Congratulations to all of the teams participating in the 2015 Massachusetts Tournament of Champions. The weekend will be filled with many trying moments for players, coaches, parents and officials. Through it all, let us remember the true SPIRIT OF THE GAME.


Sportsmanship, Fair Play and Respect will always be valued cornerstones of THE GAME. Take pride in yourself, your team, your town and your league. Represent them with dignity and sportsmanship.


Team Sportsmanship Awards will be given to those teams which best exemplify the true meaning of Sportsmanship & Fair Play.


This will be the eighth Massachusetts Tournament of Champions held at the spectacular Massachusetts Youth Soccer Fields at Progin Park in Lancaster, MA and we’ve again made some improvements from last year.




The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Field Complex is located at 512 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, MA 01523.
It is at the intersection of Old Union Turnpike and Lunenburg Road (Route 70) in Lancaster, Massachusetts. The field complex is best reached by connecting with Route 2. All of the major interstates (I-95, I-495 and I-190) intersect with Route 2. Please check a map to determine the best interstate to use to connect with Route 2. For more detailed directions go to the link on our website listed below. Please note: Not all mapping websites or GPS devices give accurate directions to our complex.



Massachusetts Youth Soccer has two parking areas that provide ample parking for all of our events at the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Fields at Progin Park. Visitors MUST know upon which field their player is playing. This enables visitors to park in the parking area designated for their player's specific field. The appropriate parking areas are designated by signage throughout the complex and by parking attendants on duty.


• Visitors going to the Lower Fields (Nos. 1-10) MUST park in the Main Lot. If this lot is full we will direct you to the Quarry lot that has ample overflow parking. Courtesy carts provide ongoing

service for any people needing transport from the back lot to the front fields.

• Visitors going to the Upper Fields (No. 11-16) MUST park in the Quarry Lot located behind Fields No.11-16.

• At all times Visitors must comply with directions of Massachusetts Youth Soccer Parking Attendants.

• Any vehicle parked in an unauthorized area WILL BE TOWED at the owner’s expense.

• All on-site parking is limited to passenger cars or vans. ABSOLUTELY NO RVS or BUSES.


Massachusetts Youth Soccer has worked diligently to meet the needs and wishes of our visitors. The convenience and comfort of all of our visitors depends entirely upon everyone's cooperation in parking where they are supposed to. Please help us make everyone's visit to our complex as safe, convenient and enjoyable as possible.


IMPORTANT NOTE: DROP OFF ZONE CLOSEDThe Lancaster Police Department will absolutely not permit cars to stop and unload, park or make any U-Turns, on Route 70 adjacent to the front fields. Stopped traffic presents an extreme risk to anyone using Route 70 and these restrictions will be strictly enforced. Again DROP IFF ZONE on Route 70 is CLOSED with an 8 Foot FENCE.

Massachusetts Youth Soccer has worked diligently to meet the needs and wishes of our visitors. The convenience and comfort of all of our visitors depends entirely upon everyone's cooperation in parking where they are supposed to. Please help us make everyone's visit to our complex as safe, convenient and enjoyable as possible.





Congratulations to all of the teams participating in the 31ST  Annual Massachusetts Tournament of Champions and a tradition of high quality competition and a high degree of sportsmanship. Qualifying for the MTOC is an achievement of which all participants should be extremely proud and each team should be extremely honored to represent their league.  MTOC is founded on the observance of the Spirit of the Game. Sportsmanship, fair play and respect for fellow players, coaches, spectators and referees are values we hold in high regard. 

The following information should answer most of your questions regarding the logistical details for teams and coaches and the actual playing rules of the tournament. Full details on the ‘Rules of Play’ are also located online at The website should be your first point of inquiry for any questions related to the MTOC weekend, especially in the event of game rescheduling due to weather.





Each league is required to fill slots that are assigned to them as of June 1st for MTOC. Failure to fill a slot will result in a fine to the league of $1,000 per slot. Teams should report to the Field Pavilion at least 40 minutes prior to their game time to register. For all preliminary round games, teams check in only before their first game of the day. For all semifinal and championship games, teams must check in prior to each game. Many teams will be checking in at the same time and the tournament staff will do their best to make the process proceed.


