Tournament Rules

2016 Copa Rayados Internacional Tournament Rules
The Woodlands/Houston, TX


A. All games shall be played in accordance with the FIFA laws, except as specifically superseded by these rules.

Teams will be organized into divisions with Bracket Play.  Teams will play 3 or 4 round robin games of shortened mini-games during bracket play.  After bracket play is completed.  Teams will advance to the semifinals.  All teams advance to semifinals.  Top 4 teams in the Gold (top) semifinals), next 4 teams in the Silver (2nd) semifinals, next 4 teams in the Bronze (3rd) semifinals, etc.  Semifinals winners will advance to the finals on Sunday.  Semifinal and finals are full length matches per the times set in this document.  

Teams not advancing to the finals can request a consolation match to be played on Sunday.  International teams and match-ups with international teams will take precendent.  Games will only be scheduled if fields and times allow.  If consolation matches are not played due to unavailability, refunds will not be made for cancele consolation matches.  Every effort will be made to play consolation matches for those teams that want them and didn't advance to a final. 

Knockout stages: All matches must result in a winner.
If the game is tied after regulation then PK kicks per FIFA rules will be used to determine a winner

TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES IN GROUP PLAY in 6, 8,10,12 team divisions

1. Results of head to head competition within the group.

2. Goal Differential (4 goal Maximum per Game)

3. Least Goals Allowed (4 goal Maximum per Game)

4. Most Goals Scored (4 goal Maximum per Game)

5. Number of Shutouts

6. FIFA Penalty Kicks (at a time and location to be determined by the Tournament Director)

In the event of a 3-way tie, head to head (tie breaker procedure #1) is not used at any stage to determine the winner.

NOTE: if only seeding purposes are required, PK's will not be used to determine semifinal seeding- and the tournament director will determine match-ups of the 4 teams if needed. 


Championship Matches only: in Gold, Silver, Bronze, Blue, White, Copper, divisions:
Resolving Ties Using Overtime Play:
If the match ends in a tie, the teams will be given a five-minute rest and then two overtime periods will be played (i.e. no sudden death). This applies to all age groups.
Length of overtime periods:
Under 12 and younger: each period = 5 minutes: total time=10 minutes
Under 13 and older: each period = 10 minutes: total time = 20 minutes
If the game is still tied after overtime, then PK kicks per FIFA rules will be used to determine a winner.

Players must enter from the center of the field. Substitutions may be made with the consent of the referee at the following times:
1. FIFA substitution rules apply. Substitution can be made at any dead ball situation, by either team, unlimited.
2. For under 14 and older divisions, a Maximum of 7 substitutions are allowed. No re-entry of players is allowed.

For under 13 and younger divisions, unlimited substitution and re-entry is allowed.


B. Length of Game/Ball Size

Division:  Length of Games for round robin mini games:  

U9-12:  40 minute matches:  2 x 20 minute halves

U13-19: 45 minute matches: 2 x 22.5 minute halves


Division: Length of Games for Semifinals and Finals / Ball Size

U19/17 80 min. 5
U16/15 80 min. 5
U13/ U14 11v11 70 min. 5
U12 60 min 4 with offsides 9vs 9
U10/ 9 50 min 4 with offsides 7 vs 7     

NOTE:  ALL CONSOLATION/ NON-FINALS MATCHES ON SUNDAY November 29: for U19-U13 are 35 minute matches

First team listed is the home team.

C. Conduct:

Players sent off and/or coaches removed from a game are automatically suspended from their team’s next tournament game. Players sent off or coaches removed for fighting will not be allowed to return to the tournament. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their spectators. Coaches cannot be carded, but they can be asked to leave.

D. Spectator and Coaching Areas:
Teams are to take the same side of the field, with all parents on the opposite side. Coaching
areas extend 10 yards each side of the half way line.

E. Forfeits:
Unless superseded by a ruling from the Tournament Director, or his appointed representative, there will be a 10 miinute grace period. Forfeit time is at the end of the grace period. A team must have seven or more players present in order to begin or end a match.

F. Tournament Inclement Weather Policy:
Every attempt will be made to have all matches played. Re-scheduled games may be played under lights in the evening or may be scheduled early the next morning, prior to normal starting time at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
Games will continue during rainstorms.

