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Rules for the 2017 Elite Soccer Invitational

 

 

TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS

Posey-Hartman Soccer Complex
1438 Route 42
Lebanon OH 45036

Contact Person: Joe Wuest(513) 379-6770



TEAM ELIGIBILITY

The Elite Soccer Invitational Tournament is open to teams that are registered to and
affiliated with their state or national organizations which, in turn, are affiliated with FIFA.
Applications are invited from teams that are duly registered with their State, Provincial,
or National Associations. All teams and players accepted will have their rosters and
players verified by their State, Provincial, or National Associations. Only approved
players with player passes shall be allowed to play. The number of players on any one
team shall be consistent with the maximum number allowed for that team's age group.
Falsification of player registration forms, team rosters, player passes or other records
used in the tournament shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including
disbarment for the individual(s) involved and disqualification of the teams involved. All
teams will determine the age of their players as of the most recently completed
August 1st . Teams from outside of the United States must also conform to these
guidelines.



ALL OUT OF TOWN TEAMS MUST STAY AT A TOURNAMENT-APPROVED HOTEL

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
A player must be legally registered to his team in accordance with his national
registration requirements with a current and valid player pass that verifies his team and
date of birth, including current player photo ID. Player passes will be presented to the
referee or tournament official before each game. All player passes will be checked by the
credentials committee prior to the tournament. Any guest players must have current
player passes to participate in the tournament. Players may play on only one team
during the Tournament. No switching of teams will be allowed.



TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION


We will be utilizing a mail-in or email registration process only.  Be sure to confirm your
method of registration (US Club Soccer or US Youth Soccer) and follow the instructions for
team registration below.  Please be sure that you include all the necessary forms which can be
found at the bottom of this page.

The preferred method would be electronically however if you would like to send via U.S. postal
mail please give enough time for it to arrive prior to due date.  We cannot accept FEDEX or UPS.
  Do not require a signature for you packet or it will be returned.

For our preferred method which is electronically please submit ONE (1) PDF file with all necessary
 documents to cuelitedirector@yahoo.com

All items must be received NO LATER THAN Friday, April 7, 2017.  We will NOT accept forms via
 fax and incomplete packets will not be accepted.  Packets mailed with a signature guarantee for
delivery will be returned.

Mail information to:

Cincinnati United Elite Invitational
ATTN:  REGISTRATION COMMITTEE
8266 Beckett Station Drive
West Chester, OH 45069

Failure to register your team could result in removal from the tournament and forfeit of your application fee.


Teams should include the following official team information for registration:

A. TEAMS FROM THE UNITED STATES - For teams from the United States:
1. The Players must present picture identification cards issued by the team's Federation
Organization Member (USYS, AYSO, other)
2. Teams must provide proof of approval of the team's participation from the team's
Federation Organization Member. Copy of Roster (validated by your state association)
3. Teams from outside the State Association where the tournament is located must
provide proof of permission to travel. Teams must be in good standing with their
Federation Organization.
4. Guest player form (if you have a guest player)
5. Medical Release Forms completed and signed. (every player)
6. Tournament Liability Form completed and signed. (signed by every parent on team)
7. Hotel Information Form ***Remember you must stay at one of the approved hotels and
 present this hotel form


B. INTERNATIONAL TEAMS 
- For a team coming from a CONCACAF nation:
1. Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards.
2. Teams must have a completed form from its Provincial or National Association
approving the team's participation in the tournament. Copy of Roster (validated by your
association)
3. Guest player form (if you have guest players)
4. Medical Release Forms completed and signed. (every player)
5. Tournament Liability Form completed and signed. (signed by every parent on team)
6. Hotel Information Form ***Remember you must stay at one of the approved hotels and
present this hotel form

ALL OUT OF TOWN TEAMS MUST STAY AT A TOURNAMENT-APPROVED HOTEL


PRE-MATCH CHECK-IN

Prior to the start of each match, the Field Marshall shall check that each team has the
following: current player and coaches passes, Medical Release Forms, and approved
guest roster (if applicable). The referee or tournament official will verify the identity of the
players versus the team roster and/or player passes. The player's equipment will be
checked by the referee or assistant referee. The home team will change their jersey in
the case of color conflict. The home team is listed first on the schedule. In no event will a
player be allowed to participate if said player is not on the tournament approved roster. A
player who arrives at the playing field after the pre-game procedure may not enter the
game until after being checked by the referee or assistant referee for player pass and
equipment.



RULES OF PLAY
All matches of the Elite Soccer Invitational shall be played according to FIFA "Laws of the
Game" with the following modifications:


GAME FORMAT

   

Age Division

Roster Size

Prelimin/Semi Games

Final Games

Overtime Periods*

Halftime

U8-10        7v7

14

50 minutes

50 minutes

Two 5 minute periods

5 minutes

U11-12      9v9

18

60 minutes

60 minutes

Two 5 minute periods

5 minutes

U13-U19   11v11

22

60 minutes

60 minutes

Two 5 minute periods

5 minutes


* Final games only. No golden goal rule. If the games are still tied at the
end of the second overtime period, they will be decided by penalty kicks according to
FIFA Laws of the Game.


