1. FIFA rules apply, except as modified by tournament rules.
2. Only registered players and teams can take part in the tournament. TEAMS MAY PICK UP PLAYERS FROM OTHER REGISTERED TEAMS OF THE SAME OR LOWER CALIBRE ONLY. ANYONE BREAKING THIS RULE IS LIABLE TO DISQUALIFICATION. TEAMS SHOULD BE OWN TEAM WITH MINIMUM ADDITIONS TO FIELD A TEAM. NO STACKED TOURNAMENT TEAMS
3. Team lists (2 copies) must be provided at each game. ID cards required.
4. A player may only play for one team in the tournament.
5. All players must play at least half of every game.
6. Home teams wear alternates if required, and provide the game ball. In the finals, the 2nd place team is home.
7. Everyone likes tournaments to run to time. All games will start on time. There will be a maximum 5 minutes grace - any team without 7 players 5 minutes after scheduled time will default (score = 3-0), and/or may face further penalty.
8. All games will be:
U10 - U12: Two 25 minute halves
U13 - U15: Two 30 minute halves
U16 - U18: Two 35 minute halves.
Where U15/U16 is combined games will be two 35 minute halves.
All games maximum 5-minute half-time. There will usually be assistant referees for U16-U18 games. For all other games, each team provides a linesman to indicate only when the ball is out of play. These linesmen are NOT to signal offsides.
9. Final games (only), which are tied after regular time will go straight to FIFA penalty shots.
10. Report all scores (winning team, or both if you tie) to Hugh Boyd Hub
11. U10- U12 play is non-competitive. No scores, standings. Tournament goodie awarded to all players.
12. U13 and older teams play a competitive tournament. 1st and 2nd place teams receive medals.
13. For U13-U18 divisions where there are only 4 teams in a division, the fourth game will be playing for placings... for division where there are 5-teams, the two teams will the most points will be claimed as winners and runners up. Divisions with 6 teams will play a fourth game for placings.
14. Points are allotted as follows:
win = 3 points
tie = 1 point
loss = 0 points.
If points are even, tie-breakers will be used in the following order (i.e., a. first, then b. if still tied, then c, then d):
a. Head-to-head results
b. Goal difference (goals for minus goals against)
c. Least total goals conceded
d. Coin toss
15. The Discipline Committee will review all discipline issues after each game. Red cards incur an automatic next game suspension, plus possible further penalty. Suspensions will be referred to a player's home District in case suspensions carry over to league play.
16. Any protests need to be submitted within 10 minutes of game end, in writing, to the information desk. The Tournament Committee decision is final.
17. If the players, coaches or supporters of any team are found to have abused (including verbally)any referee or official, that team risks instant disqualification, as does any team causing an abandoned game, or involved in gross misconduct.
18. The Tournament Committee can clarify or amend rules as appropriate.