PURPOSE OF THE AYSO NATIONAL OPEN CUP
The AYSO National Open Cup shall offer an opportunity to bring together different Regions, Areas and Sections to share in the diverse soccer culture of the AYSO family. The tournament focuses on sportsmanship, team spirit and friendship through the activities and events that are offered during the event. The tournament dates are July 12–16, 2017.
The AYSO National Open Cup should not be interpreted nor represented as any form of an AYSO national championship.
Tournament entry fees must accompany tournament application and will be returned if application is not accepted. Fee must be a single check issued from the respective Adult Soccer Region Account (no personal checks).
Fees are: Adult: Men / Women / Coed – $295, plus any applicable referee fees
Applications will be accepted on a first-come basis, based on completed application (see Team Application Form for criteria). Teams will be notified by email within 48 hours of the receipt of their applications.
Teams not accepted into the tournament will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list or have their application returned within 48 hours.
The primary form of communication between the Tournament and applying teams will be email and the Tournament website. Teams must designate a Team Contact on their application who has email and Internet access.
Teams withdrawing prior to May 1, 2017 will be issued a full refund.
No refunds will be given after May 1, 2017 unless a replacement team can be found.
If the tournament is canceled and cannot be rescheduled a full refund will be issued.
7 v 7 ADULT SOCCER
OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT RULES
LAWS OF THE GAME
All matches will be played in accordance with current FIFA “Laws of the Game”, except where noted below. The following will interpret the rules for the purposes of this tournament alone.
PLAYERS / TEAMS
Players on participating teams must be properly registered in AYSO for the MY2016 season. Adult Soccer Program Directors are responsible to ensure that all players meet these requirements.
No registered youth players are permitted to play in the AYSO Adult Soccer bracket.
The team roster provided will be approved by the National Office to ensure players are currently registered. Roster changes may be submitted; however, these changes must be received by the Tournament Registrar prior to the tournament. There will be no roster changes allowed on tournament day.
There will be no changes made to player rosters after June 30th, 2017.
- All fields will be set up and taken down by the tournament staff.
- Trash cans will be provided near each field. Teams will be expected to clean up all trash in their area before leaving.
- Weapons, alcohol, tobacco (including ‘vapor’ or ‘e-cigarettes’), other controlled substances and noise makers are not allowed at the facility.
- Pets are not allowed on any fields or common areas. Service animals are allowed.
- Please observe the Facility Use Rules while attending the tournament.
- This is a pool-play tournament.
- Each division will be bracketed into playing pools. Each team will play a minimum of 3 preliminary play games within their respective pools.
- Teams will advance from qualifying pools based on pool play standings points. Number of teams advancing per pool will be determined by the number of pools in the division.
- Pool play games will consist of two 25 minute halves with a five-minute half time. There will be a running clock during the match, including for substitutions. Pool play games may end in a tie.
- The length of the play for either knockout or championship games will be the same as pool play.
- Game durations will be as follows;
Men: 25 minute halves
Women: 25 minute halves
Coed: 25 minute halves
- The “home” team will be the first team listed on the game schedule and will be responsible for providing the game balls.
- Each team will field 7 players on the field at any one time.
- (COED ONLY) Each team will field 7 players, with a minimum of 3 female players on the field at any one time. There is no limit to the number of females that can be on the field. The maximum number of male players on the field is 4.
- All players will have a picture ID present on the referee game card. Referees will make sure the picture matches the player on the field. Any player not appearing on the game card will not be eligible to play.
SUBSTITUTIONS DURING GAME PLAY
- Players may substitute at any time on an unlimited basis, at the discretion of the referee, provided the substituted player must be within 1 yard of the substitution area. Players and substitutes must request the permission of the referee to enter or exit the field of play.
- The substitution area will be at the halfway line, with one team positioned on either side of the field.
All players are required to have a white t-shirt and a dark t-shirt (Gray is not allowed).
The HOME team, or the team listed first in the schedule will wear white t-shirts. The AWAY team, or the team listed second on the schedule will wear dark t-shirts.
All players are required to have the 5 s’
- Shin guards
Please note: All games will be played on grass fields, so bring appropriate footwear.
- Teams must check in 30 minutes prior to their first game. The Referee Coordinators will have the game cards including photo ID’s for referees to check off prior to the game. Players not appearing on the game card will not be permitted to play. The players listed on the game cards must match the approved roster submitted with the team’s application.
- Late arriving players must be escorted to the check-in station by a team official along with their Player Registration Form and be cleared by the Tournament Staff before participating in any games.
No player will be allowed to participate in any game with any type of cast or splint. Removal of any type of cast or splint at the field or surrounding area in order to participate shall disqualify the team member from participation.
The referee’s role;
- Enforce the “Laws of the Game”
- A one or two-man referee system will be used for all games
- The authority of the referee starts when the referee enters the field of play.
