Tournament Rules 2018

7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 Rules



 A player may play for more than one team in the tournament except in the same age group.  A premier level player cannot play on the classic team during the tournament in the same age group.  They can play up to help out another team but cannot play down.  Exceptions will be made only for circumstances that would help player safety with the lack of numbers on a team or due to a combinations of age groups by the tournament. .



Guest Players shall be defined as players who are not regular, official members of the club whose team will be utilizing them in the tournament. All guest players must be members of an affiliated USSF organization. Proof of membership should be included with the credentials provided during the Mandatory Registration. Up to and no more than five (5) guest players may be utilized by any team during the Tournament. Guest players may be hand written into the approved Tournament roster. Accepted documentation includes:

● USYS/USCS, or other USSF approved player pass cards

● A copy of a USYS/USCA, or other USSF approved roster of the team where the player is registered,

with the player indicated

Per the Tournament Rules, teams must also have the other required credentials for every Guest Player



A player may be rostered to two different teams within the tournament  BUT NOT IN THE SAME AGE GROUP, unless approved ahead by the director of the tournament and based on above statement under Club Pass



Teams may register a maximum of twenty­two (22) players for 11v11 divisions (at this event, all 22 players will be eligible to play in a given match); (18) players for 9v9 divisions, and (16) players for 7v7 divisions. This number of players INCLUDES Guest Players.



FIFA Laws of the Game will apply as modified by USYS and WORLD CUP SOCCER OF GREATER NASHUA as described herein.



       -All 11v11 tournament matches will be 60 minutes in length, consisting of two 30 minutes halves. All 7v7 and 9v9 tournament matches in the U9­-U12 age groups will be 50 minutes in length, consisting of two 25 minute halves.

       -Half time will be five minutes long; however, this period may be shortened at the discretion of the Tournament Director, in the event that the tournament schedule has fallen behind.

       -All games will be played with a running clock. In consideration of our tight scheduling, time will only be added in very extreme circumstances. The referee is the official timekeeper, and all disputes shall be settled at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

       -U9­-U12 age groups will utilize a size 4 ball. U13­-U15 age groups will utilize a size 5 ball.


 --Offensive team must back up to retreat line on a goal kick; indirect free kick from midfield will awarded for  violation    
 --No long punts or throw-ins; building from the back stressed. 


30 minutes prior to their kick­off time. Any team failing to check­in may be required to forfeit that match at the final discretion of the Tournament Director. Players are required to wear shin guards in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game.

The Home team will provide the game ball for the match unless one is provided.

Where uniform colors are similar, the designated home team will change colors. Home team is listed first on the schedule. The away team will begin each match with the ball, the home team will choose sides. For all age groups, players and coaches will take one side of the pitch, and supporters will take the other side of the pitch. No one will be allowed behind either end line.


Unlimited substitutions may be made, with the referee’s permission at any stoppage. Referees will use their judgment in allowing substitutions during times when opponents have the opportunity to restart play quickly. Referees must also use their judgment in allowing substitutions if it is determined that a team is utilizing tournament rules to deliberately waste time.



All Coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends and spectators at all times. Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one's own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, provided:

● No mechanical devices are used; ● The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory; ● Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards on either side of the halfway line; ● No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators; ● No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.



A player receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an ejection (red card). A player who has been ejected (sent off), will not be replaced. A player who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.

A player who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play may be expelled from the tournament, at the discretion of the Tournament Director. Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament. A coach who has been ejected (sent off) will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game, and may be expelled from the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Director. During game suspension(s) for coaches, there can be NO contact between the team and the coach during the game and the coach must be out of site and sound of the field. Additionally, the coach must not be involved in unacceptable conduct (defined as coaching his/her players by any means or method, or harassment of opponents/players/referees/staff). Failure to adhere to this rule will result in an immediate ejection from the tournament for the coach.



If in the opinion of the referee a game must be suspended (for reason), the game may be resumed, but is subject to being ended not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game. If in the opinion of the referee, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench coaches, or spectators; the offending team could be suspended from further play and will forfeit that game and all remaining games. All previous points earned remain as played.



The offside law will be applied by referees in all 9v9 and 11v11 games. In 7v7 games, the offside law WILL be applied, but loosely enforced, i.e. it will be called only if a player is clearly offside, not by a yard or two.



Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:

3 points for each Win, 1 point for each Tie, Zero points for each Loss


At the end of a preliminary round, the group placements shall be determined by the number of points earned in preliminary matches. In the event of a tie within a group, the following criteria shall be used to determine final group placements, in order:


1. Head to Head competition (only if it’s a 2 way tie)

2. Goal Differential (Max 4 goals per each game)

3. Goals Against

4. Most Shutouts (not including 0-0)

5. FIFA penalty Kicks (to be organized at the discretion of the Tournament Director)


Placement of group winners and determination of wild card winners for playoff rounds or for consolation match ups should be determined by the same criteria. Where teams are in different groups, #1 above will obviously not apply. In the event of a tie between three (3) or more teams, #1 above will not be considered.

