Tournament Rules Naples Cup

The Naples Cup September 16-18, 2016


Team eligibility

This tournament shall be open to all teams comprised of properly registered youth players (as defined by the Rules of US Youth Soccer) in all age groups indicated on the tournament approval form, provided such team is in good standing with its youth state association, other US Soccer member, or country, as necessary.  This is an unrestricted tournament.

It shall be the responsibility of each National State Association, US Soccer member, or federation to certify the eligibility of its competing teams and to provide such teams with a certified copy of the roster, permission to travel, and proof of insurance. Foreign teams must have written permission and verification from USSF and the team’s federation indicating authorization to participate in the tournament.


Player eligibility

Official state USYSA rosters or US Club Soccer or official roster governed by recognized national association, approved guest player rosters (if applicable), laminated player identification/registration cards, and permits to travel must be presented at tournament registration. Rosters must be originals or approved copies with an original official state USYSA stamp or embossed certification on the roster. Five

(5) GUEST PLAYERS ARE PERMITTED. All players must be registered to the team.


Tournament officials shall conduct all credential checks. In no event will a player be allowed to participate who has not been certified by the tournament credential's committee.

A player who arrives late at the playing field after the pre-game procedure may enter the game once the game's official(s) verify the player is eligible and with the permission of the referee.

Each manager/coach or assistant must have a valid coach’s pass and be listed on the roster. If a manager or coach is ejected, an assistant may conduct the team. If the assistant is also ejected, or there is no assistant, the game will be forfeited. In no case will a team be allowed to participate without a properly registered coach or staff.


Age Divisions are:

U16 January 1-December 31 of 2001 and younger       

U15 January 1-December 31 of 2002 and younger    

U14 January 1-December 31 of 2003 and younger        

U13 January 1-December 31 of 2004 and younger    

U12 January 1-December 31 of 2005 and younger    

U11 January 1-December 31 of 2006 and younger    

U10 January 1-December 31 of 2007 and younger    

U9 January 1-December 31 of 2008 and younger 




  1. All games shall be played in accordance with the FIFA laws, except as specifically superseded by these rules.


Point System to Determine Group Winners

Win: Winning teams get 3 points. Tie: Tying teams get 1 point each. Loss: Losing teams get 0 points.


Tiebreaker procedures:


Group Tie breaker procedures:

  1. Results of head to head competition within the group.
  2. Goal Differential (4 goal Maximum per Game)
  3. Least Goals Allowed (4 goal Maximum per Game)
  4. Number of Shutouts
  5. FIFA Penalty Kicks (at a time and location to be determined by the Tournament Director)

In the event of a 3-way tie, head to head (tie breaker procedure #1) is not used at any stage to determine the winner.


Knockout stages:

Resolving Ties Using Overtime Play

This procedure is used only for 1st  place and semifinal matches:

If the match ends in a tie, the teams will be given a five-minute rest and then two overtime periods will be played (i.e. no sudden death). This applies to all age groups.

Length of overtime periods:

Under 10 and younger : these ages will go direct to PK’s per USYS U10 Playing Rules. Under 12 and younger:  each period = 5 minutes:  total time=10 minutes

Under 13 and older: each period = 10 minutes: total time = 20 minutes If the game is still tied then PK kicks per FIFA rules will be used to determine a winner.


Players must enter from the center of the field. Substitutions may be made with the consent of the referee at the following times:

  1. FIFA substitution rules apply, with the exception that unlimited substitutions may be made at the discretion of the referee.                              Substitution can be made at any dead ball situation, by either team, unlimited.


International Divisions:

Divisions that involved international teams may have appended policies to meet the requirements of US Soccer and FIFA. Substitutions will be free per the guidelines as noted below being that this is a “friendly club tournament without national teams participating” :

SUBSTITUTIONS – FIFA’s rules specify that the following substitution rules must be included: 1) a player may be substituted on at a stoppage of play with the permission of the referee; otherwise substitutions may be made at any stoppage only with the permission of the referee, and 2) if the age group is 15 & under, free substitution is allowed. For age groups 16 years and older, free substitution is allowed providing the tournament is not an official competition (but a friendly club tournament) and the age category does not include matches between national teams of CONCACAF member countries.


B.  Length of Game/Ball Size

Division /Length of Game/ Ball Size/ Length of Halftime

U16/ 15/ 14/ 13 70 min. 5                                              halftime: 10 minutes

U12/11/10/9  50 min. 4                                                   halftime: 7.5 minutes


Added (injury) time will be added at the discretion of the referees.


First team listed is the home team.




C.Number of Players


U9/10                    7 per side

U11/12                 9 per side

U13 –U19            11 per side


D.  Conduct:

Players sent off and/or coaches removed from a game are automatically suspended from their team’s next tournament game. Players sent off or coaches removed for fighting will not be allowed to return to the tournament. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their spectators. Coaches cannot be carded, but they can be asked to leave.


