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 Association Rules of Play and/or the tournament Rules. These rules may be
modified before the beginning of tournament play. The final Tournament Rules will be published in the
Tournament Program. A player may only play for one team during the tournament. Any ineligible player
discovered will cause the team on which he played for to forfeit any game.
TEAM, PLAYERS AND COACHES CREDENTIALS Players must be registered to the team making application. Teams
must be registered and in good standing with US Youth Soccer affiliated state association. Teams may have up to 4
guest players; guest player forms will be required. Player picture identification cards are to be present and
available at all matches. A player can only play on one team during the tournament. A roster certified by your
state association must be submitted before or at tournament check in (online)
Any Team participating must carry valid 2020-21 player’s passes. All player and coach passes must be laminated.
Out of state teams must have US Youth Soccer Permission to Travel Papers on file at your state association office
(if applicable). All teams are also required to carry written medical releases from parents/guardians in case
emergency medical care is necessary.
HOME TEAM 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.
EQUIPMENT/UNIFORMS – SHINGUARDS ARE MANDATORY Teams must have matching uniforms, and should have
numbers on the jersey back. Goalkeeper must have a different color, preferably not black. If team colors conflict
the “Home” team is responsible for changing colors. All player equipment is subject to Referee approval. All
players must wear shin guards and the referee has the right to request players to put on shin guards that are sized
PLAYING CONDITIONS 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 Field Representative or Referee, Commissioner of Referees or the Tournament Director(s). When
necessitated by playing conditions or just cause, the game format may be altered to include shortening of games,
penalty kicks or coin tosses.
POINT SYSTEM AND BRACKET WINNERS Bracket winners will be determined by the following point system: Win ----
--------3 (three) points Loss -----------0 (zero) points Tie -------------1 (one) points Shutout--------1 point A team that
forfeits a game will give up 3 (three) points to the declared winner of the game and shall not advance to a final
match. The match will be scored as a 4-0 win for the declared winner. If a team is not scheduled for three bracket
games, that team's point total will be prorated based on the number of scheduled games played. Point total thus
determined will not be rounded off.
AWARDS U9 – U19 (if applicable) team player awards will be given to the players on the teams finishing first and
second. TIEBREAKERS If at the conclusion of bracket play, two or more teams have the same point total,
advancement to the semifinals will be determined using the following tiebreakers in the order listed until a team is
eliminated. If more than 2 teams are tied proceed to step 2. 1. Head to Head (disregard if more than 2 teams are
tied) 2. Goal Differential (max of 4) 3. Goals For (max of 4) 4. Goals Against 5. Most Wins 6. Most Shutouts 7.
SUBSTITUTIONS U8 - U18 (if applicable) – with the consent of the Field Referee substitutions may be made
according to the laws of the game with the exception that you can sub when the opponent subs (aka piggybacking). A cautioned player may be substituted for before restart of play with the Referee's permission, this is not
The Director(s) may declare a forfeit. Any team that forfeits a game will not be allowed to advance out of their
group to the finals.
BUILD OUT LINE FOR U9 AND U10 (if applicable) We will use build out lines at U9 and U10.
NO HEADING (if applicable) No heading at U9-11.
MIN #s NEEDED TO START A GAME 7V7 5 PLAYERS 9V9 7 PLAYERS 11V11 7 PLAYERS
PREGAME CHECK IN PROCEDURE Managers/Coaches need to provide a copy of approved stamped roster to
referee prior to each game. Only the approved stamped roster can be accepted. Electronic copies will not be
accepted on site. Referee is not to collect player passes. Referee will keep approved stamped roster and turn it in
with yellow game card.
GAME LENGTH (if applicable) Age Game length
Overtime U8 (4v4 no gk) Two 20 minute halves (Directly to PK’s if tied – only semi-final and finals) U9 & U10 (7v7)
Two 25 minute halves (Directly to PK’s if tied - only semi-final and finals) U11 & U12 (9v9) Two 30 min. halves.
(Directly to PK’s if tied - only semi-final and finals) U13 - U19 (11v11) Two 35 minute halves (Directly to PK’s if tied -
only semi-final and finals)
SHOOT-OUTS (PENALTY KICKS) Penalty kicks used in semi-final and 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 whose captain wins the toss will take the first kick. 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. If the player is under suspension they
may NOT participate in the kicks.
RED CARDS The player(s) receiving the Red Card and the Coach must report to Tournament Headquarters following
the game. Player will be suspended for a minimum of 1 game. The suspension may be increased depending on the
severity of the incident. If a Red Card is received in Final Match, the player will have to serve suspension in the
following year’s event.
REFEREE ABUSE Referee abuse will not be tolerated during the tournament. Referee abuse by the player, coach or
fan will be reported to their Home State Association within 48 hours of the end of games. The player, coach or fan
will be removed from the soccer complex and will not be allowed to return.
REFUND Shall be determined by the tournament staff. There will be NO REFUNDS after your team has been
Players may be registered to only one team playing in the tournament. Player passes and roster may be checked
prior to each match.
GAME ROSTER After check-in/registration, teams may not alter their rosters or make additions/subtractions at any
TEAM DISCIPLINE 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. 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, the
PROTESTS No Protests