The Tournament Director, acting within the parameters of these rules, will determine the teams to advance to the final rounds. The Tournament Director may change placements and match­ups to better conform to tournament goals: for example, if teams have already played at this event during group tournament play; if teams are familiar due to local/league play; or if teams are from the same club



All forfeits per the following rules can be overturned by the tournament director.

A team shall be allowed a five (5) minute grace period after the scheduled kick­off time before the match is awarded to their opponent. In 11v11 matches, a minimum of seven (7) players constitutes a team and if seven (7) players are present, the game will not be delayed. In 9v9 matches, a minimum of five (5) players constitutes a team and if five (5) players are present, the game will not be delayed. In 7v7 matches, a minimum of four (4) players constitutes a team and if four (4) players are present, the game will not be delayed.

In no case shall a team, which forfeits a game, be declared a group winner or wild card team. If an apparent group winner forfeits a game, the group team with the next best record shall be named the group winner.

If a team is the cause for termination of a game, that team will be considered to have forfeited that game.


A forfeit in the preliminary rounds shall be awarded as (3) points for the win. For tie­breaking purposes, the score shall be set as the average of goals scored by the winning team rounded up to the nearest whole number, against the average of the goals given up by that team rounded down to the nearest whole number, as a minimum, the score will be recorded as 1­-0.

Forfeits of a game in the playoff rounds shall be recorded as 1­-0 game.




Winners of each group advance into the playoff rounds.  (Exception is groups of 5 as the top teams wins after the 4 games played by each.)

Should a playoff game remain a draw after the end of regular play,  There will be two 5 (five) minute halves played in full for each level 9v9 and 11v11.  At the end of the 2 extra times if it is still tied then FIFA penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner. The best of five penalty kicks taken alternately by each team will determine the winner. Only those players on the field at the end of the game may compete. If the penalty kick score is tied at the end of the five kicks, the teams will continue to take penalty kicks alternately until there is a winner. All players on the field must kick before any player may kick a second time.



In case of inclement weather or other force majeure, the Tournament Director will have the authority to change games as follows:

1. Relocate or reschedule any game(s). 2. Change the duration of any game(s). 3. Cancel any preliminary game(s). 4. Preliminary games terminated by Game or Tournament officials after one half of play shall be considered official as of the time of termination. 5. Determine format for advancement.


The Tournament may accept a team as a “Guest Team” in order to fill a late vacancy in a Division. Guest Teams cannot advance out of Bracket. Guest Team game results are predetermined to be a 1­-0 against the Guest Team.



There are no protests allowed during the tournament.  Feedback is welcome but no changes will be made based on referee calls or decisions.  All decisions of the Tournament Director are final.



Following are rules that must also be adhered to. Many of the fields at this event is synthetic, and carries with it certain given restrictions. Teams not adhering to these rules may be expelled from the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at game sites. Smoking is prohibited at all sites and is enforced. Dogs or similar pets are not allowed. The placing or erection of any structure or object which will cause the penetration of the synthetic surface is prohibited.

The use of chewing gum is prohibited. The consumption of sunflower seeds or shelled nuts is prohibited. The use or possession of glass containers of any kind is prohibited. The use of roller blades, skateboards or bicycles is prohibited. Metal cleats or spikes are prohibited. The marking of lines onto the synthetic surface with paint, tape or any other substance are prohibited.



Under no circumstances whatsoever will the Tournament, World Cup Soccer of Greater Nashua (or any members of this organization), US Soccer (or any of its affiliates), or any of our Tournament Facilities be responsible for any expenses (including the Tournament entry fee) incurred by any team participating in the Tournament. This includes any circumstance where the Tournament must cancel any Tournament match, any part of a Tournament match, any the Tournament in its entirety.  $200 of each Tournament entry fee is non refundable.

Should the Tournament be canceled, or any match (in part of in whole) be canceled or terminated for any reason, the Tournament will make every effort to refund part of the Tournament Entry Fee. All decisions regarding refunds will be made by the Tournament Director.

Any team accepted into the Tournament that withdraws will forfeit the entry fee in its entirety. The Tournament Director's interpretation of the rules shall be final. The Tournament Director reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to this Tournament.

Teams participating in the Tournament must (as a condition of acceptance) make all hotel accommodations using our tournament housing service. Teams not using our tournament housing service will be subject to disqualification, and will not receive a refund.