Playing Rules

Elk Grove Soccer Kick Off Classic

Members of the Tournament Committee or Field Marshals may answer questions during the tournament.

The Tournament Committee has the authority to rule on any situation not covered by these rules.

Rules of play:   Age Groups will be for the 2017-2018 season. FIFA rules will apply unless noted below. It is the understanding of this tournament committee that all teams, including all players, coaches, spectators, and officials, will participate in the spirit of FAIR PLAY and will conduct themselves in accordance with the Tournament Rules.

Tournament Format:  All teams will be guaranteed 3 matches and there will be a final match within each division. 

Protests:  Protests will not be allowed. The decision of the Referee, Field Marshall, and the Tournament Director shall be final. All games will be considered final. Disputes will be handled by the tournament committee and tournament director. Referee decisions may NOT be disputed.

Mandatory Online Check In GotSoccer

Teams are required to check- in at the field 30 minutes prior to game time.  

Credentials: Laminated US Club or CYSA player ID cards or USYSA equivalent will be required {all cards MUST be valid and not expired}.  No mixing of passes.  No additional insurance is required for non-CalNorth teams. PLAYERS MAY ONLY PLAY FOR ONE TEAM DURING THE TOURNAMENT, regardless of their club affiliation.  This includes various age groups.  TEAMS IN VIOLATION OF THIS MAY FORFEIT MATCHES.

Medical Release:  All players must have signed US Club, CYSA, or AYSO medical authorization form.  Each form MUST include a parent’s signature.  

Roster Size: U9-U14 age group teams may register a maximum of 18 players.  

Guest Players: A team may use up to 7  guest players, but any team utilizing guest players is still limited to the stated maximum roster size.

Players Age Group: Teams will play in their 2017/2018 Age Groups – Birth Year Designations

GotSoccer Rosters:   All players are to be entered on the teams GotSoccer roster by Wednesday, May 23rd by 5pm.  There will be no manual input on game cards.

Game Cards:  Will be provided by the tournament.    No players may be manually input to the  game card/roster.

Player’s Credentials and Equipment: The referee has the final determination as to the safety of each player’s equipment. All players are required to use shin guards. No rings, chains, watches, metal objects, jewelry, or headbands may be worn. Player picture identification cards are to be present and available at all matches.

Identification cards are required to be checked by the referee prior to each match  The shirt number of each player must be the same as the player’s shirt number on the game card or roster.

Game Start: Teams must report to the Field Marshal prior to the scheduled game’s start time as described previously. If a team has not reported to the field, ready to play within 5 minutes of the scheduled game time, the game will be forfeited to the team who checked in and was ready at game start.

Home Team: The home team appears first on the match schedule.  Home team will wear dark color jersey and will be required to switch to an alternate jersey, if the referee declares color conflict.

Game Balls:  Home Team shall supply 3 game balls for the game.  All balls shall be FIFA approved balls size 4 for U9 – U12, and size 5 for U13-U14.  The match ball is subject to referee approval.

Equipment:  No Jewelry. Casts are not allowed in tournament.  Mandatory that all players wear shin guards. No alcohol permitted at the tournament. No smoking. No animals (Dogs)

Cautions & Ejection’s:  A player or coach receiving two (2) yellow cards in a single game is considered to have received an ejection (red card). Ejected players or coaches may not be replaced in the current game and shall serve a minimum of one game suspension at their next game played. For flagrant violations, longer suspension or additional disciplinary action may be enforced based on mandatory review of the Tournament Director. The tournament director will hold ID cards of the player or coach until suspensions are served. Suspended coaches cannot be on the same sideline as the team with no communication of any manner. Players may sit with the team but may not be in uniform. Suspended Coaches must be “Out of Sight & Sound of the Field”.  PLEASE NOTE, UNDER FIFA and US CLUB TOURNAMENT Sanctioning Rules, Red Cards can NOT be appealed.  All sending offs are a mandatory 1 game suspension.  If a player or coach is suspended beyond 1 match, that ban may be appealed.  The one game suspension is mandatory and may not be appealed.

