2012 Ultimate Cup ; Girls Weekend February 23 & 24, 2013; Boys Weekend March 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2013 (Atlantic Soccer League Matches will be held on March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2013). All Ultimate Cup matches will be held on Saturday and Sunday only.
Tournament Headquarters will be located at the United FC office, 6112 Blest Lane, Richmond, VA 23237.
Office (804) 217 2174 Fax (804) 271 7747
Boys Weekend Contact: Matt Lacey (cell) 804.929.8649
Girls Weekend Contact: Tish Schrock (cell) 804.938.1890
Weather Hotline: 804.271.2714
The games which are part of the Atlantic Soccer League will be governed by the ASL rules outlined at the end of the Ultimate Cup Tournament Rules.
Laws of the Game: All tournament matches will be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the game accept as modified herein. All decisions by the Tournament Director(s) are final. No protests allowed.
General Prohibitions: Alcoholic beverages, firearms, smoking, pets, and noise makers are prohibited.
Team Acceptance/Check-in Paperwork Verification
Accepted teams will be notified by email by the posted acceptance schedule. Applications will not be considered complete until payment is received. Teams withdrawing before official posting date will receive a refund of $25.00 within 45 days of acceptance posting. Teams withdrawing after the acceptance posting will not receive a refund.
MANDATORY CHECK IN / TOURNAMENT WEEKEND REGISTRATION (Girls on February 22, and Boys on March 1, 2013)
Mandatory Team Check In / Paperwork verification will take place at the MARTIN'S Food Markets Stratford Hills location at 7045 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225. Check In times will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. upstairs in the Community Room.
This is a USYSA/VYSA sanctioned tournament for club and tournament teams. Teams must be USYSA, USSF, FIFA, or US Club Soccer affiliated, in good standing with their state association, and players possess 2012/2013 player passes. Teams affiliated with AYSO, SAY, US Club Soccer, Super Y League, and FIFA are also welcome. National, state or league select teams are not eligible. Official state USYSA approved rosters, USSF player passes, medical release forms and permits to travel must be presented at registration (see note below about Foreign Teams) Foreign team sanctioning is pending.
US Teams: US teams must have current US Youth Soccer or approved organizational player passes or the appropriate National Association passes. All teams must provide an official roster, which includes all traveling players and team officials, signed or stamped by the appropriate registrar. Birth certificates and passports will not be accepted at this tournament as valid proof of ID for US Teams.
Foreign Teams: All foreign teams must present passports for each player at registration. Foreign teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards. Foreign teams must have completed forms from its Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament. Foreign teams must have an official roster from its Provincial or National Association which includes travelling players and team officials signed or stamped by the appropriate registrar.
Roster sizes will be limited to 14 players maximum for U8/ U9/10 teams, 18 players maximum for U11-15 teams, 22 players maximum for U16-U19 teams. A team may only declare 18 players per match for U16-U19 age groups.
Guest players will be allowed up to 7 in all age groups.
Team Representative must have present at registration:
1. 2012 / 2013 Original and 2 copies of team roster
2. All player passes (USYSA or US Club Soccer) (See note above of Foreign team paperwork)
3. Permission to Travel forms if required.
4. All foreign teams must present passports for each player at registration.
5. Guest players must be written in on the bottom of the copy of your roster , and make 2 copies of that roster for the tournament. Guest players must be carded and eligible according to the rules.
6. Medical release forms for all players. (Your league forms are acceptable.) **Medical release forms for each participating player must be presented at team registration. A Physician’s release must also be presented during registration for any player wearing a cast. (see cast rule) This release must be available for a match official to review. The final decision on whether the player may participate will be up to the match official. **
Placement of Division (Except U8’s which will not have a championship match)
(A) Divisions with 4 teams (1st & 2nd Place Awards). Three matches will be guaranteed. The top two teams will advance to a Championship Match. Tie breaking rules A & B will resolve the finalist if necessary.
(B) Divisions with 5 teams (1st & 2nd Place Awards). Four matches will be guaranteed in a round robin format. The champion and runner‐up will be determined by the point system in rules A & B.
(C) Divisions with 6 teams (1st & 2nd Place Awards). Three matches will be guaranteed. Teams will be divided into two groups of 3, Group 1 & 2. Each team in Group 1 will play 2 matches against the teams in Group 1 and the teams in Group 2 will play 2 matches against the teams in Group 2. At the conclusion of Group Play teams will be ranked in their respective groups with the top two teams advancing to semi-final matches. The third team in each group will play a consolation match. No overtime periods for semi-final matches, ties will be resolved immediately following the match by using FIFA Penalty Kick procedure.