E.  Spectator and Coaching Areas:

Teams are to take the same side of the field, with all parents on the opposite side. Coaching areas extend 10 yards each side of the half way line.


F.  Forfeits:

Unless superseded by a ruling from the Tournament Director, or his appointed representative, there will be a 10 minute grace period. Forfeit time is at the end of the grace period. A team must have seven or more players present in order to begin or end a match.  For Under 11-12 matches, a team must have 5 or more players in order to begin or end a match. For Under 10 matches, a team must have 4 or more Players in order to begin or end a match.


G. Tournament Inclement Weather Policy:

Every attempt will be made to have all matches played. Re-scheduled games may be played under lights in the evening or may be scheduled early Sunday morning, prior to normal starting time at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

Games will continue during rainstorms.

Games will be suspended by the referee or Tournament Director in the event of:

  1. Lightning (as determined by the referee or Tournament Director)
  2. Hail Storms (as determined by the referee or Tournament Director)
  3. Un-playable field conditions (Determined by the referee or Tournament Director)

Tournament Director decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Re-scheduling attempts will be made as quickly and fairly as possible, considering referee and field availability and the normal progress of the Tournament Rules.

As a final solution, it may be necessary to employ a coin toss to determine teams advancing to semi-final and/or finals matches.

The safety of players, referees and spectators is the tournament’s primary concern followed by fairness to the affected teams and the orderly flow of competition to Divisional championships.


H. Games Suspended in the First Half:

Attempt to complete one-half of the match prior to the next scheduled game.

  1. If one-half of the match is completed, the game is official and the score stands.
  2. If one-half cannot be completed prior to the next scheduled game then the . . .
  1. Game may be re-scheduled at the end of the day with the score at 0-0.
  2. Game may be re-scheduled before start of normal play on Sunday with the score at 0-0.
  3. Game may be canceled and FIFA kicks will be used to determine a winner. A win will be recorded as a 3-0 win and loss as a 0-3 loss.


Matches called at Half time or during the second half will be considered as complete and final. The score at that time will stand. If the game is a semifinal or final game and ends in a tie, then use knockout round tiebreaker procedures in the rules.


Matches That Cannot Start At the Scheduled Time:

  1. Teams are to remain at the site to begin the match at any point possible prior to 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the next match.
  2. Attempt to play two equal halves, changing ends at mid-point with no break at the half.
  3. All matches must terminate at the time designated as the starting time of the next match unless superseded but the Tournament Director.
  4. If the shortened match time available is less than half of the regularly scheduled time, then the match shall be immediately determined by FIFA kicks from the Penalty Mark.


NOTE!!! In any event, teams must report to the scheduled game site prior to the scheduled starting time, ready to play and may not leave the site until the match is canceled by a Tournament Director.


Rescheduled match

information will be available at the Tournament Headquarters. Teams involved in a canceled match must have a representative check-in with the Tournament Director at the headquarters for re- scheduling information.


I.  Player Equipment:

In general, Law IV of FIFA laws apply.

  1. When the color of jerseys is similar or identical, the designated home team will change colors (i.e. the team listed first on the schedule when reading from L to R, is the home team). The referee shall be the final authority regarding the need to change.


  1. Shin guards are required for all players.
  2. Casts: Orthopedic casts are not permitted. However, soft braces can be worn with written approval from a doctor, and judgment as to safety is at the discretion of the referee. The referee approved the cast protection and such approval will not be unreasonably withheld.


  1. Teams will wear uniforms of matching design and color with a minimum of six (6) inch numbers affixed to the back of the uniform shirt. No two players may have identical uniform numbers on the team roster or while both players are playing on the field at the same time. In the event of similar team colors, the designated home team will be required to change to a color accepted by the referee. The goalkeeper uniform colors must distinguish him/her from the other players, the referee and

the assistant referee.


JEWELRY: It is the policy of FYSA that no player be allowed to wear any jewelry while participating in any FYSA sanctioned match.  The only exception that may be allowed is a medical alert bracelet or necklace when taped to the body.  The refere shall make the decision as to the safety of the player and the referee’s decision is final. 



J.  Referees

Referees are required to submit a completed, official game report to the site director containing any information relating to any game incidents involving players/coach, spectator misconduct, or injuries.

  1. Referees will not be paid before any required post-game reports have been submitted.
  2. In the event the assigned referees fail to appear and the assignor and/or site director fails to provide a replacement, the senior assigned assistant referee shall assume the duties and shall find an alternate assistant referee. The game will be played as scheduled and will be deemed official.


Two (2) assistant referees will be assigned in the appropriate age group games. In the event the assigned assistant referees fail to appear, the referee must find suitable assistant referees. The game will be played as scheduled and will be deemed official.


