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Playing Rules and Tournament Policies

GENERAL INFORMATION

PLAYING RULES

SUBSTITUTIONS

POINTS AND TIE BREAKING

GENERAL POLICIES

PROTEST AND APPEALS

SUSPENSION GUIDELINES

MODIFIED RULES FOR 8U - 10U

APPLICATION TO HOST


LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

The Wyoming State Cup will be held at the North Casper Soccer Complex which is located at 1700 East K St Exit 186 off 125.

 

MANDATORY TEAM CHECK-IN – Rosters and Cards Due on May 18th – Rosters will be frozen on May 21st

 Team check-in will be processed online through your team account. 

The following documents must be uploaded into your team's GotSoccer account no later than Friday, May 18th. The official team roster will be generated based on the submitted roster. The documents can be submitted as individual PDF documents or as one PDF.

  • Official club/state issued roster
  • Player card and coach card

 

To complete the online check in for your team, please follow these instructions.

  • Log into your GotSoccer team page.
  • From the Home/Overview page, click on the event, 2018 Wyoming State Cup & Championship and the Wyoming RecFest , located under "Event Registration History"
  • There will be a series of tabs - Click on the "Documents" tab to the far right
  • Load the Documents -All Documents loaded need to be in a PDF format.
    • You may have to contact your club registrar for assistance with the PDF Roster & Player cards.
    • If your club allows, a team roster may be available to you in your team account, which can be located in the "Home" tab, under the "Team Profile" tab and "Documents" tab.
  • Once you have uploaded the documents, please click on the blue button -NOTIFY- at the top right of the screen.

 

The approved WSA/Cup official roster will be uploaded into your team account for you to print and have with you during the games.

 

ROSTERS

A team must provide an official State or club roster. The roster and cards will be verified, and an WSA/Cup approved roster will be uploaded into your team account. The official WSA/Cup roster must be available upon request at the field of play. Minimal information required on the roster is the player's name, birth year, player ID, uniform number and gender.

 

PLAYER PASSES & COACH PASSES

Player and Coach passes must be available at the field always, and a referee will ask for the passes prior to the start of the game and may ask for the WSA/Cup roster. A team must have player passes for all the players on their roster. Coaches within the technical area or designated are required to be listed on the roster and have a coach pass/card.

 

MEDICAL RELEASE FORMS

Release forms do not need to be uploaded for check in. However, it is mandatory that a coach or manager have a completed Medical Release Form for each player on the roster with them during the event.  

If you have completed the online check in and received an approved roster, your team's paper work has been approved!

 


FORMAT, SCHEDULING AND BRACKETING

All teams are guaranteed a minimum of 3 matches. The Wyoming State Cup will contain a Championship Division (Gold) and a Cup Division (Silver).  Brackets within those divisions will be populated based on a review of each team’s performance at the qualifying events and the age of a team’s players and is at the sole discretion of the tournament committee.

 


TOURNAMENT RULES OF PLAY

  1. The tournament roster cannot exceed the maximum roster size (shown below) and NO player can play on more than one team in the event, and each team must have on its roster at least 50% of the players that were on its max roster at its qualifying events.
  2. All games shall be played in accordance with FIFA laws of the game, except as specifically superseded by these WSA rules.
  3. The referee may, at his/her discretion, add time up to 10 minutes. For late starts, the referee can shorten each half equally up to 5 minutes to re-establish the field schedule. The interval between halves shall be 5 minutes; the referee is the official timekeeper of the match.

 

Wyoming Cup & Championship Division

Age Group

Game Length

Ball Size

Event Roster

Players on The Field

Guest Players

9U/10U

2 – 25 minute

halves

#4

12

7

None

11U/12U

2 – 30 minute

halves

#4

16

9

None

13U/14U

2 – 35 minute

halves

#5

18

11

None

14U/15U

2 – 35 minute

halves

#5

18

11

None

15U/19U

2 – 40 minute

halves

#5

18

11

No

 

Wyoming Rec Fest Division

Age Group

Game Length

Ball Size

Team Roster

Event Roster

Players on The Field

Guest Players

7U/8U

2 – 20 minute

halves

#3

10

8

4

None

9U/10U

2 – 25 minute

halves

#4

16

12

7

None

  1. All player and coach passes and approved rosters will be checked at the field prior to the start of each game. If a player or a coach does not have an approved pass at the time of game check-in, he/she may not participate in the game or be on the Team sidelines. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  2. The home team (listed first on the schedule) is responsible for providing the game ball. The visiting team should have a tournament ball ready if needed.
 
