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This rules summary is provided to the referees as a service. These are not the official rules of the competition. NO warranty is made that this summary is up to date.

Last Updated 7/27/21


Tournament will follow Santa Clara County and State of California guidelines.

Match Card

Obtain from Field Marshal. No handwritten entries.


Player and coach passes are required.
Acceptable credentials are current and laminated:

  • US Club Soccer
  • AYSO

At least one credentialed adult in the technical area all match.  Passes can be 20/21 or 21/22.   Age groups are based on 20/21.

Number Players

To start / continue a match
11v11 must have 7 players.  Roster can have 26.  Maximum 18 players dressed to play.
9v9 must have 6 players.  Roster can have 26.  Maximum 16 players dressed to play.
7v7 must have 5 players.   Roster can have 26.  Maximum 14 players dressed to play.

Send offs

Referees complete a sendoff report IMMEDIATELY after game - see the field marshal.

A player or coach who has been ejected in a single game shall not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.


Normal FIFA LOTG with USClub modifications except as modified herein

7 v 7

  • No deliberate Heading
  • Build out line enforced
  • Yes PKs
  • No Keeper punts or drop kicks
  • Opponents behind build out line till the ball is put into play
  • No offside when behind the build out line
  • Referee can permit a rethrow if first throw was done incorrectly
  • Goal kick from the Goal Area

9 v 9

  • No Deliberate Heading


Free substitutions at any stoppage with referee permission.

Match Length

U09-U10 : 20 minute halves - 7v7
U11-U12 : 25 minute halves - 9v9
U13-U19 : 30 minute halves - 11v11

Half time EXACTLY 5 minutes
End games no later than 5 minutes before the start of the next game.
Games must start within 5 minutes of scheduled start time - not enough players equates to a forfeit. Contact the Field Marshal.

Championship and Consolation Matches

Quarter Final, Semi-Final, Consolation Matches that must produce a winner
If tied at end of regulation time -- KFTM

Championship Matches
If tied at end of regulation time -- two 5 minute overtime periods will be played with golden goal.
If tied at the end of the second overtime -- KFTM

For 7v7 and 9v9 the minimum number of KFTM will be 3 instead of 5. (Best of three.)

Player Safety

No casts, air splints or metal splints. Elastic braces okay. Other braces per referee.

Concussion protocol per USClub. Player removed due to suspected concussion / head injury cannot return until cleared by a health care professional. Health care professional must be identified to referee BEFORE the match begins.

No metal studs on synthetic turf fields.

Home Team

The team listed first on the schedule is the home team. If there is a conflict in team colors, as determined by the referee, the home team shall switch to an alternate jersey or alternate uniform pieces

Ball Size

U09 - U12 Size 4 (7v7 and 9v9)
U13 and older Size 5 (11v11)

Home team supplies.  Home team is listed first and is on left side of match card.

Official Tournament Rules