(D) Divisions with 8 teams (1st & 2nd Place Awards). Three matches will be guaranteed. Teams will be divided into 4 Groups with each team playing three matches within its Group. Ties will not be broken. The top team in each Group will advance to the Championship Match.
U8 Age Group Modifications: No off sides and no penalty kicks will be awarded. All kicks will be indirect. U8 division is festival play only. Scores and results will not be posted. Each participant will receive a participation award. There is no advancement in play or championship match in the u8 age group. No goalkeepers allowed.
Advancement Point System
Group or Division winners will be decided on the following basis:
Win = 3 points
Tie = 1 point
Ties for 1st and 2nd place in Group or Division will be broken according to the rules listed below. An effort has been made to form competitive divisions in selecting tournament participants.
Tie Breaking Procedure
Tie-breaking procedure to determine finalists in divisions with 4, 5, or 8 teams and semi finalist in divisions with 6, 10, or 12 teams will be determined as follows:
1. Results of Head to Head competition with team(s) with which tied (Except where three teams are tied head to head competition will not be used. When three teams are tied begin with tiebreaker #2)
2. Goal Differential (Goals Scored minus Goals Against, Maximum goal differential is 5 goal differential per game)
3. Goals Allowed in ALL matches (maximum of 5 goals per game)
4. Most goals scored (maximum 5 goals per game) ALL matches.
If Championship matches cannot be played on Sunday but Semi Final matches have been played to completion, a Champion and finalist will be selected from the semi final matches. If Semi Final matches have not been played to completion, results will revert back to Saturday’s matches for Final determination.
Resolving ties in Championship Match
If the Championship match is tied at the end of regulation time, the teams will be given a 5 minute rest and then two 5 minute overtime periods will be played. Both 5 minute overtime periods will be played to completion. If still tied after the two overtime periods are completed, the Champion will be decided by using the FIFA penalty kick procedure.
Semi final matches ending in a tie will go immediately to the FIFA penalty procedure to determine a winner.
FIFA Limited Substitution
If a National Team (16 years and older) is participating in an age division, a limit of only six substitutions is permitted. In other age groups and when no National Teams are participating, “Unlimited Substitutions” may be used for all games as modified below.
Unlimited substitutions may be made with the referee’s permission:
After a goal has been scored
At the beginning of the second half of play or prior to the beginning of overtime play
At a goal kick by either team
At a throw in by the team in possession** the opponent may substitute if they are at the half line and ready to enter play
In case of stoppage of play for an injury
A cautioned player may be substituted
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.
Length of the Game and Ball Size:
There will be no time allowance for substitutions and injuries or other compensating time.
The referee will start the clock at the beginning of each half and run it continuously until the conclusion of that half. The only time the referee will stop his clock for an injury is if the game has to be stopped because a player on the field may not be moved while the rescue squad is summoned.
All halftime periods will last 5 minutes.
In semifinal or final matches, if the game has been stopped for a serious injury, the referee will resume the game at the point where the match was stopped and finish out the match in its entirety. No semifinal or final match will be shortened due to a serious injury, daylight permitting.
Age Length # of players
*The home team shall provide the match ball unless teams agree upon using the away team's ball. (added 02.22.2013)
Players wearing splints or casts will be permitted to play if deemed safe by the referee and a physician’s release form provided at registration.
Safety straps are required for players wearing glasses. Wire rim glasses are prohibited, no exceptions!
All players must wear shin guards that are appropriate for their age and size, with minimum size of shin guard being 6 inches.
If a uniform conflict occurs, the Home team (team listed 1st on the schedule) must change jerseys, unless visiting team offers to do so.
The shirt number of each player must be the same as the number on the tournament roster. No player will be permitted to participate until they match. A team must two jersey’s colors available.
Teams not having 7 players for 11 v 11 matches, (3 players for U8 age groups), (6 players for U9/10 age groups) ready to play within 10 minutes of the scheduled game time will have a forfeiture declared for the match. The score of a forfeited game will be 30 in favor of the team ready to play. A team forfeiting a match will not be allowed to play in a semi-final or championship match.
Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams must appear at their respective field site, ready to play as scheduled. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the match. Only the Tournament Director(s) may cancel or postpone a match. Referees may suspend a match only In case of severe weather, in his/her discretion, Tournament Director(s) may cancel any and all games. In case of severe weather that occurs after the beginning of play, the Tournament Director(s) may reduce the length of the match and may discontinue or cancel the game. Should a match be terminated due to weather conditions after 20 minutes of play, the match will be considered official and the score at the time will stand. If a match is terminated prior to 20 minutes of play, every attempt will be made to complete the match. However, if necessary other means, determined by the Tournament Director(s), may be used to determine a winner. Referees and field marshals will not consider beginning or continuing matches when a lightning storm exists.
Refund Policy: In the event a team withdraws from the tournament prior to the acceptance posting the team will receive a refund less a $25.00 administrative fee within 45 days of the event. If a team withdraws after the acceptance posting, no refund will be issued. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION of the event either in whole or in part.
Protests: All decisions of the referee and the Tournament Director(s) are final. There are no protests!
Disclaimer: The Ultimate Cup, Tournament Director(s), RKYSC, and Chesterfield United FC will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by tournament participants if the tournament is cancelled for any reason. The Tournament Director(s) reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament and its decision shall be final.
Conduct: Any player dismissed/sent off (red carded) shall not be allowed to participate in the team’s next game. A coach who is dismissed will not be allowed to participate further in the tournament. A report will be sent to the state association and league/club of teams whose players or coaches receive yellow/red cards. A case of referee assault will be referred immediately to the Virginia Youth Soccer Association in accordance with USSF Rule 1108.
Each Coach is responsible for the conduct of the players and parents on his/her team. Coaches not taking responsibility for their sideline’s behavior may be cautioned and / or ejected. Any player or coach ejected asked to leave will not be within sight or sound of the playing field. Per FIFA rules, only players will be shown a card (yellow or red) when being cautioned or sent off. Two yellow cards in the same match equal an ejection and the player will sit out his/her next immediate match.
If in the opinion of the Tournament Director(s), the conduct of a team, its coaches or supporters do not meet the standards of sportsmanship that are expected, a team may be barred from further participation in the tournament. There will be no refunds of fees or costs in the event of expulsion. A full report of the reason for the barring will be sent to the state association and league of any team so expelled.
Home/Team Field Positions: During games, coaches and players shall remain on 1 side of the field and the spectators shall remain on the other side. The teams will stay on one half of the side of the field from the halfway line down to the 18 yard box. Coaches, players, and spectators will remain at least 1 yard from the touchline. It is requested that all teams pick up all trash around their bench area including the “pre wrap”.
The home team shall have the right to decide which half of the players/coach side of the field that they will occupy. The home team is the team listed first. In the event of a jersey conflict, the home team is required to change jerseys unless the away team offers to do so.
Warm Up Teams may not warm up along the endline of a game in progress.
To ensure the quality of service provided at the 2013 Ultimate Cup, the tournament has appointed Outer Zone Sports as the official hospitality service of the tournament. All teams are mandated to book any hotel reservations through Outer Zone Sports to ensure their place in the 2013 Ultimate Cup tournament. Any teams that do not comply will be at risk of forfeiting their acceptance.
By using Outer Zone Sports and our booking service, The Ultimate Cup can offer our "Act of God" clause. This states that, "Should this event be cancelled for reasons beyond the tournament director's control (including weather) all outstanding reservations will be released at no charge to the participants."
To book your rooms online, visit www.outerzonesports.com. To speak with an agent, dial 1-800-374-9310. Local Richmond teams or teams commuting to Richmond do not have to stay in hotels, but must contact Outer Zone Sports or the tournament director indicating their intentions to do so.
Outer Zone Sports www.outerzonesports.com 1-800-374-9310
701 N. Courthouse Road
Richmond, VA 23236
Important Notes: Have all player passes, official roster, and medical release forms with you at the fields during the tournament. Although only checked at registration, the tournament committee reserves the right to check credentials during the event. The tournament is dedicated to the development of all the players participating, good sportsmanship, and the “good of the game”. The Tournament Director (s) may suspend, without recourse or appeal any players, coaches, or spectators who demonstrate anything else.
ASL Rules & Procedures
2012-13 ASL RULES
Atlantic Soccer League Rules apply only to those teams participating in the ASL Divisions of the Ultimate Cup that are being played over the March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 2013. U14 Girls, U15 Girls, U14 Boys and U15 Boys.