  1. Any removal of a coach, assistant coach or team representative by a match official for irresponsible behavior or what could be considered descent will result in a deduction of 3 points from the standings of the team that has caused the infraction.
 

 

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PLAYER EQUIPMENT

  1. Shoes/Cleats must meet FIFA specifications.
  2. No necklaces, bracelets, earrings, belly-rings or rings of any kind will be allowed.
  3. Safety straps are required for players wearing glasses. Wire rims are prohibited – no exceptions.
  4. Hard or semi-hard casts of any kind must be covered with foam or other padding material and approved by the referee.
  5. All players on a team must wear similar uniforms with each jersey being numbered distinctly and no number being repeated. The goalkeeper must wear a different colored jersey than his/her team and the opposing team.
  6. Home team (listed first on the schedule) will wear dark uniforms; visiting team will wear light uniforms. The home team will change colors if there is a color conflict.
  7. All players shall have their jerseys fully tucked into their shorts.
  8. Cold weather attire and accessories made of soft material (i.e. gloves, a beanie, etc.) may be worn, but it will be subject to the referee’s approval. The jersey must be the last layer.
  9. Sponsor logos are allowed on uniforms. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to deem a sponsor logo inappropriate for youth competition.
  10. Shin guards are to be worn during the game and socks must completely cover them.

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

Unlimited substitutions by either team may be made, with the permission of the referee, at the following times:

  1. After a goal has been scored.
  2. Prior to a goal kick.
  3. At the beginning of the second half.
  4. After an injury stoppage (by either team), if the injured player is substituted
  5. Prior to own team’s throw-in. If the opposing team is ready and waiting at the halfway line, they may also sub.

 

POINT SYSTEM & TIE BREAKING RULES FOR CUP & CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISIONS

Wyoming Rec Fest division is festival style of play

Scoring: There will be no overtime or tiebreakers in the preliminary rounds.

  1. Teams shall be awarded points for games as follows:
    1. Win - 6 points plus 1 point for each goal scored (up to a maximum of 3 per game)
    2. Tie - 3 points plus 1 point for each goal scored (up to a maximum of 3 per game)
    3. Loss - 0 points plus 1 point for each goal scored (up to a maximum of 3 per game)
    4. Shutout - 1 point for holding the other team scoreless (excludes 0-0 shutout)
    5. Any player red card infraction will result in the loss of 3 points from the team’s standings.
    6. A team receives no points or other credit for more than 3 goals scored in any game.

         g.Total possible points per game are 10.

  1. The removal of a coach, assistant coach or team representative by a match official for irresponsible behavior will result in the loss of 3 points from the offending team’s standings.
  2. If a team is declared ineligible or if a scheduled team does not show for play, the game is a forfeit. In the event of a forfeit during preliminary games, the opposing team shall be awarded 8 points for the win, and the forfeiting team 0 points for the loss.
  3. If a team withdraws from the tournament voluntarily or is disqualified from the tournament prior to completion of all games in the preliminary rounds, each team in the flight shall receive 8 points.
  4. Coaches are encouraged to verify scores and points awarded on the official tournament score board following the completion of a game.
  5. All ties stand in the preliminary games.

 

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Tie breaking: If necessary, the tie-breaking procedure to determine seeding and/or which team(s) advance to a semi-final or championship match is as follows. Please note that “goals for” do not enter the tie-breaking formula. There is no benefit for increasing the margin of victory beyond three goals.

  1. Results of head-to-head competition: Start with #2 if more than two teams are tied.
  2. Goal differential: Goals scored minus goals allowed to a maximum of 3 goals per game. Winning 3- 0, 5-0, or 6-3 would result in a +3-goal differential; there is no benefit to “running up” the score.
  3. Goals against: Fewest goals allowed in all games. (No limit)
  4. Penalty kicks: If two teams are still tied after 1 - 3 above, FIFA penalty kicks will break the tie at a time and place set forth by the tournament director/committee.

 

Resolving ties in semi-final and championship matches

  1. If a semi-final or championship match is tied at the end of regulation time, the teams will have a 5-minute rest and 2 overtime periods of equal length, which will be played in their entirety; no sudden death.
    1. The overtime periods in the semi-final matches will be 5-minutes.
    2. The overtime periods in the championship matches will be 10 minutes for U13 & older and 5 minutes for U12 and younger with a 1 minute interval between periods.
  2. Should the game remain in a tie at the end of the two overtime periods, FIFA penalty kicks will be conducted.

