UPDATING PRIMARY COACH/BUILDING EVENT ROSTER
All team contacts/coaches MUST ensure they have the correct “primary” coach listed for each team. This will ensure that it appears under Coaching Conflicts within our Gotsport scheduling chart view. This is the only way we can schedule as best we can around coaches that may have multiple teams in the event. Click here for a helpful article on this. You can also use the roster builder tool within gotsport to ensure rosters are updated. Click here for a helpful article on this. The primary coach must be done by 3/4 for girls teams, and by 3/9 for boys teams.
All teams must complete the following steps online prior to the event weekends. All check-in will be done online, but teams will be responsible for ensuring that they have their rosters and waivers on-site throughout the entirety of the event.
Upload Official Roster
Upload Waiver - Click here for waiver - all players must have a completed waiver, and all waivers for each team should be uploaded as a single pdf file
Deadline: 3/15 - girls weekend; 3/22 - boys weekend
All teams will be guaranteed 3 matches (40 minute halves U16-U19; 35 minute halves U15; 30 minute halves U13-U14; 30 minute halves U11-U12; 25 minute halves U9-U10). The tournament will take place over a two-day period.
Teams will be placed according to the club's suggested placement based on each team's competitive level. The tournament director will do the best they can to place each team according to the specific club's suggested placement but final decision on placements will be at the tournament director’s discretion.
All attendees (players, coaches, parents, college coaches, etc.) are required to sign off on a health, safety and liability release.
All games will follow the standard USSF rules of play, with the exception of modified rules for 7v7 play. In 7v7 matches, when the goalkeeper has the ball, either in their hands or from a goal kick, the opposition players must retreat into their own half of the field and remain there until the ball is put into play. The goalkeeper must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. NO PUNTING. Once the ball is put into play, the opposing team may cross the halfway line.
HEADING: U11 & younger players are NOT allowed to head the ball on purpose under any circumstances. If a referee deems a U11 or younger player heads the ball purposefully, they will stop play and award an indirect free kick to the other team. Players that play up in age will play according to the age group's rules.
Qualified officials will officiate each game. For our 11v11 matches, the three person system will be used. For 9v9/7v7, a one person system will be used. The Aztec Spring Showcase & Invitational has a Zero Tolerance Policy, which is in effect for the duration of the event and follows the same protocols/operates in accordance with the Mass Youth Soccer Zero Tolerance Policy.
This event will follow IFAB Laws of the Game where substitutions can be made at ANY stoppage with the consent of the official. This includes, free-kicks, corners and opposition stoppages such as the other team’s kick-in.
The U11-U14 divisions will include playoffs. Any games classified as a semifinal/final will, in the event of a tie at the end of regulation, go straight to kicks from the penalty spot (standard five per side followed by “sudden death” protocols if needed).
Scoring/Standings - teams receive 3 pts for a win, 1 pt for a draw. Tiebreakers are (in order) - Head to Head, Goal Differential, Goals For, Goals Against, Most Wins, Most Shutouts. If teams are still tied after all tiebreakers have been exhausted, the tournament director will determine the method for breaking the time, which may include penalty kicks or a coin flip.
All scores are to be reported for all matches. It will be the responsibility of the WINNING team to report the scores. If the game is a tie, the team listed as the HOME team will need to report the scores. All scores for all age groups should be reported within 15 minutes of completion of a match. Score reporting will be done online. On the tournament event webpage, in the upper right corner there is a "Scoring Input" link. Click that, enter the Pin 1234, find your match and input the score. Here are helpful tips for reporting scores: https://gotsport.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360037893274-Enter-A-Score-From-Event-Public-Page-
It is expected that coaches will keep players who have sustained injuries off the field. Referees and coaches must not allow anything dangerous to be worn that could be harmful to a player or an opponent on the field. The referee’s judgment shall determine what is safe and what is dangerous. Some examples of items that are considered unsafe (but not limited to those stated) are braces, splints, prior injuries, jewelry, hats, barrettes, and faulty cleats. CASTS –Will be allowed if the cast has been properly wrapped in bubble wrap and it is determined to be safe by the Site Director and Referee Coordinator. Certified trainers will be on site during the event.
All efforts will be made to play all games, but in the event of conditions such as inclement weather causing fields to be unplayable, the tournament may: relocate/reschedule, change the length or cancel games. If games in play are called off due to weather, the tournament will decide if the game will be declared complete at the time of termination or if replay/cancellation is warranted. For divisions with playoffs, if the preliminary round standings are impacted due to loss of games, the tournament will decide the method of advancement and placement in playoff rounds.
COVID protocols have been changing throughout the duration of the pandemic and are likely to continue to change right up to the event date. We will ensure that any mandated COVID specific rules will be followed throughout the event. We will continuously update this section as further guidance is disseminated.
The issuance of all red and yellow cards and other matters involving the conduct of a team, its players, coaches or supporters will be recorded and reported immediately to the home state association and the home/club league.
A player 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 who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.
A coach who has been ejected (sent off) will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.
Any player or coach ejected (Red Card) from a game shall be ineligible to take part in any further action with the team during that match.
The referee, referee coordinator and staff/director will assess the ejection and decide upon further suspension. The discretion will be solely down to the director and referee coordinator.
Assault or abuse by players, coaches, or supporters will result in immediate suspension.
PERMISSION TO HOST
This tournament dual sanctioned by USYS and US Club Soccer. It is an unrestricted event. All teams registered in good standing with any U.S. Soccer Federation affiliate are eligible to apply. Teams in need of a copy of our permission to host approval can email Eric@aztecsoccer.com