Rules
NJ WILDCATS SPRING KICKOFF TOURNAMENT AND COLLEGE SHOWCASE

1.  NJWC will conform to FIFA Laws, Rules, Regulations and Procedures with the following exceptions: 
    a. Substitutions – on any stoppage.
      b. U-8 thru U-10 play 7 vs 7, U-11 and U-12 play 9 vs 9 and U13 and up play 11 vs. 11
    c. Home Team – Team listed first on the schedule is the home team.  Home team changes uniforms if there is a color conflict.  Teams must occupy the same side of the field.  Only carded coaches will be allowed with the players. 
    d. Tie Games – No tiebreakers, games will remain tied. 
    e. Disputes - The Tournament Director and the Referee Assignor will arbitrate disputes. 
    f. Guest players – Maximum of five (5) guest players per team.  Team roster may not exceed eighteen (18) players (U11-U19). Team roster may not exceed fourteen(14) Players(U8-U10). 
    Unruly spectators will be removed from the Fields. 

2.   Awards will be given to the 1st place and 2nd place u9 to u14 teams, U15 to u19 is a College Showcase, no awards.

3.  Acceptance – All teams not accepted to the NJ WILDCATS SHOWCASE AND TOURNAMENT will have their checks returned promptly.

4.  Refunds – Once a team has been accepted, there will be no refunds.  If the NJ WILDCATS SHOWCASE AND TOURNAMENT games are cancelled before the start of the tournament for any reason, including inclement weather, field conditions, or by a Tournament Committee decision, we may reschedule the event for 3/9 & 3/10 if there are weather issues.  If both weekends get cancelled we will than issue a tournament credit for any NJ Wildcats future tournaments.  If any games are cancelled after the tournament has started there will be no refunds or credits.

5.  Golf Cart Policy – Per the NJYS, all operators of the Golf carts at the NJ WILDCATS SHOWCASE AND TOURNAMENT must have a valid New Jersey Drivers License. 

6.  Sanction – The NJ WILDCATS SHOWCASE AND TOURNAMENT is approved by and will be played under the jurisdiction of US CLUB SOCCER and US Soccer.  All teams must have a signed US Club registration/medical release form and a valid player pass for each player.  Forms and passes will be checked at registration.  Registration will be before the first game played. US CLUB SOCCER requirements regarding player passes, travel procedures, and the use of US CLUB registered officials will apply.  All games will have a three-person crew of adult referees when possible.

PROTESTS

The Referee’s judgment pursuant to the application of the Laws of the game is final! 
NO PROTESTS WILL BE ALLOWED 

PLAYOFFS - Most Groups are run as round robins at our tournament.  However, if your group has a final, below is how those teams will be determinded.
Ties will stand at the end of regulation play for all preliminary round matches.  In any final, if at the end of regulation play the game is tied penalty shots will decide the outcome, as follows: 
A. Only the players on the field at the end of regulation are eligible to participate in the penalty kicks. 
B. The referee shall decide the goal at which all the kicks shall be taken. 
C. The team winning the coin toss shall kick first. 
D. No player may shoot more than once until all eligible teammates have taken a kick. 
E. Each team takes (5) shots, alternately.  The team scoring the most goals wins. 
F. If the score is tied after five shots by each team, the taking of shots continues, alternating, until one team scores more than the other does. 
G. Other than the shooter and the two- (2) goalkeepers, all eligible players must remain in the center circle while the shots are in progress. 
DIVISIONAL WINNERS 
Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:
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  .Three (3) points for each Win
  .One (1) points for each Tie
  .Zero (0) points for each Loss

** At the end of the preliminary rounds, the group winner shall be the team with the most (win/tie) points in their group. In the event of a tie within a group, the following criteria shall be used to determine the winner:
 
1.        Head to head competition. (In the event of a tie between more than two (2) teams, this criterion will not be considered).
2.        Most wins
3.        Goals for (max 5)
4.        Goals against (max 3)
5.        FIFA penalty kicks.
 
** In the event of a tie among three (3) or more teams, the elimination procedure begins with Step B. #2 noted above. If two (2) teams remain, the tie shall be broken by repeating the above elimination procedures beginning with Step B. #1.

Tournament Scorekeeper and Tournament Director, acting within the parameters of these rules, will determine the teams to advance into the final rounds. 

AGE & ELIGIBILITY 
Competition is open to accepted teams composed of no more than eighteen- 11v11 (18/26) players for U13 to U19. 7v7 Fourteen Players from U-9 to U10. 9v9-16 players for u11 to u12.  Players must be born during or after the year indicated by the Age Division in which they are to compete. Each team must be registered with a National State Association affiliated with US Youth Soccer, or US Club Soccer and must present an approved and valid Official State or US Club soccer roster.  Authorized player passes will be verified and compared to the “official team roster” at registration.  Teams from outside of New Jersey must have a “Permission to Travel Form” signed by their Association * if required.  Member passes and official approved rosters must be present at the field for the duration of the game. 

