1. FIFA laws are in effect, except as noted below.
2. The Field of Play: 60 yards by 40 yards with 12’ x 6’ goals. The penalty area is 12 yards by the width of the field.
3. The Ball: Size 4.
4. Number of Players. A maximum of 12 players per team is allowed. Six players including the goalkeeper are allowed on the field. Rosters may not be changed after a team’s first tournament game. (A coach may bring more than 12 rostered players, however, only 12 players may dress for a single game.)
5. Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions are allowed with the permission of the referee after a goal, at halftime, on goal kicks, and before throw-ins by your team, or if the opposing team subs on a throw-in you may also sub.
6. Linesman: Will not be used during the Medway Cup except for the final championship matches.
7. Duration of the Game: Each game will consist of two 20-minute halves and a two-minute halftime.
8. Off-side: There is no penalty for off-sides.
9. Penalty Kicks: To be taken from a point 8 yards directly in front of the midpoint of the goal. All other players must stand beyond the halfway line.
10. Goal Kicks: To be taken from anywhere within 6 yards of the goal line. Goal kicks may not cross the halfway line.
11. Goalkeeper Saves: The goalkeeper may throw or punt the ball after a save. The ball must touch the ground or a player in the defensive half of the field or possession is lost to the other team. Play restarts with an indirect kick from the halfway line.
12. Fouls and Misconduct: Any player or coach given a red card will not be allowed to participate in his/her team’s next tournament game. All red cards will be reported to the Tournament Director for review and possible stronger punishment.
13. Suspended and Terminated Games:
A. Fitness of playing conditions will be determined by the Tournament Director and the referee.
B. Preliminary games suspended because of weather or serious injury will be official if at least 20 minutes of playing time has elapsed. Any games stopped prior to the first 20 minutes being played will be recorded as a 0-0 tie.
C. Playoff and championship games that have been delayed for more than 30 minutes for the above reasons may, with the consent of the referee and the Tournament Director, result in the termination of the game. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by Rule #15. However, every effort will be made to complete these games.
14. Playoffs (U-11 and older): The number of teams making the playoffs will be determined by the number of teams entered in each age group and each division. At least two teams from each division will make the playoffs. The Tournament Director will post the exact format for the playoffs before play begins, and each coach should review the playoff format before playing their first game.
For groups of 4 teams, all teams will return the second day. The first place team will play the fourth place team, and second place will play third place. For groups of 6 teams, each team will play 3 games the first day and the top 4 return Sunday. The best two teams qualify for finals. For groups of 8 teams, the top two teams in each section will return the second day and play a minimum of 2 games. For groups of 12 teams, the top two teams in each section plus two wild card teams (selected by a record and point system) will return the second day. For groups of 16 teams, the top two teams from each group will return the second day.
15. Determination of Division Winners and Division Runners-Up (U-11 and older):
A. In the preliminary games, teams will receive:
B. At the end of the preliminary round, the winner will be the team with the most points, and the runner-up will be the team with the second highest point total. The standings of the remaining teams will also be determined by their point total.
C. In the event of a tie in the total points, the tie will be broken using the following criteria:
D. NOTE: If 3 or more teams have equal point totals, Criteria #1 does not apply. However, as soon as a tie is broken by going down the list, the tiebreaking procedure goes back to the top of the list and Criteria #1. Decisions with regard to final placement of teams are solely up to the Tournament Director. Any team that has forfeited a game is ineligible for the playoffs.
16. Semi-Finals and Finals (U-11 and older): Games will consist of two 20-minute halves and a 2-minute halftime. In the event of a tie score at the end of regulation time, there will be two 5-minute, sudden victory overtime periods followed by kicks from the penalty mark, if necessary.
17. Protests: No protests will be allowed except for challenging age qualifications.
18. Sportsmanship: Field Marshals will be present to oversee the games being played. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of players, parents, and fans of their team. For any sportsmanship problems concerning the coaches and/or spectators, the referee and/or the assigned Field Marshal will direct the offender(s) to leave the area. If the offender(s) fail to leave as directed, the referee will terminate the match and report the incident to the Tournament Director who will award a 3-0 victory to the non-offending team. The BAYS zero tolerance policy will be in effect.
19. Alcoholic Beverages: No alcoholic beverages will be permitted anywhere near the fields or in the parking lots. Violators will be asked to leave the tournament by the Tournament Director or the police. Please cooperate with this regulation.
20. Player’s Equipment: The basic compulsory equipment of a player shall consist of a jersey, shorts, stockings, shinguards and footwear. No casts, no safety hazards and no earrings will be permitted to be worn by any player during a game in which they are participating. Casts, either hard or soft, are non-negotiable.
21. Other: The Tournament Director and his Committee will address any questions that arise from subjects not covered above. Their decisions are final.
BAYS Zero Tolerance Policy (BYLAW 12)
All persons responsible for a team and all the spectators shall support the referee.
Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for players, the referee and all of the other participants and spectators. Consequently, BAYS has adopted the following rule:
No one is to address the referee during the game!!
Persons Responsible for a team (Coach & Managers)
Responding to a referee initiating a communication.
Pointing out emergencies or safety issues.
A coach/manager can ask a referee to explain rule(s) in a polite and constructive way.
A polite and friendly feedback can be given to a referee.
Absolutely NO sarcasm, harassment or intimidation.
Referee initiating a communication.
Pointing out emergencies or safety issues.
If the referee abandons the game, the referee shall file a report and BAYS may impose a forfeit on the spectator’s team.
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