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This rules summary is provided to the referees as a service. These are not the official rules of the competition. NO warranty is made that this summary is up to date.

Last Updated 10/19/19


Player and coach passes are required. Acceptable player and coach credentials are current, laminated:

  • US Soccer Club player and coach passes
  • USYSA (CYSA) passes.
  • AYSO passes.

All teams must have in their possession for each player a medical release form. An official team roster is required.


Coaches are responsible for their supporters. No alcohol.

Guest Players. Maximum # Dressed Players.

Guest players are permitted. CYSA guest player or USClub player loan form is required.

  • 7v7 -- 4 guest players maximum. 12 players dressed for any game. # Players minimum to start or continue not in rules.
  • 9v9 -- 5 guest players maximum. 16 players dressed for any game. # Players minimum to start or continue not in rules.
  • 11v11 -- 7 guest players maximum. 18 players dressed for any game. 7 Players minimum to start or continue.

Send offs

Referees complete a sendoff report - see the field marshal. Pass is retained by the field marshal.

Any player, coach, assistant coach, or registered team official who is dismissed, sent off or receives a red card will automatically be suspended from that team's next game in the tournament. At the discretion of the Tournament Director, violent conduct or extreme abuse, dissent, or disrespect ejections may result in suspension from more than one game, up to the remainder of the tournament.

Special Rules

USClub modifications.
All 7v7 and 9v9

  • No deliberate heading. Award IFK
  • KFTM limited to best of 3 not best of 5


  • Build out line


Unlimited substitutions prior to any restart at he discretion of the referee.

Match Length

U08-U10 (7v7) -- 20 minute halves
U11-U12 (9v9) -- 25 minute halves
U13-U18 (11v11) -- 30 minute halves

Half time will be five minutes.

The length of any game may be shortened to shorter but equal halves if the referee or Tournament Director deems it necessary due to field conditions, weather, or darkness.

Injury time can be added when an injured player cannot be removed from the field. Prelilminary games shall not be extended to affect game start time of subsequent matches.

If more than a quarter of a preliminary game cannot be completed due to a serious injury suspending play, the game shall be determined by kicks from the mark. KNOW who was on the field at the suspension of play!

Preliminary games to end no later than 5 minutes before scheduled start of next match on field.

SemiFinal Matches

If a semi-final/quarter-final match requiring a winner is tied at the end of regulation play, the game will be decided by kicks from the mark.

Championship and Consolation Matches

If a match requiring a winner is tied at the end of regulation play, two 5-minute overtime periods will be played to completion. Golden Goal rule will apply. If the game is still tied at the completion of the overtime periods, the game will be decided by kicks from the mark.

Player Safety

Casts, air splints, metal splints - not permitted,
Braces at the discretion of the referee.

Concussion. Not addressed in rules. Use USClub/NorCal Premier protocols i.e. When the official observes a player that

  • sustained a significant blow to the head, or
  • sustained a significant blow to the body, or
  • complains about symptoms consistent with having sustained a concussion, or
  • exhibits symptoms consistent with having suffered a concussion, or
  • is otherwise suspected of having sustained a concussion

the player will be removed from the match and not allowed to further participate in the match.

Home Team

The team listed first on the schedule is the home team. Home team to wear dark colored jerseys. If there is a conflict in team colors, as determined by the referee, the home team shall switch to an alternate jersey or alternate uniform pieces. In consolation and championship matches, the team with the highest number of points of the paired teams will be the home team - if tied the referee/field marshal will flip a coin to determine home team.

Match Balls

Match ball size

  • U08-U12 - Size 4
  • U13 and up - Size 5

Home team supplies match balls

Official Rules

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