CAPITAL AREA CLASSIC 2018 TOURNAMENT RULES


Matches shall be played according to the latest edition of the “Laws of the Game and Universal Guide for Referees” published by FIFA.

Tournament Headquarters will be located at the Holt Senior High North Campus, 5870 W. Holt Rd., Holt, MI 48842. The tournament director is Scott Dane; P: 517-580-4241.

Registration Of Team/Participant Guidelines

A team is considered by roster sizes as deemed by MSYSA and US Soccer guidelines:

  • U9 (7v7) – 12 players
  • U10 (7v7) – 12 players
  • U11 (9v9) – 16 players
  • U12 (9v9) – 16 players
  • U13 – 22 players (though only 18 may appear in any one game)
  • U15 – 22 players (though only 18 may appear in any one game)
  • U16 – 22 players (though only 18 may appear in any one game)
  • U19 – 22 players (though only 18 may appear in any one game)

The team must have the current season roster at time of registration, signed by their league registrar. Teams can have up to 3 guest players. Other items required at registration prior to the start of the tournament are: Laminated player pass-cards, Risk Management cards for all coaching/training staff (3 maximum per team), medical release forms for all players, MSYSA or USASA approved guest player forms if applicable, and approved permission to travel form if applicable. Teams must be prepared to present a CDC Heads-Up Concussion Certificate or NFHS Concussion in Sports certificate for each coach and Michigan Department of Community Health/CDC Parent and Athlete Concussion Information Sheet for each player attending the tournament.

A maximum of 3 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. For the purposes of club pass carding, “club” is defined as:

Club Passcard Rules

Definition of a “Club” for purposes of club passcarding in the Capital Area Classic.

  1. A “Club” is defined as an organization providing soccer to youth players that is either a direct member of MSYSA or that registers players MSYSA through an affiliated member.
  2. At no time shall an affiliated member who functions as a “scheduling” league also be considered a club.
  3. 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 club passcarding in the Capital Area Classic if the teams and players from the satellite club are registered in the same GotSoccer account as the main club.
  4. The only exception to 3 above is if all of the following criteria is met:
    • The main club and satellite club have the same Board of Directors
    • The main club and satellite club have the same Tax ID Number
    • The main club and satellite club are in the same MSYSA District as determined by the
      MSYSA Board of Directors

Referee and Referee Assigning Policy

The Capital Area Classic will utilize a referee assignor who is currently certified by US Soccer (2018) and all assigning will be done in Game Officials. Out-of-state referees must show photo identification to verify identity.

Only one referee will be assigned to each game.

Participants Conduct

A Player or Coach who has been ejected from a game for persistent infringement of the laws after receiving a caution will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game for his or her team. A Player or Coach who has been ejected from a game for serious foul play, violent conduct, or foul or abusive language shall not be allowed to participate in the remainder of the Tournament. Any Player/Coach/Assistant Coach/ Manager who is ejected during the Tournament that does not sit out the required number of game(s) during the Tournament, must sit out the required number of game(s) starting with his/her next League Game. Any Coach who is ejected shall leave the immediate vicinity of the playing area and is prohibited from any further contact, direct or indirect, with the team during the remainder of the game and any other games that his/her team plays in accordance with the rules as listed above. All Cautions and Ejections will be reported to Michigan State Youth Soccer Association and the affiliated home sponsoring organization.

If a Player or Coach is ejected (red card) during the Tournament, the Player’s/Coach’s Pass Card will be held at the Tournament Headquarters until the required number of games are played. All Players or Coaches who receive a red card will be required to sit out at least one game, depending on t the severity of the infraction. Pass Cards will be returned after the Player/Coach has sat out the required number of games. The person retrieving the Pass Card must present Tournament officials with identification to receive the Pass Card. In the event the ejection (red card) is issued in the team’s last Tournament game, the Pass Card will be retained by the Coach to be handled in accordance with their sponsoring league’s procedures.

Elimination of Heading Policy

All players age 10 and younger, regardless of what age group they play in, may not purposefully head the ball. All players in the U11 age group or younger may not purposefully head the ball. A purposeful header by these players shall result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opponent at the spot of the infraction. If the purposeful header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick shall be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player heads the ball, but the referee deems that it is not purposeful, then play shall continue.

