Centerville United Soccer Association

CUSA Labor Day Cup

Rules for the 2019 40th Annual CUSA Cup Soccer Tournament

2019 CUSA CUP SOCCER TOURNAMENT updated 3-15-2019


Tournament Director: 
Rob Rudolph 
PO Box 41607 
Centerville, OH 45441 

Registration and Team Eligibility 

Coaches must bring signed tournament waiver of liability form, approved roster, coach and player passes and approved guest player roster and passes (as applicable), Lindsay’s Law forms (if outside OSYSA), coach concussion course certifications (if outside OSYSA) and travel permits (if outside OSYSA),. 

All games will be played in Beavercreek, or Centerville, Ohio. Final Matches will be played at ANKENEY Soccer Complex in Beavercreek, Ohio. The Tournament will be played on August 31st - September 1st, 2098. 

Coaches should bring coach and player passes and approved roster to every game. 

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, USClub, other) 
2. Teams must provide proof of approval of the team’s participation from the team’s Federation Organization Member (approved association roster). 
3. Teams from outside the State Association where the tournament is located must provide proof of permission to travel. 
B. FOREIGN TEAMS – For a team coming from a CONCACAF nation: 
1. Players must present passports at registration or, if from a nation that the United States does not require a passport, proof of entry into the United States that is required by the United States. 
2. Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards. 
3. Tournament rules must require that the team have a completed form from its Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament. 

Player Age and Eligibility 
Boys and Girls 

U15 - Born in 2005 
U14 - Born in 2006
U13 - Born in 2007 
U12 - Born in 2008 
U11 - Born in 2009 
U10 - Born in 2010 
U9 - Born in 2011 
U8 - Born in 2012 

The tournament will create two to four playing divisions based on the number and quality of the accepted teams for each gender and age group. The top division is known as the “Platinum” division. 

Team rosters are limited to 22 players for teams playing the 11v11 format. 
Team rosters are limited to 18 players for teams playing the 9v9 format. 
Team rosters are limited to 14 players for teams playing the 7v7 format. 
Team rosters are limited to 9 players for teams playing the 4v4 format. 

The Roster submitted at Tournament Registration will be the official Roster for the Tournament and may not be altered. A player may only play for one team during the tournament. 

Three (3) guest players will be allowed per team. Guest player Rosters (yours or ours) should be validated by your state association/country federation (if required by your association). Prior to the start of each game the Field Marshal may check that each team have 1.) current Federation player and coaches passes and 2.) approved team and guest rosters ( if applicable). 

Boys are not allowed to play on Girls teams, even if the boy has a valid player card. 

Home team is determined by the tournament scheduler. The first team listed on the tournament schedule on the website is the home team. A maximum of 3 rostered and carded coaches are permitted on the coaches’ side of the field. A minimum of 1 rostered and carded coach must be present at all times during the game. Coaches will remain within 20 yards of the centerline on their half of the field, on the side opposite of both team's spectators. Field marshals will communicate which side is the coaches’ side if questions arise. 

The home team will be responsible for using an alternate color uniform if necessary, and shall supply a suitable game ball (as determined by the Referee) unless the referee is able to supply a game ball. 

Spectators are not permitted behind the goals. 

Player Credentials and Uniforms: 
1. Player and coach picture identification cards are to be present and available at all matches. 
2. Identification cards may be required to be checked by the field marshal prior to each match. Identification cards will be provided to the field marshal prior to each game and held by the head referee during the match. It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure return of the cards following the match. 
3. Player’s uniforms shall have unique numbers. 

Laws of the Game: 
All matches must be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game, except as specifically modified as follows in the tournament rules: 

a. Substitution Time: Unlimited substitutions for all age groups will be allowed with the consent of the Referee; 
1. before a throw-in in your favor. The team in possession of the ball for a throw-in may substitute. If the team in possession substitutes players, the opposing team may also substitute any number of players at the same time. 
2. before a goal-kick. 
3. after a score by either team. 
4. at half time. 
5. After an injury, by either team, when the referee stops play. 
6. After a caution, one for one by both teams, if the cautioned player is substituted. 

b. Games will consist of two halves of equal length. U-8 will play 20 minutes each half. U-9 through U-10 teams play 25 minutes each half and U-11 through U-15's play 30 minutes each half. The Directors reserve the right to adjust game length for conditions beyond their control. See Weather/Reschedule section below. 

