TOURNAMENT RULES AND PROCEDURES
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 www.mayouthsoccer.org. 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.
TEAM REGISTRATION and CHECK-IN
Each qualifying team will be issued three (3) non-transferable Coach Passes. These Coach Passes are necessary to gain access to the sideline coaching areas. Do not leave your Coach Pass in your car. If your 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.
1) Teams should report to the registration pavilion at least 40 minutes prior to their game time. For all preliminary round robin 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 smoothly and quickly. Cooperation on the part of players and coaches is also important to assuring that the registration process works well. The following documents are required and must be presented at check-in:
a) Rosters eligible for MTOC play are frozen as of June 1 each year. Rosters are limited to 18 players (15 for U12).No changes may be made to rosters after June 1. The roster you present at your first registration check-in is your roster for the entire tournament.
b) Each team must bring four (4) official game roster forms to the tournament. These forms must be the same forms approved for use in your home league and must be stamped or signed by your league registrar.
c) Rosters must be typed with players in alphabetical order and must be completed to show the jersey number of each player. Jersey numbers will be verified during the check-in process.
d) Each player and coach must have a current pass card. Pass cards must be on a Massachusetts Youth Soccer format card, typed and contain the following information and if these criteria are not met, the player or coach may be declared ineligible:
i) Player or coach’s name
ii) Player’s birth date
iii) Current season (i.e. 2011-12 or a MTOC sticker with the year on it)
iv) A picture (current or within two years)
v) Signed or stamped by your league registrar
vi) All cards must be laminated.
e) Players must be in full uniform and ready to play at 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).
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.
i) 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.
1) Players' uniforms consist of:
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
d) Pair of matching socks
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. For example, having each team in matching socks helps the referees visually untangle a mass of players’ legs and determine who touched a ball last.
h) The HOME team will provide alternate 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
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
i) 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.
ii) 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.
iii) It is expected that coaches will keep players who have sustained injuries off the field.
1) 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 passes on the sidelines so referees and tournament officials can easily identify team representatives.
2) 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, 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.
3) 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) 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) If a game is stopped to allow for substitution for an injured player, the other team may also substitute, on a one-for-one basis.
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) 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.
9) There will be a spectator line (dashed line about 1-yard outside the touch line) on the spectator side of the field. Spectators are expected to stay behind (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 field.
10) There shall be NO PETS of any kind allowed at the field complex.
11) NO TENTS 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 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 and/or premises and/or SUSPENSION from the tournament.
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 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.
ADVANCEMENT TO THE FINAL FOUR (Semifinals)
1) The official scores will be posted only at the main registration pavilion. Each team’s coach has the responsibility of having a team representative check scoreboards at the registration pavilion to determine if their team is advancing to the semifinals, and to obtain their scheduled time and field location.
2) In divisions of competition with three groups, the winners of each preliminary round robin group of play will advance to the “Final Four” along with a wild card team. The wild card team will be that team with the best record of those teams not qualifying as group winners.
3) In divisions of two groups, the winners and runners-up in each round robin group of play will advance to the Final Four.
4) The determination of order of finish will be made according to the following procedures:
a) Aggregate points earned in preliminary round games (3 pts for a win, 1 pt for a draw);
b) Head-to-head results;
c) Goal differential, to a maximum of four earned per game;
d) Fewest goals allowed overall, to a maximum of four per game;
e) Most shutouts;
f) MTOC~FIFA penalty kicks (to be taken immediately after the preliminary round robin phase of the tournament is completed – see special details applicable to this provided below);
g) In the event of a three way tie within a section, the head-to-head results tiebreaker will not be considered;
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.
SEMIFINALS AND FINALS
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 = 45 minute halves
e) U19 = 45 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.
CITIZENS BANK FIELDS AT PROGIN PARK RULES
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.
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