JTS Tournament Rules
Tournament Directors: Simon Lacon / Carey Talley
Mike Rose Soccer Complex
9000 E Shelby Dr
Memphis, TN 38125
(901) 751 4223
On Saturday and Sunday, "Soccer Central" will be located at the Mike Rose Stadium conference room.
ALL Teams will be required to check-in “online” (specific instructions will be emailed), and then again 15 minutes prior to their first game with the referee. THE TOURNAMENT WILL NOT BE PROVIDING APPROVED ROSTERS, YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN STATE APPROVED ROSTER OR GOTSOCCER ROSTER. This USYSA sanctioned event is based on birth-year age groups as mandated by USSF. For more information please visit: https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/us_youth_soccer_statement_on_us_soccer%E2%80%99s_birth-year_registration_mandate/
A. USYSA Teams
USYSA affiliated teams must provide 2019-2020 player cards, have four (4) copies of your approved 2019-2020 team roster (a copy of your roster must be handed to the referee at each game you play) with player uniform numbers, as well as medical releases (out of state medical releases are acceptable) for each player. Out of state USYSA teams must submit an approved USYSA travel permit. Guest Players must have a state or US Club approved player card.
B. US Club, USSS, & AYSO Teams
US Club , USSS, & AYSO affiliated teams must provide 2019-2020 player cards, have four (4) copies of your approved 2019-2020 team roster (a copy of your roster must be handed to the referee at each game you play)with player uniform numbers, and medical releases (out of state medical releases are acceptable) for each player. Guest Players must have a US Club or State approved player card.
C. International Teams
For a team coming from a CONCACAF nation, they must provide five (5) copies of a tournament roster (1 roster will be handed in at check-in and the other 4 will be kept by team manager for each game) with player uniform numbers, approved by their Provincial or National Association as well as medical releases for each player. Furthermore:
D. All Teams
Up to five (5) guest players are allowed. Teams or players will not be allowed to participate without approved paperwork. Validated rosters will be required prior to participating in any match. No player will be allowed to register with more than one team or switch from one team to another during the tournament.
Laws of the Game: All games shall be played in accordance with FIFA Laws, except as specifically modified by these rules.
Duration of Games: The duration of tournament games shall be in accordance with the following:
O/T Semis & Finals
2 x 25 min
2 x 25 min
2 x 30 min
2 x 30 min
2 x 35 min
2 x 40 min
Kickoff will be the scheduled time unless games are delayed. Each team must be ready to play at the scheduled time or immediately after the conclusion of the previous match as determined by the referee. Any team not ready to play with a minimum of seven (7) players for 11v11 is subject to forfeiture of the match (no grace period).
Field and Game Equipment:
All players on a team will wear identical uniforms (Shirts, shorts and socks), with the exception of the goalkeeper who must wear colors which distinguish them from the other players on the field of play. Player numbers must be affixed to the backs of the uniform shirts and no duplicate numbers are allowed on a team. Shirts will be tucked in at the start of play. The Home and Away team will be posted on the game schedule. The Home team will be required to wear light colored jerseys. The Away (or Visiting) team must wear dark colored jerseys. In case of a conflict of uniform colors, the team not complying will be responsible for changing to a different color acceptable to the Center Referee. Each team must be able to present a game ball to the referee prior to the start of each game. Hard cast, when allowed by the Center Referee, must be padded. Shin guards are mandatory for all matches.
Substitutions: There are unlimited (free) substitutions for all age groups. Players may be substituted with the consent of the referee at the following times:
Game and Score reporting:
Tie-Breakers: To determine Finalists, if necessary:
Please be advised that the GotSoccer scoring software has been known to misapply the official Tournament tiebreakers under the STANDINGS & RESULTS link. The schedule will, however, will always accurately reflect the advancing team.
Failure to Show and Forfeits:
Any player receiving a red card will be removed from the immediate game and will be suspended for the next game. Players that are sent off will serve their suspension away from the bench. A second red card on the same player will result in the player being removed from any further participation in the tournament. Any coach guilty of a sending off offense will be removed from the immediate game and will be suspended for the next game. Coaches that are sent off will serve their suspension away from the bench and will not attempt to coach the team, thereafter, by any means, directly or indirectly. A second red card on the same coach will result in the coach being removed from any further participation in the tournament. All Red Cards will be reported to the appropriate State Association. The team coach is responsible for all actions of physical and verbal abuse towards referees by their teams and spectators. Such abuse will not be tolerated. Violation may result in forfeiture of the game and/or expulsion from the bench and field of play.
