Tournament Rules

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WCSSF Rec Plus Tournament

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Rule 1 – ESTABLISHMENT OF A TOURNEY

WCSSF shall conduct an end of the season tourney.  The official name of this event is the WCSSF Rec Plus Tourney. The competition is established in accordance with the policies and rules of WCSSF, Indiana Soccer and State Referee Administrator (SRA).

1.1:  The WCSSF will conduct an end of the season tourney for the 12U, 15U and HIGH SCHOOL divisions.

1.2:   The tourney will be single elimination based on the standings throughout the season.  The WCSSF will provide the brackets and schedule for the tourney.

1.3:  All the rules and regulations for the season will apply during the tourney with two exceptions.  First, the teams are not required to follow the 4-Goal Guideline.  Second, a winner must be chosen for each game, therefore no game may end in a tie.

 

Rule 2 – AWARDS TO TEAMS AND PLAYERS

The WCSSF will provide awards.  If a division has more than eight (8) teams, the WCSSF will provide first, second, third and fourth place awards for each player and coach on the team.  If a division has eight (8) or fewer teams, the WCSSF will only provide first and second place awards.

 

Rule 3 – THE HOST SITE

3.1:  The WCSSF will secure a host site for each division prior to the season.  Clubs may submit their request to WCSSF to host a tournament.

3.2:  The host club MUST be willing to uphold all of the rules and regulations of the WCSSF.

3.3:  The number of fields needed for the tourney is determined by the number of teams.  For divisions with less than ten (10) teams, only one (1) field is needed.  For divisions with ten (10) or more teams, two (2) fields are needed.  For divisions with more than twenty (20) teams, three (3) or more fields are needed.  However, additional fields from other clubs may be used as needed.

3.4:  As a minimum, the host club site must have water and/or sports drinks available for sale.

3.5:  The host club will assign the referees although the WCSSF will pay the referee fees.

3.6:  The host club must provide a board member or person from the club to act as the Host Coordinator, who will be present at the site throughout the entire day.  The WCSSF will also provide a board member to be present as well to help with problems or situations that may arise.

3.7:  The host site is responsible for posting tourney brackets and keeping the scores and updated during the tourney as well as updating the WCSSF Board.

3.8   WCSSF will send a list of prior infractions to each Host Coordinator as well as a list of teams who have completed their pregame check-in.

3.9:  The host site is responsible for maintaining a record of all infractions that result in send off’s (red cards).   If a red card is issued, the host site is responsible for notifying the referees for the team’s next game if the team advanced of the player that is currently ineligible to play.  This record is compiled from “Official Game Cards” completed and submitted by game referees.  These must be recorded by name as well as ISA number.

 

Rule 4:  TEAM ELIGIBILITY

4.1:  Teams may only participate in the division that they were registered for throughout the season.

4.2:  Only teams in good standing are eligible to participate in the end of the season tourney.

4.3:  All teams participating in the tourney will be required to check in their teams the week prior to the tourney.

  • The dates of the check in will be posted on the WCSSF website under “Important Dates” before the beginning of the season.
  • The teams must provide the laminated official roster along with the laminated player passes. Each player pass MUST include a proper picture of the player along with the registrar’s signature or stamp.
  • The roster and player passes will be checked against the WCSSF’s roster copy printed on the freeze date.
  • If there are problems at the check in with the roster, player passes or coaches cards, the team will have until Thursday before the tourney to meet with a WCSSF board member to show that they are in compliance in order to be able to play in the tourney.
  • If the player passes are in compliance, the WCSSF board member place a colored tie around the player passes indicating that the team is eligible to participate in the tourney.

4.4:  The Team with the higher standing will be considered the “Home” team.

 

Rule 5:  PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

5.1: Only those players that meet the following criteria may participate:

  • The player MUST be listed on the official roster by the freeze date from Indiana Soccer.
  • The player MUST have a laminated player pass including a proper picture and registrar’s signature or stamp.
  • The player MUST be in good standing. (i.e.- not currently under suspension due to a red card or other disciplinary action.)

5.2:  Guest passes are not allowed.

5.3:  Any team found guilty of using an ineligible player will forfeit the game in which the ineligible player participated and is not eligible to compete further in the tourney.  Other sanctions may also be taken against that player or team.

5.4:  Any coach, manager, or team official found guilty of knowingly using an ineligible player is not eligible to compete further in the competition in the current and subsequent seasonal year.

 

Rule 6:  Coaches, Assistant Coaches, & Team Managers

6.1: All coaches, players, managers, trainers, and team managers, shall be in good standing with the United States Soccer Federation and Indiana Soccer.

6.2: Each team must register all coaches, assistant coaches, team managers and trainers with Indiana Soccer through GotSoccer.  However, only three (3) official Indiana Soccer Registered pass/card holders that serve as either coach, assistant coach, team manager, or trainer, are allowed on the bench during a given game. Anyone that is on the bench and is not a pass/card holder on the official roster will be asked to leave the bench area during the game. This includes family members.

