2017 Tournament Rules:

All games will be played according to NJYS rules with the following exceptions:

1. LARGE-SIDED: U13 - U15 (11 v 11) will play three (3) 50-minute games (25-minute halves) with a 3-minute half-time.

2. SMALL-SIDED: U8 - U10 (7 v 7) and U11 - U12 (9 v 9) will play three (3) 50-minute games (25-minute halves) with a 3-minute half-time.

3. U13 – U15 Large-Sided teams will be in a standard playoff format.

4. U11 – U12 Small-Sided teams will be in standard playoff format.

5. For Large-Sided games only, in the event of a tie game FIFA penalty kicks will be taken with the following exception: Any player on the Tournament roster is eligible to take part in the shootout, not just those players on the field at the end of the game. A separate field (THE PENALTY PIT) will be used for shootouts.

6. For all Small-Sided games, in the event of a tie game, the score will remain a tie.

7. For Small-Sided U11 and U12 FINAL games only, in the event of a tie game FIFA penalty kicks will be taken with the following exception: Any player on the Tournament roster is eligible to take part in the shootout, not just those players on the field at the end of the game.

8. For Small-Sided U8 – U10 scores will not be posted and standings will not be kept.

9. U8 – U15: Maximum allowed goal differential in any game is six (6) goals.

10. U8 – U15: Free substitutions will be allowed on any stoppage in play at the discretion of the referee.

11. No protests are allowed. The decision of the referee is final.

12. All penalties and misconducts are according to FIFA Law XII and NJYSA (http://www.njyouthsoccer.com/) State Cup rules.

13. No guest players are allowed. The offending player will not be allowed to play in their next regularly scheduled Tournament game. The offending coach will receive a Yellow Card.

14. No secondary passes are allowed.

15. No added injury time.

16. Teams from outside the state of New Jersey must have a copy of “Permission to Travel Form” approved and signed by a USSF Representative.

17. No Golf Carts are allowed.

18. No Pets are allowed at ANY field per Livingston & West Orange town ordinances.


Tournament Cancellation:

Our fields have excellent drainage. The Tournament will be played through almost all weather conditions. In the unlikely event that any games need to be cancelled, for whatever reason, there are no provisions for making up games. If the Tournament is cancelled for any reason 80% of the registration fee will be refunded.

Tournament Format – Large-Sided and U11 & U12 Small-Sided:

1. After Tournament play, the following format will be used for Playoffs:
     A. Finals 1 vs. 2.
     B. Flights with 5 teams; 1st and 2nd will be based on points, teams in these flights will play 4 games.
     C. Teams will be awarded 3 points for a win.
     D. Large-Sided tied matches will be decided by penalty kicks. The winning team will receive 3 points for the win and the losing team will receive 1 point for the tied match.
     E. Small-Sided winning team receives 3 points. In the event of a tie both teams will receive 1 point. There is no penalty shootout for Small-Sided games except in the Final.

2. Tie Breaker Format:
     A. Head-to- Head competition (in the event of a two-way tie see #3 below).
     B. Total goals against (least).
     C. Total goals scored (maximum five (5) goals per game).
     D. Total goal differential (maximum (5) goals per game (G.F. minus G.A.)).
     E. Large-Sided games will follow penalty kick method as described by FIFA with the following exception: Any player on the Tournament roster is eligible to take part in the shootout, not just those players on the field at the end of the game.

     F. Small-Sided will be determined by a coin flip.

3. Tie Breaker format in the event of more than a two way tie.
     A. Total goals against (least).
     B. Head-to- Head competition.
     C. Total goals scored (maximum of five (5) goals per games).
     D. Total goal differential (maximum (5) goals per game (G.F. minus G.A.)).

     E. All Large-Sided games will follow penalty kick method as described by FIFA with the following exception: Any player on the Tournament roster is eligible to take part in the shootout, not just those players on the field at the end of the game.
     F. Small-Sided will be determined by a coin flip.

Tournament Conduct:

1. Smoking is not allowed at any field location.

2. No Pets are allowed at ANY field per Livingston & West Orange town ordinances.

3. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at any field location.

4. Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law. Display of offensive language, temper, or dissent is cause for ejection from the game and field of play. Coaches shall be held responsible for the conduct of all persons on their team and those supporting the team.

5. Each team shall share the same side of the field while the spectators will occupy the opposite side.

6. The referee only may suspend play or abandon the game. If the referee abandons the game due to misconduct by players, coaches, or spectators on one team, a victory will be awarded to the opposing team with the score being 1-0.

7. Players, coaches, and team officials ejected from a game by the referee shall be automatically suspended for the following game and, depending on the violation, may be suspended for more games as determined by the Tournament Committee.