2016Adidas MEGA Cup Miami™ Rules

1. Team and Player Eligibility
This Tournament shall be open to teams (unrestricted) compromised of properly registered youth players (as defined below) from all Federation organizations (USYSA, US Club, Super-Y,), in all age groups indicated on the Tournament approval form. Each team must also be in good standing with its youth association or other Federation affiliate. It shall be the responsibility of each State Association or Federation Affiliate to certify the eligibility of its competing teams and to provide such teams with a certified copy of the roster, permission to travel and proof of insurance as required by the granting authority. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to consolidate or eliminate age groups where insufficient number of teams apply to that age group. For this tournament, the age classifications are as follows:

 U-18 Born on or after 1/1/1999
 U-17 Born on or after 1/1/2000
 U-16 Born on or after 1/1/2001
 U-15 Born on or after 1/1/2002
 U-14 Born on or after 1/1/2003
 U-13 Born on or after 1/1/2004
 U-12 Born on or after 1/1/2005
 U-11 Born on or after 1/1/2006
 U-10 Born on or after 1/1/2007
 U-09 Born on or after 1/1/2008
The tournament committee authorizes a maximum of five (5) guest/loan players per team for all age groups.

Players rostered to competitive teams may not guest play on recreational teams.

Teams may only have guest/loan players from the same Federation organization and all players must be legally registered through their respective Federation organization. (i.e.: USYSA teams can only have players with USYSA passes; US Club teams may only have players with US Club passes, etc.)

No competitive teams will be allowed to participate in recreational divisions. Players may play and be rostered to only one (1) team during the Tournament. No switching of teams will be allowed and players will be considered tournament-bound to the first team the player participates with. If a player illegally participates with more than one (1) team in the tournament, games for any team(s) that the player participates with other than the first team that played will be recorded as 4-0 forfeit in the opponents favor. Falsification of player registration forms, team rosters, player passes or other records used in the tournament will result in immediate disqualification of the team from the competition, and shall result in disciplinary action, up to and including disbarment for the individual(s) involved.

Maximum rosters and game formats for the competitions shall be as follows:

U9 & U10 12 players in 7v7 format
U11 & U12 14 players in 9v9 format
U13 – U16 18 players in 11v11 format
U17 – U19 22 players, but must name 18* per game in 11v11 format
* a player that receives a red card in an earlier game, will remain on the roster as one of the 18 eligible players until the red card suspension has been served in full.

All teams must have current, valid player and coaches passes from their authorizing Federation organization, for everyone who will be participating at the event. Passes must have a verified team code and player’s date of birth, have current photo attached and be laminated.
2. Pre-Game Procedures

 Prior to the beginning of the tournament at the designated check-in meeting, each team’s coach/manager will present the approved roster, along with valid player and coach passes, medical release forms for each player, approved guest/loan player documents and travel authorization as required. If teams are not able to attend the tournament meeting due to travel, with pre-approval from the Tournament Director, they will have to perform this verification at the Tournament Headquarters site ONLY, prior to proceeding to their first game.

Prior to each game, player passes will be verified again by game officials against the approved tournament participation roster. All teams need to be at their respective game site no less than 30minutes prior to each scheduled match. A player who arrives late to a match may not enter that match until the game officials verify the player is eligible and the center referee permits the player to enter the match.

Each manager/coach (or assistant) must have a valid coach’s pass. If a manager or coach is ejected, an assistant properly registered may conduct the team. If the assistant is ejected, or if there is no assistant, the game will be forfeited.

3. Laws of the Game
All games shall be in accordance with the FIFA “Laws of the Game”. The Under 9, Under 10, Under11 and Under 12 Age Groups will play under the Rules of the Developmental Program – modified playing rules. 
Substitutions may be made only upon proper notification of the referee through the linesman, with the referee’s permission. The substitute shall not enter the field of play until the player he/she is replacing has left the field and after being signaled onto the field by the referee.

Substitutions will be allowed:
 a) Prior to a throw-in by your team
 b) Prior to a goal kick by either team
c) After a goal by either team
d) After an injury, by either team, when referee stops play
 e) At the beginning of the second half or overtime periods.