Protests & Matters not provided for:
THERE WILL BE NO PROTESTS ALLOWED The JTS Tournament is hosted by Mike Rose Soccer Complex (MRSC), 9000 E Shelby Dr, Memphis, TN 38125. MRSC is a member of Tennessee State Soccer Association Soccer, the National State Association (NSA) of Tennessee for the US Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) an affiliate of the US Soccer Federation (USSF). No Protests are allowed. Any situation or questions on rules of competition not covered herein will be governed by TN Soccer, USYSA, USSF and FIFA Administrative rules, in that order. Any matters not provided for in Tournament Rules or TN Soccer, USYSA, USSF or FIFA rules shall be determined by the Tournament Director, whose decisions will be final.
All participants and spectators must abide by the MRSC Complex rules. Visit the complex web site at www.gomrsc.com for details. Consumption of alcohol is not allowed and smoking is not allowed by/within the white fences surrounding the fields.
Playing conditions & Weather Policy:
In case of adverse/inclement weather or unplayable field conditions the Mike Rose Soccer Complex reserves the right to any of the following actions:
7v7 Small-Sided Games
Goal Sizes: 6.5 x 18.5 feet (this is the same as before) and conforms to TNSoccer and USSF Initiatives.
Field Size: 55yds x 35yds (this is the same as before) and conforms to TNSoccer and USSF Initiatives.
NEW!! – BUILD OUT LINES: A build out line will be painted on each side of the 7v7 fields, from sideline to sideline. This line will be set at 20yds from the goal line. This line is required for 7v7 play at the U9, & U10 age groups. The minimum distance is 14yds from the goal line and the maximum distance is the half way line, we have chosen to split the difference between the penalty area and the half way line. The build out line is used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an unpressured setting.
HOW DOES THIS BUILD OUT LINE WORK? When the GK catches the ball and has possession in hands the opposing team must drop behind this line (between build out line and halfway line or further). When played out or dropped into play at the GK feet the opponent may again play freely. On a goal keeper save (through the run of play) the players on the opposing team, need to go behind the build out line (between build out line and halfway line or further) to allow/permit the goalkeeper to play the ball wide to their teammates or to play to himself before the opponent may make play on the ball. As soon as the ball is in play to teammate or self, the opponent is free to engage regardless of where they are. For example, if the GK chooses to restart quickly and the opponent has not made it back to the build out line they need not run all the way back. They may immediately engage the ball due to the quick restart of play.
GOAL-KICK: On a goal kick all players for the opposing team need to be behind the build out line (between build out line and halfway line or further) before the kick is taken. GK teammates do NOT need to be behind the build out line. Keepers may choose to do a short or long goal kick as it pertains to the normal rules of play. i.e their goal kick may go beyond the build out line with no infraction. Furthermore, Keepers may choose to restart quickly even if the opponent has not made it all the way back to the build out line. Opponents may immediately engage the ball due to the quick restart of play.
BALL IN KEEPERS HANDS: Opposing team players must begin to drop behind the build out line.
KEEPER DROPS BALL AT FEET TO DRIBBLE OR PASS: The play is now live even if opposing team has NOT dropped behind the build out line.
KEEPER ROLLS BALL OUT TO TEAMMATE: Play is live, and the opposing team may now approach.
KEEPER THROWS THE BALL BEYOND THE BUILD OUT LINE: Play is live.
OFFSIDE: Are there still off-sides in 7v7? YES. A player can only be offside between the oppositions build out line and the end line. A player cannot be offside between the halfway line and the oppositions build out line.
PUNTING: Punting the ball will not be allowed and an Indirect Free Kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the place of infraction.
HEADING: There will be no Heading allowed in any U9, U10, or U11 age groups. (Please see below for scenarios and infractions)
9v9 Small-Sided Games
Goal Sizes: 7 x 21 feet (this is the same as before) and conforms to TNSoccer and USSF Initiatives.
Field Size: 75yds x 50yds (this is 5 yds longer than before) and conforms to TNSoccer and USSF Initiatives.
PUNTING: Punting the ball WILL be allowed in U12 Divisions, but NOT in U11 divisions.
HEADING: There will be no Heading allowed in any U9, U10, or U11 age groups. U11 age groups playing 9v9 will NOT be allowed to head the ball (Please see below for scenarios and infractions). U12 divisions playing 9v9 WILL be ALLOWED to head the ball.
Unusual circumstances and applying the “no heading” rule to the U3-U11 ages category:
Risk Management Policy:
All TSSA team officials must be risk management certified by TSSA and must be able to present their risk management card at any time during the tournament. Team officials from other states associations and/or other organizations must be able to show proof of their organization’s equivalent risk management certification.
All TSSA coaches must be able to provide their CDC Heads-Up Concussion Certification. All non-TSSA coaches must be able to provide the CDC Heads-Up Concussion certificate or the NFHS Concussion in Sports certificate. Teams must be able to provide the CDC Parent and Athlete Concussion Information Sheet for each player attending the tournament.
Referee & Referee Assigning Policy:
The tournament uses a Referee Assignor that is currently certified by US Soccer (2019/2020 season). Also, all out of area referees must show photo identification to verify identity.