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June 27, 2017

2017 Tri-Club Bay & River Classic Rules




 The tournament is open to all teams that are affiliate members of the United States Soccer Federation. All U-9 through U-12 teams are allowed a maximum of 14 players with up to 5 guest players. All U-13 through U-14 teams are allowed a maximum of 18 players with up to 5 guest players. U-15 – U-19 teams are allowed a maximum of 22 players (5 guest players). Teams with rosters of up to 22 players must declare the 18 players participating and dressed in each game prior to kick-off to the referee. Only 18 players can play in each game. All players can only be rostered to play on one team only during the duration of this tournament. In the event a team is found to be using players on multiple teams all games previously played for both teams will be declared a forfeit. Team forfeiting the match or matches shall be declared the loser by a score of three (3) goals to none (0). Accepted teams must provide at either online (August 12-22) or in person registration August 25th: 1 copy of current State Approved Roster, Individual Medical Release forms (notarized copies are not required), current US Youth Soccer Player Passes with picture permanently attached for all rostered and guest players, and Permission to travel form, if required (see page 5 for specific details). Rosters and player passes for the 2017 calendar year will be used for this tournament.




Beginning Aug. 1, 2016*, VYSA will be using the following birth-year “labels” for competition, based upon the season in which competition ends as shown below.


o    Players born from January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009 will be labeled as Under-9s.


o    Players born from January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008 will be labeled as Under-10s.


o    Players born from January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007 will be labeled as Under-11s.


o    Players born from January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2006 will be labeled as Under-12s.


o    Players born from January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2005 will be labeled as Under-13s.


o    Players born from January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2004 will be labeled as Under-14s.


o    Players born from January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2003 will be labeled as Under-15s.


o    Players born from January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2002 will be labeled as Under-16s.


o    Players born from January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2001 will be labeled as Under-17s.


o    Players born from January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2000 will be labeled as Under-18s.


o   Players born from January 1, 1999 –  December 31, 1999 will be labeled as Under-19s.  



The Tournament Committee reserves the right to combine age groups if necessary.




All tournament matches will be played in accordance with “The Laws of the Game” as issued by FIFA except as modified in the “Tournament Rules.” All decisions of the referee(s) are final and binding.  There are no protests regarding the outcome of a match or sanctions.


The Tournament Director reserves the right to decide on all matters relative to the tournament and its decisions are final.  The Tournament Committee reserves the right to make the following changes in the event of inclement weather:


1         Relocation and/or reschedule match

2         Reduce scheduled duration of a match

3         Change division structure

4         Cancel a match

5         Cancel any or all games


Under no circumstances whatsoever will the Tournament Committee, any official sponsor, or VYSA be responsible for expenses (including tournament entry fee) incurred by any team. This includes a situation where the tournament or any game(s) is/are cancelled in whole or part.




In the event of inclement weather forcing play to be halted and preventing the match from completing during the scheduled time, the score shall stand if at least one-half of the game has been played. In the case of matches halted prior to the completion of at least one-half, the Tournament Director reserves the right to declare the match final thereby counting the score at the time the match was halted. Regardless of weather conditions, teams and coaches must be at the game site and ready to play at the scheduled time. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the game. Cancelation of the entire weekend event due to Inclement Weather will result in each team that was registered and paid in full, will receive 50% of entry fee back as a refund.







All referees will be USSF certified. A one-man system will be used for all U-9 through U-10 games and a three-man system will be used for U-11 thru U-19 matches. Referees will be calling offsides for all matches including U8 through U10.





At age group divisions U11 and younger - Whenever the ball strikes a player in the head, play is stopped.  The proper restart depends upon whether the player deliberately played the ball with his or her head.  If deliberate, the proper restart is an indirect free kick to the opposing team.  If this occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.  If the play by the head is deemed in advertent, then the proper restart is a dropped ball.







Coaches and players will share the same side of the field as designated by the field marshal. All spectators will take up a position on the opposite side of the field during the time that the match is in progress. Coaches, players and spectators for all participating teams must remain on their respective sides of the field during the time of the match. Behavior of spectators associated with the team remains the responsibility of the coach. The referee and field marshal are authorized to move/remove any spectator whose behavior, in their opinion, interferes with the play of the game.