Games will be suspended by the referee or Tournament Director in the event of:
1. Lightning (as determined by the referee or Tournament Director)
2. Hail Storms (as determined by the referee or Tournament Director)
3. Un-playable field conditions (Determined by the referee or Tournament Director)
Tournament Director decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Re-scheduling attempts will be made
as quickly and fairly as possible, considering referee and field availability and the normal progress of the
Tournament Rules.
As a final solution, it may be necessary to employ a coin toss to determine teams advancing in knockout stages. The safety of players, referees and spectators is the tournament’s primary concern followed by fairness to the affected teams and the orderly flow of competition to Divisional championships.

G. Games Suspended in the First Half:

Attempt to complete one-half of the match prior to the next scheduled game.
a. If one-half of the match is completed, the game is official and the score stands.
b. If one-half cannot be completed prior to the next scheduled game then the . . .
i. Game may be re-scheduled with a score of 0-0.
ii. Game may be re-scheduled before start of normal play on Sunday with the score at 0-0.
iii. Game may be canceled and FIFA kicks will be used to determine a winner.

Matches called at Half time or during the second half will be considered as complete and final. The score at that time will stand.

Matches That Cannot Start At the Scheduled Time:
1. Teams are to remain at the site to begin the match at any point possible prior to 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the next match.
2. Attempt to play two equal halves, changing ends at mid-point with no break at the half.
3. All matches must terminate at the time designated as the starting time of the next match unless superseded but the Tournament Director.
4. If the shortened match time available is less than half of the regularly scheduled time, then the match shall be immediately determined by FIFA kicks from the Penalty Mark.

NOTE!!! In any event, teams must report to the scheduled game site prior to the scheduled starting time, ready to play and may not leave the site until the match is canceled by a Tournament Director.

Rescheduled match
Information will be available at the Tournament Headquarters. Teams involved in a canceled match must have a representative check-in with the Tournament Director at the headquarters for re-scheduling information.

H. Player Equipment:

In general, Law IV of FIFA laws apply.
1. When the color of jerseys is similar or identical, the designated away team will change colors (i.e. the
team listed first on the schedule when reading from L to R, is the home team). The referee shall be the
final authority regarding the need to change.

2. Shin guards are required for all players.
3. Casts: Players who are wearing protective casts are allowed to play if the following conditions are met:
a. The cast is wrapped in foam or other protective material that will protect other players.
b. The player with the cast does not attempt to use the cast to an advantage or in such a way as to put other players in danger as determined by the referee.
c. The referee approved the cast protection and such approval will not be unreasonably withheld.

I. General:

1. All judgment decisions of the referee are final and binding.
2. The Tournament Committee and Director, and all sponsors and organizers, will not be responsible for any expenses
incurred by any team or club if the tournament is cancelled in whole or part except for entry fee payments. 
3. The Tournament Committee and Director reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament and its judgment is final.
4. Official state USYSA rosters or US Club Soccer or official roster governed by recognized national association, approved guest player rosters (if applicable), laminated player identification/registration cards, and permits to travel must be presented at tournament registration. Rosters must be originals or approved copies with an original official state USYSA stamp or embossed
certification on the roster. Five (5) GUEST PLAYERS ARE PERMITTED. All players must be registered to
the team.

J. Protest:

No protests are allowed.

K. Equal Rest:

Every effort to provide scheduling that provides equal rest for each team will be a primary consideration; however, the limited fields and weather conditions may prevent this from happening. In any event, the objective is to complete the tournament in the time allowed. All divisions are flighted based on the information given about your team in the application and upon Division directors’ knowledge of your team. The goal is to balance the competition as much as possible.


Regardless of weather conditions, coaches, players 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 the tournament committee,  In the event of inclement weather, the tournament committee has the authority to reschedule matches or cancel the tournament.

Refunds due to inclement weather cancellation of tournament matches or the tournament in whole will be made based on the number of games played or not.  Complete cancelation of tournament will result in full entry fee refunds.  Every effort will be made to complete the tournament.  There is no reimbursement or refunds of any expenses except for the entry fee payment in case of weather related cancelations.  

There are no refunds for teams that withdraw from the tournament.