IF a Town Club wants to move a one of their team's games, especially on the first day, the President of the League must contact the Chairman of the Leagues Committee, John Linnehan.


The following documents are required and must be presented at check-in:

a.                Rosters.   Rosters must be typed with players in alphabetical order and must be completed to show the jersey number of each player.

i) Jersey numbers will be verified during the check-in process.

               ii)Rosters eligible for MTOC play are frozen as of June 1st each year. 

               iii)Rosters are limited to 18 players (15 players for U12). The roster you present at your first registration check-in is your roster for the entire tournament. 

               iv)Each team must bring four (4) official game roster forms to the tournament. These rosters must be the same rosters approved for use in your home league and must be stamped or signed by your league registrar. 

                           v)No more than three (3) out-of-state players are allowed on a team’s roster.

b.     Pass Cards.   Each player and coach must have a current pass card. Pass cards must be on a Massachusetts Youth Soccer format ID card, typed and contain the following information:

                        i)      Player or coach’s name

                        ii)     Player’s birth date

                        iii)    Current season (i.e. 2014-15 or a MTOC sticker with the year on it)

                        iv)    A passport sized picture (current or within two years)

                        v)     Signed or stamped by your league registrar

                        vi)    All cards must be laminated.

If these criteria are not met, the player or coach may be declared ineligible.



c.       Each team will be issued three (3) non-transferable Coach Passes. These Coach Passes are required in order to gain access to the sideline coaching areas. Do not leave your Coach Pass in your car.  If a team’s official team roster only provides space for the names of two (2) coaches and you intend to have a third coach on the sidelines, this individual must be registered with Massachusetts Youth Soccer, have a currently valid coach’s pass card and be specifically identified to the Registration Staff during the team registration process.

            d.   Uniforms.   Players must be in full uniform and ready to play at the check-in. Teams will line up in roster order (alphabetical) and will then be checked-in. Teams must play in the same uniforms in which they have checked in (see uniform information in next section). 

            e.   Failure to supply rosters and/or players cards will result in the head coach being suspended for each game that the documents are not available. If the information is not available prior to the completion of the game, the game will be recorded as a forfeit.

            f) No more than three (3) out-of-state players are allowed on a team’s roster. These players must be rostered as per the Massachusetts Youth Soccer rules on out-of-state players.


g.   In affirming the importance of providing community-based soccer opportunities for youth players, roster composition of MTOC-eligible teams from member leagues will conform with the following standards:

For U14 and younger: To be eligible for MTOC play, at least 75% of the players on a town’s/club’s submitted roster must be from that same league’s recognized town/club organization.  The Leagues Committee must approve any exceptions to this requirement.

h. For U15 and older: recognizing that the difficulty in forming teams increases as the player become older, town organizations/clubs may collaborate to create appropriately competitive soccer opportunities where they might not otherwise exist.

In every instance, these collaborative teams must:

1.  be registered with a member town/club organization of the league they are representing;

2.  must completely adhere to the Leagues Committee intra-league and inter-league player movement agreements;

3.  must play a regular league schedule within a MTOC-affiliated league;

4.  75% of rostered players must come from within the sponsoring league; and,

5.  all players must be properly affiliated with the state association.


The Leagues Committee must approve any exceptions to any of these requirements.





1) Players' uniforms shall consist of the following:

a) A soccer jersey with visible, legible numbers that match the players listed on the roster.

b) There shall be no numbers duplicated on any roster or team.

c) Soccer shorts of matching color and style

d) Socks that match each other and those of their teammates

e) Pair of soccer shoes. No “spikes” will be permitted.

f) Shin guards are mandatory. Players will not be allowed to check-in or play without them.

g) There are sound reasons behind the uniform requirements.

Matching uniform details are of tremendous importance in assisting the officials of the games.

h) If the game involves two teams with similar jersey colors, the HOME team will wear alternate colored jerseys (or mesh pinnies which allow the player number to be discernable). The home team is the team listed first on the schedule. The referee shall have final authority on color conflicts.