No coaching shall be permitted within 18 yards of the goal line or behind the goal line. Coaches, players or spectators are not permitted to stand behind the goal line at any time during the time the match is in progress.


Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted at any tournament site to include parking lots; violators will be subject to criminal prosecution.




Any U-9 through U-10 team, which cannot field five (5) players at the scheduled start time of a match, shall forfeit the match. Any U-11 through U12 team, which cannot field six (6) players at the scheduled start time of a match, shall forfeit the match. Any U-13 through U-19 team(s) that cannot field seven (7) players at the scheduled start time of a match shall forfeit the match. Any team forfeiting the match shall be declared the loser by a score of three (3) goals to none (0).


If there is no referee present within ten minutes of the scheduled start time, the match shall be rescheduled unless both teams’ coaches agree to proceed. If the match proceeds, the score shall stand as played. If there is only one referee present for a preliminary match (U-11 and up) at the scheduled start time, the referee present shall commence the match using volunteer line’s person. Should the second/third referee arrive at the field, he should enter the match at the appropriate break in the play and volunteer linesmen shall be relieved of their duties.


It is the duty of the coaches to ensure that players report to the field 15 minutes prior to the start time of each match for possible verification of rosters and players passes. Player passes and roster must be present at the field for the duration of every game.


Either team can provide the game ball, unless the game balls are provided by the tournament.










Shoes must meet FIFA specification. All players must wear shin-guards.

Padded casts will be allowed ONLY under these conditions:

1.        They are well padded in foam or other protective material AND

2.        The player with the cast does not attempt to use it to an advantage or to harm other players AND

3.        The referee approves the cast.

  1. Such approval will not be unreasonably withheld.

In the event of a uniform conflict, the HOME team must change (listed first on schedule).




U-12 and younger               Size 4

U-13 and older                     Size 5





ALL MATCHES WILL START ON TIME. The duration of halves is listed below. The interval between halves shall be five (5) minutes. The referee is the official timekeeper of the match and reserves the right to shorten the interval between halves if necessary. During the preliminary matches, there will be no injury time allowed.


1.          U-9 - U-10 (2) 25 min. halves with a 5-min. half time

2.      U-11 - U12 (2) 30 min. halves with a 5-min. half time

3.      U-13 thru U-19 (2) 35 min halves with a 5-min. half time

     4.      U9 - U10 will play small-sided games 7 v 7

     5.      U-11 - U-12 will play 9 v 9

     6.      U13 - U-19 will play 11 v 11





Either team will have unlimited substitutions subject to the following conditions and upon approval of the referee:

1         Prior to a throw in by the team in possession

2         Prior to a goal kick by either team

3         Anytime approval is granted by the referee. (As in the case of injury, for injured player only.) Note: When this occurs, opponent may substitute a like number.

4         For a player who has been cautioned. Note: When this occurs, opponent may substitute a like number.




Division standings will be decided by the following point system:

1         Win or forfeit                       3 points

2         Tie                                          1 point

3         Loss                                        0 points





At registration or prior to 1st game teams will be given game match cards. Winning team will be required to present match card to center referee to complete with score and applicable cards. In the event the game is a tie both teams will present the referee their game match cards. Upon being filled out winning team or both if a tie will take game match card to the site Head Quarter (HQ) tent within 30 minutes of game completion.




(Determination of wild cards first and second place winners)


Total points tie within divisions and/or brackets will be broken by the following tiebreakers in order:


1.       Head to head competition during the tournament of the two tied teams. (Disregard if more than two teams are tied – Never revert back to this tiebreaker if more than two teams are tied).

2.       Least amount of goals allowed.

3.       Team with the highest goal differential. A maximum differential of three (3) goals per match will be counted. Positive only.

4.       Most wins.

5.       Total goals scored.

6.       If still tied after steps 1 through 5, both teams will proceed to an available field, at a time and place directed by the Field Marshall, and take penalty kicks in accordance with FIFA tie breaker rules.




If three teams are tied with the same points, follow the procedure below to determine finalist.


Example 1

Step 1: Three teams each have 6 team points. “A” is winner over “B”, “B” over “C” and “C” over “A”. Three teams are tied, so #1 above (head-to-head) is disregarded.