- Record the game score
- Control the game time
- Submit the game score to the tournament administrator
- All decisions made by the referee shall be final
Play will be divided into two 25 minute halves (running clock), separated by a brief half time (up to 5 minutes).
- There will be a five-minute grace period at the start of each game. The game will be declared a forfeit only after the referee and tournament coordinator have confirmed that the circumstances warrant such a decision. A 0-1 forfeit loss will be assigned to the forfeiting team.
- If there is a suspension attributed to one specific team, that team shall forfeit the game with a score of 0-1. If both teams are deemed by the referee to be at fault, a double forfeit will result, and neither team will receive any points. Both teams may also be subject to further disciplinary action.
- No game shall start or continue if either team has fewer than 5 players present and ready to play. (COED ONLY – Need a minimum of 2 female players)
- The HOME team, the team wearing white, will always kick off in the first half.
- Goals may be scored directly from kickoff and corner kicks.
- Regular pool play games may end in a tie and will be recorded as a tie.
- All medal round matches ending in a tie will have two overtime periods of five minutes in length with teams changing field direction after the first five-minute period. In these matches, if still tied after overtime play, the game shall be decided by FIFA kicks from the penalty mark, with each team taking up to 5 kicks. It the game is still tied, penalty kicks will go to sudden death until a winner is determined.
(COED ONLY) – Teams will alternate between male and female kickers.
There is no offside.
FOULS & MISCONDUCT
- Any player that commits a foul will be penalized by awarding a DIRECT FREE KICK to the opposing team which will be taken at the point the infraction, with the exception of fouls occurring inside the penalty area. All opposing players must be no closer than 8 yards to the ball prior to the kick.
- If a foul is committed in the penalty area, a penalty kick will be awarded.
- NO SLIDE TACKLING – Penalized as a direct free kick. Players may slide to keep a ball in play, or to retain possession, as long as they are not in playing distance from a player on the opposite team.
- Verbal abuse: taunting of players, referees, or spectators by players, or spectators are causes for immediate suspension.
- Players on the opposing side must be in compliance of the 8 yard radius rule for the following restarts:
- Kick Off
- Free Kicks
- Corner Kicks
- Penalty Kicks
- Throw In (2 yards)
For any violation of encroachment, the referee may first issue a verbal warning, but if there is a subsequent violation by the same player, a yellow card may be issued by the referee.
- All yellow card cautions will be punished by a 5-minute penalty and the penalized player must sit out. A sub will be allowed to replace that player during this time.
- If a player receives a second yellow card in the same game, that player will be sent off and the team will play the remainder of the game 1 player down.
- All red cards, or double yellow cards, will activate a minimum 1 game suspension. If the card(s) were for violent conduct, an additional penalty or suspension from the tournament may also be applied.
- Standings for pool play games will be determined on the “ten-point system” as follows:
WIN = 6 points
TIE = 3 points
LOSS = 0 points
GOAL = 1 point to the winning team for each goal differential (up to 3)
SHUTOUT = 1 point
FORFEIT = 8 points (scored as a 1-0 win, with a shutout bonus)
RED CARD = 1 point deduction for any red card for player/coach/spectator (includes 2 yellow cards)
A 4-0 win equals 10 points to the winning team and 0 points for the losing team. A 1-0 win equals 8 points for the winning team and 0 points for the losing team. A 3-2 win equals 7 points for the winning team and 0 points for the losing team. A 2-2 tie equals 3 points for each team. A 0-0 tie equals 4 points for each team.
- Winners of ties in standings will be determined as follows:
- Head to head play
2. Most number of wins in group play
3. Goal differential (maximum 3 goals per game; highest differential advances)
- Goals against
- Most goals scored (maximum 3 goals per game)
- Number of shutouts
- Kicks from the penalty mark (5 per team)
- Wildcard teams will be the team(s) with the highest standings points from all teams in the division who are not automatically advancing.
- Standings will be updated and posted online. The deadline to challenge the posted results will be at the conclusion of Pool Play.
- Pool winners (and in some cases wildcard teams) will advance to medal round play.
- Teams will play semi-final and/or championship final matches, depending on the number of teams in each pool and the format of play for that flight.
DISPOSITION OF ABANDONED OR TERMINATED GAMES
If any pool play games cannot be played due to circumstances beyond the control of the Tournament, the final standings of the pool will be determined by applying the following winning percentage (WP) formula:
WP = Pool Play Points / Number of games played X 10
Pool Play Points
_________________________ = Winning Percentage (%)
(Number of Games Played x 10)
Number of games played is the number of games won, tied or lost multiplied by 10 (the maximum number of points that were available in each game).
- 7 players on the field (Coed – Minimum of 3 female players)
- Two 25 minute halves / Running Clock
- Shin Guards are required
- All fouls are restarted with a DIRECT KICK
- Players receiving a first yellow card will sit out or 5 minutes. A replacement player will be allowed.
- No slide tackling
- Home team wears white / Away team wears dark