Teams will play a minimum of three games during the tournament. Points will be awarded for each game played, to account for overall standings. There will be a champion and runner-up in each division, with the possibility of a consolation/semi/final.
Online check-in information is outlined in TGS, our tournament registration platform.
Failure to check in will result in automatic disqualification from the tournament (with no refund). Games not played will be considered “forfeits”.
Online Check-in Deadline: Must be completed before 12 noon on Monday, August 7th, 2023
ROSTERS & GUEST PLAYERS
Teams may register a maximum of twenty-six (26) players with a maximum of eighteen (18) players eligible for each 11v11 game. Teams may register a maximum of twenty-six (26) players with a maximum of sixteen (16) players eligible for each 9v9 game. Teams may register a maximum of twenty-six (26) players with a maximum of fourteen (14) players eligible for each 7v7 game. A team may use up to seven (7) guest players (from outside the club). Players may play with more than one team if they are not in the same age and division if needed. Players may not play in more than two games per day. Guest players must have completed guest player approval documentation to be eligible to play.
U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, and U14 girls teams
All matches will use referees certified by USSF.
RULES OF THE GAME:
All games will adhere to the rules set forth by FIFA with the following additions/clarifications:
In addition to the online check-in, prior to each team’s FIRST game, a team representative AND all players need to check-in at their field’s Field Marshall Tent one (1) hour before kickoff. Each player pass will be marked with a sticker indicating each player is set to play for the weekend. Any player not providing the proper player pass will not be allowed to participate in the game. Player jersey number must match the jersey number on the game card. If the numbers don’t match, the referee is not to allow the player to take part in the match until this issue is resolved. The Field Marshal will report the results of the inspection to the referee.
Prior to each team’s SECOND AND THIRD games, a team representative is required to submit their player passes to their field’s Field Marshall at least 30 minutes before each game. Players do not need to go to the tent prior to these games.
Referees will conduct equipment checks prior to all 3 games.
All games will begin on time. A team that fails to report by the scheduled kick-off will forfeit the game.
Player passes are required to be picked up from their field’s Field Marshall after each game by the team admin or coach.
GAME CARDS AND PLAYER PASSES:
Game cards will be provided at the field by the Field Marshal. The Field Marshal will hold the game card and the player passes during the game. Player passes will be released to the team at the conclusion of the game when authorized to do so by the referee in charge and after both coaches have signed the card. HOME TEAM: The Home Team is the first team listed on the game schedule and will change jerseys in case of a color conflict. If a tournament ball is not available, the Home Team will provide a suitable match ball. The game ball will be subject to referee approval.
LENGTH OF GAMES:
U8-U10: 25 minutes per half (7v7)
U11-U12: 30 minutes per half (9v9)
U13-U14: 30 minutes per half (11v11)
Substitution can be made at any dead ball situation, by either team, unlimited.
A team who fails to report ready to play by the scheduled kick-off time or who cannot field a minimum of seven (7) players (11v11), six (6) players (9v9), and five (5) players (7v7) at start time will forfeit. Teams failing to check in at the Mandatory Check-in or for taking actions which cause a game to be terminated will forfeit. All teams who forfeit will have the game(s) scored a 0-3 loss. The winner will be awarded three points.
FINAL GAME SCORE:
All games when concluded will be considered final as determined by the game referee. The score indicated on the game card cannot be disputed after it is turned over to the Field Marshal. Field Marshals will report match results to the tournament headquarters. Referees will report ejections to tournament headquarters.
Teams will be awarded points on the following basis: Three (3) points for each win, one (1) point for each tie, zero (0) points for each Loss. Official standings will be kept on the Summer Cup website.
TIE BREAKER SYSTEM (IN ORDER):
1. Head to Head (where applicable)
2. Goal differential (goals scored versus goals against with a maximum of 5 goal differential per game).
3. Most goals scored (with a maximum of 6 per game)
4. Fewest goals allowed
5. Most total wins
6. Most shutouts
7. Kicks from the mark
In the event three or more teams are tied in points at the end of bracket play, the tournament will look to eliminate or advance teams based on applying criteria 2 through 6 above until teams are advanced or eliminated. In the event that all tie-breaking procedures have still left three or more teams tied, a coin toss will take place with two tournament officials present, the result of which will then be communicated to each team representative.