Tournament Dates February 25-26, 2022
Last Updated February 17, 2022
Vestavia Invitational Tournament Rules
GENERAL NOTES 2
PARENTS & COACHES 2
PARENT & COACH BEHAVIOR POLICY - ZERO TOLERANCE 2
STAFF MEMBERS ON BENCHES DURING GAMES 2
ROSTERING & PLAYER PASSES 2
Games and rostering 2
No double rostering players OR ‘player passing’ or ‘club passing’ in the tournament: 3
GAME PLAY NOTES 3
PETS AT COMPLEX 3
AGE AND ELIGIBILITY 3
ONLINE TEAM CHECK-IN 3
TEAM REQUIRED CREDENTIALS 3
RECREATIONAL TEAMS PLAYING CASL (ALABAMA) 3
OFFICIAL TEAM ROSTERS (FROM STATE ASSOCIATIONS): 4
SOCCER IN COLLEGE MULTI-GAME GAME CARD/ROSTER 4
GUEST PLAYERS 4
TRAVEL PERMITS 4
MEDICAL RELEASE FORMS 4
PLAYER I.D. CARDS 4
TEAM / PLAYER FIELD USAGE LIABILITY WAIVER 4
LAWS OF THE GAME 5
DURATION AND FORMAT OF GAMES 5
BUILD-OUT LINE FOR 7V7 - UPDATED FOR 2022 5
DIVISION CHAMPIONS 6
GAME DAY: PREGAME CHECK-IN PROCEDURES & GAME CARDS 6
EQUIPMENT & UNIFORMS 6
UNIFORM COLORS 6
RECREATIONAL TEAM UNIFORM NOTES 6
SCORING SYSTEM 7
TIE BREAKING PROCEDURES 7
Kicks from the Mark 7
Three-Way Ties 7
Use a coin toss to determine the first two opponents. 7
FAILURE TO SHOW & FORFEITS 8
INCLEMENT WEATHER 8
TOURNAMENT RULES INTERPRETATION AND REFUND OF ENTRY FEES 9
PARENTS & COACHES
- Parents are to sit on the same side as their own team
- Chairs will be a minimum of 12 feet from the sidelines.
- Players and families should bring their own chairs for seating.
PARENT & COACH BEHAVIOR POLICY - ZERO TOLERANCE
- All parents and coaches are to act respectfully to all others in the tournament including: all players, all parents, coaches, referees, and tournament officials, staff, and volunteers.
- Any parent or coach observed acting in a belligerent, threatening, screaming, yelling, finger-pointing, or any other misbehavior will be asked to leave the complexes at the discretion of the tournament officials and directors.
- In the event a parent or coach will not vacate facilities after being asked by tournament officials (referees, tournament volunteers, tournament staff, facility personnel), the police will be called to intervene and the involved individuals will be banned from attending the tournament for the remainder of the weekend.
- There is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy for aggressive / bullying behavior by any individuals at the tournament including the behavior outlined in the above section. This includes all participants, coaches, players, parents, fans, spectators, and anyone in attendance.
- We hope this is not a problem, but any person acting out of line will be asked to leave the facilities and face possible bans from the tournament - this is at the sole discretion of the tournament officials and is not protestable.
STAFF MEMBERS ON BENCHES DURING GAMES
- 2 Team staff members only allowed in the designated team technical area during matches (2 Coaches or 1 Coach + 1 Manager).
ROSTERING & PLAYER PASSES
- Player cards/passes are required during ONLINE check-in of all Academy/Competitive teams. Players cards may be asked to be presented by Coaches / Team Managers at any time - please bring to the fields and readily available if asked by tournament officials.
Games and rostering
- 11v11 teams can roster up to 22 players but may only dress 18 players for the games.
- No Academy or Competitive players are allowed on any recreational teams without the Tournament Directors approval
No double rostering players OR ‘player passing’ or ‘club passing’ in the tournament:
- Players cannot play on two teams during the tournament)
- Any teams that play a player on two teams during the tournament will forfeit ALL GAMES and will be disqualified from the tournament.
- There is no ‘Club Passing’ or ‘Player Passing’ during the tournament
GAME PLAY NOTES
- No Academy/Competitive level players allowed on Recreational Teams.
- There will be no ‘Crossover’ matches or divisions combining Recreational divisions with Academy/Competitive teams.
- Recreational teams are allowed to play in the Academy and Competitive divisions. However, there will be no Academy/Competitive teams allowed to play in Recreational Divisions.
PETS AT COMPLEX
- Liberty Park Soccer Complex - pets allowed on a leash
- Turf fields - no pets allowed
- If one team is subbing, the other team may substitute.
- Teams will substitute from their own sideline and from designated areas.
