2019 Hero's Cup Tournament Rules

Mesquite, Nevada

Hosted by FC Mesquite Soccer Club

November 8th & 9th


Online registration is available on GotSoccer  https://www.gotsport.com/forms/app/?EventID=73793 

Director Contacts: 

Tournament Director- Lindy Hulet heroscupsoccer@gmail.com 

Asst. Director- Heidee Draney~ registrarfcm@gmail.com

Referee Assignor: Kariann Atkin~ kari@atkinfam.com

Treasurer: DeNae Rappleye ~ jaddesports@gmail.com

Team Size & Game Format per Age Division:

Age Group

Max Roster




Player format

Min Players

Ball Size

Game Length


Overtime (Playoffs)







2x20 Min

5 Min

5 Min







2x25 Min

5 Min

2x5 Min







2x30 Min

5 Min

2x10 Min







2x35 Min

5 Min

2x10 Min


Tournament Board reserves the right to accept or reject applications to provide the best level of play and balance of teams for the tournament.  A first received, first reserved space will be followed, however, if the board deems it necessary, they will accept other teams, based upon the above conditions and to complete brackets as optimal as possible.


1. No refund after the team has been accepted into the tournament, unless there is not an age appropriate bracket for your team to play in.

2. The Hero's Cup, its directors, and members do not assume any financial responsibility for any injury or illness or death occurring during and/or traveling to or from this tournament by any persons, player, coach, official, or spectator. No club/team is allowed to enter the competition without first having liability insurance.


We will start check-in on Thursday (11/7th) evening especially for locals (Southern Utah & Nevada)  Then starting at  6:00 am on Friday (11/8th) at the admin trailer at the Mesquite Sports Complex.   1635 World Champion Way, Mesquite, NV 89034

Please be sure to check in at least one hour before your first game.

Teams may be checked in by the coach, team manager or parent of the team.

Rosters will be frozen midnight 11/3/2019, and no additional players may be added.

No Double/Multi Roster of players, per UYSA rules. 

Items to Bring:

All Teams (except UYSA Teams) will also need:

Out of State Teams or Players:  (Not needed if you bring a UYSA rostered team)

No team, or player, shall play without proper travel authorization from your state, to include USYouth Soccer Application to Travel with the appropriate Approval signature, rosters, laminated player passes, and medical releases.


*Coaches are recommended to keep a Binder handy at all games to include the following.

  1. Official Tournament Roster - Copies of approved Tournament Roster printed from GotSoccer or UYSA Affinity program. Out of state teams will need to provide a certified roster from their registrar.
  2. Participant Club Registration Form - A copy of each player's UYSA/USYSA signed, in two places, registration form. Player will not be medically treated without signed medical and risk release.
  3. Player Card - A coach MUST have a current player card for each player and coach unless your league uses the Affinity roster with pictures. The referee will want to see it.

Concussion Information Sheet - Checklist for coaches, parents, and youths. Having it handy will prove beneficial.

FIFA Laws/Rules for the game shall apply as modified by USYSA and UYSA as described herein.

REMINDERS: Please take a moment to review the following information and share with your teams, coaches, managers, parents, and players so we can all help to make the tournament competitive, fun and SAFE.


Signs and Symptoms http://www.utahyouthsoccer.net/UserFiles/file/UYSA%202013%20CONCUSSION%20POLICYfinal.pdf

Utah Law H.B. 204    http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/hbillenr/hb0204.pdf

Fans/Parent Conduct


Bracketing Format:  

Bracketing of teams, ideally in groups of four, will be determined by the tournament committee/Scheduler. Scheduler looks at team league records, the strength of team and matches teams for best possible competition. No appeals of the tournament bracketing will be allowed. All teams are guaranteed three games, with the two top teams in the age division playing a championship match.

Four Team Divisions (Ideal Bracket) - Four teams play three round-robin games, the top two advance to a championship.  Depending on registration, it is possible that age/gender groups may be combined, if less than four teams in one bracket those teams will be given the opportunity to play up or have a team from a lower bracket play up to complete the bracket, coach approval required and player age rule compliance. If teams elect not to play in a bracket with teams from a different age/gender group they can ask for a full refund.

Five Team Divisions - Each team plays all other teams in the division for a total of four games. Champion and Finalist determined by most and second-most points earned. No semi-finals and no-finals.

Six Team Divisions - Teams are split into two brackets of three (3) teams. Teams will cross over and play each team in the opposite bracket for a total of three games. The two teams, irrespective of group, with the highest points will advance to the Final game to determine the Champion.

Seven team Division - Each team plays two (2) matches, and then teams are seeded one through seven (1-7) based on total points earned in the first two matches. For the third game, the second-seeded team plays the seventh-seeded team, three vs. six and four vs. five. The top seed gets a bye into the semi-finals. Winners of the play-in games go to the semi-finals. Winners of semi-finals meet in the Championship. In this type of Division, a team could lose its first two games and still have a chance at winning the Championship.

Eight Team Divisions - Two brackets, Gold / Silver. Championship game for each bracket.


First and second place awards in each division U9 - U18. A trophy will be awarded to the winning team and medals will be awarded to both 1st and 2nd place teams.

Awards Ceremony

Immediately following the Championship/Final game on the stage in front of Field #3.

Determining Winners:

Teams will be awarded points in pool play as follows:

.        Three (3) points for each win.

.        One (1) point for tie awarded to each team.  

.        Zero (0) points for each loss.