2) Please note that players shall not be permitted to wear the following:


a) Cut off shorts

b) “Jams”

c) Spandex that does not match the color of the players’ shorts

d) Boxer shorts

e) Jewelry (string bracelets, barrettes, hairpins, earrings, etc.)

f) Casts, splints, hats, hard protective headgear or unprotected braces

g) Unnecessary face or body painting or other offensive displays

h) Tournament officials will inspect each team during the check-in process, giving special attention to potentially dangerous items (casts, splints, jewelry, faulty cleats) as well as assuring that protective items like shin guards are in place.


i) In all instances, the Tournament officials cannot allow anything to be worn that might injure

the player or an opponent on the field. Any items involving interpretation will be referred to

the Referee Tent and the judgment of the tournament’s Referee Director will be final.

ii) It is expected that coaches will keep players who have sustained injuries off the field.


3.         Final Determination.   Any item worn that, in the opinion of the Tournament Officials involves or poses a risk of harm will be referred to the Referee Director and his/her determination shall be final.



1.         Team Benches.      Both teams will be located on the same side of the field.  All spectators will be located on the opposite side of the field. Only the players and up to three (3) coaches per team are allowed on the team side of the field. Coaches must wear their MTOC coach’s pass on the sidelines so referees and tournament officials can easily identify them as team representatives.

2.         Substitutions.   Substitutions are unlimited. Both teams may substitute on a goal kick, after a goal and at half time. As to throw-ins, however, only the team in possession has the initial option of substituting, but if it does make a substitution, the opposing team may substitute as well. All substitute players must be ready at midfield and substitutions are made only with the referee’s consent. If a game is stopped to allow for substitution for an injured player, the opposing team may also substitute as well on a one-for-one basis.

3.         U12 Goalkeeper Distributions.   In U12 matches, the goalkeeper’s distribution may carry the full length of the field, but it cannot go directly into the opponent’s penalty area in the air.

4.         Game Time – Round Robin.   All preliminary round robin games will consist of 25 minute halves with a 5-minute halftime.  Game time is kept by the referee and is running time, with no allowance for injury time. There will be no overtime periods in the preliminary round of play. Teams must be ready to play at their appointed time.

5.         Weather Delays.      In the event that a portion of the game schedule is suspended due to weather (or for any other reason), the following rules will apply:

            a.   In the event of a stoppage, games that have completed a half, or are in the second half, will be deemed completed and the score at the time of the stoppage will stand.

            b.   In the event of a stoppage, games that are in the first half will be re-played in their entirety (both halves), subject to time and field constraints of the tournament.

            c.     In the event of a stoppage, the Tournament Committee and the Referee Director will determine when it is safe to restart games. Games will resume on the original schedule with the next schedule time slot due to play. (i.e. if it is safe to play at 3:45 PM, games will recommence with those teams scheduled for 4:00 PM.)

            d.    Games with the first half not completed or games not played due to stoppage, will be rescheduled in available time and field slots. Games not completed or played Friday and early Saturday will most likely be played late Saturday. Games not completed or played late Saturday may be played Sunday morning, with semi -final games delayed. Specific details will be available at scoreboards and registration area.

 6.         Playing Surface.  Assignment of playing surfaces (either grass or synthetic) is at the sole discretion of the Tournament Committee and is not subject to discussion, protest or appeal.

7.         Change in Length of Games.  Should conditions warrant, the length of games is subject to change by the Tournament Director and the Referee Director, Coaches will be notified before the start of the half in which such a change is made. In the event of unsafe conditions, a game may be terminated at any point by the referee.

8.            There will be a spectator line (dashed line about 1-yard outside the touch line) on the spectator side of the field. Spectators must stay entirely outside this line. This area is for the Assistant Referee so that he/she can run his/her side of the field and see the touchline on the other half of the



9. There shall be NO PETS of any kind allowed are permitted in any portion of the field complex.

10.        NO TENTS or CANOPIES shall be located within fifty (50) feet of any field. Canopies must be properly anchored and must be taken down when not in use. The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Facilities Manager has final authority as to whether a canopy or canopies in general may be permitted to be erected on the complex. Due to high winds at Progin Park, canopies can pose a serious risk of harm.


11) NO TENTS  or CANOPIES shall be inside the perimeter of the fields. The perimeter of the fields is taken to mean the areas on the end lines of each field and the areas between the playing fields. These constitute a serious hazard to players. Tents shall be allowed only in DESIGNATED AREAS that are well away from the perimeter of the playing fields. Lancaster tends to be windy. Tents and Canopies MUST be properly anchored and when not in use by a team (game time) must be collapsed and left in place.






