Tournament Rules

Rules and Procedures


This tournament will be played in accordance with US Club Soccer and FIFA rules unless modified by the following:

  1. Tournament Information:

Name of Tournament: Magic Cup

Name of Hosting League: Central Valley Youth Soccer League

Date of Tournament: August 22-23, 2015

Number of Teams: TBD

Age Group(s), Classification(s) and Gender(s): Girls U11 – U19

  1. Credentials Requirements:

The following credentials must be presented at the mandatory team credentials check-in:

  1. An official team roster, including any applicable player add forms, player release forms, player transfer forms, adult add forms, and guest player forms stamped and signed by the appropriate league, district and/or state registrar or officials.

  2. US ClubSoccer/CYSA member passes from the same seasonal year for each player (including guest players) properly signed and stamped and approved by all required league, district and/or state registrar or officials.

  3. A US Club Soccer/CYSA membership form with the medical release and hold harmless declarations signed in original ink by the parent or guardian (or by the player in the instance where the player is 18 years of age) for each player and guest player. If using CYSA credentials the proper golden rod is required.

  4. Each team must have at least one properly credentialed adult present on the sidelines of each match.

  5. In addition to being checked at the pre-tournament credentials check-in, all members’ passes will be checked prior to the beginning of each match.

  6. Mandatory Credentials Check-In

Each team is required to have their team credentials checked before their first game of the tournament.

Check in will be held at the check in location closest to the field of your first game, e.g., if you are playing on field one you will check in at the station for fields 1, 3, and 5.

Teams failing to attend the mandatory check-in without prior approval of the tournament director will forfeit their games.

  1. Guest Player Policy:

Five (5) Guest players will be allowed in accordance with US Club Soccer/CYSA Guest Player Policies. Maximum number of players per team is 18 players unless it is a U11 team in which maximum number of players is 13.

  1. Length of Games (list each age group):

Age Group Preliminary Games Consolation and Championship Games

U-11 and U-12 50 minutes 60 minutes

U-13 and U-14 60 minutes 70 minutes

U-15 and U-16 60 minutes 70 minutes

U-17, U-18 and U-19 60 minutes 70 minutes

In preliminary games ties will stand. If a championship or consolation game is tied at the end of regulation play, two 5 (five) minute overtime periods will be played in their entirety, no golden goal. If still tied at the completion of the overtime periods, the game will be decided by penalty kicks as per FIFA laws of the game. At the discretion of the Tournament Committee, overtime periods may be shortened or eliminated if the game has been significantly delayed at the start. The length of any game may be shortened to shorter but equal halves if the Tournament Committee deems it necessary due to field conditions, weather or darkness.

  1. Mandatory Rest Periods

Teams must be given a minimum rest period of one and half hours between games. The rest period will commence when a team’s match ends and will end when the team’s subsequent match begins.

  1. Substitutions:

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

  • Prior to a throw in for either team

    • If it is not your team’s throw in you can sub if initiated by the other team

  • Prior to a goal kick by either team

  • Prior to the restart of the game following a goal being scored by either team

  • Prior to the restart of the game for the second half

  • Prior to the beginning of an overtime period

  • Prior to the restart of the game following an injured player being removed from the field (either team may sub)

  1. Ejections:

Any player, coach assistant coach or registered team official who is sent off will automatically be suspended from their next game. The sendoff report will be forwarded to the Tournament Director and Tournament Disciplinary Committee and will be used to assess the minimum mandatory penalties. Additional penalties may be imposed. Send-off reports and member passes, which must retained if the penalty has not been served in its entirety, will be forwarded to the team’s District Commissioner. Each ejection will result in a deduction of 3 points from the team’s tournament total.

  1. Scoring System: Maximum number of points allowable per game: 10

__6__ Points for a win:

__3__ Points for a tie:

__1__ Bonus points for shutout win

4 Points for 0-0 ties

__1__ Points per goal (maximum of 3 points)

__1__ Points deducted for red cards

__1__ Points deducted for excessive goal differential(deducted when goal differential is greater than 7 goals)

Forfeited games will be scored as 1 to 0 (8 points) in favor of the team that did not forfeit. In the case a team withdrawing at the last minute or not showing, all preliminary games for that team will be scored as a forfeit.