 

Wyoming Rec Fest division is festival style of play. Games may end in a tie. Scores will be recorded for information only. Points will not be awarded for wins & loses as stated for the Cup and Championship divisions. All Rec Fest participants will receive a participation award.


Sportsmanship is paramount in this tournament

GENERAL POLICIES

  1. Completion of a combination of events qualifies WSA affiliated teams for participation in the Wyoming Cup/Championship. Qualification requires each team participate in an approved state sanctioned league and a WSA sanctioned tournament that is not hosted by team's primary club for fall or spring season. The team coach/club registrar is responsible for verifying completion of requirement during Wyoming Cup/Championship application process.
  2. The Referee’s Game Report/Card will serve as the official game record. The Referee decision is final, no appeals or protests of the referee decisions.
  3. Following the tournament all red card reports and proof of penalty served must be submitted to the WSA office.
  4. The Tournament Committee, the hosting club, WSA, tournament sponsors, or volunteers will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team (including entry fees) or tournament participants if the tournament is canceled in whole or in part for any reason.
  5. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament that may not be addressed in these guidelines and its decision shall be final.
  6. During games, coaches and players shall be on the side of the playing field designated for teams; fans, parents and spectators shall be on the opposite side of the playing field, which will be designated by the spectator lines. Spectators MUST sit on the opposite side of the field from the team. No one is allowed behind the goal area during a game.
  7. Only credentialed players and coaches and designated tournament staff will be allowed on the team side of the field.
  8. Coaches, players, and spectators will remain at least two (2) yards from the touchline. Players and Coaches are to remain in the designated technical area. No more than one (1) coach at a time may step away, if necessary, to impart tactical information to the players. He/she must return to the designated area soon after and cannot interfere at any time with the assistant referee’s movements.
  9. Neither the hosting club, tournament volunteers or WSA are responsible for the behavior of players, coaches, and spectators off the field or for damages resulting from such behavior, nor are they responsible for any injuries, which may occur to players, coaches, and spectators because of their participation at the tournament.
  10. The Referee Tent or referees’ gathering area is off limits to players, coaches and spectators, unless accompanied by a tournament official or representative or to retrieve a player pass. NO harassment or verbal abuse will be tolerated during the retrieval of a player pass
  11. Coaches and players committing breaches of the law may be ejected from the tournament at the discretion of the tournament director.
  12. Any player, coach, or spectator who, while participating in any tournament event, is found to be in possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons (in accordance with state law) shall be banned from the tournament and appropriate notification shall be given to local law enforcement authorities.
  13. NO DOGS (PETS) ARE ALLOWED AT THE TOURNAMENT OR ON THE FIELDS DURING THE EVENT.
  14. There will be individual first and second place medals award in the Wyoming Championship Division, as well as first place team awards. Individual first and second place medals will also be awarded for the Wyoming Cup Division (Silver). All Wyoming Rec Fest division participants will receive individual awards.

 

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GAME PROCEDURE AND FORFEITURE RULING

  1. Any team not ready to play at the scheduled start time shall be granted a 10-minute grace period. Any team not ready to play at the expiration of the grace period shall be deemed to have forfeited the game. Minimums are as follows to constitute a legal team.
 

Age Group

Minimum Players

7U/8U

Three (3)

9U/10U

Four (4)

11U/12U

Six (6)

13U/14U

Seven (7)

15U/19U

Seven (7)

  1. If a team forfeits one of its preliminary games, the opposing team shall be awarded eight (8) points for the win, and the forfeiting team zero (0) points for the loss. If goal differential becomes a factor in future tie-breaking procedures, the goals counted for the forfeited game shall be determined by taking the average of the goals scored and allowed by the team in their remaining preliminary games.
  2. Teams that forfeit a pool play game will not be allowed to play in the semi-finals or finals of the tournament.
  3. If no referee is present within five minutes of the scheduled start time, the match will be delayed and both coaches shall contact the field marshal.
  4. If there is only one referee present and no assistants or one referee and one assistant for a preliminary match at the scheduled start time, the referee present shall commence the match using volunteer linesmen. Should an assistant referee arrive at the field, he/she shall enter the match at an appropriate break in play and volunteer linesmen shall be relieved. Club linesmen are not entitled to match fees.