AGE AND ELIGIBILITY
Participation in the Tournament is open to accepted teams meeting the roster and age limit of the specified division. Players must have been born during, or after the divisional year. Each team must be registered with a National State Association affiliated with USSF, USYSA, US CLUB, SAY, and AYSO.
ONLINE TEAM CHECK-IN
- All teams are required to perform online check-in via the tournament website.
- There is no on-site check-in. See website for details.
TEAM REQUIRED CREDENTIALS
RECREATIONAL TEAMS PLAYING CASL (ALABAMA)
- CASL rosters from your regular season will be honored in the tournament.
- All players that played on the CASL team during the current season can play on the team for this tournament.
OFFICIAL TEAM ROSTERS (FROM STATE ASSOCIATIONS):
Each team must submit an affiliated league AYSO, USSF, USYS, US Club, CASL, etc. approved roster during Online Check-In.
SOCCER IN COLLEGE MULTI-GAME GAME CARD/ROSTER
The tournament will supply the game cards for the referees and use the multi-game game card issued by Soccer In College at the tournament website. Teams are required to update the information in SINC (this information auto-populates on your game card). No player will be allowed to play that is not on the tournament approved game card/roster. Please note Online Check-In deadlines on the tournament website.
Teams participating in the Tournament may have the following number of guest players (teams must have their states or league approval for guest players - does not apply to US Club teams):
- Guest player limits for 7v7 teams: 3 players
- Guest player limits for 9v9 teams: 4 players
- Guest player limits for 11v11 teams: 5 players
All teams with guest players must abide by State Association rules and submit appropriate paperwork for guest players.
- Even if teams are guest playing players from other teams within their own Club, the teams must get a ‘Tournament Roster’ or ‘Travel Roster’ from the State Association.
- This is required of all teams including Alabama teams: http://www.alsoccer.org/asa_administrative/forms/ (click on ‘Permission to Travel’)
Teams outside the jurisdiction of the Alabama Soccer Association must have travel permits. U.S. Club Soccer teams are not required to obtain a travel permit.
MEDICAL RELEASE FORMS
One Medical Release form for each player on the form provided by your state association or league must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and, if applicable, notarized.
PLAYER I.D. CARDS
- Player passes are NOT required for Recreational teams
- Player passes are required for Academy and Competitive teams
TEAM / PLAYER FIELD USAGE LIABILITY WAIVER
- Each team / player / family will need to sign the field usage liability waiver and turn in with all check in materials. See website for document (Vestavia Hills Soccer Club teams are excluded).
All the above listed documents are required for team registration and Online Check-In.
Please note that if a team checks in as a US Club team, all documentation must be US Club documents. If a team checks in as a state-affiliated team, all documentation must be state-affiliated documentation. Mixing and matching of documents is not permitted.
LAWS OF THE GAME
The Tourn. will follow USYS/FIFA Laws of the Game, except as expressly modified in these Rules.
DURATION AND FORMAT OF GAMES
The duration of tournament games shall be in accordance with the following table. There will be no over-time periods played at any time. Kicks from the Penalty Mark per FIFA Rules will determine winners in tie breaks, semi-final matches, wildcard games, and finals.
Dress for games
- No deliberate heading for 7v7 and 9v9 (U9-U12) matches: Academy, Competitive
- No punting allowed for Academy U9-U10 matches
- Build-out lines for 7v7 / U9-U10 Academy divisions* (Please read below for update)
- Please note that for 11v11 teams, teams may ROSTER 22, but only 18 are allowed to dress-out for each game.
NEW BUILD-OUT LINE FOR 7V7
New in 2022, the Build-Out line for all 7v7 matches will be the midfield line. Please see the diagram.
Division champions may be determined by points or by a final at the discretion of the Tournament.
1st and 2nd place teams in divisions will receive medals.
GAME DAY: PREGAME CHECK-IN PROCEDURES & GAME CARDS
Referees will check-in teams with tournament game cards and during equipment check. The tournament will provide all game cards for the games. It is vital that all documentation for teams be completed online during OLC. No players will be allowed to be ‘written in’ on any tournament game card roster.
EQUIPMENT & UNIFORMS
In accordance with FIFA, teams will wear uniforms and each player will have a unique number on his/her jersey.
- Home team is the team listed as home on the tournament website for the match and must provide acceptable game balls for the match.
- No jewelry allowed.
- Players wearing beads in their hair will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by tournament officials to determine the player’s eligibility and safety.
- If long sleeve shirts are worn they should match other players on the same team.
- The referee and tournament officials will be the final judge of allowable equipment including casts and medical wraps.
- No beads allowed in the hair.
- HOME TEAM - white or light-colored jerseys and uniforms
- VISITOR TEAM - dark or dark-colored jerseys and uniforms
- Teams not in accordance with tournament rules will be required to change jerseys.
