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Welcome to the 2024 Midwest Fall Cup

Rules for the 2024 Midwest Fall Cup

The Midwest Fall Cup Tournament welcomes teams in good standing, currently registered with a USYSA, US Club Soccer, or USSF affiliate. Tournament dates are September 16th and 17th, 2023. The mailing address for all tournament information will be PO Box 212, West Chester, OH 45069, USA. Contact by email at tournament@lakotafc.org.

Registration and Eligibility
~~Ohio South teams:
• Copy of approved Roster
• Guest player approval forms.

~~Teams coming from outside Ohio South are required to have the following:
• Copy of approved Roster
• Tournament Liability document signed by all parents.
• Guest player approval forms.
• Proof of permission to travel. US Club teams do not need a travel permit.
• Concussion training certificates for all rostered coaches.
• Lindsay's Law Form signed by all parents - https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/lindsays-law/lindsays-law

~~Player and Coaches cards must be presented to the field marshals or referee prior to each game.

Team Gender and Ages:
• Boys and Girls U07-U14/15

Maximum number of players, including guest players, on any one team’s roster**:
• U07 / U08 age groups playing 5v5, maximum of eighteen (18) including up to 2 guest players
• U09 and U10 age groups playing 7v7, maximum of twenty five (25) including up to 3 guest players
• U11 and U12 age groups playing 9v9, maximum of thirty (30) including up to 3 guest players
• U13 and U14/15 age groups playing 11v11, a maximum of Thirty (30) including up to 4 guest players

Roster changes must be made before the start of the team’s first game. Once the first game begins, the roster is frozen. Players may be rostered to one team only. Up to three coaches may be listed on a team’s roster; officially credentialed “Director of Coaching” pass holders may also be with the team during a game.
The tournament is open to teams from U07 to U14/15. U14 teams are officially entered in a U14/15 division to accommodate teams with “trapped” or “orphaned” eighth graders. All team players must be within the age group guidelines established for their respective age group using August 1st as a cutoff date.
The first team listed for a match will be considered the home team and will be expected to change jerseys if the referee determines there is a color conflict. All teams should bring two colors of jerseys. Shin guards are required for all players. No hard casts are permitted; soft and wrapped casts are permitted with the permission of the referee and/or a Tournament Director. Referees are to exercise discretion and leniency with regard to complete and/or matching uniform elements with a Tournament Director having final authority. Player passes must be available at all matches and will be checked by the referee or field marshal prior to the beginning of each match. The jersey of each player must have a unique number.

Tournament Format
Each participating team will play a minimum of three games. No team will play more than two matches per day.

Four Team Division
Teams will play each other once, resulting in three games a piece. The championship game will feature the two teams with the highest point totals.

Five Team Division
Teams will play each other once, resulting in four games a piece. Champions and Finalist will be declared based on final point totals, no championship game.

Six Team Division
These divisions are broken into two brackets of three teams, A and B. Teams will play two games within their bracket. The two third place teams will play each other in a consolation game. The top two teams in each bracket will advance to a semi-finals. The two semi-final winners will play each other in finals.

Eight Team Division
These divisions are broken into two brackets of four teams, A and B. Teams in the same brackets will play each other, resulting in three games a piece. The championship game will feature the two point leaders in each bracket.

Ties will stand in all games except championship matches. If a championship game is tied at the end of regulation, two 5-minute overtime periods will be played. If the game is still tied at the end of two overtime periods, teams will proceed to penalty kick elimination per FIFA rules to determine the champion. All matches use certified referees.

All games will be played under international rules (FIFA) with the exceptions as noted. An unlimited number of substitutions may be made (with the referee’s permission) as follows:

Standings will be decided by the following format:
• 3 Points for a Win
• 1 Point for a Draw
• 0 Points for a Loss

The following tie breakers will be considered should a tie in points occur:
• Head to head result (if three teams tie, move to next tie breaker)
• Net goal differential, max of 4 net goals per game
• Fewest goals allowed
• Tournament Director decision (PK shootout if feasible, otherwise coin flip)

• Before a throw-in in your team’s favor. If a player for the opposing team is at the mid-field flag waiting to be a substitute when the team that is awarded a throw-in has a substitute to enter the game, the substitute for the opposing team may also enter the game. If the team that has been awarded a throw-in does not have a substitute, then neither team may substitute a player.
• Before a goal kick for either team
• After a score by either team
• At half-time
• After an injury, if the injured player is substituted
• After a caution, 1 for 1, if the cautioned player is substituted

