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Rules for the 2016 Abby Rubenson Cup

Rules for the 2016 Abby Rubenson Cup
THERE WILL BE MAIL IN REGISTRATION to 30990 S. Wixom Road, Wixom, MI 48393 and email option preferred sent to ppa.soccer.mgt@gmail.com. The email must include Gender, age and Team ID number in Subject. Teams are required to have one copy of their official roster, pass card for each player, medical release forms, liability form, risk management cards for coaches and managers and if applicable, guest player rosters and pass card and permission to travel for out-of-state and foreign teams as well as concussion certificates for coaches and parent and athlete concussion information sheet for each player attending tournament.

Concussion Policy
MSYSA coaches must be able to provide their CDC Heads Up Concussion Certification. All non MSYSA coach must be able to provide the CDC HeadsUp Concussion certificate or the NFHS Concussion in Sports certificate. Teams must be able to provide the Michigan Department of Community Health/CDC Parent and Athlete Concussion Information Sheet for each player attending the tournament.

Michigan State Youth Soccer Association has eliminated heading for players U11 and younger. This directive is to protect players 10 years old and younger regardless of what age group they are playing in. A purposeful header by these players shall result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opponent at the spot of the infraction.

Under 8-Born in 2009
Under 9-Born in 2008
Under 10-Born in 2007
Under 11-Born in 2006
Under 12-Born in 2005
Under 13-Born in 2004
Under 14 – Born in 2003
Under 15 – Born in 2002
Under 16 – Born in 2001
Under 17 – Born in 2000
Under 18 – Born in 1999
Under 19- Born in 1998

ROSTERS: A roster must be on file with tournament headquarters prior to competition and it must be a team roster for the Fall of 2016. A player can only be rostered on one team. The maximum roster size per age group is as follows: NO DOUBLE ROSTERING IS ALLOWED . PLAYERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO PLAY FOR ONE TEAM IN THE TOURNAMENT. NO PLAYER WILL BE ALLOWED TOPLAY FOR MORE THAN ONE TEAM REGARDLESS OF AGE GROUP, GENDER OR TEAM. TEAMS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THIS RULE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED

4v4 (U7 and U8) -8 maximum players
7v7-14 players maximum (U9-10) U8 team wishing to play 7v7 will need to play in U9Y division and conform to the 7v7 format and rules
9v9 -18 players maximum (U10, U11 and U12 teams playing 9v9) U12 players wishing to play 11v11 will need to play in the U13Y division and conform to the 11v11 format and rules
11 v 11-22 players maximum (U 13 -U 19 teams)
Tournament uses a 2016 USSF certified assignor and that all referee assigning is done through Game Officials. Furthermore, out-of-area referee will need to show photo proof to verify identity

A maximum of 5 guest players (from outside a team’s club) are allowed per team at MSYSA sanctioned tournaments. Additionally, an unlimited number of club passcard players are allowed per team provided that at least 50% of the players appearing on a tournament roster also appear on a team’s league roster. . “Club” means an organization providing soccer to youth players that is either a direct member of MSYSA or that registers players with MSYSA through an affiliated member. At no time shall an affiliated member who functions as a “scheduling league” also be considered a “club”. In the case where a club sets up one or more satellite clubs in the state, those satellite clubs may only be considered part of the main club for the purposes of the Lightning Cup if all the following criteria are met: 1. The main club and satellite club have the same Board of Directors 2. The main club and satellite club have the same Tax ID number 3. The main club and satellite club are in the same MSYSA District as determined by the MSYSA Board of Directors.

U7 4v4 4-8 minute quarters
U8 4v4 3- 15 minute
(7v7) 2 x 25 minute halves (prelim, semi & finals)
(9 v 9) 2x 30 minute halves (prelim, semi, & finals)
(11 v 11) 2 x 35 minute halves (prelim, semi & finals)
Note: Games may be shortened to maintain the integrity of the schedule during the preliminary and semi-final games. There is no overtime during preliminary rounds.


