Rules & Credentials
Teams will play in age brackets for the 2021-2022 season. Teams must provide properly laminated player passes for either 2020-2021 or 2021-2022, and properly signed medical release/registration forms. Players without a valid laminated players pass will not be allowed to participate.
USYSA teams from outside the CYSA-South region 4 with borrowed players must have properly completed loan papers or the player(s) will not be allowed to participate. Same applies to US Club Soccer teams.
All player passes must be given to the referee prior to each game.
USYSA teams from outside CYSA-S region 4 must have properly processed travel papers from their state association. Any team without proper travel papers will not be allowed to play. Same applies to US Club Soccer teams.
Coaches from CYSA-South teams must have a registration/risk management card for their team. They will be checked prior to each game. Same applies to US Club Soccer registered coaches.
All players must have medical release forms signed and completely filled out.
Mandatory check-in on Saturday 1 hour prior to teams 1st game of the tournament. LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED and WILL BE EMAILED TO MANAGER AND COACH.
For all subsequent games, the team will check in with the Field Marshall 30 minutes prior to the next game.
All player, coach and administrator cards and paper work must be presented at Saturday check in. The Tournament Director will resolve any situation not explicitly covered by the rules.
All games will be played by FIFA rules except as modified by USYSA and CYSA-S.
All game will be considered final. No protest will be allowed.
The Tournament Director will resolve any situation not explicitly covered by the rules.
HOME TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES
The HOME team is listed first on the game schedule.
The home team may choose on which side of the field they will stand and must provide game balls. In the event of a uniform (jersey) color conflict, the home team will change jersey color.
Home team will have choice of direction.
Visitors will kick-off.
Opposing teams must sit on same side of field, across from their team’s bench and must not move to the other side of the center line after half time.
Where there are adjacent fields and sidelines less than five yards apart, spectators shall stand on opposing sides of the centerline.
In all cases spectator and team seating will allow the referee’s assistants clear run views of all touch
lines by staying behind the spectator line (5 yards from the touch line).
CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS
Players or coaches receiving a RED card (2 yellow cards in one game = 1 red card) will be ejected from that game, shall not be replaced, AND shall not be allowed to participate in the NEXT GAME.
For flagrant violations, longer suspensions may be enforced based on mandatory review by
the Tournament Director. The tournament Director may institute harsh penalties for Red Cards, up to and including elimination of a team from the tournament.
Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their fans and parents.
Teams that are short a player(s) due to red card ejection will also play any overtime short a player(s).
Player/coach cards for those ejected will be available from the field marshal after the team’s last
scheduled game except for an ejection due to a flagrant violation.
Substitutions may be made only with the consent of the referee, at the following times:
Any stoppage in play at the referee’s discretion.
Team failing to report, ready to play, at the scheduled kickoff time, or home team failing to change to an alternate jersey when required, will result in the forfeiture of the game by a 1-0 score.
If both teams fail to appear at the scheduled kickoff time, each team will receive 0 points.
Teams forfeiting their first game will be assumed to forfeit all of their games unless they contact tournament headquarters at least 3 hours prior to their subsequent games.
There will be no grace period.
LINE UP CARDS
Team managers are responsible for delivering and collecting all lineup cards to/from the referee.
Team managers and/or coaches will be given, and are responsible for transporting their lineup cards and player passes when moving to a second field.
U-9 & U10 7 v 7 Rules:
Maximum number of players on the field at any one time is eight (7) – one of who shall be a goalkeeper. Ball will be size four (4).
Younger (all 7v7 games) Playing Rules:
There will be a build out line.
Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the GK can pass, throw or roll ball into play.
Punts and drop kicks are not allowed.
Offside will be called within goal line and build out line.
Direct / indirect kicks will be taken as usual (goals can be scored only from direct kick).
Headers are not allowed.
All games will have one referee assigned to them.
9v9 Small-Sided Games:
All Small sided games will have 1 referee for all games including Finals.
All players are required to use shin guards. No Shin Guards = No Play.
No refunds approved after July 18, 2020 deadline. Full refund if tournament is cancelled due to COVID-19.
No field player may be registered and play for more than ONE team participating in Copa Americna 2021.
Any team caught trying to do this faces forfeiting all of their matches AND forfeits any kind of refund. Exception is ONLY for a Keeper. A Keeper can play for a second team, from the same club, if that team doesn’t have a Keeper OR their Keeper was injured during a game at Copa Americana 2021.
FORMAT OF PLAY
In some cases, pool play is followed by single-elimination leading to a championship round.
Age Pool Play & Semi-Final Halves 2014-2012 25 Minutes 2011-2009 30 Minutes 2008-2003 35 Minutes
ALL Finals will go to Kicks from the Mark if tied at the end of regulation.
Duration of Match
There will be a running clock for all games, except for the finals and possibly for injuries where professional medical assistance is required.
In final games injury time may be added at the option of tournament officials.
All preliminary games shall terminate 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game regardless of the amount of time played in the half up to that point and may be shortened if needed as per tournament director.
Standings will be determined by points awarded, as follows:
1. 3 points for each win
2. 1 point for tie
3. 0 point for loss
Forfeits equals a 1-0 win for opponent
Ties in standings will be resolved, as follows:
1. Winner head-to head competition; in case of 3-way tie, head to head is never used and move directly to tie breaker number 2.
2. Least goals allowed;
3. The goal differential – difference between goals scored and goals allowed (maximum of 4 per game);
4. Most shutouts;
5. Most goals scored;
If required, to determine advancement to semi-final or final games, FIFA penalty kicks will be held 15 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled game unless a more reasonable time can be agreed upon by both teams and/or tournament director.
In the event of adverse weather, refund amount, if any, will be determined by the Tournament Committee.
We will be observing the most current CDC and County Covid 19 related guidelines.