The length of each game and ball sizes will be as follows:
U07/08 Boys & Girls - 50 Minutes (50 Minute Finals), Size # 3
U09,10 Boys & Girls - 50 Minutes (50 Minute Finals), Size # 4
U11,12 Boys & Girls - 60 Minutes (60 Minute Finals), Size # 4
U13,15 Boys & Girls - 60 Minutes (60 Minute Finals), Size # 5

The tournament committee is responsible for interpreting the rules and scheduling tie break activities.
A FIFA approved ball acceptable to the referee will be selected from the home team. At the end of each match, both participating coaches must sign the scorecard verifying the game score. Once signed, the score is considered official. The failure of a coach to sign a scorecard constitutes a waiver of any error therein. Scores will be posted regularly. Any discrepancies must be reported to the site headquarter by a team official prior to the next preliminary game being played. Both coaches signing the scorecard must agree regarding score changes. Any appeal regarding the last preliminary game must be made within 30 minutes of the game’s completion. The referee will give the scorecard to the referee coordinator’s assistant who will collect the cards after each game. If the coordinator does not collect the card, the referee is responsible for bringing the card to the referee coordinator promptly after the game’s completion. Cautions, ejections and concussions are to be clearly noted on the scorecard and tracked by the referee coordinator.
Teams for full sided games (11v11) not reporting to their scheduled field with at least seven players within ten minutes of the scheduled starting time may be required to forfeit that game. Teams involved in a forfeited game may progress to the Championship if they qualify. A forfeit will be recorded as a 4-0 game.

Age Restrictions
Player Age and Eligibility
u-15 born on or after 1-1-2009
u-14 born on or after 1-1-2010
u-13 born on or after 1-1-2011
u-12 born on or after 1-1-2012
u-11 born on or after 1-1-2013
u-10 born on or after 1-1-2014
u-09 born on or after 1-1-2015
u-08 born on or after 1-1-2016
u-07 born on or after 1-1-2017

Protests must be filed verbally or in writing with the tournament site headquarters within (30) thirty minutes of the conclusion of the game, along with a $100 cash fee. The fee will be returned if the protest is upheld. Referee judgment will not be the basis for a protest. Player eligibility and rule disputes will be resolved by the Tournament Directors and Site Coordinators. If there is a dispute that cannot be determined by the official tournament rules, a committee of at least three people will hear the complaint and make a ruling. That ruling is final and cannot be appealed. The committee will consist of the tournament director, the site coordinator, and one or more other persons who are knowledgeable of the USYSA and Ohio South rules. The third member can be a Board Member of the Buckeye Youth Premier League, the referee coordinator for the tournament, or anyone who the tournament director feels can make a prudent decision.

Standards of Conduct
The use of noisemakers such as air horns, cow bells, whistles, loud oral whistling, etc. during a game is prohibited and considered unsportsmanlike conduct. The referee may suspend play until the offending noise stops. All participants will be expected to maintain high standards of conduct during their stay. These standards are expected of players, referees, and family members, both while at the fields and in accommodations including refraining from kicking soccer balls against or within a building and being disrespectful of the property of others. If the Tournament becomes aware of misconduct, the Director reserves the right to proceed with an appropriate sanction: a warning, reduction in points in the standings, or banning the team or club from future participation in the tournament. No peddling or solicitation is permitted by any team or organization.
There shall be no dissent between players and/or coaches and the referee. Questioning a referee is considered dissent. All coaches are responsible for the actions of his or her spectators, specifically verbal abuse of referees. Such behavior may result in forfeiture of the game, removal of spectators and/or expulsion from further play.
Players and coaches must remain on their side of the field, within 20 yards of the centerline of their half of the field. Spectators, including everyone not listed as a player or a coach for the teams on the field, must remain on the side of the field opposite the teams. No one should be behind the goal lines. Players who are sent off (red card) during a game may not play in their next game. They may sit with their team, but cannot dress in uniform. Coaches may be given cautions or sent off. Coaches who are sent off cannot participate as a coach or a spectator in their team’s next game. An ejected coach may not be in the vicinity either site or sound of the playing field during the sanctioned game. If a player or coach is sent off during their final game of the tournament, that player or coach’s card will be returned, except in cases involving assault, to the coach or team representative after they have signed the OSYSA red card report, sent by Tuesday following the tournament, indicating receipt of the card. Otherwise it will be held by the tournament committee and mailed to the league office which has certified the player or coach. A final game is considered the third preliminary game if the team does not advance to the championship. Otherwise, it is the Championship match.