.        A forfeit is scored as a 0-1 loss, three (3) points awarded to the opponent.

All game results will be posted on the GotSoccer website soon after the match, once the referee has provided the Field Marshal with the game report.  Scores will not be accepted from players, coaches, or spectators.

Tie Breaker:  In the event of a tie, between two or more teams, at the end of the preliminary play, the winner(s) will be determined in the order as follows, by continuing down the list, in its entirety, for all teams involved:

  1. The winner in head-to-head competition (where applicable).
  2. Goals For, up to four.
  3. Goal differential - Highest goal difference (goals for minus goals against) with a maximum of four (4) goals difference per game counted both for and against.
  4. FIFA kicks from the penalty mark will be taken. (If three teams remain tied, a coin toss will take place between the three teams, the two tying teams in coin toss will do PK's and the winner of those two will do PK's against the third team).

Home Team:           

The home team will be the team listed first on the game schedule. The home team will be responsible for providing 3 game balls.  The home team will be required to switch to alternate jerseys to accommodate the color conflict as declared by the referees.  All teams must have alternate jerseys. The home team will have a selection of the side of the field for its team and spectators.

Forfeits and Byes:

A team that fails to report ready to play within 5 minutes of the scheduled kick-off time will forfeit the game; they will also forfeit their remaining games. The game will be scored, 0-1, the other team will be awarded 3 points.


No protests will be allowed or considered. The Head Referee of the match will resolve any player age disputes if brought to his/her attention prior to or during the match. Any further disputes, whether of a game, player, coach or schedule, shall be settled by the Tournament Director. That decision shall be final.

Duration of games, Overtime, Ball Size, and other information are as follows:

U9 - U10

Pool play 20-minute halves. Size 4 Ball.

Final game 25-minute halves. 10 minutes of overtime for ties, then PK's

U11 - 12

Pool play 25-minute halves. Size 4 Ball.

Final game 30-minute halves. 10 minutes of overtime for ties, then PK's.

U13 - U16

Pool play 30-minute halves. Size 5 Ball.

Final game 35-minute halves. 10 minutes of overtime for ties, then PK's.

U17 - U19

Pool play 35-minute halves. Size 5 Ball.

Final game 40-minute halves. 10 minutes of overtime for ties, then PK's.

No overtime periods will be played in preliminary rounds.

Half-time for all pool games will be 5 minutes. Championship games will have 10-minute halftime.

Team & Fan seating:

Teams and their fans will sit on the same side of the field.

Suspended Games:

The referee can suspend or terminate a game for misconduct or safety concerns regarding weather conditions. Games may be canceled, by request from the tournament director, UYSA, facility, and city due to weather. There will be NO REFUNDS.


All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their player, substitutes, friends, and spectators at all times.  Coaching from the sidelines is permitted provided:

1.    No mechanical devices are used

2.    The tone of voice is instructive and not derogatory

3.    No coach, player or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner disruptive or abusive behavior

Cautions and Ejections:

ZERO TOLERANCE is enforced. A player who has been ejected shall not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.  Any player or coach who assaults a referee, field marshall or tournament official will be expelled from the tournament, and the proper legal authorities may be contacted. The Tournament Director/committee will eject players, coaches or spectators from the tournament for any behavior they deem inappropriate. Cards can be issued to coaches for unruly spectators and coaches can be ejected from the game.  Unruly spectators will be asked to leave the premises. Failure to comply may cause a team to forfeit the games.

Injury and/or Delay:

Any conditions resulting in delays of the game may cause shortening of the game in order to maintain the tournament schedule.

Retrieval of Player's cards due to Red Cards:

It is every coach's responsibility to retrieve his/her player's card which had been pulled due to a red card being given. The player cards may be retrieved from the Tournament Director before the end of the last game played of the Tournament.  All leftover player cards will be sent to the UYSA office; the coach must retrieve the card from there.

Dangerous Weather/Field Conditions:

In case of dangerous weather or field conditions, games may:

1.       Be shortened

2.       Go to FIFA kicks from the mark

3.       Be canceled

Good luck everyone, see you soon.

Lindy Hulet, Tournament Director

Heidee Draney, Assistant Tournament Director

*There is a possibility that games will be played at various fields in the Mesquite area, this is dependant on total team registrations and the need for additional fields:

Tournament Directors will be located at the Mesquite Sports Complex - 1635 World Champion Way Mesquite, NV 89027     *Please see the list of possible VENUES below

*VENUES to be used during tournament:

Mesquite Sports Complex - 1635 World Champion Way Mesquite, NV 89027

                                    Fields #1, 2, 3, 4a, 4b, 5a & 5b

Mesquite Recreation Center – 100 Old Mill Road, Mesquite, NV 89027

Rising Star Sports Ranch – 333 N Sandhill Blvd Mesquite, NV 89027

Bunkerville Soccer Field – 190 Virgin Street Bunkerville, NV 89007  

Bunkerville Town Park - 190 Virgin Street Bunkerville, NV  89007

Woodbury Field – 200 Woodbury Lane Mesquite, NV 89027

Beaver Dam High School - 3475 E Rio Virgin Rd, Littlefield, AZ 86432

Others not being used in 2019

Hunter Sports Park – 500 E Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, NV 89027

Old Mill Park – 50 West Old Mill Road, Mesquite, NV 89027

Hafen Lane Park – 450 W Hafen Lane, Mesquite, NV 89027

Charles Arthur Hughes Middle School - 550 Hafen Ln, Mesquite, NV 89027