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End of Season Tournament Scoring and Tie Breaker Rules
  1. AGE AND ELIGIBILITY

Only SYA recreational league teams may participate in the end-of-season tournament. No travel players, guest players, or players from another SYA team are allowed. Any game played where it is determined that ineligible player(s) participated shall result in a 3-0 forfeit to the opposing team.

All regular season sanctions (such as suspensions and sit-outs) for any individual (players, coaches, or spectators) carry forward into the tournament and must be served before that individual can participate. All exceptions must be approved by the SYA House Commissioner and/or SYA Soccer President before the game. Any game where it is determined that an individual should not have been at the game or field shall result in a 3-0 forfeit to the opposing team.

Except for documented suspensions and sit-outs, referees are not responsible for enforcing eligibility rules. If a coach has a question about a player’s eligibility, the game shall be played in its entirety and the coach will inform the appropriate Age Group Coordinator after the game.

  1. LAWS OF THE GAME

All games are single-elimination and will be played in accordance with the “SYA Soccer Modifications to the Laws of the Game – April 2013” except as modified herein. EXCEPTIONS: There will be no 4-goal differential rule, and no goalkeeper 50% playing time restriction, for U10, U11 and U12 games.

  1. GAME DURATION

Age Group

Preliminary Matches

Championship Matches

No. of Players

Ball Size

U10

50 minutes (2 x 25)

50 minutes (2 x 25)

2 x 5 minute overtime periods

6 v 6

(minimum 4)

4

U11

60 minutes (2 x 30)

60 minutes (2 x 30)

2 x 5 minute overtime periods

8 v 8

(minimum 6)

4

U12

60 minutes (2 x 30)

60 minutes (2 x 30)

2 x 5 minute overtime periods

8 v 8

(minimum 6)

4

U14

70 minutes (2 x 35)

70 minutes (2 x 35)

2 x 5 minute overtime periods

11 v 11

(minimum 7)

5

 

Halftime duration for all games shall be 5 minutes, but may be adjusted at the referee’s discretion.

All games shall be played with a running clock. The referee shall not add time for serious injuries or other incidents, including, but not limited to, deliberate time wasting. The referee is the official timekeeper and all decisions regarding game duration are solely at the referee’s discretion.

Any PRELIMINARY game that ends in a tie at the end of regulation will proceed directly to Kicks From The Penalty Mark to determine a winner.

Any CHAMPIONSHIP game that ends in a tie at the end of regulation will play two (2) full 5-minute overtime periods (no golden goal). If at the end of overtime the game remains tied, the game will proceed directly to Kicks From The Penalty Mark to determine a winner.

In the event of inclement weather or game stoppage due to suspension or termination, the game is considered played if half of the game has been played.

  1. FIELDS AND EQUIPMENT

All fields are to be freshly lined and set up with proper field markings and equipment. This is a joint responsibility of both teams for each game. Any delays due to a field not being ready for play will be deducted from the game duration. Referees will reduce each half accordingly to ensure each half is the same duration.

Home team players will wear RED shirts. Away team players will wear WHITE shirts. In the event of a conflict, home team players will change their shirts. Numbers are not required on players’ uniforms.

Players and coaches will take one side of the pitch, and spectators will take the other side. No one shall be behind either goal line or below the penalty area line without the referee’s permission.

Home team will provide game ball(s).

  1. FAILURE TO SHOW

A 10-minute grace period is provided for each team to have the minimum number of players ready for play. Any delays due to late-arriving players will be deducted from the game duration. Referees will reduce each half accordingly to ensure each half is the same duration. If one or both teams cannot field a team by the scheduled tournament game time, the game shall be declared a forfeit.

  1. SUBSTITUTIONS

Unlimited substitutions may be made, with the referee’s permission:

  • After a goal has been scored;
  • At the beginning of the second half or prior to the beginning of any overtime period;
  • At a goal kick by either team;
  • At a throw-in by the team in possession. If the team in possession substitutes, the opposing team may also substitute.

Limited substitutions may be made, with the referee’s permission, in case of stoppage of play for an injury or to replace a cautioned player.

  1. GAME AND SCORE REPORTING

Both home and away team coaches are responsible for reporting game scores and any yellow or red cards, as well as any ejections, to the appropriate Age Group Coordinator or on-site Field Marshall, if present.

In addition, the referee is responsible for reporting any yellow or red cards, as well as any ejections, to the SYA Referee Commissioner (refcommissioner@syasoccer.org or (571) 926-4448) and SYA Referee Assignor (cyasoceref@aol.com or (703) 789-6457).

Any player, coach, or spectator shown a red card and/or ejected from a game must receive approval from the appropriate SYA soccer authority(ies) before s/he can participate in any subsequent game (for example, the SYA House Commissioner, SYA Soccer President, SYA Soccer Vice President, and/or SYA Referee Commissioner). The appropriate Age Group Coordinator is responsible for facilitating this process.

  1. REFEREES

All U10 games will be assigned a single referee. All U11, U12 and U14 games will be assigned a 3-person referee crew. If requested by the referee, each team shall provide a club linesman.

All decisions by the referee shall be final. There will be no protests.


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