All ASL matches will be played in accordance with "The Laws of the Game" as issued by FIFA/USYSA except as modified in these "ASL Event Rules."
This is a US Club Soccer sanctioned league for ASL U14, U15, U16, U17 & U18 Boys and Girls teams. Each team shall be allowed a maximum of 18 players on their game day roster. Teams must be US Club sanctioned, in good standing with their state association, and players possess 2012-2013 player passes. US Club Soccer teams DO NOT have to have a Permission To Travel Form. However, a sanctioned tournaments may request a letter from the teams “other” affiliated member that the team and its players and team officials are in good standing.
All ASL teams must be carded and rostered to the member club, through US Club Soccer as well as USYS/State Association. The ASL executive committee reserves that right to grant permission and approve teams/clubs and may do so on a case by case basis.
PLAYER PARTICIPATION LIMITATIONS
A player participating in an ASL event may play a maximum of ninety (90) minutes per day. If an ASL Championship event match requires overtime to decide a match then a player may exceed the ninety (90) minute maximum but not exceed the total duration required to complete that match.
Each ASL team is allowed to utilize a maximum of 2 guest players. “Guest Players” are defined as players above the 26 man maximum US Club roster that are not primarily registered to your club. The guest players must be listed on your game day roster. Players are not considered “Guest Players” if they are officially rostered to the participating member club.
Officially rostered players and guest players are permitted to play up in an age group within league and championship play. Although a player is permitted to play up an age group, the player still must adhere to the player participation limitations (as defined above) of playing ninety (90) minutes maximum in any given day.
Mandatory team registration and check in will take place at the registration tent at the field complex a minimum of one (1) hour before your first game. Teams must present valid US Club Soccer Player Passes, Certified Rosters and Medical Release Forms. Teams may not play without having the proper registration documents at check in.
A three-person referee system will be employed at all times. Officials will be USSF certified and in good standing. If there one referee present for a preliminary match at the scheduled start time, the referee present shall commence the match using volunteer linesmen. Should the missing referee(s) arrive at the field, he/she shall enter the match at an appropriate time and the volunteers shall be relieved of their duties.
Shoes must meet FIFA specifications and shin guards must be worn during play. In the event of a uniform color conflict, the home team shall change. For the purposes of ASL matches the team listed first on the schedule will be considered the home team. No jewelry may be worn by any player during a match (earrings, watches, necklaces)
UNIFORM BRANDING & PROFESSIONALISM
The ASL will provide each club with the official league logo patches to be heat transferred onto all home and away jersey’s. The placement of the league logo is to be centered on the right sleeve approximately an inch to an inch and a half above the stitched hem on the bottom of the sleeve (on short sleeve jersey). The ASL branding on all jerseys is mandatory unless pre-approved by the ASL Commissioner. Reason for approval would only include teams participation in regional/national competitions where the governing bodies discourage/disallow such branding on jerseys in those competitions. Teams are required to wear matching kits (jerseys/shorts/socks) and no t-shirts will be allowed to be worn by the teams during official ASL play unless approved by the Commissioner.
DURATION OF MATCHES & POINT SYSTEM
The duration of halves is thirty five (35) minutes for U14, forty (40) minutes for U15 & U16 teams and forty five (45) minutes for U17 teams. The interval between halves shall be five to ten (5-10) minutes. ASL games being played at a complex without lights is subject to game time adjustments as determined by the event host director and approved by the ASL commissioner. The referee is the official timekeeper of the match. No overtime for league matches ending in ties. The ties will stand. Three (3) points will be awarded for a win and one (1) point will be awarded for a draw during the league matches.
All league matches tied will remain a tie. ASL Championship placement bracket matches will play a maximum of two (2) overtime periods proposed by the host event director and approved by the ASL Commissioner and Executive Board. If a match remains tied after two (2) overtime periods then the match will be decided by a five (5) man penalty kick shootout if necessary.
