The Breakers Cup 2017 Rules
(Most current rules will be found on this page)
Tournament General Information:
U9 – U18 Girls (various levels of competition)
August 5th & 6th, 2017
Table of Contents
Registration, Credentials, Check In, eligibility
Open to USYSA, US Club Soccer, CYSA, and FIFA affiliated teams.
CYSA-N Teams: Under USSF Policy 601-7 your state association cannot interfere with or deny you the right to attend another USSF member-sanctioned competition (other than for legitimate disciplinary reasons). They can refuse to cover you with insurance. You should clarify what they will do well in advance of the event. Each state has different rules, and you may or may not still need to complete a travel request, or give them travel notice. You can either: become a US Club Soccer member OR become a US Club Soccer “tournament” team for that specific weekend.
Tournament Check-In – All check-ins will be held online.
All teams, (CYSA, US CLUB, or other sanctioned USSF organization/league)
- 2016 – 2017 OR 2017 – 2018 Player & Team Official passes that include a picture and are laminated
- Official Team Roster
- Medical releases for all players (no exceptions).
- Team ready to play – Shin guards, no jewelry, etc.
***Adults that do not have a Team Official pass that includes a picture, which is laminated, will not be allowed to be with the team in the technical area of the field. If there isn’t a credentialed adult associated with the team in the technical area, the team will forfeit the game with a 3-0 result. NO EXCEPTIONS.***
Player information must be entered into the roster area of our tournament online registration system by a team official. Roster freezes begin midnight on 8/1.
No player may compete in the Tournament on two different teams in the same weekend unless explicitly authorized in writing by the Tournament Director. If a player competes on more than one team, any points earned by the team that the player played on illegally will be revoked, and the team will receive 0 (zero) points for that game. The Tournament Directors will determine which is the “illegal” team. In the event that this cannot be determined, all teams that the player played on will receive 0 points for all games.
Number of Players per Team
5-guest player maximum.
U9 – U10 – Total of 12 players may be rostered
U11 – U12 – Total of 14 players may be rostered.
U13 – U18 – Total of 18 players may be rostered.
Teams & Spectators & Sportsmanship
Good sportsmanship is expected of all teams, officials and fans. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, staff, parents and affiliated spectators.
Spectators will observe the two-yard distance from the touchline allow assistant referees a clear view. Spectators will occupy the sideline opposite the players and coaches. Spectators from opposing teams are asked to occupy opposite sides of the centerline.
At the discretion of the Tournament Director, an offending team may be asked to leave the tournament, forfeiting remaining games to a 3-0 result. No refunds of registration fees will be provided to the offending team.
The tournament site management staff may eject any player, coach, or spectator for poor sportsmanship, or hostile behavior. In this event, the offending team representative (player, coach, manager, spectator) will result in a 2 point deduction in standings to the affiliated team.
Ejections – A player or coach that is sent off during a match will have a minimum of a one game suspension. All ejections will be reviewed by the PAD committee, who will issue the disciplinary decision for the offense. Teams will receive a 1 point deduction from their standings for each ejection.
The Tournament Director may take additional disciplinary action against a team or individual for serious offenses, including suspension from the remainder of the tournament and non-eligibility for future Breakers Cup Tournaments.
The passes for the player or coach are to be held by the Site director at the location of the offense until the suspensions are served.
Suspended players and coaches may be on the spectator side of the field, but not the technical side of the field, during matches. Coaches and/or Players that are suspended cannot communicate with the team in any manner.
The Breakers organization has a zero-tolerance policy and environment for racism, sexism or gender bias. Anyone, coach, player or spectator who uses any language around these issues, they will be immediately removed from the event and will not be allowed on the premises at all.
Game Check in
Match Play: Teams will check in at least 60 minutes prior to their first game on Saturday at the HQ of the field where the team is playing, where the player passes will be reviewed with the players present. Passes will be held by a credential adult in the technical area at the field for the duration of the game.
For the 2nd and 3rd games, players do not need to check in at field HQ, but may head straight to the field. The coach or manager will keep their player passes in their possession and will not be providing them to be held at HQ or by the referees. In the event of a red card, tournament officials will get the player pass from the team official to be held for the duration of the suspension.
Championship & Consolation Play: All teams, players, and coaches will need to check in at HQ at least 30 minutes before the start of the game. We ask that 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing teams come to HQ for awards and pictures after the game.
Games not played will be considered “forfeits”.
Medical releases and Team rosters from sanctioned USSF soccer organization are to be present and available at the field at all matches. Credentials may be re-reviewed as deemed necessary by the tournament.
Home Team – The team listed first on the game schedule is the home team. Conflicts in jersey color will be resolved by the home team being required to change jerseys. The referee will determine if there is a conflict in jersey colors or keeper jersey colors. The home team will provide 3 game balls for the match.
