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BCSA TOURNAMENT RULES

Tournament matches will be played in accordance with the "Laws of the Game" as issued by FIFA, unless modified herein.  

RULE 1 – ELIGIBILITY, ALL PLAYERS MUST:

A.      Have current validated passes.

B.      As guest players, have current validated passes from their appropriate State Association. Be the same age (year of birth) or younger than the team they are participating on. Teams may use up to 6 guest players for 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11.  Teams may use up to 4 guest players for 4v4.

C.      If required, out of state teams must have a copy of their permission to travel.

RULE 2 - TEAM ROSTER:

A.      An official roster must be presented and roster copy submitted by each team at the time of registration. The roster, along with guest players, will be verified and used as a player check list. The roster submitted at registration will be kept by the tournament committee.

B.      All games in which an ineligible player participates will be forfeited. Any team fielding an ineligible player is subject to disqualification from the tournament.

C.      Maximum roster size is 18 for 11v11, 16 for 9v9, 14 for 7v7, and 8 for 4v4.  

RULE 3 - SUBSTITUTIONS:

A.      Unlimited substitutions with the permission of the referee are allowed at any stoppage allowable by FIFA rules. An injured player who is bleeding must leave the match for treatment. The player may return after treatment upon checking back in with the center referee.  

RULE 4 - TEAM FIELD POSITION:

A.      Players and coaches of both teams will be on one side of the field. The home team (team shown first on the schedule) has choice of mid-field side.

B.      Parents and other spectators will take up their position on the opposite side for the entire match.

C.      Coaches, players and team manager (1) are instructed to remain on their side of the mid-field line.

D.      No spectators are permitted to stand behind the goal area. 

RULE 5 - LENGTH OF GAMES:

A.      11v11, 9v9 and 7v7 will play 25 minute halves; Break between halves - 5 minutes.  4v4 will play 12 minute halves.  Referees will be keeping time with running clocks.

B.      In the event of serious injury that drastically reduces the time of play, the tournament committee reserves the right to alter the length of any game. 

RULE 6 - BALL SIZE:

A.      U13 and older will use size 5 balls; U8 to U12 will use size 4 balls; U7 and younger will use size 3 balls.

RULE 7 - CONDUCT:

A.      Coaches are not only responsible for their own conduct, but also for the conduct of their players and spectators.

B.      Players issued a red card must sit out the remainder of that match, plus the next match.

C.      Coaches asked to leave by the referee shall not be allowed to return for the duration of that match.  Their permission to return for subsequent matches will be decided by the tournament committee in collaboration with the referee.

D.      All red cards will be reported to the State Association for further disciplinary action.

E.       The authority of the referee shall continue until the referee and all players leave the immediate area of the field.

F.       If a match is terminated by a referee due to misconduct, the game will be considered a completed match and not replayed. If this was caused by one team, the offending team will forfeit the match.  If caused by both teams each team will forfeit the match, and no points will be awarded.  

RULE 8 - PROTESTS:

A.      The referee's judgment pursuant to the application of the Laws of the Game are final.  No protests will be allowed.

RULE 9 - REFEREES:

A.      All games will be officiated under the USSF approved system. 

RULE 10 - FORFEITS:

A.      A team shall be allowed a (10) min. grace period after the scheduled kick-off in the preliminary rounds before the match is awarded to their opponent.  If the minimum number of players are present at the scheduled start time of the match, the match will start as scheduled, and players arriving late will be allowed to participate after being checked by the referee.  Minimum team sizes are: 7 for 11v11, 6 for 9v9, 5 for 7v7, and 3 for 4v4.

B.      A team that has forfeited a game may not be declared a group winner or runner-up. If an apparent group winner forfeits, the team with the next best record will be named the group winner.

C.      A forfeit in the preliminary rounds shall be awarded as (3) points for a win. For tie-breaking purposes, the full (3) bonus points will be awarded. 

RULE 11 - SCORING AND STANDINGS:

A.      Each team will play (3) games. Each team will be ranked as follows:  Win - 3 pts.; Tie - 1 pt.; Loss - 0 pts. Bonus points are added as follows to the above: -1 point for each goals scored (max 3 per match) -1 point for a shutout.

B.      Tiebreakers are (in order of application): -Head to Head (used for 2-team ties only) -Least goals allowed -Goal Differential -Most shut-outs.

C.      Teams still tied after all the above will remain tied and be declared co-champions. 

RULE 12 – Omitted 

RULE 13 - MISCELLANEOUS:

A.      All teams must report to the Field Coordinator 20 min. prior to the start of each game.

B.      If teams have similar color uniforms, the team listed first will be required to change.

C.      Trophies will be awarded at headquarters.

D.      The consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly forbidden on the premises.

E.       Burlington County Soccer Academy and the Tournament Committee will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team if the tournament is canceled in whole or in part.

F.       Only individuals with current NJ driver license may operate the tournament golf carts.  

RULE 14 - INCLEMENT WEATHER:

A.      Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams must appear on the field of play as scheduled ready to play unless notified by a member of the Tournament Committee. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the match.

B.      The referee or the tournament committee can delay a match, cancel a match, or change field location and game times.  In the event of any cancellations, the coach must report to tournament headquarters for additional instructions from the tournament director.

C.      Inclement Weather - Before the Match - Preliminary Rounds:   Referees and/or the Tournament Committee may reduce the length of the game by 50%.  However, the halves of the game must be equal in length. If the game is canceled, 0-0 tie will be awarded by the Tournament Committee.

D.      Inclement Weather - During the Match - Preliminary Rounds:   The game will be considered complete and the score will stand if half of the game has been played. If less than half of the game has been played, the Tournament Committee will make every effort to restart the game. However, a 0-0 tie will be awarded if the match is not playable.

E.       Inclement Weather - Before Start of Tournament:  In the unlikely event the tournament is canceled in its entirety each team will be refunded 80% of the registration fee.

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