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Rules for the 2022 Bensar Mayfest Classic

Rules for the Bensar Mayfest Soccer Classic

General Rules:
1. The Players/Coaches must present picture identification cards issued by the teams Federation Organization Member (USYS, AYSO, US Club Soccer, other).
2. Teams must provide proof of approval of the teams’ participation from the teams Federation Organization Member.
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. If a game is temporarily suspended due to weather problems, field conditions, or other situations beyond the tournament's control, each team (coach) involved must check with their site's tournament headquarters. Have players go their cars during a weather delay. No one will be allowed on the fields until the weather conditions are favorable to resume.
5. Coaches should bring medical release forms for each player to every game.
6. Each team will play a minimum of 3 games. A maximum of 2 matches will be played on any one day.
7. Spectators are not permitted on the Team side of the field or behind the goals.
8. All teams are required to clean up their sidelines after each match. Please keep our sites clean/green.
9. The tournament directors’ interpretation of the foregoing rules/regulations shall be final.

Team and Player Requirements

Age---Format---Ball Size--Max Roster---Max Guest Players---Game Duration Prelim’s------Game Duration Finals
U9-----7 v 7------4------------12-----------------3----------------50 minutes--------------------50 minutes
U10----7 v 7------4------------12-----------------3----------------50 minutes--------------------50 minutes
U10----9 v 9------4------------14-----------------3----------------50 minutes--------------------60 minutes
U11----9 v 9------4------------14-----------------3----------------50 minutes--------------------60 minutes
U12----9 v 9------4------------14-----------------3----------------50 minutes--------------------60 minutes
U13----11 v 11----5-----------18-----------------3----------------60 minutes--------------------70 minutes
U14----11 v 11----5-----------18-----------------3----------------60 minutes--------------------70 minutes
U15----11 v 11----5-----------18-----------------3----------------60 minutes--------------------70 minutes
U16----11 v 11----5-----------18-----------------3----------------60 minutes--------------------70 minutes
U17----11 v 11----5-----------18-----------------3----------------60 minutes--------------------70 minutes
U18----11 v 11----5-----------18-----------------3----------------60 minutes--------------------70 minutes
U19----11 v 11----5-----------18-----------------3----------------60 minutes--------------------70 minutes

NOTE: The Tournament reserves the right to consolidate age groups. If we consolidate groups into an 11 v 11 age group we will allow teams in this age group to move to the other age group. We may have to consolidate some divisions due to the lack of teams in some divisions.

The following roster limits include guest players. Team rosters will be limited to 18 players for teams playing the 11 v 11 format. Team rosters will be limited to 14 players for teams playing the 9 v 9 and 12 players for teams playing 7 v 7 format. The Roster submitted at Tournament Registration will be the official Roster for the Tournament and will be frozen and may not be altered. A player may only play for one team.

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 referee shall check that each player has a current Federation player card and coaches (if required by your State Association) card. Guest players must have a valid player pass from the same governing body that they are guest playing with.

a. The home team shall supply a suitable game ball as determined by the referee.
b. No roster changes will be permitted after a team roster has been approved at tournament registration.
c. A maximum of 3 coaches and a State Issued Director of Coaches (DOC) pass will be permitted on the team side of the field. During the match, each coach shall remain on the side of the field assigned to that coach’s team and shall remain between a line (either marked or unmarked) from 10 yards from the center line to the top of the penalty area and 2 yards from the touch line. Field marshals/referees will communicate which side is the team side if questions arise.

Match Schedules:
The ONLINE Schedules are the OFFICIAL schedules of the tournament. We will NOT print a Program.
Each team will be scheduled for a minimum of 3 preliminary games. A maximum of 2 matches will be played on any one day.
It is the intent of the tournament to provide a complete USSF certified referee crew for every match. If necessary, club assistant referees or club linesman may be used.

a. Player picture identification cards are to be present and available at all matches.
b. A player may only play for one team during the Tournament.

Laws of the Game:
All matches must be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game in effect on January 1st of the year that the tournament is held, except as specifically modified for youth play by USSF and US Youth Soccer with certain Amendments as follows:
a. Substitutions may be made, with the consent of the referee:
Substitutions must be at the midfield line - Unlimited substitutions will be allowed for all age groups 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 of the ball for a throw-in substitutes players, the opposing team may 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.