1) Players, coaches and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the letter and the SPIRIT of the game and its regulations. The MTOC Committee expects all players, coaches and spectators to uphold the spirit of ZERO TOLERANCE policies. Displays of TEMPER or DISSENT by word or action against opponents or referees are cause for ejection from the match, , suspension from the MTOC and/or EJECTION from the Fields at Progin Park.  


2) No player ejected (red carded) may re-enter that game, nor may the player have a substitute. The ejected player must also remove him/herself well away from the general area of the game field. It is the responsibility of the team’s coach(s) to enforce this. Any player ejected from a game will be ineligible to appear until after the completion of the team’s next game. Penalty kick procedures are not considered games.


3) If two (2) red cards are assessed to a team, that team will forfeit the game. The Tournament Committee and the Referee Director will determine whether further action is warranted. 4) Coaches receiving a Red Card (EJECTION) for any reason will be SUSPENDED for the REMAINDER of the Tournament.


5) Each coach is responsible for his/her spectators’ behavior. Coaches should inform their spectators of the rules (i.e. behavior, spectator line, etc.). Each coach is expected to monitor his or her spectators and take corrective action if necessary. Each coach is expected to support the referee or tournament official if action against a spectator is required.


6) PROTESTS: Any protest must be in writing and submitted to the MTOC Committee (located at the registration pavilion) along with a $100.00 cash protest fee. The protest must be filed within one hour of the completion of the match in question. The protest fee of $100.00 will be returned if the protest is upheld.



1.     Official Scores.   The official scores will be posted only at the Field (registration) Pavilion. The Coach of each team shall be responsible for checking scoreboards at the Field Pavilion to determine if their team is advancing to the semifinals, and to obtain their scheduled time and field location.

2.     Divisions With 3 Groups.   In divisions of competition with three (3) groups of teams, the winners of each preliminary round robin group of play together with a “Wild-Card” team will advance to the Final Four (Semi-finals). The Wild Card team will be that team with the best record of those teams not qualifying as group winners.

3.     Divisions With 2 Groups.   In divisions of competition with two (2) groups of teams, the winners and runners-up in each group of play will advance to the Final Four (Semi-finals).

4.     Tie-Breakers. The determination of order of finish will be made according to the following procedures:

            a.   Aggregate points earned in round robin games (3 points shall be awarded for a win, 1 point will be awarded for a tie);

            b.   Head-to-head results. Except, however, in the event of a three way tie within a section, the head-to-head results tiebreaker will not be considered;

            c.   Goal differential. There shall be a maximum goal differential of four (4) earned per game

            d.   Fewest goals allowed overall, to a maximum of four per game;

            e.   Most shutouts;

            f.    Penalty kicks. The teams involved shall take penalty kicks in the manner prescribed by FIFA Laws of the Game. Penalty kicks shall be conducted immediately after the preliminary round robin phase of the tournament is completed. See special details applicable to this provided below):

                        i)     The time and location for each tie breaker shootout will be set at the Field Pavilion generally one to two hours after the ties are determined. The Coach of each team is responsible for obtaining the time and field location scheduled for the penalty kicks;

                        ii)     Each team shall select seven (7) players from the MTOC roster. The goalkeeper (or goalkeepers) will come from the seven (7) listed players. Each coach will provide a written list of the seven (7) players in shooting order, along with their player pass cards, to the referee in charge of the penalty kicks;

                        iii)     If more than two (2) teams are tied, they will all kick penalty kicks at the same time with the order of teams participating to be determined by coin toss;

                        iv)     Each team will take five (5) kicks from the penalty mark with each team alternating kicks and adhering to the written shooting order provided by the coach. The team shooting first shall be determined by a coin toss conducted by the referee;

                        v)     If the teams are tied after five kicks, each team will have their sixth shooter take one additional kick. If the tie remains unbroken, the seventh shooters repeat the process. If additional kicks are needed, the referee will continue the process, going through the list of players again until the tie is broken.

g) In the event of a three way tie within a section, the head-to-head results tiebreaker will not be

considered (or awarded)

            h.   In the event of a forfeited game, the non-forfeiting team will be awarded:

                        i)      3 points for a win;

                        ii)     A goal differential equal to the average goal differential of the other games the forfeiting team played vs. other teams in the same section;

                        iii)    A goals allowed of zero.

            i.   Team Placement Into Semifinals:

                        i)      Winner of Section A plays Winner of Section B; and,

                        ii)     Winner of Section C plays the Wild Card team, except when the wild card team comes out of Section C, in which case A plays C and B plays WC.