Suspended Games: If, in the opinion of game officials, a game must be terminated due to misconduct of players, bench or spectators, the offending team could be suspended from further play and forfeit all points and position previously earned. Additionally, the home league and state association will be contacted as appropriate.

Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions allowed in all age group. However, teams may substitute only with the referee’s permission. Substitutes must wait on the sideline (off of the field of play) until the field player has left the field of play and/or the referee has indicated the substitute may enter the field of play. Substitutions are allowed only at the following times (including over-times):

 Substitutions by either Team are allowed at any stoppage of play with the permission of the referee. Referees will be instructed not to allow substitutions that are deemed “excessive” or of a “time wasting” nature.  Please be respectful of the integrity of the game and do not use the free substitution rules as a means to disrupt the match.

NO HEADING RULE: In accordance with U.S. Soccer guidelines and intent, is implementing the following rules for heading:

1) No heading for players U11 and younger in games - this applies to all the 7v7 and 9v9 format games. The 11v11 matches (04, 05, 06 age groups) will be allowed to head the ball..

2) When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. However, if a player deliberately heads a ball within their goal area, the indirect free kick by the attacking team should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.

Injury Time:  Referees will be instructed NOT to add time to a game except in the most extenuating of circumstances.  

Forfeitures & Byes:  Games not played will be classified as “Forfeits & Byes”. Teams failing to report ready to play within Five (5) minutes of scheduled kick-off time forfeit that game. All teams who forfeit will have the game scored 0-3 loss. The winner will be awarded maximum tournament points for a win (10).

Disputes:  Tournament Committee will handle all disputes that are non-referee decisions and make all final decisions.

Decisions by referees may not be appealed and any decision on a dispute will be final and may not be appealed.

Playing Times:  Play will be based on halves as specified below:





Final & Consolation



2x25 Min Halves

 2x25 Min Halves

2x25 Min Halves



2x25 Min Halves

 2x25 Min Halves

2x30 Min Halves



2x30 Min Halves

2x30 Min Halves

2x35 Min Halves

Games decided in overtime will not be “golden goal.”   If match is tied, game will be decided by penalty kicks.  Over time games will only be played for championship games.   Group matches will end in a draw.

All teams will be scheduled for a minimum of 3 games.

A match is “complete” upon completion of one half of play regardless of the circumstances of termination during the second half with final results based on the score at termination.

Half-time: Half-time will be exactly five (5) minutes. Please help officials with this request.

-         1 point for a shutout
·         0 points for both teams if both teams forfeit

Tie Breakers: If teams have the same number of points at the end of pool play and this affects placement in later games, ties will be resolved using these criteria in the order shown below:

1.     Head-to-head competition results
3.     Goal differential (goals scored less goals allowed) with a maximum of 4 GD per game
4.     Most goals scored  (up to 6 per game allowed)
5.     Fewest goals allowed
6.     Most total shutouts
7.     Fewest red card ejections
8.     If both teams are present at the field when the tie is determined - Penalty kicks as described by FIFA 
       until a winner is determined.
9.     Coin toss by the Tournament Director or member of the Tournament Committee at Tournament 

Match and Scoring Reporting: The referee shall submit the game card that includes the match result, cautions and ejections to the field marshal. Scores will be reported immediately after the conclusion of the game.

Acts of GodRain or other weather conditions during the tournament shall not delay play unless the referee determines the field to be unsafe for play.  If games cannot be played due to rain, sprinklers, weather, or other Acts of God there will be no refund of fees.

Tournament Cancellation: Tournament can be cancelled due to inclement weather, acts of civil disobedience, war, and destruction of facilities or other circumstances deemed by the Tournament Committee to be beyond the control of the hosting club.

Refund Policy:  There will be no refunds for teams withdrawing after their acceptance into the tournament.