ASL has developed NEW GAME FORM that will be submitted electronically instead of a filled out form as used in year 1 & 2. Each team must completely fill out an ASL GAME FORM online for each match played (3) and submit it through the ASL website immediately following each match. A copy of the US Club roster with the guest players written in for each game should be turned in to the ASL tent so that the ASL can verify players names and details when selecting the All Event Teams. Each coach will select the top 2 players from the opposing team and submit the names and details online as part of the Game Report. *Clubs will no longer be responsible to scout games during ASL weekends, but must be sure to detail the game reports and nominate the "Players of the Match" so that statistics can be gathered and the "All Event Teams" can be equitably selected by the ASL.*The match report must include the general game details, score, winning team and the players of the match from the opposing team – as nominated by the coach. The players of the match details must include the players name (spelled properly) as well as their jersey number and position of play. Clubs that fail to turn in their match reports will not have players included on the ASL All Event Teams.
BALL SIZE: Size 5
TEAM/SPECTATOR FIELD POSITIONS
Coaches and players shall stand on opposite sides of the field from parents and spectators. No coaching shall be permitted within 18 yards of the goal line, from behind the goal line or from the parent/spectator sideline. Parents and spectators from both teams shall stand on the same side of the field. The behavior of the parents and fans remains the responsibility of the coach. The referee and the Field Marshall are authorized to remove any spectator whose behavior, in their opinion, interferes with the play of the game. All spectators will remain behind spectator lines, as designated.
WARNINGS & EJECTIONS
If a player is ejected from a match (red card by the referee) that player must sit out the remainder of that match plus his/her team’s next league or tournament match. Two yellow cards constitute a red card and ejection, and result in a man down situation for the offending team. Coaches that receive a red card or two yellow cards in the same match are subject to the same penalties outlined above for players. Any coach ejected from a match will not be allowed in the general vicinity of the field (as defined by the referee) for the remainder of that match and the team’s next match. No team or club official may enter the field of play, regardless of the circumstances, unless that person has been given permission by the referee. Red cards issued after the end of regulation play or as a result of physical assault are subject to review by the ASL Commissioner and the ASL Disciplinary committee and a more strenuous penalty, that is not subject to appeal, may be issued. Should the infraction be sufficiently serious, law enforcement authorities may be summoned. All infractions shall be reported to the ASL Commissioner/Executive Board for relay to the team’s state association following the tournament. In accordance with USSF Policy 531-9, red cards for assault, abuse, or like offenses shall be reported immediately as decided by the event host.
No protests shall be allowed.
Teams that have not registered prior to their 1st match and participate in an ASL match may be subject to forfeit. A forfeit shall be awarded if a team is not present and prepared to play within five (5) minutes of the scheduled commencement time – unless a previous agreement has been approved by the ASL Commissioner. A ten (10) minute allowance shall be made for Semi-final and Final matches during the ASL Championship event. A team that cannot field seven (7) players at the scheduled commencement time shall forfeit the match.
Players that are substituted for may not re-enter a match within that same half of play. During the ASL Championship an overtime period is considered a new period and will follow the same substitution rule as a new half of play. Substitutions will follow FIFA regulations – and can be made during any stoppage of play.
ASL results and standings will be recorded and published on the ASL website at the conclusion of each event weekend. For the ASL standings table and the Championship event the following tie breaker will determine seeding:
2. Head to Head
3. Goal Differential
4. Goals Scored
Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams must appear at their respective field site, prepared to play as scheduled. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the match. Only the referee or host event Director in conjunction with the ASL Commissioner may cancel or postpone a match. In the case of severe weather, in their discretion, the referees or Tournament Director may either cancel or discontinue a match, relocate and/or reschedule a match or reduce the scheduled duration of a match, with approval by the ASL Commissioner.
Neither the event Director, the ASL Commissioner, event Sponsors or coaches of host teams are responsible for any expenses incurred by any team if the event is canceled in whole or in part due to inclement weather, adverse field conditions or circumstances beyond the events control, nor will any refunds be made. The event Director in conjunction with the ASL Commissioner reserves the right to decide all matters relative to each event and their decisions are final. All decisions of the referee are final and binding.
Each team, upon arrival at an ASL event, are encouraged to provide the name of the hotel/motel, room and telephone number of the coach, assistant coach or team representative at the ASL Registration so contact may be made by event Officials in the event conditions require it. Teams shall ensure that the point-of-contact information provided is for a team official that is reasonably accessible during non-game hours.
PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS
In the event of a problem, or if a team has a question about an event, they should first check with the Field Marshall at the field headquarters at the respective field. The Field Marshall will check periodically with ASL Commissioner and can resolve most problems. The Commissioner will ultimately decide all issues not resolved at the field location. Decisions of the Commissioner are final.