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

d. It is the intent of the 2019 CUSA CUP to provide three officials, diagonal system of control, for all 9v9 and 11v11 tournament matches and one referee for all 7v7 and 4v4 games. The Offside law will not be enforced in the 4v4 games. 

e. For 7v7 matches: The buildup rule will apply to all 7v7 games: Offside only in the build out area: on a goal kick and goalkeeper possession, opponent must move out of the built-out-area: Goalkeeper cannot punt or drop kick the ball, on free kick, opponent must be 8 yards from the ball. 

f. A coach may coach more than one team during the tournament. The tournament makes reasonable attempts to avoid scheduling conflicts; however, we cannot guarantee a game conflict will not occur especially in event of multiple teams coached by the same coach making it to the final rounds. Coach cards should indicate the team(s) to which the coach is associated. 

Player Equipment: 
Hard casts without protection are not permitted; hard casts with protection and soft casts will only be allowed upon approval of the game referee. 
Shin guards are required and socks must be worn to completely cover the shin guards. 
No jewelry of any kind will be permitted. 

Tournament Format: 
For most age groups/divisions the Tournament format calls for three preliminary round games (round robin) with Final Matches in each division. Some divisions will play a four-game round-robin format. 

Individual medals will be awarded for 1st and 2nd places and a Team trophy will be awarded for 1st place. 

Team Check-In: 
The referee will conduct the Team Check-In prior to the game. Player and Coach Passes are required. 

Match Schedules: 
Each team will play a minimum of 3 games. A maximum of 2 matches will be played on any one day. 

Referees will be USSF certified. 

Concussion Policy: Removal From Play 
Ohio’s Return to Play law features three key rules that all tournaments, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families must abide by: 

Rule One: Coaches, referees, or officials must remove from play an athlete exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a concussion during practice or a game. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (D)(1).) Once a coach, referee, or other official removes an athlete from a game the decision cannot be overturned. 

Rule Two: The athlete cannot return to play on the same day that he or she is removed after exhibiting symptoms of a concussion. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (E)(1).) 

Rule Three: The athlete is not permitted to return to play until he or she has been assessed by a physician and received written clearance. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (E)(1).) This written clearance must be submitted to, and approved by, a tournament director before the athlete is permitted to return to play. 

No Heading Rule Policy: (as per OSYSA ByLaws 20.2 and 20.7) is in effect now (since July 1, 2016) for all league or tournament U-11 and younger games played in Ohio South. 

OSYSA ByLaw 20.2: 
-All players who are registered on or participate with any U-11s or younger team are prohibited from deliberately striking a soccer ball with any portion of their head, (a.k.a. heading), during any game, practice, tryout, or other soccer related activity. 
-If an U-11s or younger player engages in heading a soccer ball during games, practices, tryouts, or other soccer related activities, contrary to the above listed prohibition, the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the player accept the risk and/or peril of doing so. 

OSYSA ByLaw 20.7: 
-When a player who is rostered on a team playing in an U-11 or younger age group or division deliberately strikes the ball with his / her head during any league or tournament game, Referees and Assistant Referees of that game must consider the act to be Dangerous Play and handle the matter accordingly as an infraction of the Laws of the Game. 

Match Delays / Weather (ex: Lightning delays game): 
If the Site Manager 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. 

Unless approved by a tournament director, games shall be considered completed if the first half has concluded and play is stopped by either the Field Referee or the Tournament Directors. This is to ensure the tournament games following proceed on schedule. It’s possible late in the day the tournament director may allow the halted game to continue to normal completion. If the tournament director does not allow the game to continue the score at the stoppage of play provided at least the first half has completed 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, weather and field conditions permitting, every effort will be made to reschedule the game. 

Note: if necessary, game lengths may be shortened to accommodate scheduling requirements. 

For more information regarding schedule changes: please visit: 

Forfeits will be scored at three (3) points for the non-forfeiting team. Forfeiture will be declared for a failure to begin play within fifteen (15) minutes of the game time start. Failure to complete a match or a team leaving the field during play may also result in forfeiture, if; 1) the game has not commenced, or 2) the game has commenced and the non-forfeiting team has less than a 2-goal lead at the time of cessation. If the non-forfeiting team has more than a 2-goal lead at the time of cessation, the score shall stand. In no case will a team which has forfeited a game be declared a group winner or wild card. A minimum of 7 players are required to start an 11v11 match. A minimum of 6 players are required to start an 9v9 match. A minimum of 5 players are required to start a 7v7 match. 

Match and Score Reporting: 
Before leaving the field, it is the responsibility of both team's coaches to verify the final score and game winner as reported by the center referee on the official game card. The Field Marshal will deliver the score card to the HQ tent at each site. Site scorer will be responsible for updating scores into website at Bracket standings, leading to championship play, will be determined based on the Standings and Tie-Breakers explanation (see section below). 

