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2019 Empire Cup Tournament Rules

Tournament Headquarters and team check-in will be at fields located at
Batavia Sports Park 8069 Bank Street Road Batavia, NY 14020
Tournament Directors: 
Michael Henderson 585-322-5640
REGISTRATION:  Registration is 1 hour prior to your first game
Team Check-in/Registration Requirements
US Teams:
  • Original 20178/20189Player Passes;  USYS State Association 
  • Original 2018/2019 Official Roster;   USYS State Association
  • One copy of Official Roster
  • Guest Players identified:  Written on front or back of copy of Rosters
  • Player Passes for Guest Player
  • Individual Player Medical Release Forms or team form
  • Permission to Travel Paper Work:  USYS State Association teams from Region I do not need Permission to Travel Paper Work except teams from Connecticut or New Jersey.  USYS State Association teams from all other Regions need Permission to Travel
Foreign Teams: 
  • Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards.
  • Tournament rules must require that the team have a completed form from its Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament if required
  • One copy of Official Roster
  • Individual Player Medical Release Forms or team form
For USYSA Registered Teams:  Teams must have the proper USYSA state rosters, plus two copies for the tournament, permission to travel forms, player pass cards and medical release forms for each player at registration.
Roster Sizes:
U13 - U17 Teams can have 22 players on their rosters turned in at Registration; however teams must identify 18 players before each game with the referees. Only 18 players in each game are allowed to dress and play per game
Three guest players per team will be permitted for all age groups. US Club Soccer teams may only take guest players registered under US Club Soccer, and USYSA teams may only take guest players registered with properly stamped USYSA player pass cards.
A.    Ball Size:
Size 5   U13 - U17
B.    Game Duration:
80 min. B/G U13-17        Halftime - 10 min
C.    Substitutions:
Unlimited/Free substitutions with permission of referee:
1.  After a goal has been made;
2.  At the beginning of the second half of play or prior to the beginning of an overtime period;
3.  At a goal kick by either team;
4.  At a throw-in by the team in possession;
5.  Injury (any number of players from both teams may be substituted whenever an injury has occurred after being beckoned onto the pitch by the Referee)
Limited substitutions may be made, with the referee’s permission:
· In case of stoppage of play for an injury; or
· Cautioned player (cautioned player only)
Under no circumstances may substitutions be made (1) on corner kicks or (2) after the game has ended in a tie and FIFA penalty kicks will be required to determine a winner
All substitutes shall inform the assistant referee on their side of the field that they wish to enter the game prior to the time they are entitled to enter the game as a substitute. The assistant referee will signal the referee that substitutes wish to enter the game at the first opportunity that the substitute is allowed to enter the game. The substitutes must wait until the referee signals that it is okay for them to enter the field.
D.    Home Team
Team listed first is the designated Home Team and must change jerseys when the referee determines a conflict to exist.
E.    Forfeits:
Teams not at the field ready to play with a minimum of 7 eligible players at the scheduled game time will forfeit the match at the discretion of the tournament director.  Forfeited scores will be counted 3 – 0. 
F.   Inclement Weather:
The Tournament Rules Committee reserves the right to make the following changes in the event of inclement weather:
* Relocate and/or reschedule a match.
* Change a division structure.
* Reduce scheduled duration of a match
* Cancel a match.
In the event of inclement weather forcing play to be halted and preventing the match from completing during the scheduled time, the score shall stand if at least one-half of the match has been completed.  The tournament director will have the final decision on field closure.

Player’s Equipment:

All players must wear shinguards. No metal-rimmed glasses or jewelry of any kind will be allowed. Casts, splints or body braces made of a hard substance in its final form such as leather, rubber, plastic, plaster or fiberglass must be covered on all exterior surfaces with no less than ½ inch thick, high density polyurethane, or an alternate material of the same thickness and similar physical properties to protect the injury. A medical release for the injured player signed by a licensed physician must be available at the game site.  Players may not play with these casts without the approval of the Referee.

G. Group Play
Division of 4:  Groups of 4 play round robin with two games Saturday and one game Sunday in accordance with College Showcase play. There are no semi-finals or finals.    
H.   Protest:
There will be no protests.  All officiating decisions are final.
 I.    Sideline Behavior:
Both teams will sit on the same side of the field.  Only coaches and trainers may stay on the player’s sideline.  Spectators are only allowed on the opposite side of the field from the coaches and players and are limited to being in the designated area from penalty box to penalty box.  No spectators are allowed behind the goal areas.
Harassment of the officials from coaches, spectators or players will not be tolerated
J.   Send-offs:
If a player receives a red card or two yellow cards during a match, that player will sit out the rest of that match and also their next match.  Players serving Red card suspensions are allowed to sit on the bench during their teams next game but are not allowed to be in uniform.  A coach or other authorized bench personnel sent off during a match must leave the field immediately upon being sent off, and must remain away from the field during the team’s next match.
K.   NO alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park or the parking lot of any of the game sites. Your team will be subject to forfeiting 1 game.
L.   Game Balls: 
All game balls will be provided by tournament.  Only balls provided by the tournament can be used.
M.   The tournament will be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game except as modified by these rules.