APPLICATION:  The registration deadline for applications is April 10, 2016.  In order to be considered for participation, the application must be complete, including payment.  No application will be considered without payment.  Refunds will be made to all teams not accepted.  Entries submitted after April 10, 2016, will be placed on a wait list and will be considered only to the extent an accepted team drops.

REGISTRATION:  Teams must register at the MANDATORY REGISTRATION. Mandatory Registration is Friday evening prior to the first day of play.  Teams will be notified of the time and location of the Mandatory Registration.  Failure to register will result in automatic disqualification from the Tournament without a refund of the fee.  At the discretion of the Tournament, the disqualified team may be allowed to compete as a “Guest team.” (See Guest Team rule.)  Games not played will be classified as “Forfeits and Byes.”

REFUNDS:  No refunds will be permitted after the registration deadline of April 10, 2016.

CREDENTIALS:  At the Mandatory Registration, teams must provide the required credentials.  All U.S. teams must provide valid laminated Player I.D. Cards with photographs, and signed Medical Release Forms.  USYSA teams from outside of Region IV must also provide approved Travel Papers which must include a roster listing all players authorized to travel. Proper Player Loan Forms will be required at Registration along with other required credentials, as required by the team’s State Association. U.S. teams registered through US Club Soccer must provide the appropriate travel documentation for the organization to which they are affiliated. International teams must provide a certified Team Roster, League Identification Cards, Medical release forms, Travel Papers, and Passports.  In the event an International team does not have League Identification Cards, a photograph of each player should be provided in addition to the passport.  All Player Identification Cards for the entire team must have the same registration affiliation.

ROSTERS:  U14-U18 teams may register a maximum of twenty-two (22) players. A team may use unlimited guest players but any team utilizing guest players is still limited to the stated maximum roster size.  Rosters may not be revised after the mandatory registration occurs on Friday evening.


FIFA Laws of the Game will apply as modified by USYSA and Cal South as described herein.

Duration of Games by Halves, and Ball Size is as follows:



Ball Size


35 Minutes



*  All games will be called not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game regardless of the amount of time played in each half up to that point.  A game is “complete” upon completion of one half of play regardless of the circumstances of termination during the second half with final results based on the score at the time the game is called.  Games can end in a tie.

HALF TIME:  Half Time will be exactly five minutes.

GAME CHECK-IN CONDUCT: At least 20 minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game, each team must present to the field host the team’s player cards so the team may be checked in to play and the game started as scheduled.  A team who fails to report within five minutes of a scheduled kick off will forfeit the game.

SUBSTITUTIONS:  Teams may substitute only with the referee’s permission and only at the following times: Substitutions may be made, with the consent of the referee, at any stoppage in play.

PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT:  It will be at the game Referee’s discretion to determine the safety and suitability of player equipment including the wearing of a hard brace.

COACHING:  All Coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, guests, friends and spectators at all times.  Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one’s own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, provided:

No mechanical devices are used;

The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory;

Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards on either side of the halfway line;

No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other   coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators;

No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS:  A player receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an ejection (red card).  A player who has been ejected (sent off), will not be replaced.  A player who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.  A player who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play will not be allowed to participate in the next TWO scheduled games.  Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament.  A coach who has been ejected (sent off) will be suspended the same as a player ejection.

During game suspension(s) for coaches, there can be NO contact between the team and the coach during the game and the coach must be out of site and sound of the field. Additionally, the coach must not be involved in unacceptable conduct (defined as coaching his/her players by any means or method, or harassment of opponents/players/referees/staff). Failure to adhere to this rule will result an immediate ejection from the tournament for the coach.

SUSPENDED AND TERMINATED GAMES:  If in the opinion of the referee a game must be suspended (for reason), the game may be resumed, but is subject to being ended not less than five (5) prior to the scheduled start of the next game.  If in the opinion of the referee, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench coaches, or spectators, the offending team could be suspended from further play and will forfeit that game and all remaining games.  All previous points earned remain as played.  Additionally, the home league and State Association will be contacted as appropriate.

INJURY:  Delays of the game due to injury will result in appropriate time being added to the full game time, based on the judgment of the referee.  However, all preliminary games will be terminated not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game.


REFEREE DECISIONS:   The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final.  The referee may only change a decision on realizing that it is incorrect or, at his/her discretion, on the advice of an assistant referee, provided that he/she has not restarted play.

DETERMINING WINNERS:  Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:

Six (6) points for each Win

Three (3) points for each Tie

Zero (0) points for each Loss

One (1) point for each goal scored up to a maximum of three (3) per game.

One (1) point for each shutout


A 0-0 tie will be scored as 4 points for each team (3 for tie, 1 for shutout)

In the event of a tie in points at the end of bracket play, the winner of the bracket will be determined as follows:

1 The winner in head to head competition.

2 Fewest goals against.

3 Most goals for.

4 Most total wins.

5 Most shut outs.

HOME TEAM:  The Home Team will be the team which appears first on the game schedule. The Home Team will be required to switch to alternate jerseys to accommodate a color conflict as declared by the referee.  If the Home Team cannot supply alternate jerseys, the Home Team will forfeit the game.  The Home Team will have the selection of the bench they wish to play from.

FORFEITS AND BYES:  All teams who forfeit will have the game(s) scored a 0-1 loss. The winner will be awarded eight tournament points (six for the win, one for a goal and one for a shutout). Teams failing to report ready to play within five minutes of the scheduled kick off time will forfeit. Home Teams unable to supply alternate jerseys will forfeit.  Teams failing to check in at the Mandatory Registration will forfeit. Teams taking actions which cause a game to be terminated will forfeit. Byes will be scored and tournament points awarded the same as a forfeit.

PROTESTS and DISPUTES:  NO PROTESTS WILL BE ALLOWED.  Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee and the tournament will not overrule a referee’s decision.  All disputes off the field of play will be settled by the Tournament Director or her designee and the decision will be final.

GUEST TEAMS: The Tournament may accept a team as a “Guest Team” in order to fill a late vacancy in a Division. Guest Teams cannot be determined winner of a Bracket. Guest Team game results are predetermined to be a 1-0 against the Guest Team. The opposing team is awarded eight points.

INCLEMENT WEATHER:  In the event of inclement weather, check the website before reporting to your scheduled field.  In the event of inclement weather, matches may be shortened or cancelled at the Tournament Committee’s discretion.  If all assigned games are unable to be played, the winner may be decided by FIFA penalty kicks, or by the Tournament Committee if FIFA penalty kicks cannot be taken.  A reduced/modified schedule due to inclement weather is not considered tournament cancellation.  Any refunds will be at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.