RECREATIONAL TEAM UNIFORM NOTES
- If teams only have one jersey, the team in jersey color conflict will can wear pennies if needed
- Pennies/bibs are NOT provided by the tournament…
- If you only have one jersey, make sure to bring pennies to your games.
- #’s are required on all jerseys.
- #’s are NOT required on pennies if used.
Substitutions shall be unlimited and may be made with the referee’s consent at the following times:
- Players will sub from their respective sideline and from the designated substitution area.
- If one team is subbing, the other team may substitute.
- Prior to a throw-in for your team.
- Prior to a goal kick by either team.
- After a goal by either team.
- At half time.
- After an injury, only the injured player(s) and an equal number for the opposing team.
- For a cautioned player, only the cautioned player(s) and an equal number for the opposing team.
Division winners will be determined by the point system indicated. At the end of the preliminary round, the division winner shall be the team with the most points in their division. Division winners advance directly to the Finals. In some cases, semi-final and/or wild card games may be required. Each team will be awarded points as follows:
- 6 points for a win
- 3 points for a tie
- 0 points for a loss
- 1 point for a shutout
- 1 point per goal, up to a maximum of 3
Preliminary games decided by penalty kicks (e.g. for inclement weather) will be scored as 1-0 for points determination.
TIE BREAKING PROCEDURES
In the event of a tie within a division, the following criteria shall be used to determine the winner:
- Winner of head to head games
- Highest goal difference (goals for minus goals against) max. 3 per game
- Fewest goals allowed
- Most goals scored, max 3 per game
- Most Shutouts
- Kicks from the Penalty Mark
- Coin toss if tiebreak cannot be determined by Penalty Kicks.
Kicks from the Mark
- 7v7 and 9v9 Teams begin with 3 Kickers
- 11v11 Teams begin with 5 Kickers
If a three-way tie occurs, use Procedures 1-5 until one team emerges as the winner or one team is eliminated, whichever occurs first. In the latter instance, start again with Procedure 1 for the remaining two teams. If all three teams remain tied after Procedure 4 go to Procedure 5.
Use a coin toss to determine the first two opponents.
- The tournament official will designate the team officials/representatives and must flip the coin and allow it to hit the ground/grass/floor and settle on its own. The tournament official is to only flip the coin and not ‘catch’ the coin after flipping the coin, allowing the coin to hit the ground and settle without human interference.
- In the event the coin is caught or hits another person, the coin flip will be reflipped.
- The winner will then face the third team.
FAILURE TO SHOW & FORFEITS
Match time is forfeit time.
A minimum of 8 players constitutes a team for 11v11 teams. A minimum of 6 players constitutes a team for 9v9 teams. A minimum of 5 players constitutes a team for 7v7 teams. In no case shall a team, which forfeits a game, be declared a division winner or a wild card team. A forfeit in the preliminary round shall be awarded 10 points for the win to the opposing team and any other team that the forfeiting team has played or will play.
Deliberate forfeit means expulsion from the tournament.
A player or coach ejected from a match will be barred from further participation in that match and the next succeeding match for that team. For coaches with multiple team’s ejections are only for the team playing at the time of the ejection.
- An ejected coach must leave the facility/complex immediately.
- An ejected player must leave the field / field area and may not remain on the players’ bench. Players ejected for violent conduct must leave the facility/complex immediately.
- Failure for either coach or player to leave designated areas will result in a forfeited match and ban from the remainder of the tournament.
In the case of a red card, the coach or team official is to give the pass of the offender to the referee at the game. Referees will give the card to tournament officials and an official team representative may pick up the pass after the team’s next game. If a red card occurs in the last match for the team, teams must give the card during the game to the referee and can reacquire the pass after the match. Reports will be filed with the home state association.
- For games, all decisions of the referees are final.
- No protests are allowed.
- For the tournament, all decisions of the Tournament Committee are final.
In case of inclement weather, the Tournament Director will have the authority to change or cancel games. The following may occur, at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director:
- Relocation or rescheduling of any game(s).
- Changing the duration of the match(es).
- Canceling any preliminary game(s). Canceled matches may be decided by a shootout or a coin toss. In the event of a shootout or coin toss, the game will be scored 1-0 for points determination.
- If games are terminated by game or tournament officials before reaching halftime, the score will be entered 0-0.
- In games that are terminated at or after halftime, the score will stand as it is at the time of termination and be considered a completed match.
- I.E. If a game is played with a score of 2-1 at halftime and is terminated at halftime or after, the score will be entered 2-1 and considered a completed match.
- The Tournament Committee reserves the right to cancel any match or tournament if playing conditions dictate.
- The decisions of the Tournament Director are final and cannot be appealed or protested.
TOURNAMENT RULES INTERPRETATION AND REFUND OF ENTRY FEES
- The Tournament Committee interpretation of these rules is final.
- The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide and rule on all matters pertaining to the Tournament.
- There will be no refunds of tournament entry fees for any reason.