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A. Laws of the Game 
Except as noted below, we will conduct all games according to the FIFA Laws of the Game. 

B. Player Eligibility 
As outlined in the application and acceptance packages, the following USYSA age (for 2018-2019) divisions apply:

Age Groups

Roster Size

Length of Games

Sides

Ball Size

Offside

U7 – Born in 2012

12

4 x 10 mins

4 v 4 (No GK)*

4

No

U8 – Born in 2011

12

4 x 10 mins

4 v 4 (No GK)*

4

No

U9 – Born in 2010

12

2 x 25 mins

7 v 7

4

Yes**

U10 – Born in 2009

12

2 x 25 mins

7 v 7

4

Yes**

U11 – Born in 2008

16

2 x 25 mins

9 v 9

4

Yes

U12 – Born in 2007

16

2 x 25 mins

9 v 9

4

Yes

U13 – Born in 2006

18

2 x 30 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U14 – Born in 2005

18

2 x 30 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U15 – Born in 2004

22

2 x 35 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U16 – Born in 2003

22

2 x 35 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U17 – Born in 2002

22

2 x 35 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U18 – Born in 2001

22

2 x 35 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

U19 – Born in 2000

22

2 x 35 mins

11 v 11

5

Yes

 

* U7 and U8 4 v 4 formats, all free kicks are indirect and there are no penalty kicks. Kick offs, free kicks, throw-ins and corner kicks are used to restart play when the ball goes out of bounds or into the goal.  

In order to maximize the experience of all our youth players during our 4v4 tournament games, no players will be allowed to defend inside the box outlined just outside both goals on the 4v4 fields. Goal box size 3 yards from each goal post and 3 yards out into the field of play. 

Players can move through the box without the ball, but no player either defense or offense may enter the box to make a play on the ball. If this occurs during a match and the defensive team plays the ball, the opposing team will be awarded a penalty kick from the halfway line. If the offensive team plays the ball, the result will be a goal kick to the defending team.  

** U9 and U10 7 v 7 formats, offside will only be penalized between the build out line and goal line.

C. Team Eligibility 
A team may roster a maximum of four guest players. A team may not change its roster after submitting paperwork to tournament staff for check in. The following are the requirements for check-in (some of this may be submitted early): 

1. A current Player Pass for each player. 
2. Copy of current state approved roster on file with Tournament Registrar. 
3. Tournament roster signed. 
4. Signed and dated medical waiver form -- US Club or IYSA. 
5. Guest players must have the same information to register (guest player form completed for each). 
6. Teams from outside Illinois must present an approved "application to travel" from their home state's USYSA affiliate. 

‚ÄčNo player may play for more than one team during the tournament. If this takes place, the following consequences will occur: 

The team that the player is not tournament rostered and state rostered for during the registration process will be allowed to play (this allows their future opponents to still have a team to play against), but will have ALL of their previously played games and future games in this tournament marked as forfeited in the standings as a 0-4 loss despite the actual score of the games. No team breaking the rules will be in contention for a 1st or 2nd place trophy. The player that played for multiple teams will not be disqualified from the tournament, but will be asked to play only for the team he/she is tournament rostered for. The team the player was illegally rostered with will lose the disqualified player for the remainder of the tournament. No punishment will be dealt to the team that properly rostered and registered the player with their team (example: taking forfeit for their previously played games.)

D. Duration of Game 
All match durations shall be based on age division (see table in Player Eligibility). All games will be running time. There will be a maximum of 5 minutes between quarters/halves. The referee will not stop the clock except for serious injury. The tournament committee reserves the right to alter game length due to weather, injuries, or other delays. The first team on the schedule is the home team. The visiting team will kick-off, and the home team will have the choice of side.   

E. Build Out Line 
U7 and U8 4v4 formats will utilize a build out line.  On a goal kick, all opposing players must move behind the halfway line (the build out line). After the ball is put into play and the player receiving the ball touches it, the opposing players can cross the halfway line and play resumes as normal.

U9 and U10 7v7 formats will utilize build out lines. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (receiving the ball from an opponent) or from a goal kick, all opposing players must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once all opposing players are behind the build out line, the goal keeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punting and drop kicks are not allowed). After the goalkeeper puts the ball into play and after the player receiving the ball touches it, the opposing players can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.  

The goalkeeper is not allowed to punt or drop kick the ball. If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, Referees may punish the infraction with an indirect free kick to the opposing team at the spot of the offense.  

The build out line will also be used to denote where offside can be called. In other words, a player will only be penalized for being in an offside position when between the build out line and goal line. Players cannot be penalized for an offside between the halfway line and build out line. 

F. Substitutions 
All teams may substitute without limitation during the game. Teams playing in the U7 and U8 4 v 4 formats are allowed to substitute at any time during the game (i.e. on the fly). All other formats, teams may substitute on any goal kick, kick-off or on a throw-in when their team has possession of the ball. If both teams have substitutes waiting on a throw-in, both teams will be allowed to substitute regardless of possession of the ball. A player may leave and reenter the game.  

G. Heading 
In accordance with US Soccer, heading the ball is now banned for players aged 10 and under. Purposefully heading the ball in all age groups U11 and below will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team.  

H. Ejection 
Any player or coach ejected from a game will be ineligible to participate at a minimum in that team's next game. The coach will also not be eligible to participate in any game until after they serve their game suspension related to the original team. A team may not substitute for an ejected player. Anyone fighting will be ejected from further tournament participation. Player cards will be retained by the tournament for coaches or players that become ineligible to participate due to ejection. The cards will be returned to the team after the coach or player serves their suspension.  

