Ray Heimes Springfield Invitational
SOCCER TOURNAMENT RULES
NO PETS ALLOWED AT SOCCER COMPLEX
First team listed in program is home team and should provide a game ball for play. Referees decisions are final. In the event of the whole tournament is
canceled, 75% of fees will be refunded, after one game played 25%, after two games 0%. Player/Coach ID's will be checked during the tournament, any
team found using illegal players once games started will forfeit that game.
Each player shall wear an official uniform. The goalkeeper is not required to number on his/her jersey. Each number must be different.
The home team will be responsible for wearing an alternate color jersey, if necessary, as determined by the referee. The team is listed first in all rounds shall be
the home team.
Teams use the side of the field with team benches and spectators shall use the opposite side of the field, in the case of no benches, the players and coaches will
take the west side or south side of the fields.
Player will not be allowed to play with any type of hard cast in Nebraska. A hard cast is a cast that cannot be removed. Splints and braces of any type fall under
the determination of the referee if it is safe. If allowing the splint or brace to be padded can make the equipment safe, then the player should be allowed to play.
The referee has the final determination if any equipment is safe to play in or safe to the players on the field.
Age Game Length Overtime
U7 & 8 Four 12 minute quarters No overtime
U9 & 10 Two 25 minute halves Two ten minute halves
U11 & 12 Two 30 minute halves Two 10 minute halves
U13 & 14 Two 35 minute halves Two 10 minute halves
Overtimes and shoot-outs will be used only as necessary in final matches. Overtime will not have a half time.
Teams will be expected to play according to the schedule of games regardless of weather. Only the Tournament Director(s) may reschedule games or alter the
competitive format because of inclement weather or other just cause. Games shall be considered complete if one half has been completed and play is stopped by
the Tournament Director for just cause. When necessitated by playing conditions or just cause, the game format may be altered to include shortening of games,
penalty kicks or coin tosses
Teams may not use goal areas to warm up. Violations may result in
Forfeiture of match!!!
4-TEAM BRACKETS (one four-team bracket): Bracket play is round robin games with
each of the other teams in the bracket. The two high point teams advance to the
Championship match. The championship game will be a re-match and a semifinal or
consolation game will not be played. High point team will be the home team for the
5-TEAM BRACKETS (one five-team bracket): Bracket play is round robin games with
each of the other teams in the bracket (each team gets four games). The two high point
teams advance to the Championship match. The championship game will be a re-match
and a semifinal or consolation game will not be played. High point team will be the home
team for the Championship.
6-TEAM BRACKETS (two three-team brackets): Bracket play is round robin games with
each of the other teams in the bracket and one crossover game. The semifinal will match
high point teams in each bracket versus second high team in other bracket. The Format
may result in matches that are a re-match in the Championship. No consolation game
will be played. The 1st and 2nd high point teams will the home teams for the semifinals.
7-TEAM BRACKETS (one four-team and one three-team bracket): Bracket play is round
robin games with each of the other teams in the bracket (the teams in the three-team
bracket will get two round robin games, but two teams advance to semifinal). The
semifinal will match high point teams in each bracket versus second high team in other
bracket. The Format may result in matches that are a re-match in the Championship. No
consolation game will be played. The 1st and 2nd high point teams will the home teams
for the semifinals.
8-TEAM BRACKETS (two four-team brackets): Bracket play is round robin games with
each of the other teams in the bracket. The semifinal will match high point teams in each
bracket versus second high team in other bracket. The Format may result in matches
that are a re-match in the Championship. No consolation game will be played. The 1st
and 2nd high point teams will the home teams for the semifinals.
