate jerseys, the Home Team will forfeit the game.

The Home Team will be required to provide 3 game balls for each game.

SUBSTITUTIONS: Substitutions may be made at the discretion of the referee and as follows:

Unlimited substitutions are allowed with referee approval in the following situations: 

  • Prior to any throw-in by either team
  • Prior to a goal kick by either team
  • After a goal, by either team
  • At the start of the second half of play
  • After an injury for either team

FORFEITS: A team who fails to report ready to play by the scheduled kick-off time or who cannot field a minimum of six (6) players for U9 – U11 at start time will forfeit. Teams failing to check in at the Mandatory Check-in or for taking actions that cause a game to be terminated will forfeit. All teams who forfeit will have the game(s) scored a 0-1 loss. The winner will be awarded eight points (six for the win, one for a goal, one for a shutout). 

FINAL GAME SCORE: All games when concluded will be considered final as determined by the game referee.  The score indicated on the game card cannot be disputed after it is turned over to the Field Marshal.   Field Marshals will report match results to the tournament headquarters.  Referees will report ejections to tournament headquarters.

POINT SYSTEM: Teams will 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 (maximum three per game) 
  • One (1) point for each shutout(no shutout point for a 0-0 tie)
  • Minus 1 (-1) point for each red card per game (players & coaches)


  1. Head to Head (where applicable)
  2. Goal differential (goals scored versus goals against with a maximum of 5 goals scored per game)
  3. Fewest goals allowed
  4. Most goals scored (maximum of 5 per game)
  5. Team with most wins
  6. Red Cards (team with most is eliminated)
  7. FIFA kicks from the mark

In the case of a 3 way tie, the rules 1- 6 will apply. If all three teams have defeated each other the tie breaker will start at rule 2 - 6.

PLACEMENT IN DIVISIONS: Teams will be placed in 4-team, 5-team, 6-team or 8-team divisions.

  • 4 Teams – 1 flight. 3 group games each, Championship Game for the top 2 placed teams.
  • 5 Teams – 1 flight. 4 group games each, Championship Game for the top 2 placed teams.
  • 6 Teams – 2 flights of 3. 2 groups games each, plus a 5/6 Place Game, Semi Finals for teams finishing 1st or 2nd in each flight, Championship Game for the winning semi-finalists.
  • 8 Teams – 2 flights of 4. 3 groups games each, Championship Game for the top team in each flight.

AWARDS: Medals will be awarded for U9 – U11 1st, and 2nd place players. Team trophies will be given to 1st place teams.

PROTESTS: No protests will be accepted. The referee’s decision is final.  

DECISIONS AND DISPUTES: Decisions relating to the interpretation of the tournament rules can only be made by the Tournament Director. Decisions will be final.

Disputes relating to the interpretation of these rules will be resolved by the Tournament Director or his designee with the administrators/coaches that are registered with the involved team(s). Individuals may not represent a team if not registered as an administrator/coach with the involved team(s).

Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee and the Cup will not overrule a referee’s decision.

RULES OF CONDUCT: The following rules of conduct apply:

  • Bench areas for each team will be established on the same side of the field during games. Spectators will occupy the opposite side.
  • Coaching will be allowed from one’s own bench area only. A maximum of 2 coaches will be permitted.
  • All coaches have complete responsibility for the conduct of their players, bench, friends and spectators at all times.
  • If, in the opinion of game officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench or spectators, the offending team can be suspended from further play and forfeit that game and all remaining games. In this event, all previous points earned remain as played.
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on the tournament grounds. Team members or Team parents found in violation of this rule will result in forfeiture of the games played by their respective team and suspension from the Showcase.
  • A player given a red card in a game shall be expelled from that game, shall not be replaced in that game and shall not be permitted to play in the next game, as a minimum. The tournament Disciplinary Chairman may give a further suspension for violent conduct. Individuals expelled from a game will have their State Association sent the specifics regarding the expulsion and the action taken by the Cup Director and/or Disciplinary Chairperson.  Coaches ejected from a match will receive an automatic two game suspension (minimum disciplinary action) and can’t position themselves at or near their team’s matches during their suspension.  Minimum distance away is 300 yards. A team will receive a 1-point deduction for each red card given, coach and or player.

RESCHEDULE OF GAMES: In the event of an unusual event that results in a significant loss of game time, the lost game time may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Tournament Director.  The rescheduling of the lost game time is subject to field availability. An example of an unusual event would be a major injury to a player, which prevented the use of the playing field. The tournament defines a significant loss of game time as more than half of the game. An accumulation of time delays due to minor/moderate injuries to several players would not constitute an unusual event nor will these delays be considered lost game time. An accumulation of time delays resulting from the normal course of a game will not be considered lost game time. A game will be considered official when one half has been played.  When only one half can be played, the official score will be the score at the end of the first half.  

INCLEMENT WEATHER: In case of inclement weather or field conditions, games may be: shortened, go to FIFA penalty kicks, or be cancelled.


Tournament fields will include 4 regulation synthetic fields as well as 2 regulation natural grass fields.


No Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances

No dogs

No Horns/loud noise makers

No Use of tobacco products

No Fire Arms

No gum, food, or drink allowed on Trione Fields. Water and Gatorade only. 


There will be no refunds or reimbursements of the application fee for cancellation or forfeiture of games. 

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