DURATION OF PLAY 
The duration of play will be as shown below.  Two (2) equal halves will be played, with a five (5) minute halftime.  There will be a running clock at all times except halftime.  Time will not be added for any reason. 
Age Groups

U13 to U19: Two (2) 30-minute halves.
U9 to U-12: Two (2) 25-minute halves.
In the event that one team appears later than the scheduled time for the start of the match, but within the ten- (10) minute grace period, the match will be played, however, the remaining time shall be divided into two (2) equal halves. 

PLAYER EQUIPMENT 
            - In the event of a color conflict, the home team will change.  The home team is the team shown first on the schedule. 
            - It will be at the Referee’s discretion to determine the safety and suitability of player equipment including the wearing of a hard brace or soft cast. 
            - Shin guards are mandatory for all players. 

             - must be wearing sports efficiant glasses if appropiate. NO REGULAR GLASSES OR SUN GLASSES

BALL SIZE 
Size 5   Age Groups: U-13 to U19 
Size 4   Age Groups:U-10 to U12
Size 3   Age Groups: U-8 & U 9

COACHING 
All Coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends and spectators at all times. Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to ones own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, 
a)   No mechanical devices are used; 
b)   The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory; 
c)   No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators; 
d)   No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior. 

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS 
a)    A player or coach receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an Ejection (red card).  A player who has been ejected (sent off), will not be replaced. A player or coach who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game. 
b)    A player or coach who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play will not be allowed to participate in the next TWO scheduled games. 
c)    Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament. 
d)    For the purpose of this Tournament a Coach can be carded

SUSPENDED AND TERMINATED GAMES 
If, in the opinion of game officials, a game must be suspended (for reason), the game may be resumed, but is subject to being ended not less than five (5) prior to the scheduled start of the next game. If in the opinion of game officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench coaches, or spectators, the offending team could be suspended from further play and forfeits that game and all remaining games. All previous points earned remain as played. Additionally, the home league and State Association will be contacted as appropriate. 

INJURY 
There is a running clock and no time will be added. 

FORFEITS 
A.                A team shall be allowed a ten minute grace period after the scheduled kickoff time before the match is awarded to their opponent.  A minimum of seven (7) players constitutes a team, and if seven (7) players are present the match may not be delayed.  If during the course of the match a team falls below the minimum seven (7) players, the game will be forfeited to their opponent.  
B.                A team that has forfeited a game may not be decided a group winner.  If an apparent group winner forfeits, the group team with the next best record will be named the group winner. 
A forfeit in the preliminary rounds shall be awarded as three (3) points for win.  For tie breaking purposes, the full three- (3) bonus points will be awarded 

INCLEMENT WEATHER 
a)  In case of inclement weather or other force of nature, the Tournament Committee will have the authority to change games as follows: 
b)  Relocate or reschedule any game(s).
c)  Change the duration of any game(s).
d)  Cancel any preliminary game(s).
e)  Specific guidelines:
Regardless of the weather conditions, coaches and their teams must appear on the field of play as scheduled, ready to play unless notified by a member of the Tournament Committee.  Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the match.  Only the referee or Tournament Committee can cancel or delay a match. 

INCLEMENT WEATHER BEFORE THE MATCH – PRELIMINARY ROUNDS 
Referees and/or Tournament Committee may reduce the length of the match, and subsequent matches by 50%, however the halves of the match must be of equal duration.  If the match is cancelled, the Tournament Committee will award a 0-0 tie 

INCLEMENT WEATHER BEFORE THE MATCH – 
If the Championship match cannot be played the teams will become Co-Champions.  A coin will be flipped to decide who gets the awards.  Coin toss winner gets choice of Championship trophy and second place medals or Championship medals.  The team that lost the coin toss will get the remaining awards.  Both teams will gain the title of tournament Co-Champions. 

INCLEMENT WEATHER DURING A MATCH – PRELIMINARY 
The match will be considered completed and the score will stand if one half has been completed.  If less than one half has been completed, a 0-0 tie will be awarded by the Tournament Committee.
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER DURING A MATCH – CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH 
The match will be considered completed and the score will stand if one half has been completed.  If less than one half has been completed, the Tournament Committee will award a 0-0 tie and both teams will be deemed Co-Champions.  A coin toss winner gets choice of Championship trophy and second place medals or Championship medals.  The team that lost the coin toss will get the remaining awards.  Both teams will gain the title of tournament Co-Champions. 

INCLEMENT WEATHER BEFORE START OF TOURNAMENT 
If severe inclement weather causes the cancellation of the tournament in its entirety, there will be no refunds.  We will issue credit to attend our March, Summer, or December 2018 Events. 

GENERAL: 
a)   Under no circumstances whatsoever will the Tournament Committee, USP SOCCER ACADEMEY. USYSA, NJYSA or US Club Soccer responsible for any expenses incurred by a team. 
b)   The Tournament Committees interpretation of the rules shall be final. 
c)   The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to this Tournament. 
d)   No items of any kind may be sold at Tournament Headquarters, the playing fields, or surrounding the event areas for the duration of the Tournament without the expressed, written approval of the Tournament Committee.  A team found in violation of this rule will not be declared a division winner or a wild card team.  Determination of guilt will be by the senior Tournament Official present.