The game clock will not be stopped because of injury to any player, except if deemed
necessary by the referee. Due to the time allowed for the completion of all games, the
clock should run continuously.


POST-MATCH REQUIREMENTS
At the end of each game, the Referees and each coach will sign the official game cards
verifying that the score shown on the card is correct, and turn it in to Field Marshall. Once
signed, the score becomes official. Once the card is received at the headquarters tent,
the failure of a coach to sign a card shall constitute a waiver of any error therein and the
score shall be deemed official.


ALL OUT OF TOWN TEAMS MUST STAY AT A TOURNAMENT-APPROVED HOTEL

PLAYER EQUIPMENT

1. Shin guards are mandatory and must be covered by a sock.
2. Shirts/jerseys will be tucked into the player's shorts at all times.
3. In the event of a color conflict, the home team (first team listed on schedule) will
change color.


SCORES and STANDINGS
Scoring summaries can be obtained at the headquarters tent of each site and on
the internet at:  www.cutournaments.com

 Bracket standings, leading to championship play,
will be determined on the following
"accumulation of points" basis.

FORFEITS - Any team that fails to complete a match or leaves the field during play
shall be scored as having forfeited that match.  No team that has forfeited a match
will be declared a wild card or group winner. The team winning the forfeit will be awarded
the average number of goals per match that they have scored in their other preliminary
matches, rounded DOWN to the nearest whole number. The opponent's score shall be
zero. This score shall be the official score, in case goal differential is necessary to
decide the group winner. The Tournament Officials reserve the right to decide all other
m
atters concerning a forfeit.


POINTS - Winners of division play will be selected on the basis of the most total points
after pool play is complete. Scoring will be on a 3-1-0 system. Each team will be awarded
 three (3) points for a win, one (1) for a tie and zero (0) points for a loss.

In the event of ties in the group standing, the following will determine the winner/leader:
1. Team with the most wins (if tied go to step 2)
2. Winner of the game played between the tied teams. (If three or more teams are tied for
the group lead, Step 2 is by passed, go to Step 3)
3. Highest number of total NET goals (goal differential). The maximum goal differential is
three (3) per match. Example: for a score of 4-1, goal differential is +3 for the winner
and -3 for the  loser. For a score of 5-1, goal differential is also +3 and -3 as above).
4. Fewest total goals allowed (gross)
5. Most shutouts
6. Penalty kicks (according to FIFA laws of the game) - when the results would allow a
w
inner to advance to a semi-final, or championship match.
7. Coin toss


Tie Breakers Finals Matches - Two complete five-minute overtime periods.
If the game is still tied after the second overtime period, penalty kicks will prevail.


PENALTY KICK ELIMINATION

Only players on the field at the end of the second overtime period are eligible for penalty
kicks.  Coin flip will determine who will go first (visiting team calls the coin toss, winner of
the coin toss has the decision to shoot first or second). Five penalty kickers per team. After
the first round of 5 kicks, the team will continue to alternate shooters until there is 1 unmatched
goal between opposing players. 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.


AWARDS

Team and individual trophies for 1st and 2nd place in all divisions.


PROTESTS
Protests will not be allowed.


WEATHER

If the Site Director determines that the fields should be cleared, 3 long blasts on an air horn will
signal that everyone should go to their cars. A signal of 3 short blasts will indicate that you may
return to the fields. Games will be considered completed if the first half has concluded and play
is stopped by either the Field Referee or the Tournament Directors. The score at stoppage of play
will be the final game score. If the first half has not been completed and the game is stopped,
every effort will be made to complete the game, or play to complete at least the first half and record
the score as final. If the game is cancelled before it starts efforts will be made to reschedule the
game. It is the responsibility of the coach to check the Tournament Headquarters for reschedule

information. If rescheduling is not possible, and game cancellation creates a situation where teams
within the division are unable to play equal number of qualifying games, the group winner will be
determined on the basis of awarding the average tournament points earned in the other games, to
the teams unable to complete an official game, followed by the tie breaking procedure if necessary.
 
The team with the highest average points will be declared the winner of the group. IF there is a tie
that cannot be resolved by point averaging, the advancing team will be determined by a coin toss,
or
penalty kicks, per FIFA as directed by the Tournament Directors. If the tournament is cancelled
due to
events beyond the control of the Committee, the tournament will not be required to make
any financial renumeration.

 

PARTICIPANT CODE OF CONDUCT
- Be respectful of the hotels and motels, keeping noise in the hallways to a minimum, refrain
from kicking
soccer balls inside any buildings and be respectful of others property. Should
it come to the attention of the
Directors that a person or persons has failed to follow these
guidelines, the Director reserves the right to take immediate action. Said action, depending
on the circumstances, may range from a warning, to a reduction
in points in standing, to
banning that team and/or team in its club from future participation.
- All coaches will remain within 20 yards of the centerline on their own half of the field.
- Spectators may be ejected from the park for improper conduct at the discretion of the tournament officials.
- NO ARTIFICIAL NOISEMAKERS ARE ALLOWED (INCLUDING AIR HORNS).
- NO PETS AND NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED



NOTE
- The final interpreter of the foregoing rules and regulations and also any matters not provided for
in these rules will be the Tournament Directors, whose decision shall be final.