INNER CITY SOCCER -  Tournament Rules - Updated Nov-2018

PLAYER REGISTRATION: All players must be registered on their teams' registration form before the tournament begins. Any team or player determined by the event director to have falsified age or skill level will be dismissed from the tournament. All players must carry proof of age, ie: player pass, driver’s license or birth certificate.

ROSTERS: All rosters are final upon completion of the team's second game.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: The maximum number of players on a team will be determined in the tournament's offcial website.  It should be either 5, 7, 9 or 11.

GENDER: No males will be allowed to participate in any female divisions, except co-ed division. Females CAN play in male divisions. Co-ed division must have at least one female on the field at all times.

EQUIPMENT: All players must wear shin guards. Any player without shin guards will not be allowed to play. Teams are responsible for providing game balls. Preferred Ball Size for Under-8 and younger= #3; Under-09 to Under-12= #4; Under-13 and up = #5. In the event that age divisions are combined, the teams should use the older division’s ball size.

FIELD DIMENSIONS: They will be specify by STYSA regulations, except in 5v5, which is stipulated in the 5v5 rules section.

GAME DURATION: This will be determined in the tournament's offial website. Pool games tied after regulation play shall end in a tie. Playoff games cannot end tied.

OFFSIDE:  There are no offside in 5v5 games,  There are offisde for the rest of the games.

HEADING:  It will be permitted for all age groups.

PLAYOFF OVERTIME: There will no be additional time in games where a winner must be determined.  The game will go directly into penalty kicks if there is tie at end of regular time.  In games of 5v5, 7v7 and 9v9 the winner will be determined by 3 penalty kicks.   In 11v11 games, the game will go 5 penalty kicks.

SCORING (IN POOL PLAY): 3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss. FORFEITS: A forfeit is scored as 3-0

TIEBREAKERS: In pool play, ties between two or more teams will be broken by; 1)  points;2)goal difference in pool play; 3) most goals scored for in pool play; 4) head to head results between tied teams; 5) coin flip.

FIVE YARD RULE: In all dead ball situations, defending players must stand five yards away from the ball. If the defensive player's goal area is closer than five yards, the ball is placed five yards from the goal area in line with the place of the penalty.

PLAYER EJECTION (YELLOW/RED CARD): Referees have the right to eject a player from the game for continual disobedience or as a result of an incident that warrants sending the player off. RED CARD suspension = Rest of game PLUS next game. Tournament Director may eject player for rest of tournament.

FORFEITS: A forfeit shall be scored as 3-0.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Players, coaches and spectators are expected to act in the nature of good sportsmanship at all times. Abuse of the referees will not be tolerated. Any instance of such conduct will disqualify the responsible team from the event.