Ultimate Cup Tournament Rules; Girls-Feb 21-22, 2015; Boys-Feb 28-March 1, 2015

All Ultimate Cup matches will be held on Saturday and Sunday only.

Tournament Headquarters will be located at the UFC Office, 6144 Brad McNeer Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112

Weather Hotline:  804.601.6610  

Headquarters telephone number: 804.271.2714

Boys Weekend Contact: Pat McStay (cell) 804.337.7635

Girls Weekend Contact: Tish Schrock (cell) 804.938.1890   

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

To make things easier for the team managers, we are offering mandatory online check in.  All Teams Must Register Online

Deadline to Check-in is February 16th, 2015 for Girls teams, and February 23rd, 2015 for the Boys Teams


Tournament Acceptance

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 will not be issued a refund.

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 2014/2015 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 submitted online. (see note below about Foreign Teams)

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.  US Club Soccer passes may not be used in conjunction with USYSA Rosters.

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 traveling players and team officials signed or stamped by the appropriate registrar.

Note to Region I teams: Region One teams with the exception of New Jersey and Connecticut do not require a permission to travel form but must have proof of online notification with their State Association. 

Roster sizes will be limited to 14 players maximum for 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.

A player may only play for one team during the event.  Any team in violation of this rule will automatically forfeit all matches.

Guest players will be allowed up to 7 in all age groups.  

Team Representative must have present at all games:

1. 2014 / 2015 Original Roster (Virginia teams no longer have a "stamped" original) and 2 copies of approved tournament roster. A copy of the tournament approved roster.

2. All player passes (USYSA or US Club Soccer) (See note above of Foreign team paperwork)  Recreation passes are accepted and do not have to have a photograph.

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.  Guest players must be carded and eligible according to the rules.  USYSA passes can not be used with US Club Soccer rosters, and US Club passes can not be used with USYSA rosters.

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 and Showcase brackets for U16 and older brackets).

(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. Showcase brackets will not have a championship match. The winner will determined by points.

(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.

6 teams Showcase format(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 Groups 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  team from each group playing in the final, the 2nd and 3rd place teams will play in consolation matches.  No overtime periods for the consolation matches.  

(D) Divisions with 7 teams (1st and 2nd Place Awards). Three matches will be guaranteed.  Teams will be divided into 2 groups (3 in A and 4 in B or 4 in A and 3 in B).  Each team in each group will play two matches in their group on the 1st day of play.  The top two teams in each group will advance to semi-final matches.  The 3rd place team in group B (or A depending on which group has 4 in it),  will play the 4th place team in group B (or A depending on which group has 4 in it), to advance to the consolation match vs. the 3rd place team from Group A.

(E)  Divisions with 8 teams (1st & 2nd Place Awards). Three matches will be guaranteed. Teams will be divided into 2 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.

(F) Divisions with 12 teams (1st and 2nd Place Awards). Three matches will be guaranteed.  Teams will be divided into 4 groups.  Each team in each group will play two matches in their group on the 1st day of play.  The top team in each group will advance to semi final matches; A1 will play D1, and B1 will play C1. No overtime periods for semi-final matches, ties will be resolved immediately following the match by using FIFA Penalty Kick procedure.  Consolation matches may end in a tie.

The winners of the semi final matches will proceed to the championship match. The 2nd place team and 3rd place team in each group will proceed to consolation matches:  A2 vs. D2, A3 vs. D3; B2 vs. C2, and B3 vs. C3.  Consolation matches

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

Loss = 0 points

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.

Score Reporting

The winning team or both teams if tied, must submit the score card to the site tent within 30 minutes of the completion of the match. Blank score cards may be obtained at the site tent.  You must include the game #, the division name, home team name and score, away team name and score.  It is recommended that team managers print the score cards once the schedule is public directly from the got soccer site. To print the score card from the Gotsoccer account, log into your team account and go to your "events". Select our tournament and then go to the "schedule" tab.  To the left of each game is a PDF link to that game's score card.  Please print one for each game. We will have blank score cards available at the site tent as a back up plan.

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.

5. Most shut outs.

6. If tied after Tie Breaker #5, Penalty Kicks

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.

Resolving ties in a Semi Final Match

Semi final matches ending in a tie will proceed straight to the FIFA penalty kick procedure to determine a winner.

Resolving ties which must Produce a Team to Advance to a Consolation Match

Matches ending in a tie which must produce a winner to advance to a consolation must proceed straight to the FIFA penalty kick procedure to determine a winner.

Resolving ties in a Consolation Match that does not need to produce a winner

Consolation matches which do not need to produce a winner may end in a tie.

Substitution Rules:

FIFA Limited Substitution (applies to all matches in which there is an international team).

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.


 Match Length




 50 Mins

7 v 7

 Size 4 Ball


 60 Mins

8 v 8

 Size 4 Ball


 60 Mins

 11 v 11

 Size 4 Ball


 70 Mins

 11 v 11

 Size 5 Ball


 80 Mins

 11 v 11

 Size 5 Ball

*No Goalkeeper 

*The home team shall provide the match ball unless teams agree upon using the away team's ball. The match ball must be FIFA approved or FIFA inspected**

The home team is the team listed first on the schedule.

Players Equipment

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 (Either the jersey changed or the match roster modified to correct the discrepancy.  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. 

Inclement Weather

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.

General Rules

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.  For CONCACAF teams, the tournament director will notify the US Soccer Federation of disciplinary action taken, and the Federation will transmit the disciplinary action taken or required to that team's provincial or national association.

There is no penalty for accumulation of yellow cards issued in different matches. 

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. No spectators are allowed behind the goals.  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 end line of a game in progress.


To ensure the quality of service provided at the 2015 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 2015 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 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 1-800-374-9310

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. In games where international teams are participating, all documents will be checked again by the head referee prior to the commencement of the match. 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.