Laws of the Game – All matches will be played in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game, except as specifically modified as follows in the tournament rules.
Modifications for the U9 – U10 playing levels
– Free Kicks – All will be indirect.
– A penalty kick is awarded against a team that commits one of the ten offenses for which a direct free kick is awarded, inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play. The ball will be placed at the top of the 18-yard box and will be an indirect kick.
– If the ball goes into the goal directly from the kick off at the center line of the field, it is a goal kick for the defending team.
– All opposing players are to stay 6 yds away for ALL kicks.
– Goal kicks will be taken at the top of the 18-yard box.
– Corner kicks and off-sides are in effect.
Maximum Players on the field
– U9 – U10: 7v7
– U11 – U12: 9v9
– U13 – U18: 11v11
Length of Games, both Preliminary, Consolation, and Championship:
– U9 – U12: 2x 25-minute halves – 5 minutes between halves
– U13 – U18: 2x 30-minute halves – 5 minutes between halves
Substitutions – FIFA substitution rules apply, with the exception that unlimited substitutions may be made at any dead ball situation, by either team.
Team & Player Equipment Requirements
– Shin Guards – Required for all players (no exceptions).
– Casts – No hard casts permitted unless properly padded and wrapped with the permission of the referee.
– Jewelry – No jewelry of any kind. (No exceptions)
– Games for U9 – U12 will use an official size #4 ball
– Games for U13 – U18 will use an official size #5 ball
Procedures for Determining a Winner
– In preliminary games ties will stand.
– If a championship or consolation game is tied at the end of regulation play, 2 overtime periods of 5 minutes will be played, no golden goal. If, after the overtime periods the game is tied, each team will take 5 penalty kicks to decide the winner. In the case of a tie after the 5 PKs, the series will continue until there is a winner.
– The length of any game may be shortened to shorter but equal halves if the Tournament Director deems it necessary.
Forfeits – Teams must be at the field 30 minutes before the start of their game in order to be checked in by referees or appointed tournament officials. Teams must take the field within 5 minutes of the designated start time. The referee has the discretion to determine when the teams may commence playing.
If a U13+ team has not taken the field with a minimum of 7 players with the 5-minute grace period, the game will be forfeited to the team that has taken the field with at least 7 players. If neither team takes the field within the 5-minute grace period, no point will be awarded to either team and the game will be declared a double forfeit.
If a U11 – U12 team has not taken the field with a minimum of 6 players with the 5-minute grace period, the game will be forfeited to the team that has taken the field with at least 5 players. If neither team takes the field within the 5-minute grace period, no point will be awarded to either team and the game will be declared a double forfeit.
If a U9 – U10 team has not taken the field with a minimum of 5 players with the 5-minute grace period, the game will be forfeited to the team that has taken the field with at least 5 players. If neither team takes the field within the 5-minute grace period, no point will be awarded to either team and the game will be declared a double forfeit.
The referee may terminate a game if a team leaves the field during the game without the approval of the referee, the referee abandons a match due to excessive violent conduct and/or misconduct by the players, coaches or fans, or a team is deemed to be in gross violation of US Youth Soccer, US Club Soccer, or rules of this tournament.
If a game has been played 70% through and is ended for any reason the score will stand as of the time the game is ended. If the game has been played less than 70%, the match will be scored at a 1:1 tie in the event both teams are determined to be at fault for the abandonment of the game. In the event, the infraction is a result of 1 team and/or team official or fans’ actions, the game will be scored at 3:0 in favor of the team not creating the infraction. The referee, head referee, site director, and/or tournament director will make the final decision. NO GAMES WILL BE REPLAYED FOR ANY REASON.
Match Delays, suspensions, cancelation
If deemed necessary by the Site Director, games may be shortened or canceled due to weather, or other circumstances. The Site Director has sole discretion to make this decision. There will be no refunds given for any delay and/or cancelation of any games for any reason.
Game Start times & stoppage
– Start to Start times will be strictly enforced to maintain the schedule for the tournament. Except for unusual circumstances, game times will start on time.
– There will be no stoppage time added to games for any reason.
Types of Divisions – The following division descriptions will be utilized as necessary for the execution of the tournament.
– 4-Team Division: consists of one (1) Bracket of four (4) teams. Each team will play the others within its Bracket for a total of three (3) preliminary games. The teams with the highest point totals will play the Championship game. The teams with the lowest point totals will play in the Consolation game.
– 6-Team Division: consists of one (2) Brackets of three (3) teams. Each team will play the others within its Bracket plus one cross over bracket game, for a total of three (3) preliminary games. The teams with the highest point totals from each bracket will play the Championship game.
