1. LAWS OF THE GAME
All games will be
played in accordance with F.I.F.A. rules.
a) All teams must be
currently registered with their respective provincial or state association.
b) All teams must
provide proof of permission to travel from their district, provincial or state
association. The tournament committee must receive this no later than seven (7)
days prior to the tournament. (Hamilton District teams do not require a
c) All teams not
registered with the Ontario Soccer Association must provide proof that it has
medical and liability insurance coverage.
d) All teams may
register eighteen (18) players for the tournament. A team roster
must be submitted prior to the start of the tournament and only those listed
may play. Teams may register 4 coaches/officials. Each team is allowed to
include up to 3 registered guest players (from another club) on its roster.
Including players from its own club, a team may bring up to 6 guest
players. Trial or Temporary Permits for guest players
(if required) must be presented at the time of registration.
Only those players and coaches listed on the roster are permitted to participate
in the tournament. There will be no alterations to the roster permitted
once the tournament has started.
e) All players
must have a current player registration card with photograph and be registered
with their team through their respective provincial or state association.
All players must be born on or after January 1st of the appropriate year for
the age group in which their team is entered.
cards must be produced to the tournament headquarters at registration and may
be inspected at any time during the tournament.
g) Players may
only play for one team during the tournament.
h) Teams and
players unable to provide acceptable registration documents will not be allowed
to play in any tournament game.
i) Any team
playing an ineligible player will have their previous games recorded as losses
and will be disqualified from the tournament.
j) Only players
and registered officials are permitted to sit on the players bench side of the
3. DURATION OF GAMES
a) Length of
games will be as follows.
U13 - U18 - 2 x 25 min halves (Max 150 minutes per day). Half time will be five (5)
b) Games will
be scored: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss.
team will have a minimum of 1 hour rest between games.
d) In the event
of inclement weather, poor field conditions, or unforeseen circumstances, the
tournament committee shall have the authority to change the above format.
e) No game will
be allowed to start in an electrical storm and where such a storm occurs during
a game, play will be immediately suspended until the storm passes. If a
game is abandoned, the tournament committee will rule on its status, but every
attempt will be made to complete the game as scheduled. When 75% or more
of the total game has been played and play cannot continue the game will
automatically be ruled complete.
4. TIE-BREAKING AND PLAYOFF GAMES
a) In the event
of teams being tied in preliminary round standings, the following tie breaking
procedure will be used to declare group winners, wildcard teams, byes and/or
placement: NOTE: when more than two teams are tied and we commence the tie
breaking procedure, we continue down the list until the tie is completely
broken (at no time do we re-start at the top of the tie breaking procedure)
of game between tied teams
ii) most wins
during preliminary round
iii) goal difference
(goals scored minus goals against) NOTE: Teams are only credited with a maximum
+5 goals per game
iv) least goals
v) in the case of a
bye or placement (groups or divisions where both teams will advance regardless
of outcome), criteria 4a i) through to 4a iv) shall apply. If still tied a coin
toss will determine the team with the bye or
vi) penalty kicks as
per FIFA Laws of the Game (5), if it remains tied then alternate penalty kicks
as per FIFA Laws of the Game until a decision has been reached (if a team is not
available for penalty kicks they will be deemed to have
viii) in the
event that wild cards must be selected, such teams shall be those with the best
non-qualifying record in the age division determined by the number
of points accumulated. In the event of a tie between two or more
teams, the tie breaking procedure will be followed. No wild card team
shall play against a team from its own group until the final. If required the away teams will be switched.
b) In the event
of tied games in the playoff rounds, there will be no overtime. The winner will be decided by penalty kicks as per FIFA Laws of the Game (5), if it remains tied then alternate penalty kicks as per FIFA Laws of the Game until a decision has been reached.
Only players on the field at the end of the period will be eligible to take
c) If possible,
teams that played during the Preliminary Round will not play against each other
until the Final (if required the away teams will be switched, if this doesn't
solve the issue the teams will be crossed over)
5. EMERGENCY MEDICAL
SERVICES AND FIRST AID
The Tournament will
not be responsible for providing First Aid at the field locations. Teams
are required to provide emergency first aid to their players. If a team
requires Emergency Medical Services, please advise the convenor and EMS will be
6. FAILURE TO SHOW
AND FORFEITED GAMES
a) A team shall
be allowed a ten minute grace period from the scheduled kick-off time if there
are less than seven players present, before the game is awarded to their
b) If a team
forfeits a game, their opponents will be awarded a win and given 3 points and
the game will stand at a 3-0 score. If both teams fail to show, neither team
will be awarded points and both will be shown as having a loss with a 0-0
c) Failure to
appear will lead to forfeiture of a team’s entry fee, and will be reported
to their Regional, Provincial or State
d) Any team
forfeiting or quitting a game will be disqualified from the tournament, and
will be reported to their Regional, Provincial or State Association.
a) A player
receiving a red card will be suspended from the next game and could be subject
to further disciplinary action. Any player receiving two red cards will
be disqualified from the tournament.
b) A player
that receives two cautions during the tournament will be suspended from the
next game. The player will receive another game suspension for every caution
coaching official ordered from the field for misconduct
is automatically suspended for one game. If the coaching official
refuses to leave the park immediately, the game will be forfeited.
Tournament Discipline Committee will rule on all matters of discipline and will
impose such penalties as are merited.
Tournament Committee will be forwarding misconduct reports for all cautions and
dismissals along with a Discipline Summary Report to the O.S.A.
will be responsible for keeping their spectators under control and will be held
responsible for any misconduct.
8. PLAYERS UNIFORMS
Teams must wear
numbers on the back of their shirts. Each player shall have a different
number which must coincide with the players name and numbers as shown on the
game sheet. In the event that team colours clash, the home team will
change uniforms. The home team is required to provide a suitable
game ball. (Home team is the first team on the schedule). All player
equipment is subject to the referee's approval.
9. SCHEDULING AND
refereeing will be the responsibility of the Tournament Committee.
a) No limit to
the number of substitutions to be made during games, but substitutions can only
be made at the following times and upon proper notification to the
i) when a goal is
ii) at a goal kick
iii) at half time or
start of overtime
iv) on own throw in
(at the referee's discretion) note: if one team makes a substitution the other
team is allowed
v) in the event of
vi) at the referee's discretion
substitution will be allowed for a player ordered from the field by the
All protests must be
in writing and delivered to the Tournament Headquarters as designated by the
Tournament Committee. This must be accompanied with a non-refundable cash
fee of $100 within one (1) hour of the completion of the game to which the
protest relates. The referee is the sole timekeeper of each game.
No protest of a referee's decision will be entertained. The decision of
the Tournament Committee will be final. There will be no appeals. A
copy of the protest must be given to the coach of the other team likely
affected by the result of the protest ruling before a protest will be
a) All game
sheets must be handed to the field convenor prior to each game. Game
sheets must be signed by the referee and one official from each team.
Tournament Committee and the Brantford Galaxy Youth Soccer Club will not
be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team if the tournament is
cancelled in whole or in part.
of alcohol is strictly prohibited at any field or facility used by this
TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DECIDE ON ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO
or intimidation of the referees will not be tolerated. Failure to comply
with this could result in team Officials and\or the team being suspended from
further tournament play. A written report will be sent to the
Ontario Soccer Association and the district or league in which the team is
Tournament Committee and the Brantford Galaxy Youth Soccer Club will not be
liable for any injuries sustained by any participant in the tournament on or
off the field.
cancellations after July 1st shall forfeit all monies
to the Brantford Galaxy Youth Soccer Club. Teams withdrawing prior
to this will be charged a $75 administrative fee.