4. Player Equipment
Player equipment shall be in accordance with the requirements of the Affiliate, FYSA and FIFA rules. Additionally:

          a.) Screw in cleats is permitted; however, judgment as to their safety is at the discretion of the referee.

          b.) Orthopedic casts are not permitted; however, soft braces can be worn with written approval from a doctor, and judgment as to safety is at the discretion of the referee. 

          c.) Shin guards must comply with FIFA Law 4: 

                     •  Shin guards are covered entirely by the stockings. 

                     •  Shin guards are made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic, or similar substances).

                     •  Shin guards must PROVIDE A REASONABLE DEGREE OF PROTECTION.  

                     •  Shin guards are required for any FYSA event for the Safety of the players.

5. Referees
 If an assigned referee fails to appear for a game, the assignor and/or Site Director will provide a replacement. The game will be played as scheduled and deemed official.

Referees are required to submit a completed official game report to the Site Director, along with the player and coaches passes from the teams that competed, upon the conclusion of each match. Referees will be paid after the completed game report has been submitted after the match. 

6. Duration of Game
Games will be played per age group as follows:

Age groups          Pool Games       Semis & Finals           Overtime
U9-U/10                2X25 MIN.                2X25 MIN               Directly to pk's

U/11-U/12             2X25 MIN                 2X25 MIN               Directly to pk’s
U/13-U/16             2X30 MIN                 2X30 MIN               Directly to pk’s
U/17-U/18             2X30 MIN                 2X30 MIN               Directly to pk’s
In any FYSA sanctioned match a break will be given at the midpoint of each half of regulation time and at the end of each overtime period (if played) for player hydration. This break will be given at a normal stoppage of play and it is mandatory for any FYSA sanctioned match during which the air temperature is or is expected to reach eighty-five (85) degrees. Violation may result in charges under FYSA’s Code of Ethics. Game clock will continue to run during the breaks.
7. Control Of Sideline Conduct
 Players, reserve players, managers, coaches, and fans are expected to conduct themselves within the letter and spirit of “The Laws of the Game”. The Site Director has the authority and responsibility to remove any person(s) from the tournament for abuses of conduct, in addition to any specific disciplinary action brought about by any other authority. Tournament Field Marshals will be present at games to assist.

In addition, these rules will apply:
a) The Site Director will designate one sideline for players and the opposite sidelines for spectators.
b) Team Managers/Coaches will be responsible for the behavior of their fans. If the referee warns any coach about their fans’ behavior, and the behavior does not improve, the coach can be sent off by the referee.

8. Post-Game Procedures
As a mutual courtesy, the tournament committee asks that both teams congratulate each other for a game well played.

a) Referees will return the completed game report and all passes to the Site Director (or Tournament Official), as well as any ejected player(s) or coach(es) passes.
b) Manager/Coach of each team will confirm the score as reported on the Game report with the Tournament Official and mark their initials on the Game report.

9. Discipline
The Tournament Committee shall have a Discipline Committee of three (3) members. This committee will review and rule on all reports of unacceptable conduct by players, managers, coaches, referees, spectators, etc. using the FYSA standards as set by Rules Section 502.
a) Any player or manager/coach ejected (red carded) will not complete the game in which the ejection occurred. The ejected player or manager/coach will not participate in the next scheduled tournament game regardless of the cause.

b) Depending on the severity of the unacceptable conduct, the Discipline Committee may recommend the suspension of up to the duration of the tournament in accordance with FYSA requirements. The committee’s recommendations must be available to the affected parties no later than following the next scheduled match.

c) At the conclusion of the tournament, passes will be returned to the coach, even if suspension has not been completed. A complete discipline report will be sent to the FYSA office within two (2) days of the tournament’s conclusion for possible further discipline.