7v7: Provisions
Will utilize build out lines and will now have offsides.
Provisions for 7v7 play
In accordance with US Youth Soccer’s Player Development initiatives, the following rules will be in place:

Field, ball and goal sizes will follow US youth soccer standards
7v7 fields will include a build out line
When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line
once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate - NO PUNTING
Ball is not in play until it crosses out of penalty area, similiar to goal kick
After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal
offside will be called from the buildout line to the end line
Play can be restarted by kicking back into your own ends
As far as restarts all free kicks follow FIFA (indirect and direct)

Standards of Play
•Size 3 ball
•Shin guards are required
•Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any time
•4 quarters
•No more than 10 minute quarters

•Kick offs, free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks are used to start or restart play
•Kick-ins and/or dribble-ins are also acceptable -
•Goal kicks and corner kicks should be taken in the general vicinity of the respective goal or corner
•If used, all free kicks are indirect
•Opponents should be 10 feet away from the ball on all restarts
•No penalty kicks
•No offside

6. SUBSTITUTIONS: Substitutions may be made with referee’s approval only. Substitution requests may be given at these times:

A player may be substituted on a stoppage of play with the permission of the referee (NOTE: Tournament regulations may limit when substitutions may be made by specifying specific stoppages in play when substitutions can be made (ex: at goal kicks and corner kicks, on your team’s throw-ins, when a player is cautioned); otherwise substitutions may be made at any stoppage only with the permission of the referee. And if the age group is 15 & under, free substitution is allowed. For age groups 16 years and older, free substitution is allowed providing the tournament is not an official competition (but a friendly club tournament) and the age category does not include matches between national teams of CONCACAF member countries.

7. TEAM LOCATION: Both teams will have their bench on the same side. Spectators will be on the opposite side. The half way line will divide the teams and the spectators. Coaches are responsible for the spectators’ behavior. Dissent will not be tolerated.

8. AWARDS: Awards will be given to all age groups that win their division.

A. To be provided by the team listed as HOME
B. Under 8 through Under 12 will use a size 4 ball.

A. Shin guards are mandatory and must be covered by socks.
B. Shirt/jerseys will be tucked into player’s shorts at all times.
C.. Hard cast and Soft cast will be allowed upon approval of referee and/or tournament Committee and they are properly covered with bubblewrap or something similar.
D. The home team will be responsible for using an alternate color uniform if necessary.

11. DIVISION STANDINGS: Win = 3 pts. Tie = 1 pt. Loss = 0 pt.

Division of 5 Teams – A round robin competition will be held. Upon conclusion of the round robin play, all teams will be ranked as to their performance over the 4 games. Champion and Finalist awards will be made to the teams with the highest two point totals. Ties will be broken according to Tie Breaker Rules.

1. Head to Head (skip if more than two teams are tied)
a. If three way tie, then head to head is thrown out completely
b. In a three way tie, once a team is advanced it will not revert back to head to head.
2. Net score- Goals scored less goals allowed (max. 4 per game)
3. Least goals against
4. Most goals scored (max. 4 per game)
5. Penalty kicks. 5 per team, alternating. If tied after 5 each, 1 per team will be selected until the tie is broken. (The penalty shooters can be anyone who is dressed to play and rostered, and has to start with players that were on field when overtime ended, only applies to tie breaker).
6. All Division winners are set, and then the wildcard process takes place

The Selection of a Wild Card Team, if required, shall be determined by:
A. Non-group winner with the most total points.
B. Non group winner with the most wins.
C. Winner of the game, if applicable, played between the tied teams.
D. Goal differential- max 4 per game
E. Fewer total goals allowed.
F. Penalty kicks. If both teams advance, the tournament committee will decide the opponents at the next level of play.
G. Wildcard teams may be changed if the two teams played each other in preliminary rounds.