I. Forfeits 
A minimum of three players constitutes a team for 4 v 4, five players for 7 v 7, six players for 9 v 9 and seven players for 11 v 11. A team must begin play if the minimum number of players are present at game start time. After the expiration of a ten-minute grace period, the Tournament will declare a forfeit. The Tournament will score the game 3 to 0, and the winning team will get 3 points. The Tournament Committee may eliminate a team forfeiting a game from further participation in the tournament. The Committee will review each situation individually.  

J. Uniforms and Equipment 
All players must wear shin guards. A player must wear his or her socks in a manner that completely covers the shin guards. Each player on the team must wear the same team uniform. In the case of similar uniforms, the Referee may instruct the designated home team to change uniforms. The designated home team will provide the game ball. 

K. Player, Coach, Parent, Spectator Conduct 
Coaches are responsible for the conduct of players, parents, coaches, and spectators at the field, hotel, or other locations for the duration of the tournament. If MPSC receives complaints regarding the conduct of any player or person associated with your team, the Tournament Committee may ask any and or all people to leave the tournament. In addition, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to ask a team to leave the tournament, declare any remaining games a forfeit, and may bar a team from future participation in our tournament. 

Both teams, including their coaches, shall be on the same side of the field. All other people must be on the opposite side of the field. The Tournament Director believes that an argument between parents and supporters of opposing teams is completely inappropriate conduct for adults. Accordingly, MPSC encourages the parents and supporters of each team to stay on the half of the field opposite of their team and to limit their comments to support for their players. Making derogatory remarks about or to referees, opposing teams or their supporters shall be grounds for dismissal from the Complex. The Referee will ask anyone standing at the goal ends of the field to move. Coaches must remain with their team. We request that all coaches refrain from coaching on the spectator's side of the field. 

During youth soccer events, the Morton Park District and MPSC strictly prohibit alcohol and smoking at their facilities. Possession of alcohol on complex grounds will cause immediate dismissal from the park and the potential for arrest by the Morton Police Department. Any player, coach, parent, or spectator caught fighting will be ejected from the remainder of the tournament. 

Dogs are not allowed in the park.

L. Preliminary Round 
We will divide age divisions with six, eight, or ten teams into two groups. Generally, teams with the most points in each group will qualify for semifinals. However, we reserve the right to schedule only a final game for any group. 

Any age division with less than 6 teams will play a round robin schedule. We will determine the final standings, and award first and second place on points earned during the round robin games.  

M. Points 
In the preliminary games, each victory (forfeit) is worth three (3) points and each tie is worth one (1) point. Teams do not earn any points for a loss. If there is a tie in the round robin or preliminary round standings, the Tournament Committee will use the following procedure to determine group winners, wild card teams, and final standings for round robin play: 

1. Head to head competition. The winner of the game, if any, played between the tied teams. However, if more than two teams are tied, then head-to-head competition will NOT be used for any purpose in determining tie breakers.
2. 
Most wins 
3. 
Best goal differential for all games (the maximum goal differential is 4 per game) 
4. 
Fewest goals allowed 
5. 
Most goals scored for a team (up to 4 goals per game). 
6. 
Penalty shots, according to the procedures described in the "overtime" section of the rules.

N. Overtime 
For the U7 and U8 4 v 4 formats, if there is a tie at the end of regulation time in a semifinal or final round game, then the teams will determine the winner as follows: 

1. Teams will go through one round of regular penalty shot procedures with five (5) players shooting for each time. The penalty shot will be taken from the center mark at midfield. All players can participate in the penalty shots. 
2. 
If the game is still tied at the conclusion of the first round of penalty kicks, then the teams will go to sudden victory penalty shot procedures.

For all other formats, if there is a tie at the end of regulation time in a semifinal or final round game, then the teams will determine the winner as follows: 

1. The teams will play 2 overtime periods of 5 minutes each.  There will be no golden goal. There will be no coaching time between periods. The visiting team will kick-off and the home team will have choice of the side. 
2. 
If still tied, then the teams will go through one round of regular penalty shot procedures with five (5) players shooting for each team.  These players must come from the players that are on the field at the end of the last overtime period.
3. 
If the game is still tied at the conclusion of the first round of penalty kicks, then the teams will select 5 additional players to go to sudden victory penalty shot procedures.  These players can be any player on the team except for the five (5) who took the penalty kicks in the first round.

O. Awards (Team & Individual)
Morton Premier SC will award a team trophy and individual player medals to the first and second place finishers U7-U19.  An individual participation medal will be awarded to all other placement for U7-U8.  Coaches will be responsible for giving a "Sportsmanship Award", provided by MPSC, to a player on the opposing team at the end of each game.

P. Protest 
To file a protest, a team's head coach must present its protest in writing to the Tournament Headquarters within one hour of the completion of the game. A Referee's judgment is not a basis for protest. The Tournament Committee's decisions and or interpretations are final. There will be a protest fee of $100 that is only refundable if the team wins the protest. 

Q. Complaints 
Complaints to the tournament committee/staff will only be heard when presented by the coach of the affected team along with a team manager or assistant coach. There must be two Representatives from the team. 

R. Rain Policies/Act of nature cancellation 
If there is severe weather, only the Referee Assignor or the Tournament Director may halt matches. If we halt a match, the Tournament Director and Referee Assignor will determine the best manner in which to continue play. Resumption of play format will be determined by the Tournament Director and the Referee Assignor. If the tournament is completely cancelled prior to its start,  due to an "act of nature", the tournament fee paid minus a 20% administrative fee will be refunded.