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					                          2010 NIAGARATHUNDER 3v3
                            SOCCER TOURNAMENT
                                    RULES & REGULATIONS
     **All games will be governed by the F.I.F.A. Laws of the Game with the following exceptions**
PLAYER REGISTRATION:
All players must be registered on their respective team's 3-v-3 roster. Roster changes, substitutions and
additions, must be made before a team's first game is started. Any team or player determined by the event
director to have falsified age or skill level will be dismissed from the tournament. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST
CARRY PROOF OF AGE (VALID PLAYER PASS, DRIVER'S LICENSE or BIRTH CERTIFICATE).
Teams will be placed into divisions based upon age, gender and playing experience. Teams that span more than
one age group will be placed into the division of the oldest, most experienced player on the team. Tournament
coordinators will make every effort to place teams into divisions with similar players.

ROSTER CHANGES:
Roster changes must be made before a team's first game has started. A coach or player may make changes, but
they must have all the appropriate paperwork. The person making the change must have the Player Replacement
Form filled out and the player must meet the following criteria:
 - Player has the appropriate travel papers
 - Player has proof of age
 - Player's birth date qualifies the player for the correct age division
 - Player's skill level qualifies the player for the correct skills division

NUMBER OF PLAYERS:
Six is the maximum number of players on a team; three field players and three substitutes (A team must have a
minimum of 2 field players). Players may only play on (one) team per division. There are no goalkeepers in 3-v-
3. Co-ed teams must have a minimum of one female player on the field at all times. This only applies to adult
teams. Teams that have only one female will forfeit their remaining games if the female participant is no longer
able to compete.

SUBSTITUTIONS:
Substitutions may be made at any dead-ball situation, regardless of possession. Teams must get the referee’s
permission and players are to enter and exit at mid-field. There are no substitutions on the fly.

TEAM UNIFORMS:
All players must wear jerseys/shirts during play and each team must bring both a light and dark coloured
jersey/shirt. If both teams are wearing the same color, a coin flip in pool play will determine which team must
change. In playoffs, the higher seed will have the option. Numbers on the jerseys are not required.

TOURNAMENT EQUIPMENT:
All players must wear shin guards. Any player without shin guards will not be allowed to play. Teams are
responsible for providing game balls. Here are the following ball sizes for each age group:
U6-U8: Size 3;            U9-U12: Size 4;           U13 and up: Size 5

FIELD DIMENSIONS:
The playing field is 40 yards long by 30 yards wide.

THE GOAL BOX:
The goal box, ten feet wide by six feet long, is directly in front of the goal. There is no ball contact allowed
within the goal box, however, any player may pass through the goal box. If the ball comes to rest in the goal box,
a goal kick is awarded regardless of who touched the ball last. Any part of the ball or player's body on the line is
considered in the goal box and is an extension of such. If a defender touches the ball in the goal box, a penalty
kick is awarded to the offensive team. If an offensive player touches the ball within the goal box, a goal kick is
awarded to the defensive team. The goals are four feet high by eight feet wide.
GAME DURATION:
The game shall consist of two 12-minute halves separated by a two minute halftime period OR the first team to
reach 12 goals, whichever comes first. A game is considered official if half of the game has been played. A coin
toss will determine direction and possession before the start of the game. The team winning the coin toss will
choose which goal to defend and the other team will kick. Games tied after regulation play shall end in a tie,
except in the playoffs. Games will start promptly at the scheduled start time. Teams not present at game time
will forfeit. Teams are responsible for waiting until their seed for playoffs has been determined. No timeouts in
3-v-3.

GOAL SCORING:
A goal may only be scored from a touch (offensive or defensive) within a team's offensive half of the field (Ball
must be completely on the offensive half of the field: Can not be touching the mid-line).

PLAYOFF OVERTIME:
Shall consist of a 3-minute "golden goal" overtime period with a coin toss to decide kickoff/direction. The first
team to score in overtime is the winner. If no team has scored in the 3-minute overtime, the winner shall be
decided by a shootout. The three players from each team remaining on the field at the end of the overtime period,
will enter a rotation of penalty kicks alternating teams with each kick, with the higher scoring team winning after
the first round. If the score remains tied after the first round of penalty kicks, the same 3 players will alternate in
the same order in a sudden death penalty kick format until one team scores unanswered. If one team has received
a red card during the game and finishes with 2 players on the field, a remaining roster player (other than the red
carded player) may be chosen to kick in the rotation of penalty kicks. If the red-carded player is the last
remaining roster player, one of the two field players may kick twice.

FORFEITS:
Any team forfeiting two consecutive games in pool play will be removed from the tournament. Any team
forfeiting one game in the playoffs will be removed from the tournament.

AWARDS:
Awards are given to the winner and runner-up in each tournament division. Qualification for the 3v3 Challenge
National Championship is based on playing age, with 1st and 2nd place in each age group qualifying to play on to
Challenge Nationals in July.

THERE ARE NO OFFSIDES IN 3-V-3 SOCCER.

NO SLIDE TACKLING
Players can slide for a ball if there is no contact/intent to contact initiated (ex: player can slide for a ball that is
going out of bounds, if no other players are around).

FIVE YARD RULE:
In all dead ball situations, including kickoffs, defending players must stand at least five yards away from the
ball. If the defensive player's goal area is closer than five yards, the ball shall be placed five yards from the goal
area in line with the place of penalty.

