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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 5/18/23


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

  • US Soccer Club player and coach passes
  • USYSA (CYSA) passes.

Note tournament advertising says any USYS affiliated team (for example SAY or AYSO) are permitted.   Tournament rules differ from advertising.   

Guest Players. Maximum # Dressed Players.

Guest players are permitted.

  • 5v5 -- 3 guest players maximum. 10 players dressed for any game. 3 Players minimum to start or continue.
  • 7v7 -- 4 guest players maximum. 14 players dressed for any game. 5 Players minimum to start or continue.
  • 9v9 -- 4 guest players maximum. 16 players dressed for any game. 7 Players minimum to start or continue.
  • 11v11 -- 7 guest players maximum. 18 players dressed for any game. 8 Players minimum to start, 7 players to continue.

Send offs

Referees complete a sendoff report - see the field marshal. Pass is retained by the field marshal.

Special Rules

USClub modifications.

7v7 & 9v9

  • Any KFTM will be best of 3 (not best of 5) kicks,No heading - award IFK

7v7 Build-Out Line per USSF

  • No GK punting
  • Opponents behind BOL when in keeper hands
  • Opponents behind BOL till ball in play on GK

Match Length

U06-U08 (5v5) -- 20 minute halves
U09-U10 (7v7) -- 20 minute halves
U11-U12 (9v9) -- 25 minute halves
U13-U15 (11v11) -- 30 minute halves

Half time will be exactly five minutes.

The length of any game may be shortened to shorter but equal halves if the referee or Tournament Director deems it necessary due to field conditions, weather, or darkness.

Games must end at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start of the next match.

Games that cannot play more than 25% of their scheduled time will be determined by KFTM - see field marshal.

SemiFinal, Championship and Consolation Matches

Semi-final (or other games that must produce a winner) that end in a tie will go directly to penalty kicks as described by FIFA until a
winner is determined.

If Championship or Consolation games (to determine 3rd place) end in a tie in regulation time, two 5-minute overtime periods will be played (with no rest period between them). Golden Goal rule will apply. If the game is still tied after the overtime periods, both teams will take penalty kicks as described by FIFA until a winner is determined.

Player Safety

Casts. No casts, air splints, metal splints. Braces at the discretion of the referee. Elastic only braces are permitted.

Shoes. No metal studs on synthetic turf fields.

Concussion. When the official observes a player that

  • sustained a significant blow to the head, or
  • sustained a significant blow to the body, or
  • complains about symptoms consistent with having sustained a concussion, or
  • exhibits symptoms consistent with having suffered a concussion, or
  • is otherwise suspected of having sustained a concussion

the player will be removed from the match and not allowed to further participate in the match.(USClub Soccer rules not local rules.)

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.

Match Balls

5v5 use Size 3 or Size 4.
7v7 and 9v9 use Size 4.
11v11 use Size 5.
Home team supplies match balls

Official Rules

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