Step 2: Team “A” has allowed 7 goals. “B” and “C” have each allowed 5 goals. Therefore, “A” is eliminated.


Step 3: Once one team is eliminated never revert back to head to head.  If two teams are tied in goals against, those teams will be declared as co-finalist.


Example 2

Step 1: Three teams each have 6 team points. “A” is winner over “B”, “B” over “C” and “C” over “A”. Three teams are tied, so #1 above (head-to-head) is disregarded.


Step 2: Team “A” has allowed 5 goals. “B” and “C” have each allowed 7 goals. Therefore, “A” is declared finalist.


Step 3: Once one team is declared finalist and the remaining two teams have each allowed the same amount of goals, these two teams will be declared co-semi-finalists.




All preliminary and consolation matches will remain a tie. In semi-final and final matches, if regulation play ends in a tie score, the following steps will be taken:


1.       Both teams will be given a five-minute rest period before overtime periods begin.

2.       The teams will play 2- five-minute periods to completion, with substitutions allowed, and changing goals after each five-minute period, with a one-minute break between periods. 

3.       If still tied after two overtime periods, the tie will be broken by penalty kicks in accordance with FIFA tiebreaker rules.

1         Only the players on the field at the end of regulation will be eligible to participate in penalty kick procedure.

2         The players from each team must stay on the field of play and will meet at the center at the end of the game.

3         Captains will meet for the coin toss to decide who kicks first.

4         Referee decides which goal will be used.






If a player is ejected from a match – red card by the referee – the player must sit out the remainder of that match, plus his team’s next tournament match. No substitution will be made for the ejection of a player during the match that the red card was issued.


Two yellow cards to the same player in the same match equal a red card and will result in immediate ejection from that match. Coaches in receipt of red or two yellow cards in the same match are subject to the same penalties as outlined above for players. A coach ejected from a match will not be allowed near the field for the remainder of that match and for his team’s next match.


Coaches are responsible for their players, parents and guests on the sideline. No team or club official may enter the field of play regardless of the circumstances unless that person has been given permission to enter the field of play by the referee.


Because of the seriousness of such instances, red cards issued after the end of regulation play or because of physical assault are subject to review by the Tournament Committee and a more strenuous penalty, which is not subject to appeal, may be employed.



In the event of a problem, or if a team has a question about the tournament, they should first check with the Tournament Director at their respective field location. The Tournament Director will check periodically with the Field Marshall’s and can handle most problems. The Tournament Director decisions are final.





Region 1 has established the following policy concerning permission to travel when attending US Youth Soccer sanctioned tournaments in Region 1. The purpose of this policy is to make it as simple as possible for the US Youth Soccer Region 1 teams to travel to tournaments within Region 1.


Teams that are members of organizations of the United States Soccer Federation but not members of US Youth Soccer (such as AYSO, SAY, US Club Soccer or Super Y Leagues) DO NOT have to have a US Youth Soccer Application to Travel form (although that team's organization may require that the team have permission).  An approved team roster does need to be provided to tournament officials, along with current player passes from its organization.



Connecticut Jr Soccer Assn

Delaware Youth Soccer Assn
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Assn
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Assn
Soccer Maine
Maryland Youth Soccer Assn
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assn 
New Hampshire Soccer Assn

New Jers                                      New Jersey Youth Soccer Assn

New York State West Youth Soccer Assn
Pennsylvania West State Soccer Assn
Soccer Rhode Island
Vermont Soccer Assn
Virginia Youth Soccer Assn
West Virginia Soccer Assn 





 At registration, each team is required to provide local contact information, such as the name of the hotel where the team is staying (if applicable) and cell phone numbers for the coach and team manager.  These contacts must be available at all times during the tournament.  Also at registration, you will sign for a copy of the official tournament schedule for your team.  Please review this schedule as changes may have occurred since the schedule was first released. 




GotSoccer software will be utilized for team registration and scheduling. Communication will and can be sent to teams provided correct information was provided at team application submission. Updates to the Tournament website will be made during the tournament as applicable or as soon as necessary.





Any team that withdraws from the tournament before the entry deadline will receive 100% of funds returned (or what was paid up to the entry deadline.) Any team that withdraws from the tournament after the entry deadline will be disqualified from any returned fee's that have been paid by any team, club, and/or individual.