2017 West Coast Futbol Classic Rules of Play

August 12-13, 2017

The West Coast Futbol Club would like to take this opportunity to welcome the players, coaches, referees, parents and friends to our tournament. In the next few paragraphs, we would like to explain to each of you the special information and rules of our tournament.

This Class 1 tournament is open to all boys’ & girls’ teams under 2000-2010 from CYSA-S and USYSA National Affiliates. The application deadline is July 1, 2017. Qualifying applications will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. We will be notifying teams by email. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any application. Decisions are final.

The roster limit is a maximum of twenty two (22) players: 18 suited up, 2000-2003, eighteen (18) players 2004-2007 & (14 maximum 2008-2010). A maximum of three (3) loan players is allowed. All players must have a valid laminated Player Pass from their state or national association. A player application (medical form) is also required. Any player without both of these documents will not be allowed to play.  You may use valid 2016/2017 player cards or 2017/2018 cards. No AYSO cards will be accepted.

Friday Night Tournament Check-In
Coaches or Team Administrators must attend their assigned mandatory check-in on Friday night, August 11, 2017 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. All player application forms and valid player ID cards will be verified at check-in. Game cards with team roster must be verified at this time.

Game Check-In
Teams must be at their assigned fields at least thirty (30) minutes before their scheduled game times for check-in. The Team Manager or Coach must check-in at the Field Marshal tent at this time to collect their game cards. The “No Shin Guard, No Play” rule will be strictly enforced. A player wearing an orthopedic cast or hard brace will not be allowed to play, no exceptions. Also, baseball cleats (those that contain a toe cleat) will not be allowed. Some fields are "turf" and have certain rules. Please refer to "fields" on the website. All players must have appropriate jerseys, with unique numbers prominently displayed on the backs. The player ID cards of two teams will be collected and verified. 

Home Teams
The first team listed on the playing schedules is the designated home team. The teams will sit on one side of the field and the spectators on the opposite side of the field mirroring their respective team. The Home team will have choice of bench. It is the responsibility of each team to monitor their spectator behavior during each game. The home team will provide the game ball. The designated away team will have the privilege of calling the coin toss. If the referee determines there is a conflict in jersey colors of the two teams, the home team is required to change to another color jersey. Any home team required to change to another jersey that fails to provide the means to do so, will be in violation of the rules and forfeit for that game.

Any team that fails to have seven (7) eligible players on the field at the scheduled game time, in appropriate uniform, will forfeit the game. There will be no grace period. The tournament committee will credit a score of 1-to-0 (3 points) to the team that was present, ready to play.

Game Cards
The Team Manager shall present the game card to the referee before the start of each game. Referees
enter goals scored the half-time score, and the final score of the match. Referees will also record any misconduct (jersey #, first and last name of any player, coach or spectator ejected or cautioned), and return the cards to the Field Marshal. See Misconduct and Yellow Cards.

Rules of Play
Games will be played according to FIFA Laws of the Game, except as modified by these Tournament Rules of Competition. 

Build Out Line Rules

  • U8-U10 teams
  • 7v7 teams only

The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punting is not allowed). After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal. If a goalkeeper punts the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the punt occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred. The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line. Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal line.

  • Players in 2007-2010 (U8-U11) programs and younger shall not engage in heading
  • Any player suspected of suffering a head injury may be substituted for evaluation without the substitution counting against the teams’ total number of allowed substitutions during the game.
  • Intentional heading of the ball will result in an Indirect Free Kick (IFK) for the opponent where the offense occurred.  If the offense occurs inside the penalty area, the re-start (IFK) will be at the penalty area line towards the halfway line perpendicular to where the offense occurred.
  • Non-intentional heading of the ball will result in a drop ball.  If the offense occurs inside the penalty area, the re-start (drop ball) will be at the penalty area line towards the halfway line perpendicular to where the offense occurred.

2000-2010 Substitutions may only take place during:
· Own throw-in
· Own player has an injury, but only the injured player may be substituted
  Own player cautioned (yellow card) but only the player cautioned may be substituted
· Any goal kick
· Any kick-off  
NO Substitutions on:
· Free kick (direct or indirect)
· Corner kick 
· Penalty kick
 · Yellow cards optional for player receiving yellow card only.
· If opposing team substitutes, you may substitute.

