Rules for the 2018 Troy Strawberry Festival Soccer Invitational
Rules for 2017 Strawberry Soccer Invitational hosted May 18-20, 2018
Duke Park – Troy OH 45373 - Phone 937-684-9322 David Pappas
Tournament Director: David Pappas - PO Box 251 - Troy OH 45373
Registration and Team Eligibility
Registration Check-In: Waco Air Museum, Friday May 18, 2018, 6:00pm-7:30pm.
Coaches must bring Travel permits (if outside OSYSA), signed medical liability release forms, approved roster lists, and player passes.
Only 15 miles separate any of the venues within Miami County. In Troy, games are hosted at Archer Park, (ARCH), Duke Park (DUKE) and the Troy Junior High Complex (FERG). In Piqua, games are hosted at the Pitsenbarger Park complex (PITS). In Pleasant Hill games are hosted at the Pleasant Hill Park (PHIL). In Tipp City, the games are hosted at Kyle Park (KYLE). Teams play final games at any of the sites listed above. The Tournament will be played May 18-20, 2018.
Coaches should bring player/coach passes and medical release forms to every game.
Player Age and Eligibility
Boys and Girls teams in separate divisions
U-19 born between on or after 1/1/1999
U-18 born between on or after 1/1/2000
U-17 born between on or after 1/1/2001
U-16 born between on or after 1/1/2002
U-15 born between on or after 1/1/2003
U-14 born between on or after 1/1/2004
U-13 born between on or after 1/1/2005
U-12 born between on or after 1/1/2006
U-11 born between on or after 1/1/2007
U-10 born between on or after 1/1/2008
U-09 born between on or after 1/1/2009
Youngest Player: Born before December 31, 2010
Age Format Time/Half Time/Half
U-09-10 7v7 25 min prelim; 25 min final 13 player roster
U-11-12 7v7 25 min prelim; 30 min final 16 player roster
U-13-14 11v11 30 min prelim; 35 min final 18 players
U-15-19 11v11 35 min prelim; 40 min final 18 players
Age Format Notes:
The tournament labels divisions with the following protocol:
NOTE: The Tournament reserves the right to consolidate age groups or divisions of play.
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.
Two (2) guest players will be allowed per team for teams playing in 7v7 format games. Three (3) guest players will be allowed per team for teams playing in 9v9 format games. Four (4) guest players will be allowed per team for teams playing in 11v11 format games. 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 pass and coaches pass (if required by your State Association).
The first team listed in the tournament schedule on the website is the home team. A maximum of 3 coaches, which may include a State issued Director of Coaches (DOC) pass, will be honored, and are permitted on the coach’s side of the field. All coaches will remain within 20 yards of the center line on their half of the field, and both team's spectators will be on the opposite side of the field. Field marshals will communicate which side is the coach’s side if questions arise. Spectators are not permitted behind the end line and specifically the goals.
Player Credentials and Uniforms
1. Player picture identification cards are to be present and available at all matches.
2. Identification cards are required to be checked by the field marshal or game officials before each match.
3. All shirt numbers of each player must be different.
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:
Special Rules for Strawberry Soccer Invitational:
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: Players must be removed from any piercing, from any location on their body, before any match.
7v7 Special Rules:
R2. FIFA & USSF Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA with the exception that an indirect kick is awarded to the opposing team at the center spot on the halfway line if a goalkeeper punts or drop-kicks the ball in the air from his/her penalty area into the opponents penalty area.
Specific Laws of the Game
The Home Team (first team listed) will supply a suitable FIFA approved game ball (as determined by game officials) for all games.
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.
For all age groups the Tournament format calls for three preliminary round games (round robin) with Final Matches in each division. All Final matches are played Sunday PM.
The ONLINE Schedules are the OFFICIAL schedules of the Strawberry Soccer Invitational. The Tournament prints a Program Book and provides it to the teams at Team Registration. Schedule changes introduced after the program publication (commonly seven days before the event) will not appear in the booklet. The online schedule is considered the definitive version.
Each team will be scheduled for a minimum of 3 preliminary games. A maximum of 2 matches will be played on any one day.
Referees will be USSF certified.
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. In no case will a team which has forfeited a game be declared a group winner or wild card. If a team arrives more than 15 minutes late for a match the Tournament Committee, 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), 9v9 teams must field a minimum of six (6) players. All 11v11 teams must field a minimum of seven (7) players. If the minimum number of players is not maintained, that team will forfeit that game. The scores of forfeit games in this manner will be scored as described above in this paragraph.
Procedures for Determining a Winner
Immediately after the game both coaches and the game center referee will sign the game card certifying the final score which will then be delivered to the HQ tent at each site. The tournament scorer will be responsible for updating the website at: www.strawberrysoccer.com. Posted scores will reflect a maximum goal difference of 4.
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:
Penalty Kick Elimination
When Final matches are still tied after overtime (see overtime times in the Laws of the Game above) the 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, including goalkeepers, 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:
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 and/or weather conditions. It is the responsibility of the head coach to check Tournament Headquarters for any reschedule information.
For more information regarding schedule changes consult the website at www.strawberrysoccer.com
However, 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. If wild cards need to be determined, coaches need to report their score immediately after their Sunday morning games. Wild cards will be determined at the site as indicated on that division's schedule.
Protests and Disputes
There will be no protests of any tournament matches allowed.
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.
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 team’s provincial or:
All U-09 through U-19 will receive first and second place individual awards which will be awarded to each Division winner and runner-up after the final game at the Finals site.
Inclement Weather Procedures
The Tournament Committee and/or Director 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. Only the Head coach may come to the Tournament HQ after a weather delay for further information.
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 remuneration.
By entering this tournament, every participant agrees to accept the jurisdiction of the Tournament Committee or its members, the Trojan Soccer Club, its Board and employees, the six sites, the Cities of Troy, Piqua, Tipp City, and Pleasant Hill 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 the Troja Soccer Club, 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.
Troy Strawberry Festival Soccer Invitational
P.O. Box 251 Troy, Ohio, 45373 (937) 684-9322
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