Length of Games

All games will be (2) 30 minute halves.

Under 9, Under 10, Under 11 and Under 12 games will be played with a size 4 ball. All others will be played with a size 5 ball.

Game Ball and Uniforms

Game balls shall be provided by the Home team as listed on the schedule. If the ball provided is unsuitable to the Referee, then he/she shall choose a ball from those available. In case of jersey color conflict, the Home team (listed first in the schedule) shall be required to change jerseys.

Time Allowance & Forfeits

All teams shall report to the assigned field at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled game time. For U11 through U19 divisions a minimum of seven (7) players constitutes a team. For the U10 division a minimum of six (6) players constitutes a team. If the minimum number of players are present, the game may not be delayed. If a team fails to have the minimum number of players required to start the game, the referee will start the game clock. When the team has the minimum number of players required, the game will start but the time will not be added.

Suspension of Games

Decisions to suspend games in progress or to suspend the start of games due to inclement weather will be made by the Tournament Committee. If a suspended game cannot be continued, a decision as to the outcome of that game shall be made by the Tournament Committee. In the event that inclement weather prevents continuance or shortening of the Capital Area Classic absolutely NO REFUNDS will be given. If the tournament is canceled because of inclement weather or unplayable fields, NO REFUNDS will be given to the affected teams.

Casts/Splints/ Braces/Jewelry

In accordance with Capital Area Soccer League rules, no player may compete wearing a plaster or fiberglass cast or splint. All braces shall be padded and no exposed plastic or metal parts are permitted. All bracelets, earrings, and other jewelry is prohibited while players are participating in a match.

Shinguards are required for all players – no exceptions.

Pass Cards/League Rosters/Risk Management Cards

LAMINATED USYSA/FIFA or US Club Soccer or accepted regional Player Pass Cards or USASA pass cards must be presented at Registration. Your LAMINATED Player Pass Cards will be needed at check-in prior to the first game. Medical release forms are required at registration and must be in coach’s possession during all games (per MSYSA Rules, notarization is not required). A maximum of 14 players, including 3 guest players will be allowed for the U9 and U10 age group. A maximum of 16 players, including 3 guest players will be allowed for U11 and U12 age groups. A maximum of 22 players including 3 guest players will be allowed for U13, U15, U16 and U19 age groups (however only 18 may appear in any one game). A maximum of 22 players including 5 guest players will be allowed for adult divisions (however only 18 may appear in any one game). All teams must turn in a 2018/2019 Official League Roster at check in. Teams must present an approved MSYSA Guest Roster for each guest player (obtained online at www.michiganyouthsoccer.org). No roster changes are allowed after Registration. Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Managers must be in possession of a Risk Management Identification Card to be allowed in the team technical area. This card must be presented at team check in. Non-MSYSA teams must bring their organization’s equivalent to the MSYSA risk management card (proof of a background check).

Coaches and Team

Teams and Coaches must remain on one side of the field and spectators on the opposite side. A maximum of three (3) Coaches or Team Officials per team are allowed on the sidelines. Coaches must remain between the center line and 18 yard mark of the penalty box. REMINDER: Each Coach or Team Official must be in possession of a Risk Management Card to be on the team side of the field.

All MSYSA coaches must be able to provide their CDC Heads-Up Concussion Certification. All non-MSYSA coaches must be able to provide their CDC Heads-Up 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.

All players and coaches will be issued a tournament-specific wristband that must be worn for the duration of the tournament. Referees will use check teams in using the wristbands as credentials. Passcards with pictures must be available at all times. Jersey numbers must match the roster that is submitted prior to the start of the tournament.

Teams must check-in 1 hour before their first match at the site of their first game. One coach per team will be allowed on the field of play during the game. This coach can only give instructions to their own team. No interactions with the referee will be allowed. The referee will have the right to remove a coach from the field if they feel they are doing more than just giving instructions to their team. If a coach is removed from the field of play, a replacement will not be allowed.

Standings and Points

No scores will be kept during the entire tournament.

Substitutions

Substitutions may be made at any stoppage with the permission of the referee.

Protests

No protests or appeals will be allowed, except in the case of an invalid player. The ruling of the Referee is final. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the Tournament and its decision is final.

Refunds

No refunds will be issued for teams if the tournament is canceled for any reason.