10. Forfeits
A team is allowed a fifteen (15) minute grace period from the scheduled time before awarding the game to the opposing team. A minimum of eligible players (7 for 11v11, 6 for 8v8, and 5 for 6v6) must be present, dressed and ready to play within the grace period, to constitute a “team”. The game will be scored as 4-0. In the event that the scheduled time is revised from the printed schedule, coaches/managers will be notified by email, tournament website, phone or in person by a Tournament Official of the new game time. See also Section 13. External Conditions, Weather, etc.

11. Determination of Group Winners and Finalists
When possible, teams will be assigned to groups of 4 teams and only play the teams in their group .If an odd number of teams enter an age group, then groups may be larger or smaller than four (4).Cross-over games will count in determining which teams within the group advances. In group play, there will be no overtime games.

Group Winners will be determined by the following game point system, with a maximum of 3 points awarded for a single game:

Win 3 points

Tie 1 point
Loss 0 points

• If a tie in points exists between teams, the following tie-breaker rules apply:
a) Head to Head competition (not applicable if more than 2 teams tied on points); then

b) Net Goal Differential (total goals scored less total goals allowed) with a maximum differential of +/- four (4) per game; then

c) Least Goals Allowed; then
d) Most Goals scored with a maximum of four (4) per game.

e) Penalty Kicks per FIFA rules • In four group divisions that result in semi-finals the pairings will be as follows:

                  Winner A vs. Winner C, and Winner B vs. Winner D.

• Wild Card System: If a division uses a wild card to determine the 4th team to qualify for the semi finals ,the team pairings will be as follows:

                  Winner A vs. Winner C, and Winner B vs. Wild Card
b) EXCEPTION: If the wild card team is from Group B, the team pairings will be as follows:
                 Winner A v s. Winner B, and Winner C vs. Wild Card.

c) To determine wild card teams selected from groups of different sizes, comparisons will be made using averages. That is, dividing game points, net goal differential, and least goals allowed by the number of games played within each group.

12. Protests
 For a protest to be considered, the following procedure must be followed:

a) No protest of a referee judgment or discretionary call will be accepted.
b) Verbal notification of the intent to protest must be given to the Executive Director, Tournament Director, or Administration Director immediately following the game.

c) Protest must be in writing by the manager/coach and delivered to the Tournament Director, Executive Director or Administration Director no later than one (1) hour following the game and accompanied by the non-refundable cash protest fee of $200.

13. External Conditions, Weather, etc.
 In the event unusual conditions necessitate the rescheduling, curtailment, shortening or cancellation of games, the Tournament Committee shall have absolute authority to make changes in order to best serve the completion of the tournament, including relocating or rescheduling any game(s), changing the duration of any game(s), canceling the game(s), or canceling the tournament in whole or in part, with no refunds being issued. No protests of the Tournament Committee decisions due to format changes necessitated by external conditions will be allowed. In the event games are suspended or halted due to weather or other external conditions, one (1) team staff member is required to report to Tournament Headquarters where instructions as to the timing of and method for notification of restarts and/or schedule revisions will be communicated.

14. Championship and Finalist Ceremony
 Following the completion of the championship game, the two (2) teams shall present themselves at the awards area where:

a) Each player from the runner-up team will receive an individual award.

b) Each player from the Championship team will receive an individual award

c) Each team receives a team award.

15. General
The Tournament Committee, FYSA, and/or the host affiliate will not be responsible for any expense incurred by any team due to cancellation in part or whole of this tournament.

a) The Tournament Committee’s interpretation on the foregoing rules shall be final.
b) If not enough teams are realized within a single age group, the Tournament Director shall notify the participants as soon as possible. The participants will be given the option to play up or receive a full refund.

c) The Tournament Committee has the responsibility to uphold any previous suspension imposed by FYSA/USYSA, and other USSF affiliate organizations as required.

d) The Tournament Committee agrees to have a copy of the Tournament Rules at all game sites.

                   • Tournament entry fee returns/refunds as follows:

                              Within five (5) days after notification that the team is not accepted by their application.

                              Within five (5) days upon cancellation of the tournament.

                              Within ten (10) days of withdrawal request of the application by a team prior to acceptance of that application by the tournament.