LAWS OF PLAY:
Play will be governed by the FIFA Laws of the Game, except where amended by US Youth Soccer Rules of Play, Nebraska State Soccer and/or the Springfield
Soccer Tournament Rules. These rules may be modified before the beginning of tournament play. The final Tournament Rules will be published in the coach's
pamphlet and in the tournament headquarters,
All games will be played under regular FIFA rules except for:
1. No overtime or shoot outs played during tournament except for finals. Ties will stand.
2. Teams will play with the following number of players, U-7 & 8's (5V5), U-9 & 10's (6v6), U-11 & 12's (8v8), U-13 & 14's (11v11)
3. Three guest players are allowed on each team, provided they are from another RECREATIONAL team, not select or premier teams
4. All players in the age group U7-U8 will receive medals
5. All decisions made by TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR ARE FINAL
POINT ALLOCATION SYSTEM: Point allocation system will be used to advance to final games. Team points will be awarded as follows:
Win 6 Goals 1 (maximum of 3)
Tie 3 Shutout 1 (for winner only)
Maximum points per game are 10. Forfeiture game will be scored as 4-0 (i.e. 10 points) for the team showing. Terminated games will be scored with the score at
time of termination.
If at the conclusion of bracket play, two or more teams having the same point total,
advancement to the finals will be determined using the following tiebreakers in the order listed
until a team is eliminated. Once a team is eliminated, advancement among the remaining teams
shall again be determined by the tiebreakers in the order listed starting with head to head
1. Winner of Head to Head (this criteria not used if more than two teams tied).
2. Winner of most games.
3. Goal spread (goals scored minus goals against) with a maximum of four goals per
4. Fewest goals allowed.
5. Kicks from the penalty mark.
SHOOT-OUTS (PENALTY KICKS) will only be used in the Championship Game
Penalty kicks used to determine a winner of tie breakers of final matches will be run in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game. The referee
chooses the goal at which the kicks will be taken. The referee tosses a coin and the team who wins the toss will take the first kick. The home team
will call the coin toss. Both teams take five kicks; kicks are taken alternately by the teams. If before both teams have taken five kicks, one has scored
more goals than the other could score, even if it were to complete its five kicks, no more kicks are taken. If after five kicks the score is tied, kicks
continue until one team has scored a goal more than the other (sudden death) from the same number of kicks. Only the players on the field at the
end of the match are allowed to take kicks. A different player must take each kick and all eligible players must take a kick before any player can take
a second kick. On tiebreakers the coach from each team shall declare the players from the field at the end of play, which they will use to take the
For all age brackets, with the exception of U7-U8, the top four teams will advance to the semi-championship games in a 8 or more team bracket,and
the top 2 teams will advance to the championship game in a 7 team or fewer bracket. All U7-U8 teams will receive participation medals at the end of
their final game.
RED CARDS AND EJECTIONS:
Any player or coach dismissed from a game shall be ineligible to participate in the team's next game. At the discretion of the Tournament Director(s), the
suspension may be increased and could result in ineligibility for more than one game. No substitution shall be permitted for a player who has been sent off during a
particular game. A red carded player and his/her coach must report to tournament headquarters immediately after the game in which the card was given to
determine the player's status for subsequent games. Decisions will be based upon the rules of the Nebraska State Soccer Association.
A minimum of five players for U9-U12 age groups and seven players for U13 and up age groups constitutes a team. A (10) ten-minute grace period shall be
extended beyond the scheduled kick off time if the minimum number of players are not available at the scheduled kick off time. The minimum number of players
must start the game as soon as the players are at the field after the originally scheduled start time. If at the end of the 10-minute grace period the team does not
have the minimum number of players, the referee shall suspend the game and the team failing to show for the game, will forfeit that game.
All U7 and U8 players will receive participation medals.
Team Awards will be given to the first and second place teams in U9-U14.
TEAM, PLAYERS AND COACHES CREDENTIALS:
Player and coach passes will be checked prior to each match. Teams must be properly checked in at the team check-in. All teams must have Players and
Coaches Passes with photographs attached, signed must be laminated.
A coach is responsible for the words and actions of his players and their fans. Verbal abuse of the opponents or referees by players, coaches or spectators will not
be tolerated. Violations may result in forfeiture of the game and/or expulsion from the tournament.
Any protest must be presented in writing to the Tournament Director(s) or his/her representative within one (1) hour of the completion of the game in protest, and
must be accomplished by the head coach and not a parent. Referees judgment of calls shall not be a basis for protests.
Last Updated on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 06:18 am