- To register, submit the tournament application form prior to the entry deadline.
- No team will be considered registered until full payment is received. Payment is due by August 26, 2022
- Coaches or a team representative are required to check-in their teams by electronic check-in: All required documentation must be scanned in and emailed to email@example.com by Monday August 22, 2022. You are not officially checked in until you receive a reply from the tournament officials stating that all appropriate documentation has been received. Please be patient as this process can take up to 48 hours.
- Required team documentation includes:
- Final Player Roster with numbers (signed by club registrar for USYSA teams). Players not participating in the tournament should be crossed off the roster. Guest players must be noted as such and may be handwritten on the roster.
- Player Cards (laminated, signed, with picture).
- Adult Participation Passes for all adults that will be on the player sidelines (STYSA teams).
- Travel Permit (for USYSA teams outside of South Texas).
- Note: during the registration process, the manager or coach agreed that all players had signed medical releases. As such, they do not need to be provided at check-in but they are expected to be with the manager or coach at the field.
- There will be no refunds for teams withdrawing from the tournament after the entry deadline.
- A nonrefundable fee of 25% will apply for teams withdrawing prior to the entry deadline.
- Should a team fail to be bracketed a full refund will be issued.
BRACKETING AND FLIGHTS:
Tiered brackets will be created where numbers allow. The brackets, from most to least competitive, will be Volt (highest), Sky, Navy, Vivid, White (lowest)
- The schedule is final as published. No changes will be allowed.
- We make every effort to account for coach conflicts in the schedules, but cannot always achieve that. You must properly identify your coach in GotSport for this to work.
- Teams will play 3-4 round robin games within brackets by flight on Saturday and Sunday morning. Championship games will be played on Sunday afternoon. Five team brackets will not have a championship game.
Note: Game times and rules are subject to change and should be verified by the coaches prior to the first match.
MATCH DAY PROCEDURES:
- You do not need to print game cards. Referees will have the game cards.
- Due to the tight scheduling between games, there will be no team check-ins prior to kickoff. Coaches are responsible for ensuring that all their eligible players are on the game card with the correct jersey numbers.
- All teams should have Player Passes (ID Cards) in their possession at all times during the tournament for inspection.
- Only properly identified team officials with current ID Cards (Adult Player Pass or equivalent) may be on the team sideline (up to 4 per team). Coaches are responsible for ensuring that all team officials are listed on the game card.
- Teams will occupy one side of the field with their spectators directly opposite them on the other side of the field.
- When conditions warrant, mandatory water breaks will take place half way through each half. The clock will continue to run during water breaks and time will not be added.
- Game time is the scheduled start time. If a team is not ready to play at the scheduled time, the team will forfeit that game. If both teams are not ready, then both teams will forfeit the game and receive (0) zero team points.
GAME FORMAT & ROSTER RULES:
- A team roster is required for check-in and should be available during the tournament as needed. Teams registered through USYSA (STYSA and its affiliates) must provide a roster signed by the Club Registrar. Teams registered through US Club Soccer, USSSA, or SAY Soccer must provide proper rosters from their associations.
- All players must be registered on the team and have the proper USSF Player Pass (i.e. ID card) for the current soccer year. A proper ID card has the player’s picture attached and is laminated.
- Players may only be rostered to one team for the duration of the tournament.
- Guest players (players from a different club than the registered team) are allowed, but each player must have a proper player pass and be listed on the team roster (handwritten is acceptable). Maximum guest players: U8-U12: Maximum of 4; U13-U19: Maximum of 6
- All eligible players on the roster may dress and play in each game.
- All team officials that are on the team sideline must have a current Adult Participation Pass or equivalent
- A team playing an illegal player will be disqualified and not permitted to continue tournament play. All prior and future tournament games involving the team will be scored as forfeits. An illegal player is defined as one not listed on the final roster provided at check-in prior to tournament play, one who is of an age group older than the age group the team is playing in, a player who has played for more than one team in the tournament, or one who has otherwise been represented in a manner that differs from facts.
- In the event of a uniform color conflict, the team designated as the home team should change jerseys. Home team should wear their darker colored jerseys, and the visiting team should wear their white or lighter jerseys.
- All field players on a team should have similar colored jerseys, shirts, and socks
- All field players should have distinct jersey numbers
- A player may play with a hard cast, but it must be padded appropriately without sharp edges. The Referee has final discretion on whether padding is adequate, as well as the right to discipline players that use a casted limb in a dangerous manner during play
- Players may not wear jewelry of any kind (i.e. earrings, rings, watches, bracelets, necklaces, hair accessories.)
The winning coach (or team representative) is responsible for reporting the score AND turning in the game scorecard to the closest site headquarters.
In the event of a tie, the home team coach is responsible for turning in the scorecard.
The game scorecard must be turned in within thirty (30) minutes of completion of the game. If a score card has not been received by this time, the game may be scored as a forfeit for the team which failed to turn in the score card.
To report the score you need to go to the score reporting page. There are three ways to do this:
- Scan the QR code on the game card.
- Look for the scoring link on the tournament schedule page.
- Go to the website listed on the game card.
You will need the game number and scoring entry PIN. It will ask you to search for your game and enter lots of information, but you actually only need to enter the game number to find your game. Enter the score and you are done!
Entering the score is very easy to do and gets the scores updated very quickly. You will appreciate this when you are trying to find out if you are going to the finals or get to go home and get out of the heat!
