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2024 tournament rules
All Seaside Classic soccer-tournament games shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game 2021/2022
published by FIFA; USYSA; and with the tournament additions & modifications shown below.
The 31st Annual Seaside Classic Soccer Tournament offers birth-year competition from U8 to U19 (girls and boys) in "Seaside," "Classic," and "Coastal" Divisions. Seaside Divisions are for those teams seeking a higher level of competition than Classic or Coastal Divisions. Divisions may be adjusted by the Tournament Committee depending on the number of teams entered into a given division.
This tournament has been organized to promote healthy competition between players of the game of soccer. It is hoped that all participants including the players, coaches and fans will join in the positive support of the referees and tournament officials. Coaches are reminded that they are responsible for the behavior of their players, managers and fans.
The Seaside Classic is pleased to partner with Halpern Travel LLC as our Official Tournament Housing Coordinator. Teams using overnight accommodations are required to use tournament housing as a condition of participation in the Tournament. Teams within commuting distance are not required to stay in hotels.
A certificate of insurance evidencing liability and player medical coverage is required for any team not affiliated with US Youth Soccer. 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. All players must sign a medical release waiver in order to participate in the Seaside Classic Soccer Tournament. In case of injury during travel or while participating in the tournament the Tournament Committee and SCYSC will not be liable.
All players must be born in the years indicated below to play in the indicated age divisions:
U-8: 2016 U14: 2010
U-9: 2015 U15: 2009
U-10: 2014 U16: 2008
U-11: 2013 U17: 2007
U-12: 2012 U18: 2006
U-13: 2011 U19: 2005
Coaches and players must be properly registered with an association affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation or their own national soccer federation. Proof of players' age and eligibility shall be by their appropriate player pass only (a driver’s license or birth certificate, etc. will NOT be accepted). Players in the U8-U10 divisions do not require player passes; their ages will be certified by the rosters. The maximum roster size for any team playing 11v11 is 22 players and 3 coaches; for teams playing 9v9 it is 18 players and 3 coaches; for teams playing 7v7 it is 14 players and 3 coaches. Rosters and player passes must be submitted at Team Check-In prior to the commencement of the tournament.
Dual Rostering is permitted but only under the following conditions: a) players must be included on each team's roster at the time of team registration b) players can only be dual-rostered to a team in an older age division. Dual-rostering a player to a team in a younger age division or on another team of the same age division is NOT permitted. Under no circumstance may a player play on two teams in the same age bracket.
Teams’ rosters shall be frozen at the time of registration. The tournament committee reserves the right to make a determination regarding player eligibility at any time. Any team using an ineligible player may be disqualified from the tournament and forfeit their registration fees.
There is no limit to the number of guest players on a team. An 11v11 tournament team may have as many as 22 guest players (within specified roster limits) as long as they are all on an official signed by state registrar roster. HANDWRITTEN names shall be allowed up to 25% of the maximum roster size, e.g., for a roster of 22 you may have 6 such guests. All guest players must have a current, valid player pass and a completed medical/liability waiver. The medical/liability waiver is available for download on our tournament website under the Players, Coaches, Ref's tab.
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 9v9 divisions must field at least 6 players within 5 minutes of the scheduled start of the game or they shall forfeit the game. Teams playing 7v7 must field at least 5 players within 5 minutes of the scheduled start or forfeit. Winners of forfeited games shall be credited with a 4-0 win.
The tournament committee and the South County Youth Soccer Club shall not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team or club if the tournament is canceled in part or in whole due to weather. In the event of inclement weather, the tournament committee shall have the absolute authority to make decisions as follows:
Players' Uniform and Equipment
Players must wear prominent numbers. In the event of guest players, a team may have duplicate numbers. If there are duplicate jersey numbers all but one must be modified with tape during the game. 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 center 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 IDs may be worn if taped securely to the body.
Ball Size/Format/Length of Periods
Division Ball Size Format Length of Games
U8 & U10 Seaside, Classic, Coastal 4 7 V 7 25 minute halves/5 min. halftime
Running Time - No overtime periods
U11 & U12 Seaside, Classic, Coastal 4 9 V 9 30 minute halves/5 min. halftime
Running Time - No overtime periods
U13 to U19 Seaside, Classic, Coastal 5 11 V 11 30 minute halves/5 min. halftime
Running Time - No overtime periods
Coaches and substitute players are required to remain at least one yard behind the touch lines. Both teams shall be on the side of the field designated on the field map and on opposite sides of the midfield line. No player or coach may cross the midfield line to the side of the opposing team. Coaches and substitutes must also remain within at least ten yards of midfield.
Spectators may only be on the side opposite the team side. No one is permitted behind the end lines.
Games Played in U-8 - U-10 Divisions
Heading the Ball
Players are not allowed to head the ball in U-11 and younger divisions.