KICK-INS:
The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline instead of thrown in. Kick-ins are considered in play when
the ball is touched with a foot and moves. Example: The ball is placed on the sideline. Player A touches the ball,
with a foot and it moves and Player B shoots or dribbles. A goal can be scored from the scenario given.

INDIRECT KICKS:
All dead ball kicks (kick-ins, free kicks, kick-offs) are indirect with the exception of corner kicks and penalty
kicks.

GOAL KICKS:
May be taken from any point on the end line.
KICK-OFF:
Is an indirect kick and may be taken in any direction.

PENALTY KICKS:
Shall be awarded if, in the referee's opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by an infraction (the infraction
does not automatically result in a red card). It is a direct kick taken from the center of the midfield line with all
players behind the mid-field line and the player taking the kick. This is a "dead-ball" kick. If a goal is not scored,
the defence obtains possession with a goal kick.

HAND BALL CLARIFICATION:
In the opinion of the referee, deliberate handling of the ball that denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious
goal-scoring opportunity will result in the following:
 -a penalty kick will be awarded &
 -the player committing the foul will be sent off and shown a red card

CAUTIONED PLAYERS (YELLOW CARD):
Yellow cards will accumulate throughout the tournament. Players that receive two yellow cards in one game will
result in a red card and will automatically be suspended for their next game (no exceptions). Any player
accumulating three yellow cards during a tournament will automatically be suspended for their next game (no
exceptions).

PLAYER EJECTION (RED CARD):
Referees have the right to eject a player from the game for continual disobedience or as a result of an incident
that warrants sending off. The team may then continue with their remaining two, three or four players, however,
if the player receiving the red card was on the field of play, the team must complete the entire game a player
short. The player receiving the red card will automatically be suspended for their next game (no exceptions).
Players that are red carded need to leave the immediate playing area, including the fan and team areas. If a team
receives 2 red cards in the same game, that team forfeits the game.

SCORING (IN POOL PLAY):
Games will be scored according to the following: 3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss.

TIEBREAKERS:

For teams that are tied in record, the following will be used to determine seed or place finish. If one team
forfeited a game, they are the lower seed. (Teams with any forfeits automatically lose all tiebreakers).
For teams tied in record where one team received a forfeit, games against the team that forfeited are disregarded
when figuring the tiebreaker. In pool play, ties between two or more teams will be broken by (1) head-to-head
results in games among the tied teams; (2) goal difference in head-to-head games; (3) goals against in head-to-
head games; (4) goal difference in pool play games; (5) goals against in pool play games; (6) shootout.

Each tie-breaking criterion is carried out to the fullest in determining the seeds in ties between three or more
teams. When one criterion establishes only a partial seeding in ties between three or more teams, leaving
remaining teams tied, the tie-breaking process starts over with the (1) criterion.

Example A
Team A 2-1 (Team A defeats Team B, 1-0)
Team B 2-1 (Team B defeats Team C, 2-0)
Team C 2-1 (Team C defeats Team A, 4-0)
(1) Head-to-head will not work because each team is 1-1 against the two opponents.
(2) Goal difference in head-to-head games produces: Team A = -3; Team B = +1; Team C = +2. Criterion (2)
determines all three seeds: Team C is Seed 1, Team B is Seed 2 and Team A is Seed 3.

Example B
Team A 2-1 (Team A defeats Team B, 1-0)
Team B 2-1 (Team B defeats Team C, 2-0)
Team C 2-1 (Team C defeats Team A, 3-0)
(1) Head-to-head will not work because each team is 1-1 against the two opponents.
(2) Goal difference in head-to-head games produces: Team A = -2; Team B = +1; Team C = +1. Team A is Seed
3. With the remaining two teams tied at +1, revert back to Criterion (1).
(1) Team B beat Team C head-to-head. Team B is Seed 1. Team C is Seed 2.

SHOOTOUTS
Each team designates three shooters to take one penalty kick each from the midfield line with no defense. The
winner of a coin flip chooses whether to shoot first or second. Teams alternate shots. If one team makes more
shots in the first three attempts, it is declared the winner.

If the shootout is tied after three rounds, it continues one shot at a time with every available player from each
team shooting. If either team has a lead at the end of any round, it is the winner.

Example:
Team A has four players and Team B has five players.
In the first three rounds, each team makes two shots.
The shootout proceeds to the fourth round where Team A's remaining player make a shot. Team B has one of its
two remaining players shoot and that player scores.
In the fifth round, Team A returns to its first shooter who misses. Team B's last shooter misses.
In the sixth round, Team A (second shooter in original order) shoots and scores. Team B's first shooter goes
again and misses.
Team A is declared the winner.

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:
In the event of a misapplication of the official 3-v-3 Rules, the tournament director reserves the right to overturn
a referee decision. The event director has final authority regarding all event disputes and issues.

SPORTSMANSHIP:
Players, coaches and spectators are expected to act in the nature of good sportsmanship at all times. Fighting will
not be tolerated! Player's, coaches, and fans guilty of fighting will be banned for the duration of the event. Abuse
of the referee, verbal or otherwise, will not be tolerated. The field referee will have the authority to eject any
offending party. Any indication of such behavior by a player, coach or parent will result in immediate removal
from     the    tournament      site.   We      are     all    here     to   play     soccer    and     have     fun.

 **SITUATIONS OR OCCURRENCES THAT THESE RULES DO NOT ADDRESS SHALL BE LEFT TO
               THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR**

				
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