K.  Concussions:

Pursuant to Florida Statutes (FS 943.0438) Florida in 2012 enacted a very stringent Head injury and Concussion Law.  If the referee (assistant referee) believes that, in his/ her opinion, a player hass suffered a head injury or possible concussion, the match must be stopped immediately.  The injured player if able to leave the field on their own must be escorted to their coach and the coach must be told that the player cannot return for the duration of the match.  If the trainer, is brought onto the field because the player is incapacitated, the referee must still notify the coach that the player cannot return to the game.  It is the responsibility of the coach and the player’s parent (s) or legal guardians to seek medical attention.  The player may not resume participation until he/ she has been cleared by a medical doctor.  The Referee has no further responsibility beyond removing the player from the match in which the player was injured.  The referee crew must ensure, that under no circumstances or due to the appeal from any coaching staff that the player is allowed to return to the game.


L.   General:

  1. All judgment decisions of the referee are final and binding.
  2. The Tournament Committee and Director, and all sponsors and organizers, will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team or club if the tournament is cancelled in whole or part, nor will any refunds be made.
  3. The Tournament Committee and Director reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament and its judgment is final.
  4. Awards for the top two teams (i.e. 1st & 2nd) shall be awarded immediately following the championship game.
  5. The tournament committee, FYSA and/or the host affiliate will not be responsible for any expense incurred by any team due to the cancellation in part or whole of this tournament.
  6. The tournament committee’s interpretation on the foregoing rules and regulations shall be final.
  7. The tournament committee reserves the right to decide all tournament matters.
  8. If not enough teams are realized within a specific age bracket, the tournament director shall notify the participants as soon as possible and the participants shall be given the option to play up or to receive a full refund.
  9. The tournament committee has the responsibility to uphold any previous suspension imposed by FYSA/US Youth Soccer.
  10. The tournament committee agrees to have a copy of the tournament rules at all game sites.
  11. Championship Final ceremonies will take place following the finals for 1st and 2nd place in each age division.


M.            Protest:

A protest committee shall be named at the credentials check-in and shall consist of at least three (3) members. No persons who would benefit by any decision of the protest committee shall have any vote with reference to protests involving his/her team, league, or association. For a protest to be considered, the following procedure must be followed:

  1. No protest on referee judgment or discretionary calls will be accepted.
  2. Verbal notification of an intention to protest must be given to the tournament officials immediately following the game.
  3. Protests must be in writing by the manager/coach and delivered to the tournament committee no later than one (1) hour following the completion of the game or incident and accompanied by a cash fee of $200. This fee will be refunded should the protest be upheld.
  4. The protest committee will investigate the particulars of the protest and rule on it as soon as possible but no later than the beginning of the next scheduled game for teams involved in the protest.


N.   Discipline

The tournament committee shall have a discipline committee of not less than three (3) members. The discipline committee will review and rule on all reports of unacceptable conduct by players, managers, coaches, referees, spectators, etc., using the FYSA standards as set by FYSA Rule 502.

  1. All players and managers/coaches shall be subject to FYSA Section 502- Discipline and Sanctions.
  2. A player or manager/coach ejected will have an automatic minimum one (1) game suspension regardless of the cause of the ejection.
  3. Depending on the severity of the unacceptable conduct, the discipline committee may recommend the

suspension of up to the duration of the tournament with further disciplinary action by the appropriate state or national association. The discipline committee recommendations must be available to the affected parties no later than prior to their next scheduled game.

  1. At the conclusion of the tournament, passes will be returned to the coach (even if a suspension has not been completed). A complete report will be sent to FYSA within seventy-two (72) hours of the conclusion of the tournament for possible further discipline.
  2. Per Florida Youth Soccer Association Rule 504.1 Red Card susupension or send off susupensions can only be served with the team with which the suspension was earned in games played by their team.  Players may not serve suspensions as “guest players”. 


O.  Equal Rest:

Every effort to provide scheduling that provides equal rest for each team will be a primary consideration; however, the limited fields and weather conditions may prevent this from happening. In any event, the objective is to complete the tournament in the time allowed. All divisions are flighted based on the information given about your team in the application and upon Division directors’ knowledge of your team. The goal is to balance the competition as much as possible.




Regardless of weather conditions, coaches, players and their teams must appear on the field of play as scheduled, ready to play unless notified by a member of the tournament committee. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the match.

Only the referee or the tournament committee or Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation may cancel a match due to weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather, the tournament committee has the authority to reschedule matches or cancel the tournament.

There are no refunds due to inclement weather cancellation of tournament matches or the tournament in whole.  Every effort will be made to complete the tournament in total or partially.


The tournament will return an entry fee and application within fifteen (15) days after notification that the team is not accepted, or within ten (10) days of withdrawal request of the application by a team prior to the acceptance of that application by the tournament.


  1. Within five (5) days after notification that the team is not accepted by their application.
  2. Within five (5) days upon cancellation of the tournament.
  3. Within ten (10) days of withdrawal request of the application by a team prior to acceptance of that application by the tournament.

Any team that will not be permitted to play in the contracted age group shall have the option to withdraw and receive a full refund of all entry fees. The tournaments shall notify any participant not less than fifteen days prior to the beginning of the tournament if any age group advertised will not be offered.