REC TOURNAMENT RULES SALINE-Winning-ColoredFull-WEB.png

Updated June 2018

Questions during the tournament should be directed to Carol Paszkiewicz Director of Rec Soccer, at 734-945-9711.  These rules should be considered complementary, where not explicitly stated, to the existing Saline FC Rec League Rules.  

Gameplay Details:

Length of Games:

Ball:

Substitutions: Must be made from the centerline, and are unlimited; however they can be made only at the following times and under the following conditions:

Protests: No protest or appeals will be allowed.  In all cases, the ruling of the referee is final.

Ejections:

Rule Changes: FIFA laws will apply to all games unless otherwise specified within these tournament rules.

All starting kicks, restarts and Free Kicks are indirect; opponents must be at least 8 yards from the ball at the time of the kick. Penalty Kicks are direct kicks and the ball is to be spotted at least 8 yards from the center of the goal line. Goalkeepers may distribute the ball the entire length of the field including directly into the opponent’s penalty area.

Game Clock: The game clock will not be stopped because of an injury to any player unless, at the discretion of the referee, the injured player must be removed from the field by medical personnel.  Due to the time allowed for completion of all games, the clock runs continuously.

Results:  Results from each game will be updated on the tournament brackets posted at the Tournament headquarters.  Each coach is responsible for ensuring they understand the double-elimination format and when and where their next game will take place.  

Group vs. Double-Elimination Format

For the Group Formats (U8 Boys, U8 Girls, U10 Boys):

Division of 8: Two groups of four teams. Each team will play three games within the group.  Wins count for 3 points, ties for 1 point, and losses for 0. The group winners will play for the championship

Division of 6: Two groups of three teams.  Each team will play three games within the group.  Wins count for 3 points, ties for 1 point, and losses for 0.  The group winners will play for the championship.

Teams will be ranked in order of points earned for wins and ties (3 points for each win, 1 point for each tie, 0 points for each loss). Among teams with the same number of points, final placing will be determined by the following tie-breaker rules which will be applied in the order outlined below.

  1. First Tie Breaker: Head to head (not applicable if the tie involves 3 or more teams)
  2. Second Tie Breaker: Goal differential (subtract total goals allowed from total goals scored [maximum 3 per game])
  3. Third Tie Breaker: Goals against (fewest goals allowed)
  4. Fourth Tie Breaker: Goals scored (most goals scored [maximum 5 per game])
  5. Fifth Tie Breaker: Penalty kicks (Tournament Committee will determine time and field location)

Ties: In the group stage, ties are scored as one point if the teams are tied at the end of regulation.  During the group stage, no overtime will be played.  In the championship game, if two teams are tied at the end of the game, one (5) minute overtime periods will be played.  Overtime periods will be played to completion, Golden Goal or Silver Goals are not permitted. If the game is still tied, penalty kicks will be taken according to FIFA rules to decide the game.

For the Double-Elimination Brackets (U10 Girls, U12, Open):

Ties: If two teams are tied at the end of the game, one (5) minute overtime periods will be played.  Overtime periods will be played to completion, Golden Goal or Silver Goals are not permitted. If the game is still tied, penalty kicks will be taken according to FIFA rules to decide the game.

Tournament Logistics:

Tournament Check-in:  All teams (Coach or Manager only) are required to Check-in for the tournament at the headquarters pavilion on the north end of the field before their first game.  

Game Check-In/Check-Out: Teams must be at the field 10 minutes prior to the game ready to play for all subsequent games.  

Teams and Coaches will be stationed on the side of the field opposite the spectators.

Forfeits: A maximum 5-minute grace period will be allowed after scheduled kick-off time before the game is awarded to an opponent.  A team that is responsible for a forfeit may not advance in the tournament. In U8 through U10 games, 5 players constitute a team.  For U12 and Open, 7 players constitute a team.

Inclement Weather: Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams MUST appear on the field of play, ready to play as scheduled.  Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the game.  Only referees and/or Tournament Director can cancel or postpone a game.  If games are canceled due to dangerous weather, the Director of Rec will communicate plans for a makeup for the tournament, if any, including the option of holding a modified tournament in single elimination format.  

Inclement weather during game: Should a game’s progress be terminated due to weather conditions after 20 minutes of play, the game will be considered official and the score at that time will stand.

The Director of Recreational Soccer reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the Tournament and judgment is final.