1) All semifinal and championship games shall be as follows (schedule permitting):

a) U12 = 30 minute halves

b) U14 = 35 minute halves

c) U16 = 40 minute halves

d) U18 = 40 minute halves

e) U19 = 40 minute halves


Overtime periods will only be played in the semifinal and championship rounds of play. All overtime periods will conform to current FIFA rules and games that go into overtime will no longer be decided by a “golden goal”. Overtime in all age groups will consist of two (2) 5-minute overtime periods. Both overtime periods will be played in their entirety.


2) If teams remain tied after regulation and overtime play, regular FIFA penalty kick procedures will be followed to determine a winner. These will take place immediately following the completion of overtime play.


SPECIAL RULES FOR MTOC TIE BREAKER PENALTY KICKS (following preliminary round robin only):



1) The time and location for each tie breaker shootout will be set at the registration tent; generally one to two hours after the ties are determined. Each team’s coach has the responsibility of having a team representative at the main registration pavilion to obtain the scheduled time and field location;


2) Each team selects seven (7) players from the MTOC Tournament roster. The goalkeeper (or goalkeepers) will come from the seven (7) listed players. Each coach will provide a written list of the seven (7) players in shooting order, along with their player pass cards, to the referee in charge of the penalty kicks;


3) If more than two (2) teams are tied, they will all kick penalty kicks at the same time with the order of teams participating to be determined by coin toss;


4) Each team will take five (5) kicks from the penalty mark with each team alternating kicks and adhering to the written shooting order provided by the coach. The referee will determine the team shooting first by a coin toss;


5) If the teams are tied after five kicks, each team will have their sixth shooter take one additional kick. If the tie remains unbroken, the seventh shooters repeat the process. If additional kicks are needed, the referee will continue the process, going through the list of players again until the tie is broken.





Massachusetts Youth Soccer is privileged to own and operate one of the finest soccer field complexes in the country. We ask all of our visitors to respect the complex and all of the hard work that it takes to maintain and improve it. The following activities shall be prohibited at any time and at any location by anyone at the complex:


1) Unsafe, careless, or negligent behavior while engaging in Licensee's activities;


2) Any activity that may reasonably be expected to cause or which will or may foreseeably injure or harm any person or persons or which will deface or cause damage to Massachusetts Youth’s property or the property of others;


3) The possession, sale or use of any alcoholic beverages of any kind and/or any unlawful drugs or substances;


4) Use of any tobacco products;


5) Playing any other sport or engaging in any other activity other than soccer;


6) The presence of any pet of any sort other than seeing-eye dogs.


7) The use of off road motorized vehicles and skimobiles;


8) The possession of any fire arm whether licensed or not.


9) The use of any public address system, amplifier and/or megaphone.


10) The use of any generator, cooking appliance or barbecue grill.


11) Any activity which may reasonably be expected to produce any unusual, noxious or objectionable smoke, gas, vapor or odor;


12) The posting of any signs or advertisements or the distribution of any written materials calculated to generate business in any way for Licensee or others;


13) Taking up collections or making solicitations of any kind.


14) The marking of lines on any field surface with paint, tape or any other substance or material.


15) Use of the Fields in any manner that may be contrary to the interests of Massachusetts Youth or its programs.


16) Use of the Fields for any unlawful or unauthorized purpose, or in any manner that in the sole discretion or judgment of the Massachusetts Youth is offensive or contrary to the interests.


Additional Rules for our synthetic turf fields….


1) The use of chewing gum;

2) The consumption of sunflower seeds or shelled nuts;

3) The consumption of any food or drink other than water;

4) The use or possession of glass containers of any kind;

5) The use of roller blades, skateboards or bicycles;

6) The use of metal cleats or spikes, or plastic cleats longer than ¼”;

7) The use or erection of any tent, tarp, structure or object which will or may foreseeably cause the penetration of the synthetic surface