Misconduct, Red & Yellow Cards
Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their team (including coaches, players, and spectators) and may be cautioned or ejected for their misconduct. Any player or coach ejected will not be permitted to participate for the remainder of that game and their team’s next scheduled game. At the discretion of the tournament committee, ejected players/coaches may be suspended from participation for the remainder of the tournament. The Field Marshal shall immediately report all red cards to the Head Field Marshal and the Tournament Director. The Field Marshal must collect a completed “USYSA Referee’s Report” form from the referee for each red card issued. 
No points will be deducted.

If the referee terminates the match due to weather, field conditions or misconduct, the Tournament Committee will decide the impact of this termination on the tournament standings.

*It is recognized and understood upon entering the West Coast Futbol Classic Tournament that adverse weather is an Act of God. Further, entrance to this tournament requires acceptance of all decisions regarding use of facilities (therefore, potentially, the outcome of competition) by the Tournament Committee as final without objection, appeal or compensation whatsoever. There will be no rescheduling of games.

Refund Policy
You may request a refund up until team acceptances. No exceptions. If the Tournament is cancelled due to Inclement Weather Prior to the Start of Competition, teams will be issued partial refunds as determined by the Tournament Committee, after a reasonable amount has been deducted for incurred tournament costs.

The West Coast Futbol Classic Soccer Tournament Committee will accept no protest.

Point System & Team Standings
Three points shall be awarded for each win
One point shall be awarded for each tie
Zero points shall be awarded for each loss
If a team in- group play forfeits, all scores in that group will revert to 1-0 scores. Points accumulated during Saturday’s games and Sunday morning games are to determine the seeding for the semi-finals. 

Groups of 16:
            Winner A vs Winner B
Winner C vs Winner D

Groups of 12
           Winner of A vs Wildcard
           Winner of B vs Winner C

           * If Wildcard comes out of A, winner of A vs B, winner c vs wildcard

Group of 10
            Winner of A vs Winner B           

Groups of 8
           Winner of A vs Winner B, straight to final

Groups of 6
           Winner A vs 2nd B
           Winner of B vs 2nd of A
           3rd A vs 3rd B for 3rd guaranteed game    
  Groups of 5
            Each team plays each other once. Team with the most points is Champion

Groups of 4
Each team plays each other once. The top two teams with the most points play again for 1st& 2nd place

Five levels of tie breaking will be employed to resolve ties in standings.

  • Head to Head competition; in case of three way tie, head to head is never used and move directly to tie number 2
  • Goal Differential, (goals scored minus goals allowed to a maximum of four scored and four against per game)
  • Goals allowed, maximum of four goals per game
  • Goals scored maximum of four goals per game
  • F.I.F.A. kicks from penalty spot
  • Semi Finals: straight to PKs
  • Championship games tied after regulation will go straight to PKs

3 way tie: If three or more teams cannot be separated through tie breakers A-D, penalty kicks shall determine 1st, 2nd & 3rd.  A coin toss will determine which team receives a bye from initial PK shootout. 2 remaining teams will participate in initial shootout. Loser of initial shootout will become 3rd place team. Winner of initial shootout will participate in additional shootout against team receiving bye in secondary shootout. Winner of secondary shootout will become 1st in pool. Loser of secondary shootout shall become 2nd in pool.
4 way tie: pk’s. Coin toss to see which teams meet in pk’s.

Championship Awards
First and second place awards (medals) will be given to the players of the top two teams in each division. First place team will also receive a Championship trophy and each player will receive a championship top.

Match Times 

Age Under       Born On/After                      Game Length                             Ball Size

19                        8/1/99/00                                70                                           5
17                        8/1/01                                     70                                           5
16                        8/1/02                                     70                                           5
15                        8/1/03                                     70                                           5
14                        8/1/04                                     60                                           5
13                        8/1/05                                    60                                           5
12                        8/1/06                                     60                                           4
11                        8/1/07                                     50                                           4
10                        8/1/08                                     50                                           4
 9                         8/1/09                                     50                                           4
 8                         8/1/10                                     50                                           4