Concussions and Head Injuries
The Midwest Fall Cup complies with Ohio’s “Return to Play” law (ORC 3313.539 and ORC 3314.03) regarding concussions and head injuries in youth sports. If during a practice or game, a coach, referee or tournament official observes a player exhibiting signs, symptoms or behavior consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury then that player shall be prohibited from further participation in any athletic activity on that same calendar day. Furthermore, the coach, referee or tournament official shall ensure that the player does not engage in any other game, scrimmage, practice or other athletic activity that is under the supervision of the coach, referee or tournament official until the player or player’s parent/guardian has submitted written evidence that they have been cleared to return to play by one of the following medical professionals:
• a physician, (M.D. or D.O.),
• an athletic trainer whose work is supervised by a physician,
• a physician’s assistant,
• a nurse practitioner
If there is dispute amongst a player’s coach, a referee or tournament official that is supervising that practice or competition as to whether or not a player is or has exhibited the signs, symptoms or behavior consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury, the opinion of the person who believes that a player is exhibiting the signs, symptoms or behavior consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury shall prevail.
This shall mean that the determination by a player’s parent, a player’s coach, a referee or tournament official that is supervising that practice or competition that a player is exhibiting or has exhibited the signs, symptoms or behavior consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury cannot be overruled.
If during a tournament game, a coach, referee or tournament official believes a player exhibits signs, symptoms or behavior consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury, then that player’s player pass shall be turned over to a tournament official and maintained at the tournament site headquarters until the player or player’s parent/guardian has submitted written evidence that they have been cleared to return to play by one of the four authorities listed above. Otherwise, the pass will be returned following the team’s last game.
All information regarding a particular player who has been determined to have exhibited signs, symptoms or behavior consistent with having sustained a concussion or head injury shall be held for a minimum of three years and a maximum of four years following receipt of the written evidence that they have been cleared to return to play. All such records and related information shall be considered confidential and shall not be disseminated to anyone except by court order.
No coach, referee, substitute coach or club assistant referee shall be required to demonstrate or prove to any other coach, referee, substitute coach, club linesman, player or parent of a player they are in compliance with the requirements of Ohio’s “Return to Play” law.
Coaches may only make an official determination as to whether a player is exhibiting the signs, symptoms or behavior consistent of a person who may have sustained a concussion under the requirements of Ohio’s “Return to Play” law for those players on the team to which they are registered to coach.

Inclement Weather
The Midwest Fall Cup, sanctioned through Ohio South, follows their policy for lightning and hazardous weather conditions. Games will be suspended until 30-minutes after the last lightning or thunder has left the vicinity. Inclement weather is always a possibility and such weather may result in delayed, abbreviated or cancelled games. The tournament committee will attempt to reschedule games to insure that each team will play a full schedule for the tournament. Games may be shortened or postponed or scheduled at a different site in order to meet this goal. A game may be considered complete if the first half has concluded. Tournament Directors, Site Coordinators and Referees have authority to suspend games due to inclement weather.
In the event of tournament cancellation due to inclement weather, there is no guarantee of a refund. In such a case the tournament is cancelled, either before any games are played or before all games can be completed, a portion of those fees will be refunded to all teams requesting them. The amount of refund will be determined after subtracting the costs and obligations associated with organizing the event. A full refund would not be available due to these costs.

The Midwest Fall Cup may place photos on its website showing events taking place during the tournament. By participating in this tournament, the Midwest Fall Cup may use photos or videos taken of games and surrounding activities for publicity purposes. Your participation indicates permission to do so.
Refunds will generally not be made to any team who has submitted an application and been notified by the committee that said team has been accepted to the tournament. Exceptions to this will be made on a case-by-case basis and determined by the tournament committee.
No Pets - No Soliciting – No Cigarettes or Cigars, as a courtesy to everyone.
The Midwest Fall Cup is proud to be an Ohio Soccer Association tournament.


Midwest Fall Cup
Jason Slayton, Tournament Director
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