The Breakers Cup is proud to adopt the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a nonprofit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission to transform youth sports so sports can transform youth. PCA was created to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience.
The Breakers Halloween Cup adheres is to this approach, We expect all tournament attendees – Coaches, players, parents, friends, to adhere to the positive sportsmanship, and as adults, to provide the proper demonstration of sportsmanlike behavior.
Document: BCH12 Tournament Rules v3 121020
Created: January 14th, 2012
Updated: October 20th, 2012
The Breakers Halloween Cup 2012 Rules:
Tournament General Information:
U9 – U11 Boys & Girls
October 27th & 28th, 2012
Carson D. Kelly, Director
Eric Aasen, Assistant Director
Headquarters & Playing location: Cabrillo College, Soquel, CA
Registration, Credentials, Check In, eligability
Open to USYSA, US Club Soccer, CYSA, and FIFA affiliated teams.
CYSA-N Teams: Under USSF Policy 601-7 your state association cannot interfere with or deny you the right to attend another USSF member-sanctioned competition (other than for legitimate disciplinary reasons). They can refuse to cover you with insurance. You should clarify what they will do well in advance of the event. Each state has different rules, and you may or may not still need to complete a travel request, or give them travel notice. You can either: become a US Club Soccer member OR become a US Club Soccer “tournament” team for that specific weekend.
Tournament Check In - Each team is required to have their team credentials checked in at a mandatory pre-tournament check in.
Friday, October 26th, 7:00 – 9:00 @Cruzio Works – 877 Cedar Street, #150, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
If you ARE A MEMBER of US Club Soccer you will need to bring: Current US Club Soccer Player & Team Official passes that include a picture and are laminated, US Club Soccer Team Roster, US Club Soccer Guest Player forms, Medical releases for all players (no exceptions).
If you ARE NOT A MEMBER of US Club soccer and travelling from within California you will need to bring: current CYSA Player & Team Official passes that include a picture and are laminated, Fall 2012 CYSA Golden rod, US Club Soccer Guest Player forms, Medical releases for all players (no exceptions),
***CHANGES AS OF 10/20: TOURNAMENT WILL NEED A COPY OF THE PRINT OUT OF THE CYSA NORTH PERMISSION TO TRAVEL FROM THE CYSA E-TRAVEL SYSTEM, SEE:
FOR MORE INFORMATION***.
If you ARE NOT A MEMBER of US Club soccer and travelling to California from a different state, you will need to bring: US Club Tournament Roster, State sanctioned Player & Team Official passes that include a picture and are laminated, Medical releases for all players (no exceptions).
Only the Manager and/or Coach needs to come to check-in. The players do not need to be at the tournament check in. The players will be checked before each game they play during Saturday and Sunday.
***Adults that do not have a Team Official pass that includes a picture, which is laminated, will not be allowed to be with the team on the technical area of the field. If there isn’t a credentialed adult associated with the team in the technical area, the team will forfeit the game with a 1-0 result. NO EXCEPTIONS.***
Player information will be entered into the roster area of our tournament online registration system.
No player may compete in the Tournament on two different teams in the same weekend. If a player competes on more than one team, any points earned by the team that the player played on illegally will be revoked, and the team will receive 0 (zero) points for that game.. The Tournament Directors will determine which is the “illegal” team. In the event that this cannot be determined, all teams that the player played on will receive 0 points for all games.
Number of Players per Team
5-guest player maximum.
U9 – U11 – Total of 14 players may be rostered.
Teams & Spectators & Sportsmanship
Good sportsmanship is expected of all teams, officials and fans. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, staff, parents and affiliated spectators.
Spectators will observe the two-yard distance from the touch line to allow assistant referees a clear view. Spectators will occupy the sideline opposite the players and coaches. Spectators from opposing teams are asked to occupy opposite sides of the centerline.
At the discretion of the Tournament Director, the offending team may be asked to leave the tournament, forfeiting remaining games to a 1-0 result. No refunds of registration fees will be provided to the offending team.
