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Seaside Classic Tournament Rules


Tournament Rules

All SCSC tournament games shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game 2010/2011 (Green Cover) as published June 2010 by FIFA, with the following additions and modifications

South Country Seaside Classic is pleased to partner with AB Sports Zone as our Official Tournament Housing Coordinator. Teams using overnight accommodations are required to use tournament housing as a condition of participation in the Seaside Classic.

A certificate of insurance is required for any team not affiliated with US Youth Soccer, evidencing liability and player medical coverage. The minimum liability limits must equal or exceed $1,000,000.00 and the minimum excess player limits must equal or exceed $25,000.00.

Coaches and players must be properly registered with their state soccer association. Proof of player age and eligibility shall be by USYSA player pass only (a driverÃ�¢ï¿½ï¿½s license or birth certificate, etc. will NOT be accepted). No player may register with more than one team or transfer between teams during the tournament.  The maximum roster for any team playing in an 11 v 11 is 18 players and 3 coaches; for teams playing in a 6 v 6 division it is 14 players and 3 coaches. Rosters and player passes must be submitted at registration prior to commencement of the tournament.  TeamsÃ�¢ï¿½ï¿½ rosters shall be frozen at the time of registration.  Players are not allowed to be included on more than one roster and will be considered ineligible if said player is found to be 'dual-rostered'.  Any team using an ineligible player shall be disqualified from the tournament and forfeit their registration fees.

Teams playing 11v11 must field at least 7 players within 5 minutes of the scheduled start of the game or they shall forfeit the game.   Teams playing 6v6 must field at least 4 players within 5 minutes or forfeit. Winners of forfeited games shall be credited with a 4-0 win.

Weather/Suspended Games
In the event of inclement weather, the tournament committee shall have the absolute authority to make decisions as follows:
  • Relocate/reschedule any game
  • Change the duration of any game
  • Determining the fitness of fields
  • Scores of games suspended because of weather shall be final if the first half has been completed.  The final score of such games shall be the score existing at the time of game suspension.
  • Games suspended in the first half - the committee will attempt to reschedule if conditions permit and if fields are available. The committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to suspended game rescheduling.  Rescheduled games are considered new and begin with no score.
  • Cancelled games will be recorded as tied 0-0, regardless of the score at the time of suspension.
Players' Uniforms and Equipment
Players must wear prominent numbers.  Each player on the same team shall have a different number. In the event of similar team colors, the home team (the team listed first on the schedule) shall change colors.  All player equipment is subject to the approval of the head referee for each game.  Coaches are responsible for checking for proper shin guards and footwear.  No jewelry or unprotected hard casts of any kind shall be allowed.  Piercings, must be removed, not just taped.  Medical Alert ID may be worn if taped securely.

Coaches, substitute players and spectators are required to remain one yard behind the touch line. Coaches and substitutes must also remain within ten yards of midfield.  No player or coach may cross the midfield line to the side of the opposing team.  Both teams shall be on the side of the field so designated on the field map and on opposite sides of the midfield line; spectators must be on the side of the field opposite the teams.  No one is permitted to remain behind the end lines.

Passes at Start of Games
Before the start of every game the field marshal shall collect all of each team's player and coach passes. Passes will be returned at the conclusion of each game. However, if any player (coach) is ejected (dismissed) from a game, his/her pass will be retained by the field marshal and delivered to the venue Headquarters.  Subject to the conditions indicated in item 11 below, the coach of an ejected payer or dismissed coach may retrieve such pass at the conclusion of the team's next game.

Ball Size/Team Size/Length of Periods:


Ball Size

Max Roster


Length of Games


U-9 through U-10


14 Players
3 Coaches

6 v 6

 20 minute halves

Running time

No overtime periods

 Classic or Seaside
U-11 and U-12


 16 Players
3 Coaches

8 v 8

 25 minute halves

Running time

No overtime periods

Classic or Seaside

U-11 and U-12


18 Players
3 Coaches

11 v 11

 30 minute halves

Running time

 No overtime periods

Classic or Seaside

U-13 to U-19


18 Players
3 Coaches

11 v 11

Classic Seaside Substitutions
An unlimited number of substitutions are permitted. All substitutions must leave and enter the field of play, with center referee's permission, at mid-field on the team side:
  • Prior to a throw-in by possessing team or when the opposing team substitutes on its throw in
  • Prior to a goal kick by either team
  • After a goal is scored by either team
  • At half time
  • When the game is stopped by the referee due to an injury to a player that player must leave the field and both teams are allowed an unlimited number of substitutions