The penalty for intentionally heading the ball is an indirect free kick awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the infringement. If the infringement is within the goal/penalty area the indirect kick shall take place at the point on the goal/penalty line parallel to the end line that is nearest to where the infringement occurred.
Substitutions For All Age Divisions
An unlimited number of substitutions may be made by either team during stoppages of play.
There shall be one referee (center) for 7v7 & 9v9 games, and one center referee with two assistant referees for 11v11 games. Offsides will be called in 7v7 & 9v9 games by the center referee to the best of their ability. All decisions by the center referee are final and binding. Coaches, managers and other team officials are not permitted on the field of play without the referee's permission. Any coach, manager or other team official violating this rule is subject to disciplinary action by the referee and/or the tournament director or his designee.
Any player who is sent off (red carded) 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 (red carded) 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 coach’s 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, only another individual bearing a current coaching pass for the same club may request permission to coach the team during the disciplinary period. The tournament director or her designee reserves the right to disqualify any team, player, coach, manager or other team official from the tournament for gross misconduct by its players, coaches, managers, officials, and/or fans.
Statement Regarding Concussions
Concussions are a significant risk to soccer players.
It is the responsibility of the players’ coach (not the Seaside Tournament or its members; the South County Youth Soccer Club or its members; or referees) to assure that his/her players are medically fit for participation in tournament play.
It is strongly recommended that any players receiving a blow to the head be immediately removed from play by the coach to be evaluated for signs of, or reporting symptoms of, a concussion (see Table below).
A coach should not allow a player to return to play after exhibiting signs or symptoms of a concussion until he/she has been evaluated and cleared in writing for return to play by a licensed physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions. Be vigilant, signs & symptoms of concussions can take some time to emerge.
In addition, it is the responsibility of coaches to prohibit a player from participating in play if they have knowledge of a concussion received from another activity outside of their direct authority.
Signs Observed by Coaching Staff Symptoms Reported by Athlete
- Appears dazed or stunned - Headache or "pressure" in head
- Is Confused about assignment or position - Nausea or vomiting
- Forgets an instruction - Balance problems or dizziness
- Is unsure of game, score, or opponent - Double or blurry vision
- Moves clumsily - Sensitivity to light
- Answers questions slowly - Sensitivity to noise
- Loses consciousness (even briefly) - Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
- Shows mood, behavior or personality changes - Concentration or memory problems
- Can't recall events prior to hit or fall - Confusion
- Can't recall events after hit or fall - Doesn't "feel right" or is "feeling down"
*Source: Center for Disease Control
Both coaches are responsible for verifying the final score by signing the referee's game card at the conclusion of each game. Failure to do so will negate any grounds for contesting an incorrectly posted score. Field Marshals will collect game cards from the Center Referee at the conclusion of each game. Once obtained the Field Marshals will call in the scores and deliver the game cards to the headquarter tent.
Scores will be entered but no Champion will be declared for the U8 - U10 divisions. Players of each U8 - U10 team will receive an award.
In divisions older than U10, total points earned shall determine final standings. Each competitive division will have a winner based on the following point system. Teams shall be ranked in the standings by the number of points they have been awarded.
When using the tie breaking rules below, the sequence followed shall always be in ascending order (1 through 6) for the tied teams in order to eliminate team(s) from the tie and to determine standings. *Never in the process shall the sequence revert to a lower numbered rule to determine standings.
If, due to registrations, it is necessary to create a division of four teams the following special rules shall apply:
Definitive Scores and Rankings
All scores and rankings will be maintained at the Tournament Head Quarters Tent at each venue and logged into GotSoccer. All games shall have a maximum goal differential of 4. If the margin of victory is greater than 4 then it will be recorded in GotSoccer as the actual result. However, as per above, a 4-goal differential will be used to determine who advances, first and foremost. Scores that are posted by, and rankings that are electronically calculated by GotSoccer, are for the convenience of the players, coaches and parents. In the case where there are discrepancies between those scores and rankings posted on the official scoreboard the scores recorded on the official scoreboard shall take precedence. Scores may also be viewed on the GotSoccer app. The Tournament Director shall endeavor to make corrections to GotSoccer in the case of any discrepancies.
Protests shall not be accepted and may not be lodged. Decisions of referees and tournament officials are Final.
Coaches are responsible for the conduct of players and spectators of their teams. SCYSC and The Seaside Classic Tournament do not condone and will not tolerate inappropriate conduct toward any individual based on a person’s skin color, ethnicity, or national origin. Harassment, intimidation and/or sarcasm directed at referees will not be tolerated. For any sportsmanship problems the referees and/or Tournament Director are 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 asked to comply with the “Mercy Rule”. This asks that the coach of any team leading by a six-goal differential actively avoid any increase of that goal differential.
Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products
Consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products is prohibited on the fields, adjacent surroundings, and parking areas.
Laws of the Game
The 2020/2021 edition of the Laws of the Game is available in PDF format from U.S. Soccer at: