INVITATIONAL RULES | VERY IMPORTANT!

FootSail Bermuda Boys & Girls Soccer Invitational 2019 Rules

1.  GENERAL RULES

Unless modified by this set of rules, all games shall be played in accordance with the most current F.I.F.A. rules.  All decisions of the referee are final and binding on the field of play. The Tournament Committee, Footsail Ltd. Bermuda, will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team or club if the tournament is canceled in whole or part.  Teams not originally selected for the tournament will be placed on a wait list. Any team that cancels after final acceptances will not receive any refund of fees under any circumstances. All tournament related deposits (participation fees) are forfeited should any team cancel after October 16th. All teams remaining on provisional list will be contacted to confirm their interest in participating in tournament. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament and its judgment is final. Any team that disregards any decision by the Tournament Committee (including the inclement weather policy) will be automatically dropped from the tournament and forfeit all remaining games. First place trophies will be awarded to winners in the U9 through U18 age groups (exception:  showcase divisions) . Runner-up teams in divisions of six or more teams will receive second place trophies in the U9 through U18 age groups.

2.  AGE AND ELIGIBILITY

A. Participation in the FootSail Bermuda Girls & Boys Soccer Invitational 2019 is open to accepted teams composed of twenty-two (22) or fewer players meeting the tournament age limit (Varsity 14-17 years old). Passport or birth certificate will be required as proof of age. PLAYER PASSES MUST BE PRESENT AT THE FIELD FOR THE DURATION OF EACH GAME.

B. No player shall play for more than one team during the tournament.

3. ROSTERS

A. Each team shall have a roster properly stamped by its sanctioning organization present at every game and rosters may be inspected by the match commissioner at the request of either coach or on the decision of the referee. Rosters submitted at tournament registration shall govern.

B. Roster Size
Varsity (14-17 year’s old) players (all 22 may be in uniform and eligible to play in each match – must be announced before match begins)

4.  GUEST PLAYERS

Teams will not be allowed to use guest players.

5.  NUMBER OF PLAYERS

A. Teams will play 11 vs 11

B. A game may not start with fewer than seven properly uniformed players on each team. Once started, games may not continue with fewer than seven players per team. If a game cannot start or is stopped because a team has fewer than seven players, that team shall forfeit the game. A team shall have a 10 minute grace period from scheduled starting time before a forfeit is declared.

C. A forfeit in the preliminary rounds shall be awarded as three (3) points for the win. For tie breaking purposes, the score shall be set as the average of goals scored by the winning team rounded up to the nearest whole number, against the average of the goals given up by that team rounded down to the nearest whole number. As a minimum, the score will be recorded as 1-0.

D. If a team is the cause for termination of a game, that team will be considered to have forfeited that game.

E. Teams that have forfeited a game may not advance beyond the preliminary rounds without the approval of the tournament director.

6.  SUBSTITUTIONS

A. Five substitutions can be made in each half of game, with the referee’s permission:

1. After a goal has been made.
2. At the beginning of the second half of play.
3. Barring injury, goalkeeper substitutions can only be made at the beginning of the second half
4. At a goal kick by either team.
5. At a throw-in by the team in possession, by either team.

7.  PROTESTS

THERE WILL BE NO PROTESTS.

8.  UNIFORM, EQUIPMENT AND FIELDS

A. Players must wear numbers on the back of their uniforms and these numbers shall coincide with those listed on the team’s Official roster.

B. PLAYERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR SHIN GUARDS IN ACCORDANCE WITH FIFA LAWS OF THE GAME.

C. The HOME team (listed first on the schedule) will wear their light colored jerseys.  The visiting team will wear their darker colored jerseys.

D. Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to the scheduled kick-off.

E. Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams must appear on the field, ready to play as scheduled. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the game. Only referees and/or the tournament director can postpone or cancel a game.

G. The #5 ball will be the official game ball of the FootSail Bermuda Boys & Girls Soccer Invitational 2019.

9.  DURATION OF GAMES

The following table shows the length of game halves for boys and girls preliminary matches, semi-final and final matches.

Ages: Varsity Boys & Girls
Group Stage/Finals: 40 minutes halves
Half-time: 10 minutes
Overtime: None

In the event inclement weather forces cancellation of a game after at least 50 minutes have been played, the game shall be considered official and the score at the point of cancellation shall be the final score. Should a game be halted before 50 minutes have been played, all attempts will be made to recommence at the discretion of the tournament director. In the event that the game cannot be restarted or recommenced then the result stands. In the event of a tie in a final game, both teams will be awarded as co-winners.

10.  DIVISION WINNERS

A. Each team shall be awarded three points for a win and one point for a tie in the preliminary games.  The division winner shall be the team with the most points. In the event that two or more teams are tied, the tie-breaking rules are as follows:

1. Head to head competition (does not apply if more than two teams are involved);
2. Most wins;
3. Fewest goals against;

4. Penalty kicks – the FIFA penalty kick procedure will be used to determine a winner.

B. In the event of a tie among more than two teams:  a tie is broken by the above system, but if ties among remaining teams still must be decided, those ties would be broken by starting again from the top of the tie-breaking procedure.

11.   FINAL TIE-BREAKING RULES

Teams (Boys & Girls) will play up to two 10 minute overtime periods.  If a tie in score exists at the end of overtime, the FIFA penalty kick procedure will be used to determine a winner.

12.  GAME AND SCORE REPORTING

The Match Commissioner will ensure that the game report forms are properly completed, signatures obtained, and scores recorded at the end of each game.

13.  CONDUCT

A. Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the Law as well as the letter of the Law. Displays of temper or dissent are cause for ejection from the game and surrounding field area.

B. Both teams (players and coaches) will be on the same sideline. Spectators of both teams will take the opposite side of the pitch. No one will be allowed behind either end line.

C. A player or coach receiving a red card will not be able to participate in the tournament game following the game the card is issued. The Tournament committee, FootSail Bermuda Ltd., reserves the right to SUSPEND ANY PLAYER, COACH OR TEAM FROM THE TOURNAMENT FOR UNRULY CONDUCT.

D. In the event of assault/abuse on a game official, the Tournament disciplinary committee shall immediately be convened at a Tournament site to be designated by the Tournament Director. A player, coach, or other team official who is charged with assault on a game official is suspended from further participation in the tournament.

E. Any team disregarding a decision by the referees and/or the tournament committee to either suspend or cancel tournament play, will be disqualified for the remainder of the tournament.

14.  ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND PETS

The use and presence of alcoholic beverages is prohibited near and at all game sites, including parking areas.  Pets are not permitted on or near the fields.