Special Rules for Games Played in Festival Format
  • Each team shall field 6 players including a goal keeper with a minimum of 4 players required to play.
  • The kickoff shall be a direct free kick from the center of the field. All players must remain in their own half of the field until the kick is taken. Defenders must be at least 5 yards from the ball. The ball may be kicked backward. A goal may be scored directly from a kickoff.
  • Games shall be played without offside restrictions
  • After gaining possession of the ball with his/her hands the goalkeeper may throw or punt the ball. The kicked or thrown ball must touch the ground or another player before crossing midfield. The penalty for noncompliance is an indirect free kick for opposing team from where the ball crossed the midfield line.
  • The penalty mark eight yards-(U-10) from the goal line. All players except the kicker and the goalkeeper must stay behind the midfield line until the ball is kicked.
  • Free kicks include direct and indirect kicks. Except for penalty kicks, defenders must be at least 8 yards from the ball on free kicks.

Send Offs/Dismissals
Any player who is sent off shall not be allowed to participate in the next match of his/her team.  At the discretion of the Tournament Committee, any deliberate serious foul, or any violent or unruly conduct by a player, coach or team may also result in the ineligibility of said individual(s) or team for the next game or more, including the remainder of the tournament, without refund of registration fees.  Any dismissed coach shall be disciplined by not being allowed to participate in the next match of the team he/she was coaching at the time of the dismissal.  The Tournament Committee, if it deems appropriate, may impose additional sanctions, including denying that coachÃ�¢ï¿½ï¿½s involvement with any/all teams that he/she is involved with, for as much as the remainder of the tournament.  If the sanction of a coach leaves a team without a documented coach available, another individual bearing a current coaching pass for the same organization may request permission to coach the team during the disciplinary period.

There shall be no protests. The Field Marshal assigned to the field must be immediately notified of any rule violations and the Tournament Committee will act, as it deems appropriate.

Coaches are responsible for the conduct of players and fans of their teams. Under no circumstances will harassment, intimidation or sarcasm directed at referees be tolerated. For any sportsmanship problems concerning coaches and/or spectators, the center referee is empowered to direct the offender(s) to leave the area.  If the offender(s) fail to leave as directed, the referee shall terminate the game and report the incident to the Tournament Director, who shall award a 4-0 victory to the non-offending team. Coaches are also referred to the Ã�¢ï¿½ï¿½Sporting PlayÃ�¢ï¿½ï¿½ handout in their coach packet.  A sportsmanship award will be given to one team in each division.  Referees evaluations will determine the team in each division that plays most fairly and best demonstrates the spirit of honor and grace on and off the field.  Players, spectators, and coaches are included in the evaluation.

Awards will be given to the champions in each of the Seaside and Classic divisions. Points shall be allotted as follows: three points for a win and one point for a tie.  Total points earned shall determine final standings.  No points or standings shall be maintained in the Festival divisions.  In the event of a tie in the standings, the following criteria shall be employed consecutively to break the tie or to successively eliminate teams in a tie involving more than two teams:

  1. Head-to-head results
  2. Most shutouts
  3. Goals against (maximum of 4 per game)
  4. Goals for (maximum of 4 per game)
  5. Highest goal differential (maximum of 3 per game)
  6. Greatest number of sportsmanship points
  7. Coin flip

Note: In divisions with playoffs, it is incumbent on the lower ranked team to unseat the team leader.  In the case of a tie, the two teams will finish with the same rank held at the onset of the game.  For Championship (#1 vs #2 playoff) games only, teams will play regulation and will settle ties with a shootout, which may be at a designated shootout field.  Tournament officials will provide more detailed shootout information before the affected games to coaches, field marshals, and referees.

Sporting Play
The tournamentÃ�¢ï¿½ï¿½s Ã�¢ï¿½ï¿½Sporting PlayÃ�¢ï¿½ï¿½ rule will be enforced for any U-12 or younger age division.  The rule requires a team leading by a six-goal differential to seek no increase in the goal differential.  The leading coach shall attempt to do this in a discrete manner so as to not degrade the losing team.  A number of options can be pursued including playing weaker players, adjusting the field positions of players, passing more, or quietly removing a player from the game after asking the center official for permission to do so.  This rule will be enforced for all U-12 and younger divisions but we encourage all age groups to be considerate and gracious.

Referees and Field Marshals are trained to recognize such attempts, or lack thereof, and report them.  Determination of Ã�¢ï¿½ï¿½attempts to seek no increaseÃ�¢ï¿½ï¿½ will be based entirely on input from field marshals and referees immediately following the game.  

Any team in the U-12 or younger age divisions that compiles a six-goal scoring differential, and is judged to have made insufficient attempts to seek no increase in the differential, will have all current Sportsmanship points removed and will be ineligible for tournament  Sportsmanship Award.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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