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4-on-4 SOCCER TOURNAMENT
1.) Teams shall consist of a maximum of five players.
2.) A player’s age per NTSSA determines the division in which they may compete.
3.) All players must be currently registered with NTSSA through their home association. Your current team roster may be divided to form more than one 4-on-4 team for this tournament.
4.) A copy of your current official roster signed by your Association’s registrar must be submitted with your entry form. A medical release for each participating player must be submitted at check-in.
5.) Players MAY NOT compete on more than one team in this tournament. Violation of this rule will result in the suspension of both teams.
6.) Choose a name for the team, but remember to include the coach’s name to avoid conflicts. Bring alternate color jerseys to avoid conflicts. Home team should change whenever possible.
II. PLAYING FIELD & EQUIPMENT
1.) Playing fields shall be 26 yards long and 22 yards wide. The center circle will be 8 foot radius.
2.) The size of the goal will be 3 ft. tall by 5 ft wide.
3.) A DEAD ZONE, an 8 foot radius semi-circle, will be marked in front of each goal.
4.) The NEUTRAL ZONE shall be the area bounded by an imaginary line drawn from the top of DEAD ZONE to each touch line and the end line, but shall not include the DEAD ZONE.
5.) All soccer balls will be size 4.
6.) Shin guards are required but not provided.
7.) The Jacksonville Soccer Association volunteers have made every reasonable effort to ensure the safety of the facility, but assume no liability for injury or lost or stolen property of either participants or spectators.
8.) The Jacksonville Soccer Association reserves the right to delay games or cancel the tournament in the event of severe weather conditions.
III. THE GAME
1.) Each game will be 22 minutes long (two 10 minute halves with a two minute half-time.) Each team must be prepared to start within 5 minutes of the scheduled start time. Any team not on the field, prepared to start within 5 minutes of the scheduled start time will forfeit the game.
2.) A coin toss will determine starting possession. Opposition will control the ball at the start of the second half.
3.) The team which scores the most goals during regulation time will be declared the winner.
4.) Teams tied at the end of regulation will split the points and move immediately into a tie-breaker to determine the head to head winner in case of a tie in points for ADVANCEMENT. The winner of the tie-breaker will be considered the winner of head to head competition in the case of a tie in points, see VII. ADVANCEMENT.
5.) Tie breaker rule. Teams alternate shots from mid-field at an uncontested goal. If after five shots, either team has more goals than the other, the team with the higher number of goals will be declared the winner. If the teams remain tied, alternating shots will continue under a sudden-death format. The players on the field of play at the end of regulation will take the kicks, consistent with FIFA rules for Kicks from the Penalty Mark.
IV. RULES ENFORCEMENT
1.) One referee will officiate each game. The referee will call fouls and keep the time. The referee has the FINAL say concerning play of each game consistent with FIFA, NTSSA, and JSA.
2.) All FIFA laws not specifically altered by these tournament rules remain in effect.
3.) If a player receives a red card, that player is suspended from further play in the Tournament. All red cards will be reported to player’s home association, which may warrant additional sanctions.
1.) Only four players from each five member team will be allowed on the field at any one time.
2.) The fifth player will be available for free substitution.
3.) Substitutions may be made on the fly, from the mid-field line.
4.) If players are absent from the event, the team may elect to play with only three players (numbers down); however, a team may not play with fewer than three players.
5.) No player may act as a goal keeper, i.e. no player may use their hands.
6.) No player may enter the DEAD ZONE to interfere with the ball. A player may pass through the DEAD ZONE; however there may not be any contact with the ball inside the DEAD ZONE by any player. Persistent infringement of this rule may result in a Caution (Yellow card) to the offending player or team.
1.) A goal is scored when the ball’s entire diameter passes COMPLETELY over the end line while it is between the goal posts and below the cross bar.
2.) Goals may be scored from anywhere on the field.
VII. DURING THE GAME
1.) The ball is out of bounds when its entire diameter passes COMPLETELY over the touch-line
or the end-line while it is not a goal (per FIFA).
2.) If the ball goes out of bounds over the touch-line, the opposing team will be awarded an indirect free kick from that point.
3.) If the offensive team kicks the ball out of bounds over the end-line, the defensive team will be awarded an indirect free kick from the NEUTRAL ZONE.
4.) If the defensive team kicks the ball out of bounds over the end-line, the offensive team will be awarded a corner kick. Corner kicks are DIRECT.
5.) All kicks except penalty kicks and corner kicks are INDIRECT. Kickoffs are per FIFA except they are INDIRECT.
6.) If the ball exceeds the 3 ft. height limit, the opposing team will be awarded an indirect free kick from that point. The referee shall be the sole judge of all high balls.
7.) If the ball comes to rest in the DEAD ZONE, the defensive team will be awarded an indirect free kick from the NEUTRAL ZONE.
8.) Breaching of the DEAD ZONE shall occur when any portion of a player’s body comes in contact with the ground inside the DEAD ZONE, or the ball while inside the DEAD ZONE.
9.) Contact with the ball while inside the DEAD ZONE or a breach of the DEAD ZONE which interferes with the ball, by the offensive team, will nullify any goals scored as a result thereof.
10.) If the offensive team breaches the DEAD ZONE, the defensive team will be awarded an indirect free kick from the NEUTRAL ZONE.
11.) Contact with the ball while inside the DEAD ZONE or a breach of the DEAD ZONE which interferes with the ball, by the defensive team, will result in the award of a direct free kick to the offensive team. The kick will be taken from the mid-field spot at an uncontested goal.
1.) Advancement for age brackets will be determined by a point system, per NTSSA. Teams tied at the end of regulation will split the points and the head to head winner will be determined by kicks from mid-field per section III. THE GAME. Points for ADVANCEMENT will be awarded as follows:
6 points for a win. 1 point for shutting out other team during regulation time. 1 point for each goal scored during regulation time up to a maximum of 3. MAXIMUM POINTS PER GAME EQUALS 10.
2.) If 2 teams accumulate the same number of points during bracket play, NTSSA tournament tie break rules will apply. Any other method may be proscribed by the tournament committee on an as needed basis.
The JSA Tournament Committee reserves the right to amend these Rules, as needed. Contact the Tournament Director for any applicable changes prior to the start of the tournament. Refunds will be given at the discretion of the JSA. In the event that the tournament is canceled due to conditions beyond our control, JSA will retain whatever fees it deems necessary. Checks returned NSF will be reported to the Cherokee County District Attorney, Hot Check Department for prosecution.