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Tournament Rules and Information  

ISFC 10U-12U Boys and Girls

April 3,4,5 2020       



1st Annual 2020 ISFC Junior Kickoff Classic

Registration Link: Here

Registration Deadline: March 17, 2020
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Age Group

Birth Year

Player on Field

Roster Size

Ball Size











Small Sided Play and Age Group Changes

ISFC will follow the US Soccer and Indiana Soccer Mandates for small sided play and age group changes. No exceptions will be made. 

Teams must play in the format for their age groups. 

  • 10U teams MUST play 7 v 7. They may not play up to 11U formats of 9 v 9 

  • 11U-12U play 9 v 9 (only option available for this tournament) 

Field & Goal Size

  • 7 v 7: 47x30 field with 6.5’x18.5’ goal  

  • 9 v9: 75 x 47 field with 6.5’x18.5’ goal 

Heading the ball for players 12 and under

US Soccer has mandated that heading be disallowed for this age group. If a player in the 10U, 11U, 12U age groups heads the ball, a foul will be called and an indirect kick awarded. 

Online Tournament Check In

  1. Validated Player Passes issued by USYSA (rostered players and guest players). 

  2. One Copy of official stamped and validated roster. 

  3. Medical release authorization form for each player and guest player. 

4. Travel Permit from your state organization (for teams outside of Indiana). 

5. Emergency Contact Information during the weekend for the team coach, team manager, and hotel. 

Team Equipment and Uniforms

 The Home team is listed first on the game schedule. Both teams must bring two sets of uniforms to each game.

  • The Home team wears the lighter color. 

  • The Visiting team is responsible for changing colors in the event of a conflict. 

  • Shin guards are mandatory and must be covered by the socks. 

  • Players with casts may be permitted to play with the permission of the referee. If the cast is hard, it must be padded so not to cause further injury or injury to other players.

  • The home team will provide two (3) Game Balls.

Player Credentials & Uniform Numbers 

Before the start of each game the Referee or Field Marshall shall check that each team has the following: 

  •  The shirt number of each player must be the same as the players’ number on the match roster. The number may be manually updated on the roster as long as there are not multiple players with identical numbers.  

  •  Current USYSA player and coaches passes matching the ISFC tournament roster.  

Laws of the Game

 All matches will be played in accordance with the FIFA laws of the game, except as modified as  follows in the tournament rules. All matches will use USSF certified referees.

  • Players with casts may be permitted to play with the permission of the referee. If the cast is hard, it must be padded so not to cause further injury or injury to other players.

  •  A game shall be declared a forfeit if a team is not ready to play within ten (10) minutes of published start time. Half Time will be 10 minutes in duration. Teams must be ready to resume play.

  • The Tournament Director shall declare a game a forfeit if an ineligible player participates in a game. 


  • There will be free substitutions, with the referee’s consent at any stoppage in play. This includes free kicks, corner kicks, goal kicks, prior to throw-ins, after a goal, after injury or at half time by either team.

10U Games Restricted Goalkeeper Distribution

  •  Punting or Drop Kicks are not allowed. In the case of an infraction, the referee reminds the goalkeeper of the No Punt Rule and restarts the game with the ball in the hands of the goalkeeper. There is no violation of the rules if the goalkeeper: throws, rolls the ball or plays it with their feet. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line. 

Final Decisions/Appeals

  • All referee decisions are final. They may not be appealed. No protests will be allowed, except for ineligible player(s). 

  •  In the event of inclement weather, the tournament director will determine format for tournament play and/or completion of the tournament.

  • The decision of the Tournament Director is final in all matters. No appeals will be allowed beyond that point.

Procedure for Determining a Winner

Scoring summaries can be obtained on the tournament website. Posted scores will reflect the actual score. 

11U – 12U

 Bracket standings, leading to championship play, will be determined on the following basis. 

  • 3 pts for a win 

  • 1 pts for a tie 

  • The score of a forfeited game shall be recorded as 4-0 in favor of the team not forfeiting, if:

* The game has not commenced, or

* The game has commenced and the non-forfeiting team has less than a 2- goal lead at the time of cessation. If the non-forfeiting team has more than a 2-goal lead at the time of cessation, the score shall stand. Forfeiture will be declared for a failure to begin play within ten  (10) minutes of game time. Failure to complete a match or a team leaving the field during play may result in forfeiture. In no case will a team, which has forfeited a game, be declared a group winner.

In the event of ties in point standings, the following sequence will be used: 

  •  Result of head to head game (2 teams only) 

  •  Goal Differential – Goals For Minus Goals Against 

  •  Most Goals Scored – Maximum of 4 per game 

  • Fewest goals allowed. 

  •  FIFA Kicks from the Mark:  five penalty kicks per round, alternating teams. One kick per player is allowed. As long as tie continues no player shall kick twice before 9 team members have kicked once. After the first round of 5 kicks, the team will continue to alternate shooters until there is 1 unmatched goal between 2 opposing players. 

In the event of ties at the end of championship round games, winners will be determined as follows: 

  • Two ten-minute overtime periods will be played in age brackets 11U-12U, both mandatory. 

  •  Penalty kick elimination as above. Only players on the field at the end of the second overtime are eligible for penalty kicks. 


  • 12U age groups will be awarded first and second place team (individual awards) after the final game. 

  • All 10U players will receive a participation award 

Standards of Conduct

Team Conduct

Teams should understand the laws of the game and play by them. They should be respectful to all coaches, teammates, opponents and match officials. Profane and abusive language is prohibited.

 Any ejection should be reported to the HQ immediately. Any player or coach sent off – shall automatically sit out the next played game. If the send-off was for fighting or violent conduct, the player will be suspended for the remainder of the tournament. Disciplinary action will be reported to Indiana Soccer in the post tournament report.

All coaches will remain 20 yards or more of the centerline on their half of the field, on the side opposite of both teams' spectators. Coaches are held responsible not only for your players, but for anyone associated with your team.

Only the COACH/MANAGER is the representative and spokesman for his or her team. Only the COACH/MANAGER should contact the Field Marshal or Site Headquarters for his/her team. 

Spectator Conduct – Spectators are encouraged to provide positive support during all games. Do not talk to players or coaches for either team during the matches, except to offer support, congratulations, or assistance. Do not use abusive or profane language or argue with officials. Fighting, unsporting behavior or physical violence will result in automatic removal from the complex for the remainder of the tournament. Spectators should remain 5 ft. from the game line. 

Artificial noisemakers are not permitted. 

Alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs are prohibited at the complex

Other Tournament Information 

  •  NO ONE is allowed behind the goal lines. 

  • Weather/Reschedules-Please check the tournament website for all weather updates. 


Games shall be considered completed if the first half has concluded and play is stopped by either the Field Referee or the Tournament Directors. In the event that a match(es) is/are cancelled due to inclement weather, the score at the time of the cancellation will be declared final and will be recorded as such if one half has been completed. 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 complete at least the first half and record the score as final. If the game is cancelled before it starts, every effort will be made to reschedule the game and if rescheduling is not possible will be recorded as a 0-0 tie. 

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 Tournament Director reserves the right to make whatever adjustments may be necessary in game length to proceed with the schedule following a delay due to inclement weather. It is possible for play to be halted because of a weather situation at one site but not at others. In this case, the above will apply to the teams at the site at which games have been halted. Games scheduled at other sites not affected by the weather shall continue as normal. 

In the event of rain during the finals the above procedure will be followed. If at all possible, final contests will be decided on the field by completion of the game or by FIFA Kicks from the Mark if time or conditions do not permit game completion. If awards are presented for a division and the presentation is suspended, the head coach of each of the final teams should present themselves immediately following the end of their contest at the Tournament Tent to receive their team's trophies. 

Note: It is the responsibility of each coach and team manager to check the Tournament website for reschedule information.


If the Tournament is cancelled due to events beyond the control of the Tournament Committee, including weather,  after the first game is played by any team(s), the Tournament will not be required to make any financial remunerations.  If the Tournament is cancelled prior to the start of the first game by any team, a partial refund may be made to each team.  The amount of the refund, if any, will be determined at the time of cancellation.


Severe Weather Plan  


In the event that a match must be stopped due to inclement weather (e.g.,lighting), the coach and/or team manager will be notified by one of the following methods: (a) tournament official, (b)tournament referee, (c)air horn. Upon notification of inclement weather by one of the forgoing methods, everyone at the soccer complex should move immediately to their cars or shelter house located in the middle of the soccer complex with a sense of urgency. 


In the event of LIGHTNING, thirty (30) minutes must elapse after the last lightning strike before matches may resume. 


In the event of a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING, all fields will be cleared until the local National Weather Service lifts the warning. 


In the event of a TORNADO WARNING, all fields will be cleared until the local National Weather Service lifts the warning. 


An air horn will sound again or a tournament official will inform coaches and/or team managers when the fields are clear, RE-ENTRY is permitted, and matches may resume.  


The tournament host will use one or more of these forms of communication with the teams and spectators: (a)email or text message from via GotSoccer, (b) phone call or text message from tournament official to team contact, (c)website update. 


Weather will be monitored through use of an onsite radar and onsite lighting detector. 


 Security Plan

Tournament officials will wear identifying apparel. 

There will be (1) field marshall per field.

The tournament will have a uniformed police officer from the Jasper Police Department on site for the entire duration of the tournament.  


Medical Team 


The tournament will have a medical team consisting of 2 members  and an ambulance from Memorial Hospital onsight during tournament hours.  


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