Cowboy Turf Wars Indoor Soccer
Tournament Rules

LAWS OF THE GAME

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

This is a USYS unrestricted tournament. There will be divisions for boys and girls, U8 (May be combined), U10, U12, U14, HS JV, and HS Varsity (HS = High School, all team members must be in high school or younger) There will be a limit of 8 teams in each division. There is a three game guarantee for all teams. Top 2 teams in each pool will advance to the semi-finals. Divisions may differ from this format at the discretion of the committee. U-12 and U-14 Coaches may request a Silver/Gold division. Request will be considered but the committee will place teams where appropriate to insure competitive play for all!!! High school exception: high school players who cannot present a current USYS player pass will be required to pay a $10 membership fee for the tournament. Here is our Risk Management/Diciplinary policy for the tournament.

CHECK IN PROCEDURES

Current US Youth Soccer or US Club Soccer player cards, medical releases, and tournament rosters are required for all U-8, U-10, U-12, and U-14 teams. At check-in all players that will participate in the tournament up to a maximum of 10 must be listed in the roster.

What you will need for check in:

  1. Tournament Roster
  2. Current player passes/cards and waivers for everyone on your tournament roster
  3. Guest Player form (If applicable)
  4. High school exception form (if applicable)

All players must be present for check in and must carry the team stamp throughout the tournament. Players may roster for one team only and may play only for that team. Players must participate in at minimum 2 games in pool play to be eligible for knock out round play. The home team is the first team listed and will be required to use their alternate jersey if there is a color conflict.

High school exception: high school players not registered with a club and cannot present a current USYS player or US Club Soccer pass will be required to pay $10 membership fee for the tournament.

LAW 1 FIELD OF PLAY

Fields are turf and will be 75'x105' for younger divisions and 75'x120' for other groups. Soccer cleats or turf shoes are recommended. (NO METAL CLEATS ARE ALLOWED) Coaches and substitute players will remain in the designated team areas while their teams are playing. No drinks other than water are allowed in the indoor facility. Spectators are not allowed on the player's side of field. Each team is allowed to bring two balls for warm-ups. The tournament will not be responsible for balls brought to the tournament.

LAW 2 THE BALL

The game ball shall be a size 4 for U-12 and under and size 5 for U-14 and above

LAW 3 NUMBERS OF PLAYERS

There will be 5 players per side in one of whom is a designated goalkeeper. The match may not start if either team consists of fewer that 3 players. Players may roster for one team only and may play only for that team. Players must participate in at minimum 2 games in pool play to be eligible for knock out round play.

LAW 4 PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT

The basic player equipment shall be a numbered (minimum 3") jersey (shirt, plus alternate color), shorts, socks, shin guards and soccer shoes. Goalkeepers will wear colored jersey to distinguish themselves from the other players.

LAW 5 REFEREE

Each match is controlled by a referee who has the full authority to enforce the Law of the Game in connection with the match as have been modified.

LAW 6 ASSISTANT REFEREE

There will be no assistant referees. Unless required by tournament committee.

LAW 7 DURATION OF THE MATCH

There will be a central timekeeper so that all games will start and end at the proper time. Games may not be extended in time and no allowances will be made for lost time. Length of play will be 2 equal 19 minute halves with a 2 minute halftime break. Teams that are more than 5 minutes late from the scheduled time will forfeit the game.

LAW 8 STARTS AND RESTART OF PLAY

The kick-off may go in any direction and is an indirect free kick. The kick-off will be taken by the visiting team in the first half and the home team in the second half. Restarts are indirect and begin with a stationary ball with a kick (Except goal kicks which are thrown and penalty kicks which are direct from the penalty area.) Stationary ball is defined as a ball placed on the playing field with the hand on top of the ball. Four (4) yards must be given immediately. The player must put the ball into play within 6 (six) seconds from time ball is determined ready to play.

There will be free substitution, but a player may only enter the field when the player he/she is replacing is completely over the touch line at the center line. The new player must be in the substitution area prior to the player leaving the field. The first violation results in an indirect free kick being awarded the opposing team at the center line and subsequent violations will call for a yellow card being given to the player entering the field and the opposing team will be awarded an indirect free kick at the center line. Substitutions will not be allowed in overtime unless a player is injured. Injured players may not re-enter the game.

LAW 9 BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY

If the ball touches an object above the floor, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the point directly below the point of contact, unless that point is within the goal area and then it will be an indirect free kick from the point closest on the edge of the goal line. The ball is in play unless it has wholly crossed the goal line or the touch line or the referee has stopped play.

LAW 10 METHOD OF SCORING

LAW 11 OFFSIDE

There is no offside offense.

LAW 12 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

Fouls and misconduct are penalized by the awarding of a free kick to the opposing team. Slide tackles are not allowed. A yellow carded player may be substituted with referee permission. A second yellow card is a red card and the player is ejected for the remainder of that game and at least the next game. A red card requires the player to leave playing area and he/she is ejected for the remainder of that game and at least the next game. Yellow cards in sequential games will require that the player sits out the next game. . Blatant intentional time wasting will be penalized with a yellow card. A warning to the team will also be given. A second infraction by any member of the team will result in a PK for the opposing team.

LAW 13 FREE KICKS

Direct free kicks will include the corner kick as defined in Law 17 and the penalty kick as defined in Law 14. Indirect free kicks will be used for all other restarts. 4 yards must be given immediately. The player must put the ball into play within 6 (six) seconds from time ball is determined ready to play.

LAW 14 PENALTY KICK

A penalty kick will be awarded when the infringement takes place in the penalty area and will be taken from penalty mark. Infringements will include:

LAW 15 KICK-IN (THROW IN)

There are no throw-ins as all in touch restarts are an indirect free kick. 4 yards must be given immediately. The player must put the ball into play within 6 (six) seconds from time ball is determined ready to play.

LAW 16 GOAL CLEARANCES (GOAL KICK)

Goal clearance may be taken from anywhere inside the goal box (the goal box is 5 yards from the end line and the complete width of the field) and must be put into play by the keeper throwing the ball. The thrown ball is indirect. In all age categories, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team at midfield should a keeper release go over the half line without first touching a player or the floor. The thrown ball must clear the goal area. The goalkeeper has 6 (six) seconds to put the ball into play from time ball is determined ready to play. Violation of the 6 (six) second rule will result in an indirect free kick from the penalty mark.

LAW 17 CORNER KICK

The ball is put in play at the corner of the touch and goal line and is a direct kick. Four (4) yards must be given immediately. The player must put the ball into play within 6 (six) seconds from time ball is determined ready to play.

LAW 18 GOALKEEPERS (IN THE RUN OF PLAY)

The keeper may handle the ball in the goal area (5 yards completely across the field). The keeper may not handle kick-ins or balls intentionally played back to the keeper. The keeper has 6 (six) seconds to release the ball. In the run of play, kicked releases by the goalkeeper can not go over the half line unless the goalkeeper is first established as a field player (for that ball possession.) The keeper is considered a field player if the ball has not been handled during that possession. If the ball has been handled, the keeper can reestablish himself or herself as a field player by allowing the ball to bounce on the floor twice before kicking it in the air over the half line. In the run of play, thrown releases by the goalkeeper may not go over the half line in any division. An indirect free kick at midfield is awarded to the opposing team should a keeper release go over the half line without first touching a player or the floor. A goal may not be scored directly from a thrown ball.

LAW 19 HEADING

No heading in the U8-U12 divisions per US soccer rules.

FIFA RULES

All FIFA rules are in effect except where noted above. All decisions by the referee are final. There are no protests.

MOST IMPORTANT

Have Fun. Play Fair.

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