Standings and Tie-breakers: 
It is the responsibility of the team’s coach, or tournament contact person, to keep up with their team’s standings. Teams will be awarded points on the following basis: 
Three (3) points for each Win 
One (1) points for each Tie 
Zero (0) points for each Loss 

In the event of a tie in points at the end of bracket play; the winner for advancement to Semi-Final or Finals will be determined as follows: 

1. The winner in head to head competition (IF THERE IS A 3 TEAM TIE, PROCEED TO THE NEXT TIE BREAKER) 
2. Goal differential, max 4 per game 
3. Fewest Goals Allowed 
4. Goals For, max 4 per game 
5. Most shutouts 
6. Shoot-Outs* 

* Kicks from the Penalty mark – Five (5) players per team; if still tied, sudden victory penalty kick shoot-out The order of teams in a Shoot-out shall be determined by the referee via coin-flip. ALL SHOOT-OUTS WILL BE AT A TIME AND LOCATION AS DETERMINED BY THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR. 

6-team division: Teams playing in a 6-team division will play two preliminary games against the teams in their bracket. Teams will be seeded 1-3 and then advance to semi-final and consolation games.  The winners of the semi-final games will play in the final. 

Round-robin formats: Teams playing in brackets with 5-teams will play a round robin format with each team playing a total of four matches. The two top teams, determined by total points, will receive 1st and 2nd place medals on Sunday after the last games in those divisions are played. In the event of a tie, the tie-break rules will apply. 

In the event of ties at the end of championship round games, winners will be determined as follows: 
1. For 7v7 and 4v4 Divisions: Two mandatory five-minute overtime periods will be played to completion; For 9v9 and 11v11 Divisions: Two mandatory ten-minute overtime periods will be played to completion. 
2. Penalty kick elimination as above. Only players on the field at the end of the second overtime are eligible for penalty kicks from the penalty mark. 
Protests and Disputes: 
Protests by any team must be submitted in writing to the Tournament Directors within 30 minutes of completion of the game. The referees' judgment is NOT an acceptable basis for protesting the outcome of a game. $100 in cash fee must accompany the protest and will be returned only if the protest is upheld. 

Final Rulings: 

Conduct and Discipline: 
Disciplinary action taken against a coach will be levied in the next game in which he/she coaches the team playing at the time of the original infraction, or to the next game coached if the violation occurred during the last game for that team. If additional behavior problems occur, the Directors reserve the right to levy additional discipline up to and including expulsion from the Tournament. 

Not permitted at our tournament includes: pets, alcoholic beverages, smoking, firearms and verbal abuse. 

All participants in the CUSA CUP are expected to maintain high standards of conduct during their stay in the Dayton area. These standards are expected of players, referees, families and other guests in the hotels and motels; keeping noise in the hallways to a minimum, refraining from kicking soccer balls inside any of the buildings, and being respectful of the property of others. Should it come to the attention of the Tournament Directors that a person (or persons) has failed to observe these guidelines; the Director reserves the right to take remedial action. Said action, depending upon the circumstances, may range from a warning, a reduction in points in the standings, or banning that team and/or all teams in its club from future participation in the tournament. 

There shall be no dissent between players and/or coaches and the referee. Questioning a referee is considered dissent. All coaches are responsible for the actions of their spectators, specifically verbal abuse of referees. Such abuse will not be tolerated! Violation may result in forfeiture of the game and/or expulsion from further play. 

Any player or coach ejected from a game will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game. The player/coach pass is to be turned in to the referee headquarters immediately following the initial suspension game. If dismissed in the last game, an incident report will be filed with the appropriate state association and disciplinary action will be assessed by that association. A complete report of disciplinary action(s) taken against a player, coach or team is provided to the sanctioning organization at the conclusion of the tournament. 

Spectators may be ejected from the park for improper conduct at the discretion of the tournament officials. Persons ejected due to any of the above situations must leave the site immediately. 

Artificial noise makers are not permitted. 

No pets are allowed at any of the tournament sites. 

All U-09 through U-15 first and second place teams will be awarded medals and team cups will be given to the champion in each Division after the final game at the Finals site. 

If the Tournament is cancelled due to events beyond the control of the Tournament Committee, the Tournament will not be required to make any financial remuneration. 

Game Balls: 
The home team will supply a FIFA-approved game ball. 
4v4 will play games with a size 3 ball. 
7v7 and 9v9 divisions will play games with a size 4 ball. 
11v11 divisions will play games with a size 5 ball.