BLOOD: A player who is either bleeding or has blood on her/his uniform shall be required to be removed from the field and allowed to return only when in the opinion of the referee the bleeding has stopped and blood removed from the uniform.
PIERCINGS: Jewelry must be removed from any piercing, from any location on player’s body, prior to any match.

7v7 will utilize the build out line in accordance with US Youth Soccer rules.

Specific Laws of the Game:
a. No overtime will be played during preliminary games.
b. Red cards will be administered as per FIFA laws of the game.
c. A player or coach sent off, including for a second caution, will not be allowed to play for the remainder of that game and their next game.
d. Un-served Red Cards, player/coach passes, and game reports will be forwarded to the appropriate State organizations.

Game Balls:
Balls used must be FIFA Approved.
The game ball size for U-09 through U-12 is Size 4 and the game ball size for U-13 and above is Size 5.

Player Equipment:
1. Shin guards are mandatory and must be of appropriate size and must be covered by a sock.
2. In the event of a color conflict, the home team (first team listed on schedule) will change color.
3. Hard and soft casts are permitted with the approval by the game referee if they deem that the cast is properly wrapped.

Tournament Format:
For all age groups the Tournament format calls for three preliminary round games (round robin) with Final Matches in each division. Divisions with 6 teams (2 groups of 3) and divisions with 4 teams (1 group of 4) will play their Finals on Sunday. Divisions with 5 teams will play 4 preliminary games and the team with the best record will be declared the champion (tie breaker information cited above).

The Coaches and Game Referee will sign the game card certifying the final score which will then be delivered to the Tournament Headquarters. The Site scorer will be responsible for updating the tournament website, which will be the official location for all scores and standings. Posted scores will reflect a maximum goal difference of 3. Bracket standings, leading to championship play, will be determined on the following basis:

a. Points
• Win = 3 Points
• Tie = 1 Point
• Loss = 0 Points
• The team with the most points wins the Group Standings and will advance to the Championship Game.

Failure to complete a match, or a team leaving the field during play, will result in forfeiture. No team that has forfeited a game will be declared a group or wild card winner. The team winning by forfeit will be awarded the average number of goals they score in their other games, rounded down to the nearest integer, (with a minimum score of 1-0). The opponent's score will be zero. This score will be the official score in case goal differential is necessary. The Tournament Officials reserve the right to decide all matters concerning a forfeit. If a team arrives more than 15 minutes late for a match the Tournament Officials, at their discretion, may declare the game to be a forfeit depending upon the situation. A team failing to field the proper number of players at the scheduled time, or at any time during the match, will forfeit the game. All 7v7 teams must field a minimum of five (5) players, 9v9 teams must field a minimum of six (6) players and 11v11 teams must field a minimum of seven (7) players. The scores of forfeit games in this manner will be scored as described above in this paragraph.

Standings and Tie-breakers:
No overtime periods will be played for Preliminary games. Each team will be awarded three points for a win, one point for a tie, and no points for a loss. In the event of ties in the group standing, the following procedure will determine the group winner:
1) Result of Head-to-Head game (2 teams involved in tie only). If three or more teams are tied for the group lead, the result of head-to-head games is not considered.
2) Highest Total Net Score for Tournament Games (Goal Differential)
Net Score = Goals scored less goals scored against.
A maximum of 3 goals per game will account for this purpose.
(i.e. For a score of 4-1, goal differential is 3 for the winner and -3 for the loser. For a score of 6-2, goal differential is also 3 and -3 as above).
3) Fewest Total Goals allowed
4) Kicks from the Mark (FIFA Laws of the Game) will be used when there is a tie to determine if a team is going to the Championship Game. The Tournament Directors will determine the time and location for the Penalty Kicks to be held.
5) Five Team Divisions will be played as Round-Robins. Ties will be broken by the criteria listed above.
6) Ties in Championship Games: Two (2) Five (5) Minute Overtime Periods played to conclusion for all age groups (no Golden Goals). If, after the completion of both Overtime Periods a winner has not been determined, the game will go to Kicks from the Mark per FIFA rules.

Penalty Kick Elimination:
FIFA laws of the game for Penalty Kicks apply. 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). Five penalty kickers per team. The most goals scored after five kicks for each team wins the game. If the score remains tied, teams will alternate shooters until there is an unmatched goal between the teams. 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.