6.3:  In extenuating circumstances, if the registered coaches, assistant coaches, or team managers are unable to attend a game, a substitute coach may be used.  However, that person MUST be able to show a current valid player pass issued by Indiana Soccer or valid proof of background check.

6.4: Coaches are responsible for fan and player conduct.

6.5:  Profane language of any type is not permitted by anyone.

6.6:  Coaches will sign in before starting play that they have read agree to follow the tournament rules.

 

Rule 7:  Ties after Regulation Play – Kicks from the Mark

7.1: During the tourney, a winner must be chosen for each game, therefore no game can end in a tie.  If the game is tied after regular play has ended, the game will go directly to Kicks from the Mark.

7.2: After a two-minute break, the Kicks from the Mark will begin immediately according to FIFA rules.

7.3:  The referee will be responsible for conducting the Kicks from the Mark according to the FIFA rules as stated below:

A.  Each team selects 5 players to participate in the Kicks from the Mark.

  • Players MUST remain on the field and no substitutions are allowed at this time. Only the players on the field when the overtime ended, including the goalie, may participate in the Kicks from the Mark.
  • Either the current goalie or a player from the field may be the goalie for the Kicks from the Mark.
  • Coaches are NOT allowed on the field, but must remain at their bench or in the coach’s area. The players not on the field MUST remain on the bench.
  • Teams must be of equal number of players on the field when the penalty kicks start.
  • The referee will conduct another coin flip to determine which team starts. The players alternate between both teams until all five players have completed the penalty kick.

B.  If the score is still tied at the end of the Kicks from the Mark, the Kicks from the Mark will proceed in single pairs, alternating in the same order as the Kicks from the Mark. At this point, kicks from the mark are stopped and one team is declared the winner if that team has scored in its pair but the other team has not.

  • Although the Kicks from the Mark will proceed in single pairs, the referees will call for 5 players to participate in order to keep the flow moving.
  • All players on the field must participate before a team can use players from the bench.
  • After all the players on the field have had a turn, the coach will select a player from the bench until each has kicked with each team using equal number of players (ie. team 1- has 7 players on bench, Team 2 – has 4 players on bench: 4 players from each bench will take kicks before players take a second kick.)

 

Rule 8:  Referees & Referee Administration

8.1:  The assignor from the Host Site will be responsible for assigning the referees for the tournament in accordance with the guidelines below.

8.2:  The assignor should assign referees from various clubs within the WCSSF as well as their own club.  The WCSSF will provide a list of possible referees for consideration.

8.3:  Any referee may NOT officiate a division in which the referee is a player.

8.4:  No referee may officiate for a game in which a relative is playing or coaching.

8.5:  Center referees should not officiate games that include a team from their own club.

8.6:  The duties of the referee and assistant referee are as defined in the “Laws of the Game”.

8.7:  Non-Performance of a Referee:  In the event the appointed referee fails to appear or perform his/her job, the assignor will provide for replacement referee. At no time will a two-person referee system be allowed.

8.8:  Age of Referees:  The WCSSF maintains that properly qualified referees must be used in all tournament games to ensure that players receive the best officiated game that can be provided.  Exceptions may be made by approval of the WCSSF board, Tournament Director or HC only in extreme circumstances.

A.  12U and 15U

  • The WCSSF recommends that the center referee be at least two years older than the age group playing; while the assistant referees are at least the same age as the youngest player in that age group.

B. HIGH SCHOOL

  • Center Referee – Must be at least 20 years old. (Must not be a current player on any team in the WCSSF League).
  • Assistant Referee – Must be at least 16 years old. (Must not be a current player on any team in the WCSSF League).

8.9: Number of Games:  The WCSSF maintains that properly rested referees must be used in all tournament games to ensure that players receive the best officiated game that can be provided.  The total number of games that the referee is allowed to work is dictated by the SRA and the WCSSF follows the SRA recommendations.  Exceptions may be made by approval of the WCSSF board, Tournament Director or HC only in extreme circumstances.

A. 12U

  • No more than 4 consecutive games.
  • No more than 2 consecutive centers are recommended.

B.  15U

  • No more than 3 consecutive games.
  • No more than 2 consecutive centers are recommended.

C.  HIGH SCHOOL

  • No more than 3 consecutive games.
  • No more than 2 consecutive centers are recommended.

 

Rule 9: Weather related Issues

9.1: Thunder under!  If you hear thunder then everyone needs to be under cover.  Lightning flashes are also cause to pause play and take cover.

9.2: There must be 30 minutes between claps of thunder or lightning before play can resume.

9.3: If the temperature is above 80 degrees then an additional breaks will be given during each half of play.  During the water break, the referee will stop the time.

9.4: If the temperature with the wind chill is lower than 35 degrees then games will not be played until the temperature is above 35 degrees with the wind chill.

9.5: If there is any delay then the Host Coordinator needs to notify the WCSSF coordinator immediately.

9.6: Game updates will be posted on Website as they are turned in to WCSSF.