– 7–Team Division: Teams will be divided into two groups with three teams in one group, and 4 in the other group. Each team will play the other teams in their group. The semifinals will have the 1st place team in Group B play the 2nd place team in Group A. The 1st place team in Group A will play the 2nd place team in Group B. The 3rd Place teams in both Group A and Group B will play each other. The winners of the matches in the Semi Finals for those teams who came in either 1st or 2nd in their group play will play each other in the Championship game. The losers of the matches in the Semi Finals for those teams who came in either 1st or 2nd in their group play will play each other in the Consolation game.
– 8-Team Division: consist of two (2) Brackets of four(4) teams. Each team will play the others within its Bracket for a total of three (3) preliminary games. The team with the highest point total in each flight will be declared the winner, and will play the Championship game. The team with the second highest point total in each flight will play the Consolation game.
Refund Policy – No refunds for any reason.
Referees – All referees will hold at least a US Soccer Grade-8 and be currently registered with US Soccer.
Points, Standings & Tie Breakers
Match and Score Reporting – After the game has played, a team official from both teams will sign the game card. The signed game card by both team officials and, at least, one referee will be the final score result. Referees will report all game results, and will deliver the game card, to Tournament officials. Match/score reporting information will not be accepted from Coaches, players, or game spectators. Game scores and point standings will be posted at the Site headquarters at the discretion of the Site Director.
Points & Standings –
Maximum number of points allowable per game 10
- 6 Points for a win
- 3 Points for a tie
- 0 Points for a loss
- 1 Bonus points for shutout win
- 1 Bonus points for 0-0 ties
- 1 Point per goal up to 3 goals
- 1 Point deducted for red cards
- 2 Points will be deducted for any individual in the technical area that is sent off by the ref. This will be calculated in the standings as “2 red cards” (the tournament recognizes that coaches and managers do not receive red cards, but are sent off. The 2 red cards are not given, but used in the tournament software to represent the penalty of a 2 point deduction if this instance happens.)
- Forfeited games will be scored as 3 to 0 (10 points) in favor of the team that did not forfeit. In the case of a team withdrawing at the last minute or not showing, all preliminary games for that team will be scored as a forfeit.
***MERCY RULE – The “Mercy-Rule” of a maximum of a 5 goal point differential before standings points would be reduced, has been removed from the standing calculations, but the spirit of the rule is expected from all coaches. ***
Tie Breaking Procedures – In case of a tie in tournament points following the completion of preliminary games, the advancing team will be determined based on the following criteria in the order specified:
- Head to Head competition – The team that won the head to head competition between the teams that are tied will advance.
- Team with the fewest goals allowed advances
- Team with the most wins advances
- Team with most shutouts advances
- Team with the most goals scored advances (not to exceed a 5 goal differential in the score counted for any one match)
- Team with the most red cards is eliminated
- FIFA Penalty Kicks From the Mark. The team with the highest goals scored out of, 5 shots per team will advance. In the event that both teams score an even amount of goals, this procedure will be repeated until one team achieves a higher number of goals scored out of 5 shots taken.
- ALL GAME RESULTS WILL BE CONSIDERED FINAL AND NO PROTEST OF THEIR OUTCOME IS ALLOWED
***in the event of a 3 way or more tie, the head to head tie breaker is no longer used and the next tie breakers are applied to all three teams to determine the placement of the teams. ***
Alcohol or Controlled Substances – Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is expressly prohibited at any of the sports fields or complexes. Any team (including players, coaches, parents and affiliated spectators) found violating these rules will automatically forfeit all games played, face possible expulsion from the tournament and will not be invited to any future tournaments hosted this club.
Tobacco products – Use of tobacco products is prohibited at this tournament. Use of tobacco products on the grounds of any public facility is a violation of California State Law.
Dogs – Dogs are prohibited at this tournament from being on fields. This will be enforced by field marshals and/or site directors. We love dogs, but they have no place on fields per US Club rules nor the rules of the facilities that we use for the tournament.
Service dogs that are clearly marked as such are okay as long as they don’t cause disruption. No other dogs, regardless of size, color, temperament, name, etc., will be allowed.
EZ-Ups/Shelters must be secured with stakes, and must be approved by Tournament Officials prior to their set-up.
RV’s/Vans will be allowed at site locations based on the rules of the site and at the discretion of the Site Director and/or Tournament Director. The tournament is not responsible for the enforcement of any of the site rules regarding RVs/Vans.
THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ESTABLISH POLICY AS DEEMED NECESSARY IN REGARD TO PROBLEMS AND CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE NOT SPECIFICALLY COVERED. THE DECISION OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR ARE NOT SUBJECT TO APPEAL