FIFA RULES WILL APPLY EXCEPT AS NOTED:
Small-Sided Games. Rules for Play for 7v7 format
- Teams will occupy one side of the field with their spectators directly opposite them on the other side of the field.
- Only properly identified team officials (up to 4) may be on the team sideline.
- All U8-U12 games will be 50 minutes: 25 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.
- All U13-U19 games will be 60 minutes: 30 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.
- We reserve the right to shorten games as necessary.
- Six (6) points for a win
- Three (3) points for a tie
- Zero (0) points for a loss
- One (1) bonus point per goal scored by each team, with a maximum of three (3) goal points per game
- One (1) bonus point for a shutout.
- A maximum total points per qualifying game is ten (10).
- ualifying games may end in a tie score; no game tie breakers will be used
- If a final results in a tie, the teams will go directly to FIFA Kicks from the Penalty Mark.
In qualifying games, a forfeit will be scored as a three to zero (3–0) game or ten (10) points. A team abandoning a game in progress will automatically forfeit that game. A team abandoning a championship game will automatically forfeit that game.
ROUND-ROBIN AND ADVANCEMENT:
- 4-team brackets will play each other one time in the round-robin. The two teams with the highest points totals will advance to the final.
- 8-team brackets will be divided into two pools of 4 teams. Each team will play the other teams in their pool one time in the round-robin. The winner of each pool will meet in the final.
- 6-team brackets will be divided into two pools of 3 teams. Each team will play the three teams in the other pool one time in the round-robin. The two teams with the highest points totals, regardless of which pool they were placed in, will advance to the final.
- Brackets with 5 teams will not have a final. Each team will play the other teams in their bracket one time. The team with the highest point total at the end of group play will be the champion, and the team with the next-highest point total the finalist.
- Finals that end tied after regulation will not have an overtime period. The winner will be determined by FIFA “Kicks from the Penalty Mark”.
In case of a tie, the pool winners and/or wild card teams will be determined in the following order:
- Head-to-head competition.
- Goal Difference: team with highest goal difference - goals for minus goals against (maximum three (3) goals per game for or against).
- Most goals scored (maximum three (3) goals per game).
- Fewest goals allowed (maximum three (3) goals per game).
- FIFA “Kicks from the Penalty Mark.”
All games will have unlimited substitutions with re-entry allowed. Substitutions may occur with permission of the referee:
- Prior to a throw in by either team.
- Prior to a goal kick by either team.
- After a goal by either team.
- After an injury by either team when the Referee stops play.
- At half-time or during a water break.
- When the Referee stops play to caution a player, the cautioned player only may be substituted.
- At other times at the discretion of the referee.
- USSF certified referees will be scheduled for each game.
- A one (1) referee system will be used for all 7v7 and 9v9 games.
- A three (3) referee system will be used for all 11v11 games.
- All referee decisions are final. No protests are permitted.
- REFEREE ABUSE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!
- Any ejected player or team official (coach, assistant coach, manager or trainer) may not participate in the next scheduled game for that team, even if said game is a Championship Game.
- Any player or team official (coach, assistant coach, manager or trainer) receiving two (2) Red Cards/Send-Offs will be suspended from further participation in the tournament.
- Any person sent off must leave the field area within two (2) minutes of receiving the Red Card/Send-Off or the game will be abandoned by the Referee and will be scored as a forfeit.
- Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their team’s parents and fans.
- Coaches MUST assist referees and/or tournament officials in identifying and removing players/team officials/fans that are dismissed by the referee or tournament officials.
- Any fan (a person that is not a registered player or team official) that is dismissed from a game will be suspended for the remainer of the tournament. If the fan is a parent or guardian of a player, they may remain in the parking lot for the sole purpose of picking up or dropping off the player, but may not be on the field area or surrounding grounds.
- The tournament disciplinary committee has the right to suspend any ejected player or coach for longer than one game, or take disciplinary action against teams involved in mass misconduct including expulsion from the tournament.
- A team playing an illegal player will be disqualified and not permitted to continue tournament play. All prior and future tournament games involving the team will be scored as forfeits.
- An illegal player is defined as one not listed on the final roster provided at check-in prior to tournament play, one who is of an age group older than the age group the team is playing in, or one who has otherwise been represented in a manner that differs from facts.
- The Tournament Director will have jurisdiction over field playability, cancellations and rescheduling. Every effort will be made to play as many games as possible. The Tournament Director reserves the right to shorten games and/or alter schedules as needed.
- In the event of a total rain-out, a make-up date will be considered. A partial refund will be given in the event of a total rain-out.
- In the event of a partial rain-out, matches will be rescheduled or shortened at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
- If at least half of a game has been completed and conditions prohibit continuation, that game will be considered complete and the score at the time of the stoppage will be the final score.
- No refunds will be given once the tournament games begin.
The first and second place teams in each age group will receive awards.
We are partnered with Courtyard by Marriott Galleria to offer you a great tournament experience. Please contact Eunice DeOssio at the number below.
Courtyard Houston by the Galleria -Marriott
2900 Sage Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
Contact- Eunice DeOssio
Teams that are not affiliated with US Soccer through an officially recognized youth partner (USYSA, US Club, SAY Soccer, AYSO) must provide a certificate of insurance. Please contact the tournament director for details.