 

FINES FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR OR PERFORM

Based on circumstances involved, Wyoming Soccer Association (WSA) may levy a fine of $100.00 per game for all games forfeited during the tournament. This fine may be dispersed as WSA deems appropriate for the circumstances. All fines will be assessed to the team’s association/club and must be paid within 30 days of the completion of the tournament. WSA shall have the authority to refuse entry the following year to any team from an association/club with unpaid fines at the time of entry.

CONDUCT

Team coaches are responsible for their players along with parents and guests on the sideline. Abuse from spectators or coaches will not be tolerated. Please refer to the Zero Tolerance Policy for additional information.

  1. No team, club official or parent may enter the field of play, regardless of the circumstances, unless the person has been given permission to enter the field of play by the referee.
  2. Red Cards:
    1. Any player receiving a red card during a game will be ejected from the remainder of the game and will be ineligible for participation in the next game. This does include a championship game. The player card will be retained by the field referee and turned in at the referee headquarters with the official game card. The card may be reclaimed by the coach after the suspension has been served. All yellow and red cards will be recorded on the official game cards and will be reported to WSA.
    2. Coaches that are ejected from a game shall leave the field for the remainder of the game (at least 100 yards from the field) and will be ineligible to participate in at least the next game and may be banned from the entire tournament, at the Tournament Committee’s discretion. All coach ejections will be reported to WSA.
    3. Any spectator ejected from a game shall immediately move at least 100 yards from the field of play and may be ejected from the facility or may be ejected for the remainder of the tournament at the Tournament Committee’s discretion.

 

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INCLEMENT WEATHER

  1. The tournament director or designee reserves the right to not allow a game to be played in inclement weather if there is a possibility of injury to players or damage to the playing surface. In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Committee has the authority to:
    1. Relocate or reschedule any game.
    2. Change the duration of any non-championship game.
    3. Cancel a match.
    4. Change the division structure.
 
  1. If, because of inclement weather or for other reasons, play is halted and the match cannot be finished during the scheduled time, the score shall stand if at least the first half of the match was completed. See 3 for championship matches.
  2. If a championship match is suspended for any reason, play will resume at a time, date, and location so designated by the tournament director. Championship matches will be played to completion even if play must be continued a subsequent day and/or at a different location.

 

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

  1. The Tournament Committee may consist of 1 or 2 WSA Staff.
  2. Tournament Committee will review the referee send-off reports and assess appropriate penalties based on published minimum guidelines.
  3. Tournament Committee findings are recorded at tournament headquarters.
  4. No appeals are allowed if suspensions are within the published minimum guidelines.
  5. When extended, penalties are warranted, coaches and players must be notified as soon as possible.
  6. Tournament Committee member(s) will notify the coach or player.

 

PROTEST AND APPEALS PROCEDURE

  1. The tournament protest and appeals committee will hear all appeals and or protests submitted according to #8.
  2. All protests and appeals must be submitted by a team official as listed on the team roster involved in the game.
  3. The Tournament Committee will establish a P&A committee 1 week prior to the start of the event. The P&A committee will consist of persons selected from WSA members, member associations and club representatives.
  4. All questions relating to qualifications or eligibility of competitors, suspensions and disputes or protests shall be referred to the P&A committee, whose decision shall be final and binding.
  5. To be valid and eligible for consideration, protests shall be lodged in writing with the tournament director within sixty (60) minutes after the end of the game. Tournament Director will then provide copies to the head referee/assignor and committee members. Additionally, the protest regarding a game must also be filed with the P&A committee within sixty (60) minutes after the completion of the game in question.
  6. If the protest or appeal is based on a game on the final day of the tournament it must be received as indicated above. The P&A committee may be convened by conference call to hear the issue.
  7. The only exception to rule 4 involves protests relating to the grounds, goal posts, bars and the appurtenances of the game, which must be in writing and submitted to the tournament director prior to the start of the game. All other P&A procedures must be followed.
  8. All protests and appeals shall include the following:
    1. A non-refundable fee of three hundred dollars ($300.00) in cash or certified check; no personal checks.
    2. Two (2) copies of the protest or appeal.
    3. Two (2) copies of all information to be presented by witnesses.
  9. A plea of ignorance to the rules of this competition is not sufficient grounds for a protest or an appeal.
  10. The chairman of the P&A committee shall notify teams or players of the committee’s findings. Notification shall be via an association member if the coach or player cannot be contacted.