13. TIES DURING CHAMPIONSHIP OR PLAYOFF GAMES: Ties during the championship or playoff game will be settled by 2 x 5 minute overtime periods. A “Golden Goal” will be used for the Overtime period. The game will conclude following a “Golden Goal” being scored.
If a tie still exists, penalty kicks will take place, rule #12 (5) will NOT apply. Any eligible player (Non red carded) on the roster can participate in penalty kicks. Players do not have to be on the field at the end of the game to shoot.
Penalty kick elimination: Any eligible player (Non red carded) on the roster can participate in penalty kicks. Players do not have to be on the field at the end of the game to shoot. Coin flip will determine who will go first (visiting team calls). Five penalty kickers per team. The most goals scored after five kicks for each team wins the game. If the score remains tied, teams will alternate shooters until there is an unmatched goal between the teams. After all eligible players on the field of play have taken kicks; teams will start with their first kickers again and in the same order.
*The Tournament Committee reserves the right to shorten or eliminate overtime periods in order to keep games on time.

14. NUMBER OF PLAYERS: A team that fails to field 5 for 6v6 or 7v7 games, 6 for 9v9 games, 7 for 11v11 games, 5 minutes after the scheduled kick off, will forfeit. The score will be 4-0. Any team who forfeits a game will not advance from their bracket. Any use of illegal players will result in a forfeiture of all games.

15. INCLEMENT WEATHER: The tournament committee and/or director have the right to stop games due to weather.
Games interrupted prior to the completion of the first half:
A. will continue if time permits
B. If time does not permit, a 0-0 tie will be awarded.
Games interrupted after the completion of the first half:
A. will continue if time permits
B. If time does not permit, the score of the game will stand.

16. EJECTIONS: Any player, coach, assistant coach or manager receiving a red card will not be permitted to participate in the remainder of the game and the following game. Suspension from additional games will be contingent upon a review of the violation after receipt of the referee report. Tournament will submit a red/yellow card to the state/league and state association at the conclusion of the event and disciplinary actions may be determined by each league and/or state association. A 2nd red card results in suspension from the remainder of the tournament. Any MSYSA registered player, coach, assistant coach or team manager who has received a red card during the tournament and did not sit out the related number of game(s) during the tournament must sit out the required number of game(s) starting with his/her next league game.

17. TOURNAMENT FACILITY: All Park rules must be obeyed while on premises. VIOLATORS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.


19. RISK MANAGEMENT: We adhere to the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association
Risk Management policies: These can be found at the MSYSA website (www.michiganyouthsoccer.org), PROGRAMS, RISK MANAGEMENT.
MSYSA registered teams will be required to present risk management cards for coaches, assistant coaches and team managers. Non-MSYSA teams need to bring their organization’s equivalent to the MSYSA risk management card

20. MEDICAL RELEASE FORMS: Each team must have a medical release form for each player rostered, including guest players.

21. TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS: Tournament headquarters will be located at Ward Church. Key contact is Annalisa Van Houten, Tournament Director at 248 613-0729.

22. ELIGIBILITY: All state associations, foreign teams-Canadian teams are eligible to participate.

23. HOME TEAM: The home team is the FIRST team listed. In the case of similar color uniforms, the home team will change to their alternate jersey.

24. DISPUTES: Any disagreement which cannot be resolved by the listed rules will be settled by the Tournament Committee.

25. RECREATION & GUEST PLAYERS: Five (5) players may be added to your official league roster so long as these players are registered with your club or organization and currently playing on a recreational team. No Premier/Select player will be allowed as a guest player on a recreational team. You may play for only one team in the tournament. All guest players must obtain a Guest Player Roster Form from the MSYSA prior to tournament check-in. Non-Michigan teams must obtain similar documentation from their State/Provincial soccer organization.
Team Roster: At the time of tournament registration you must submit your regular team Fall 2015 roster. Also, player identification cards (pass cards) are required for all ages and divisions except for teams classified as recreational and playing in a recreational division.


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