Games interrupted in the first half:
1) 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 completion of at least the first half and record the score as final.
2) Games shall be considered completed if the first half has concluded. The score at the stoppage of play will be the final game score.

Games interrupted after the completion of the first half:
Will continue if time permits or, if time or other issues, as determined by the tournament, does not permit the game to continue, the current score at the time when the game is terminated will be the final score.
Note: if necessary, game lengths may be shortened to accommodate scheduling requirements. It is the responsibility of each coach to check Tournament Headquarters for any reschedule information.

In the event that rescheduling is not possible, and game cancellation creates a situation where teams within the division are unable to play an 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 that were 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. In the event there is a tie which 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.

Match and Score Reporting:
Scores will be posted as quickly as possible. Coaches should report any discrepancies to Headquarters prior to their next game.

Protests and Disputes:
Protests must be presented in writing to the tournament site Headquarters within 30 minutes of completion of the game and must be accompanied by a fee of $100 in cash. Referee judgment will NOT be a basis for protest. Coaches wishing to file a protest shall notify the referee of this intention as soon as possible but not later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the game in question. The Protest Committee's (Tournament Directors and Referee Assignor) decision is final.

Standards of 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.
a. All participants in the Bensar Mayfest Soccer Classic will be expected to maintain high standards of conduct during their stay in the Sidney area. These standards are expected of players, referees, 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.
b. There shall be no dissent between players and/or coaches and the referee. All coaches are responsible for the actions of his or her 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. Our policy is based on Ohio South Youth Soccer Association's Zero Tolerance Policy Against Abuse. This Policy can be found on the Ohio South website.
c. Any player or coach ejected from a game will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game (a minimum of one game suspension depending upon the severity of the offense). 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, the card will be returned to the appropriate state association.
d. Any player or coach who receives an accumulation of three (3) yellow cards must sit out the next game.
e. Spectators may be ejected from the tournament for improper conduct, at the discretion of the tournament officials. Artificial noise makers are not permitted.
f. Not permitted at our tournament includes: alcoholic beverages, smoking, pets, and verbal abuse.

Persons ejected due to any of the above situations must leave the site immediately.

Report of Disciplinary action taken against any team will be reported to that teams provincial or:
A. For United States teams, the procedure for notifying the Federation Organization Member of that team of disciplinary action taken or required will be followed.
B. For CONCACAF teams, the tournament committee will notify the US Soccer Federation guidelines of disciplinary action taken, and that the Federation will transmit national association.

All Champions and Finalists teams will receive individual awards. These awards will be presented after the final game at the Finals site.

Inclement Weather Procedures:
The Tournament Committee and/or Directors reserve the right to delay the start of a game, reduce the length of the game, or terminate a game. All teams must abide by the tournament weather/field conditions policy. Head coaches only may come to the Tournament HQ only after the weather delay for further information. In the event that the fields need to be cleared, one blast will be sounded by an air horn. 2 blasts will signify the start of play after the delay. If games have to be canceled for inclement weather, the result will be recorded as a 0-0 draw with both teams receiving 1 point. If a Championship Round game must be canceled for inclement weather, the champion will be determined by using the standard tie breaker procedures from above.

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 reimbursement.

Final Rulings:
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 decisions shall be final.

By entering this tournament, every participant agrees to accept the jurisdiction of the Tournament Committee or its members, the Ohio Extreme SC, its staff and employees, the Shelby County Youth Soccer, its Board of Trustees and employees, the sites including Tawawa Park, Landrum Fields, Sidney City Schools, Custenborder Field, Julia Lamb Field and any other sites used and their respective employees, the United States Soccer Federation, United States Youth Soccer Association, and United States Youth Soccer Association North in all matters of dispute. No official, coach, club, league, referee, player or their representative may invoke the aid of the Courts of any political or governmental entity without first exhausting all available remedies within the appropriate affiliated soccer organizations as set forth in these rules, the Constitution and Bylaws of Shelby County Youth Soccer, the Constitution and Bylaws of the United States Soccer Federation, the Constitution and Bylaws of the United States Youth Soccer Association, and the Constitution and Bylaws of the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association. For violation of this rule, the offending party shall be subject for all expenses incurred by these associations and/or their officers, as appropriate, in defending each court action, including, but not limited to, court costs, attorney(s) fees and reasonable compensation for all time and expenses.



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