The Tournament Director may suspend or eject any player, coach, or spectator for poor sportsmanship, or hostile behavior.
Ejections – A player or coach that is sent off during a match will have a minimum of a one game suspension. All ejections will be reviewed by the PAD committee, who will issue the disciplinary decision for the offense. Teams will receive a 1 point deduction from their standings for each ejection.
The Tournament Director may take additional disciplinary action against a team or individual for serious offenses, including suspension from the remainder of the tournament and non-eligibility for future Breakers Halloween Cup Tournaments.
The passes for the player or coach are to be held by the Site director at the location of the offense, until the suspensions are served.
Suspended players and coaches may be on the spectator side of the field, but not the technical side of the field, during matches. Coaches and/or Players that are suspended cannot communicate with the team in any manner.
Game Check in – 30 minutes prior to the first game at the HQ of the field of play, and prior to consolation and/or championship games. After the team is checked in for the first game, the team does not need to check in again for the remaining two match games. Player passes need to be brought to 30 minutes before each match game. Games not played will be considered “forfeits”. Player Passes are required to be checked for each match and held by tournament officials.
Player & Team Official picture identification cards, Medical releases, and Team roster from sanctioned USSF soccer organization, are to be present and available at the field at all matches
Laws of the Game – All matches will be played in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game, except as specifically modified as follows in the tournament rules.
Modifications for the U9 – U10 playing levels
- Free Kicks – All will be indirect or direct.
- A penalty kick is awarded against a team that commits one of the ten offenses for which a direct free kick is awarded, inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play. A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick (9 yards from the goal).
- If the ball goes into the goal directly from the kick off at the center line of the field, it is a goal kick for defending team.
- All opposing players are to stay 6 yds away for ALL kicks.
- Goal kicks will be taken at the top of the 18 yard box.
- Corner kicks and off-sides are in effect.
Maximum Players on the field
- U9 – U11: 8v8
Length of Games, both Preliminary, Consolation and Championship:
- UU9 – U11: 2x 25 minute halves – 5 minutes between halves
Substitutions – FIFA substitution rules apply, with the exception that unlimited substitutions may be made at any dead ball situation, by either team.
Team & Player Equipment Requirements
- Shin Guards – Required for all players (no exceptions).
- Casts – No hard casts permitted unless properly padded and wrapped with the permission of the referee. The Tournament Director will make the final decision.
- Jewelry – No jewelry of any kind. (No exceptions)
- Games for U9 – U11 will use an official size #4 ball
Procedures for Determining a Winner
- In preliminary games ties will stand.
- If a championship or consolation game is tied at the end of regulation play, no overtime will be played, 5 penalty kicks for each team to decide the winner. In case of a tie after the 5 PKs, the series will continue until there is a winner.
- The length of any game may be shortened to shorter but equal halves if the Tournament Director deems it necessary.
Forfeits – Teams must be at the field 30 minutes before the start of their game in order to be checked in by referees or appointed tournament officials. Teams must take the field within 5 minutes of the designated start time. The referee has the discretion to determine when the teams may commence playing.
If a U9 – U11 team has not taken the field with a minimum of 5 players with the 5-minute grace period, the game will be forfeited to the team that has taken the field with at least 5 players. If neither team takes the field within the 5-minute grace period, no point will be awarded to either team and the game will be declared a double forfeit.
The referee may terminate a game if a team leaves the field during the game without the approval of the referee, the referee abandons a match due to excessive violent conduct and/or misconduct by the players, coaches or fans, or a team is deemed to be in gross violation of US Youth Soccer, US Club Soccer, or rules of this tournament.
Match Delays, suspensions, cancellation
If deemed necessary by the Site Director, games may be shortened or cancelled due to weather, or other circumstances. The Site Director has sole discretion to make this decision. There will be no refunds given for any delay and/or cancellation of any games.
