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Welcome to the 2017 Dutch Lions Spring Cup


Rules for the 2017 Dutch Lions Spring Cup

Rules for the Dutch Lions Cup Soccer Tournament to be held On April 22nd and 23rd 2017 in West Carrollton, OH.

Tournament Headquarters:
Dayton Dutch Lions Office
3634 Watertower Lane
West Carrollton, Ohio, 45449

Tournament Director: Sasha Rector
3634 Watertower Lane
West Carrollton, Ohio, 45449
Cell - 937-408-7260
E-mail - s.rector@ddlfc.com

REGISTRATION AND ELIGIBILITY:
Registration Check-in: Saturday, April 22, 2017. Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of your first game. You may also mail in your registration to the Dutch Lions main office at 3634 Watertower Lane, West Carrollton, OH 45449. Please include copies of your player cards (multiple per page is great) as well as all medical and liability forms.

Coaches must bring Contact Sheet, Travel Permits (if outside OSYSA), signed medical and liability release forms, approved roster and player passes. Coaches should bring player passes and medical release forms to every game.

TEAMS FROM THE UNITED STATES – For teams from the United States:

1. The Players must present picture identification cards issued by the team’s Federation Organization Member (USYS, ASYO, USCLUB, other).
2. Teams must provide proof of approval of the team’s participation from the team’s Federation Organization Member.
3. Teams from outside the State Association where the tournament is located must provide proof of permission to travel. Teams must be in good standing with their Federation Organization.

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY:
Players must be born within August 1 - July 31 time frame established by the USSF for the division in which they would participate. Player passes with photograph, duly authorized by an appropriate USSF State Registrar must be presented at registration.

Team rosters will be limited to 18 players for teams playing the 11 v 11 format (other than allowed by USYSA). Team rosters will be limited to 14 players for teams playing the 8 v 8 format. Team rosters will be limited to 12 players for teams playing the 6 v 6 format. The Roster submitted at Tournament Registration will be the official Roster for the Tournament and may not be altered. A player may only play for one team.

Four (4) guest players will be allowed per team for U08-U19 teams. Guest player Rosters (yours and ours) should be validated by your state association/country federation (if required by your association). Prior to the start of each game, the Field Marshal or Referee shall check that each team have the following: current Federation player and coaches passes and approved guest roster (if applicable).

LAWS OF THE GAME:
International Rules (FIFA/USSF) apply. Please note: Offside will be called for all U8 and U9 games under a single referee system. Referees will make every effort to ensure no intentional offside takes place under this format.

SUBSTITUTIONS:
Unlimited by either team, prior to a throw-in, goal kick, after a goal, and after the half break. A one for one substitution is permitted by either team, at a stoppage of play for injury, caution, or ejection. A player who is bleeding or has blood on his/her uniform shall be removed from the field and cannot return until the bleeding is stopped and the uniform is cleaned or changed. Substitutions may be made for injured players.

FORMAT:
U9/10 - 7 v 7
Preliminary games 25 min halves
Championship games 25 min halves
Ball size 4 (home team is responsible for 2 game balls)

U11/12 - 9 v 9
Preliminary games 25 min halves
Championship games 30 min halves
Ball size 4 (home team is responsible for 2 game balls)

U13/U14 - 11 v 11
Preliminary games 30 min halves
Championship games 30 min halves
Ball size 5 (home team is responsible for 2 game balls)

Half-time length is 5 minutes, may be shortened, if needed, at the referee's discretion.

Match Lengths: Preliminary Games will consist of two halves of equal length. See the chart above for game lengths for both preliminary and semi and final games for all divisions. No overtime periods in preliminary games.

Semi-Final and Final Games will consist of two halves of equal length.

Overtime periods are 2x5 minutes per half for under 8-14 for either short-sided games or 11v11. The Committee reserves the right to adjust game length for conditions beyond their control. See Weather/Reschedule section below.

The game clock will not be stopped because of injury to any player, except if deemed necessary by the referee. Due to the time allowed for the completion of all games, the clock should run continuously.

NOTE: The Tournament reserves the right to consolidate age groups.

CODE OF CONDUCT:
Any player or coach ordered off the field by the referee for misconduct shall be suspended from at least the next game, as determined by the Tournament Committee. The Tournament Committee shall review each incident based on the report of the referee. The Tournament Committee's decision with respect to any suspension shall not be subject to review or appeal.
Noisemakers of any kind are prohibited from being used at any games at all sites during the tournament.