 

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SUSPENSION GUIDELINES

The Tournament Committee shall act on all disciplinary matters and shall have discretionary powers in determining actions applied to team officials, players, and fans. Game suspensions listed below are to be regarded as the minimum penalty for the charged offenses and notification is not necessary. Penalties may be increased according to the gravity of  the infringement(s) based on the findings of the Tournament Committee when reviewing the send-off reports. If additional suspension is warranted, the suspension must be served immediately, at the next scheduled match, following notification of the terms of the suspension and the right to appeal.

When shown the red card, and sent off the field of play for infringement of the “laws of the game,” players shall be disciplined as follows:

  1. Second Caution-able Offense: Issuance of a second yellow card during the same game.

      a. All age groups: Suspend for a minimum of one (1) game.

  1. Foul and Abusive Language: Examples include, but are not necessarily limited to, actions or words uttered in frustration and, in the referee’s opinion directed towards another player, officials, coach or spectators. Zero tolerance for remarks or actions that are discriminatory or racist.

       a. All age groups: Suspend for a minimum of one (1) game.

  1. Serious Foul Play: Examples include, but are not necessarily limited to, excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball; challenges that endanger the safety of an opponent.

      a. All age groups: Suspend for a minimum of one (1) games.

  1. Violent Conduct: Use of excessive force or brutality. Examples include, but are not limited to, spitting or another unseemly act on or at another person; striking or attempting to strike another player, team official, match official, or spectator.
    1. All age groups: Suspend for a minimum of one (1) game, the severity of the offense may warrant a minimum of a two (2) game suspension after review by the tournament committee.
  2. In addition, pushing during an act of aggression, striking or attempting to strike a referee, assistant referee, fourth official, or volunteers working in an official capacity (i.e. field marshals).

      a. All age groups: Suspend for a minimum of one (1) year and review by the WSA Disciplinary Committee regarding                further disciplinary action.

  1. Any player, substitute or team official who refuses the referee’s request for their name or gives a false name while the referee is gathering data to report on an infringement of the “laws of the game” involving them, shall have one (1) game added to the suspension that would normally be levied by the Tournament Committee.
  2. In certain situations, the Tournament Committee may place an individual on probation in addition to the suspension, for a period not to exceed the length of the suspension. The probationary period is to be served immediately following the suspension period and is intended to monitor an individual’s degree of reform. Should an individual on probation be sent off the field of play and shown the red card during the probationary period, the original suspension and probation shall be re-applied and no appeal will be heard.
  3. Coaches and assistant coaches dismissed from the field of play for irresponsible behavior shall serve a minimum of a one (1) game suspension.

 

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MODIFIED RULES FOR 8U AND 10U DIVISIONS

8U Division

Modified Rules:

 

  • No heading the ball.
  • Intentional heading will result in an in-direct free kick to the opposing team.
  • All free kicks are indirect; including kickoff, goal kicks, and corner kicks.
  • Goal kicks will be taken anywhere inside of the goal area.
  • During a goal kick the opposing team must retreat and remain on their defending half until the goal kick has been played by any player other than the player taking the goal kick or until the ball has crossed over the half line. Infractions of this rule will result in retaking the goal kick.
  • Any player may play the ball at any location on the field.
  • No goal keepers. Handling in the goal area is an IFK on the line of the goal area.
  • Throw-Ins will have a “redo” with explanation.
  • No Cards will be given. Referee will use “Teachable Moments” within the game to promote rules, sportsmanship and fair play. Simple Soccer – Let them Play.

 

10Division

Modified Rules:

 

  • No heading the ball.

  • Intentional heading will result in an in-direct free kick to the opposing team. Kick Off, Corners and throw-ins are taken like normal.
  • At a goal kick, the opposing team must retreat and remain behind the nearest build out line until the ball is in play. The ball is in play once it has passed out of the penalty area and has been touched by a second player or crossed over the build out line. Any infraction results in a retake of the goal kick. The kicker cannot touch the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player, and the restart for this is an IDK for the other team at the spot of the second touch. Quick kicks may be taken; players from the opposing team inside the build out line must wait for the ball to cross the build out line before engaging in play.
  • When the goalkeeper has the ball, during play, the opposing team must retreat to the build out line; the goalkeeper cannot punt the ball, they must pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate, or release it to the ground from where they can kick it. Once the ball has been played by another player, or crossed the build out line, play resumes as normal. Infractions of this rule will result in the goalkeeper back in possession of the ball. 
  • Punting is not allowed.

 

 
 
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