Game Start times & stoppage
- Start to Start times will be strictly enforced to maintain the schedule for the tournament. Except for unusual circumstances, game times will start on time.
- There will be no stoppage time added to games for any reason.
Types of Divisions – The following division descriptions will be utilized as necessary for the execution of the tournament.
- 4-Team Division: consist of two (1) Bracket of four(4) teams. Each team will play the others within its Bracket for a total of three (3) preliminary games. The teams with the highest point totals will play the Championship game.
- 8-Team Division: consist of two (2) Brackets of four(4) teams. Each team will play the others within its Bracket for a total of three (3) preliminary games. The team with the highest point total in each flight will be declared the winner, and will play the Championship game. The team with the second highest point total in each flight will play the Consolation game.
Refund Policy – No refunds for any reason.
Referees – All referees will hold at least a US Soccer Grade-8 and be currently registered with US Soccer.
Points, Standings & Tie Breakers
Match and Score Reporting – After the game has played, a team official from both teams will sign the game card. Referees will report all game results, and will deliver the game card, to Tournament officials. Match/score reporting information will not be accepted from Coaches, players, or game spectators. Game scores and point standings will be posted at the Site headquarters at the discretion of the Site Director.
Points & Standings -
Maximum number of points allowable per game 10
- 6 Points for a win
- 3 Points for a tie
- 0 Points for a loss
- 1 Bonus points for shutout win
- 1 Bonus points for 0-0 ties
- 1 Point per goal up to 3 goals
- 1 Point deducted for red cards
- 2 Points will be deducted for red cards given to coaching staff or Team Manager.
- Forfeited games will be scored as 1 to 0 (8 points) in favor of the team that did not forfeit. In the case a team withdrawing at the last minute or not showing, all preliminary games for that team will be scored as a forfeit.
***MERCY RULE – The “Mercy-Rule” of a maximum of a 5 goal point differential before standings points, has been removed from the standing calculations, but the spirit of the rule is expected from all coaches. ***
Tie Breaking Procedures – In case of a tie in tournament points following the completion of preliminary games, the advancing team will be determined based on the following criteria in the order specified:
- Head to Head competition – The team that won the head to head competition between the teams that are tied will advance.
- Team with the fewest goals allowed advances
- Team with the most wins advances
- Team with most shutouts advances
- Team with the most goals scored advances (not to exceed a 5 goal differential in the score counted for any one match)
- Team with the most red cards is eliminated
- FIFA Penalty Kicks From the Mark. The team with the highest goals scored out of, 5 shots per team, will advance. In the event that both teams score an even amount of goals, this procedure will be repeated until one team achieves a higher number of goals scored out of 5 shots taken.
- ALL GAME RESULTS WILL BE CONSIDERED FINAL AND NO PROTEST OF THEIR OUTCOME IS ALLOWED
Alcohol or Controlled Substances – Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is expressly prohibited at any of the sport fields or complexes. Any team (including players, coaches, parents and affiliated spectators) found violating these rules will automatically forfeit all games played, face possible expulsion from the tournament and will not be invited to any future tournaments hosted this club.
Tobacco products – Use of tobacco products is prohibited at this tournament. Use of tobacco products on the grounds of any public facility is a violation of California State Law.
Dogs – Dogs are prohibited at this tournament from being on fields. This will be enforced by field marshals and/or site directors. We love dogs, but they have no place on fields per US Club rules nor the rules of the facilities that we use for the tournament.
Service dogs that are clearly marked as such are okay as long as they don’t cause disruption. No other dogs, regardless of size, color, temperament, name, etc., will be allowed
RV’s/Vans will be allowed at site locations based on the rules of the site, and at the discretion of the Site Director and/or Tournament Director. The tournament is not responsible for the enforcement of any of the site rules regarding RVs/Vans.
THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ESTABLISH POLICY AS DEEMED NECESSARY IN REGARD TO PROBLEMS AND CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE NOT SPECIFICALLY COVERED. THE DECISION OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR ARE NOT SUBJECT TO APPEAL