FORFEITS:
A minimum of 7 players constitutes a team (6 for U9/U10). A 10-minute grace period will be extended beyond the scheduled kick-off time before a forfeit shall be declared. Failure to complete a match, or a team leaving the field during play, will result in forfeiture. No team that has forfeited a match will be declared a group winner for advancement purposes. Winning teams as a result of forfeits will be automatically awarded the average number of goals either scored and/or allowed in their games.

INCLEMENT WEATHER:
The Tournament Committee shall have the authority to make the following changes if deemed necessary:
A. Shorten the duration of the games.
B. Suspend temporarily or permanently any game in progress. (Preliminary games terminated after one half of play because of bad weather shall be considered official as of the time of termination.)
C. Cancel any or all games if necessary. OSYSA, the tournament committee, the Central Ohio Soccer Association, any of our sponsors, advertisers, supporters, or providers of soccer facilities are not responsible for any expense incurred by cancellation of scheduled games.
D. In the event that a final cannot be played or finished. If the game has reached half time then that score will stand and a winner declared. If less than one half of the game has been played, or the game not started, then co-champs are declared.

TEAM CONTACT PERSON:
Each team, on checking in at registration, must sign in Friday, give the name, hotel, room number, and phone number of the coach or designated contact person who can be reached at any time should the necessity arise.

GAME SCORES:
The center referee will keep the official game card, which he shall receive from the designated field marshal prior to each game. The center referee shall obtain the signature of each linesman and each participating head coach at the conclusion of each game. The referee will be responsible for returning the game card to the designated field marshal at the conclusion of each game.

STANDINGS:
Each team shall be awarded three points for a win, one point for a tie, and no points for a loss. The following procedure will determine the group winner.
(1) Most points
(2) Head to Head (unless 3 teams are tied)
(3) Net Goal Differential (description below)
(4) Most goals Scored
(5) Least cards (yellow/red) accumulated
(6) Penalty kicks ( FIFA Laws of the game)

NET GOAL DIFFERENTIAL:
To determine the "net goal differential" between two or more tied teams, all preliminary games will be counted. Net goal differential shall be calculated as total goals scored less total goals allowed. Maximum goals allowed per game is 5.

TIES IN SEMI-FINAL GAMES AND CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES:
Championship Games tied at the end of regulation will be decided by:
U9-18 2 x 5 minute overtime periods

If the games are still tied at the end of the overtime periods, they will be decided by penalty kicks (FIFA Laws of the Game).

PENALTY KICK ELIMINATION:
When Semi-Final and 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.

PROTESTS:
Protests must be in writing, be accompanied by a $250 cash deposit and be presented to the Tournament officials at Cooper Park. All protests must be received at Cooper Park within one hour of the conclusion of the protested game. Referee judgment shall not be a basis for protest. The center referee must be informed of the pending protest at the conclusion of the game and must report in writing on the game card his comments as to the protested situation. Protests, which are upheld, will cause the return of the $250 cash deposit, but protests denied will result in the forfeiture of the $250 cash deposit.

FIELD AND PLAYING EQUIPMENT:
The Tournament Committee shall have the responsibility for providing nets, field markers, corner flags, and supervisory personnel. Both teams shall be benched on the same side of the field opposite any spectators.

PLAYER UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT:
All players of a team will wear the same color shirts, shorts, and socks. Every player must then be dressed alike. The uniforms must be worn with the shirts tucked into the shorts and the socks must be pulled up to cover the shin guards. In the event of a color conflict, the home team will change.

FINAL ARBITRATION:
The Tournament Committee will be the final interpreter of the rules and regulations and reserves the right to issue the final decision on all matters pertaining to the Tournament.

GENERAL:
1. Coaches are required to bring all player/coach cards to every game. It is highly suggested that you bring medical release forms with you in case of injury.
2. If a game is temporarily suspended due to weather problems, field conditions, or other situations beyond the tournament's control, each team (coach) involved must check with their site's tournament headquarters. Have players go their cars during a weather delay. No one will be allowed on the fields until the weather conditions are favorable to resume.
3. All teams are required to clean up their sidlines after each match.
4. A coach may coach more than one team at the tournament
5. Not permitted at our tournament includes: alcoholic beverages, smoking, and verbal abuse.
6. PETS are not allowed at the Tournament Sites.
7. The tournament committee's interpretation of the foregoing rules/regulations shall be final.



 


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