  1. Tie Breaking Procedure:

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:

  1. Team with fewest goals allowed advances

  2. Team with the highest goal differential advances (goals scored by a team minus goals allowed by a team, not to exceed a differential of 4 goals in any one match)

  3. Team with most goals scored advances (not to exceed 4 goals counted for any one match)

  4. Head to Head competition – team that won the head to head competition between the teams that are tied will advance (should there be a tie in tournament points between three or more teams, the tie-breaking procedure begins with #E below.)

  5. Team with the fewest losses advances

  6. Kicks from the penalty spot as per FIFA rules. The team with the most successful kicks advances


  1. Tournament Format:

  • 4 team divisions will play each other in pool play. Top 2 play championship game, next two play in consolation

  • 5 team divisions will play 4 games in round robin format. 1st and 2nd place will be determined on total points.

  • 6 team divisions will consist of 2 brackets of 3 teams each. Saturday pool play for each bracket with reseeding on Sunday. Top 4 teams will advance to championship game and consolation game.

  • 8 team divisions will consist of 2 brackets of 4 teams each. Each bracket will play each other in pool play. The winner of each bracket advances to championship game with 2nd in the bracket playing in a consolation game.

  • 9 team division will consist 3 brackets of 3 teams Saturday pool play for each bracket with reseeding on Sunday. Top 4 teams will advance to championship game and consolation game.

  • 10 team division will play a guaranteed 4 games and the champion will be determined by overall points

  • 12 team division will consist of 4 brackets of 3 teams Saturday pool play for each bracket with reseeding on Sunday. Top 4 teams will advance to championship game and consolation game.

  1. Awards:

Type of Awards: 1st Place: Championship one medal and one trophy 2nd place: medals

Awards will be given in these categories: 1st and 2nd place

Participation award will be given to: Each coach will receive a participation pin for each player

  1. Start Times and Forfeitures:

Teams must be at the field 30 (thirty) minutes prior to the scheduled start time of their game in order to be checked in by referees or appointed tournament officials. Games will be started at the designated start time. If a team has not taken the field with a minimum of seven (7) players within the 10 (ten) minute grace period, the game will be forfeited to the team that has taken the field with at least seven (7) players. If neither team takes the field within the 10 (ten) minute grace period, no points will be awarded to either team and the game will be declared a double forfeit.

The referee and/or Tournament Committee may terminate a game and award a forfeit 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.

Games will start at their specified start time with no stoppage time for any reason including injury. If a player is injured game time will continue and if necessary the referee can blow the half or end of the game whistle while play is at a standstill for an injury. If the tournament finds any team abusing this rule they can and will score the game as a forfeiture for the winning team.

  1. Home Team:

The team listed first on the game schedule is the home team and shall have their choice of the side of the field. 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 be responsible for providing the game card and the game ball.

  1. Sportsmanship and Conduct:

Good sportsmanship is expected of all teams, officials and fans. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, staff, parents and affiliated spectators.

  1. Injuries and Medical Assistance:

Any injuries must be reported to a tournament official so that an accident report form can be completed. A tournament official will call 911 for an injury at the coach’s or parent’s request.

  1. Weather Conditions:

If deemed necessary by the Tournament Committee, games may be shortened or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.

  1. Tournament Cancellation

If the tournament must be cancelled due to inclement weather, acts of civil disobedience, war, destruction of facilities or other circumstances deemed by the US Club Soccer State Tournament Committee to be beyond the control of the hosting league, the tournament may retain up to 30% of the entry fee once the tournament’s expenses are verified and approved by the US Club Soccer Tournament Committee Chairman. Refunds of no less than 70% of the team’s entry fee will be postmarked and mailed to the teams within 45 days of the approved tournament date.

  1. Housing and Hotel Information:

Housing will not be provided. The individual teams must arrange hotel accommodations. A list of local hotels will be provided to accepted teams upon request.

  1. Prohibitions:

Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is expressly prohibited at any of the sport 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 by this league.

Dogs are prohibited at this tournament.

Use of tobacco products is prohibited at this tournament. Use of tobacco products on the grounds of any public school facility is a violation of California State Law.

Referees will be instructed to abandon a game if, after being asked to do so, any person affiliated with the team refuses to remove a dog from the area of the soccer field, or if after being asked to do so, any person affiliated with the team refuses to cease the use of tobacco products in the area of the soccer field.

All Portable Shelters (EZ ups, tents, etc.) must be secured with either stakes or sandbags.

  1. Tournament Committee:

The tournament committee shall consist of the Tournament Director and any other pre-designated Tournament Officials.






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