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Rules for the 2021 Lenawee Cup

This tournament is open to all properly registered players of all State Associations, US Club Soccer, USSF Affiliates, and foreign teams.



Players must have been born on or after January 1st of the year of the division in which they are participating.

The team must provide a roster (stamped by the League Registrar) from the league in which it regularly plays, and US Youth Soccer Association player passes at the tournament registration on date to be determined.

No player shall be allowed to register with more than one team in a division or switch to another team during the tournament.

No roster changes will be permitted after registration check in - approved rosters are sealed and final.

Any foreign team applying to the tournament must provide: photo identification cards and a completed form from its Provincial or National Association approving the team's participation in the tournament.

Each player must provide a medical releases signed by parent or guardian.

Team Rosters

• Team rosters from the current seasonal year (2021-2022) will be accepted for the tournament.



Birth Year Tournament Age group

2014 U8

2013 U9

2012 U10

2011 U11

2010 U12

2009 U13

2008 U14

2007 U15

2006 U16

2005 U17

2004 U18

2003 U19

A maximum of three (3) guest players from outside the club may be added to the official roster for a maximum roster size of 8, 14, 16, or 18 players respectively. There is no limit on club pass carding (see below for pass carding)

Guest players and the team they are playing for must be from the same USSF affiliate (i.e. US Youth Soccer Association teams cannot have guest players from US Club Soccer).

Event Rosters are allowed for club pass carding. For club pass carding teams: 50% of the original team roster must appear of the tournament roster.


By email: Please email the following information to andrew.oln@gmail.com no later than Tuesday September 14, 2021

A copy of the official Team Roster with Jersey Numbers listed.

Official photo cards for all players and coaches.

Guest player Rosters if applicable.

All medical release forms

Travel permit if from outside of MSYSA.

Weekend contact sheet.

Proof of concussion certification must be shown for all coaches.

Proof of Risk Management/Kid's Safe approval

Liability Release for all players must be signed by parents.

In-Person by approval only: Check in will be on Friday, September 24 from 4pm to 9pm Mitchell Park - Green Highway, Tecumseh, MI 49286

• Each team must provide:

Two (2) copies of the official Team Roster with Jersey Numbers listed.

Official photo cards for all players and coaches.

Two (2) Guest player Rosters if applicable.

All medical release forms

Travel permit if from outside of MSYSA.

Weekend contact sheet.

Proof of concussion certification must be shown for all coaches

Proof of Risk Management/Kid's Safe approval

Liability Release for all players must be signed by parents.

The team must furnish its roster from the league in which it regularly plays and US Youth Soccer Association player passes.

***At check in you will receive an official tournament roster to be present at all games along with your player and coach passes.

Risk Management Policy

All MSYSA team officials must be risk management certified by MSYSA and must be able to present their risk management card at any time during the tournament. Team officials from other state associations and/or other organizations must be able to show proof of their organization's equivalent risk management certification.

Medical Authorizations

Teams must be able to provide medical authorizations (medical release forms) for each player attending the tournament. Notarization is not necessary.

Concussion Policy

State that all MSYSA coaches must be able to provide their CDC
Heads-Up Concussion Certification. All non-MSYSA coach must be able to provide the CDC Heads-Up Concussion certificate or the NFHS Concussion in Sports certificate. Teams must be able to provide the Michigan Department of Community Health/
CDC Parent and Athlete Concussion Information Sheet for each player attending the tournament.

1. Elimination of Heading Policy

All players age 10 and younger, regardless of what age group they play in, may not purposefully head the ball.

All players in the U11 age group or younger may not purposefully head the ball.

A purposeful header by these players shall result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opponent at the spot of the infraction. If the purposeful header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free

kick shall be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the

infringement occurred.

If a player heads the ball, but the referee deems that it is not purposeful, then play shall continue.


All teams are guaranteed 3 games during the entire tournament.

Game schedules will be provided following the registration deadline.

Age brackets and team placement are done by the Tournament Committee

based in the information provide upon registration to the tournament.

Playing format and roster sizes are as follows:

Age Group Playing Format Maximum Roster Size

U8 4v4 8

U9, U-10 7v7 14

U-11, U-12 9v9 16

U-13 - HS 11 v 11 18


• Thirty minutes prior to match time, the approved tournament roster and player/coaching passes must be submitted to the Field Marshal or the Referee who will check the roster and passes.


FIFA Laws of the game apply.

Special Rules for 7v7 games:

Goalies do NOT have to change at half.

Goal keepers may NOT punt or drop kick the ball per new US Youth Soccer guidelines.

The Build-out line is placed and will be enforced. During a goal kick OR once the goal keeper has possession of the ball in his/her hands, all opposing players must retreat behind the build-out line.

Special Rules for 4v4 games:

No Goalies

Each quarter is restarted at the middle and switches back and forth.

Restarts from out of bounds may be dribble or kick-in (No throw ins)

Age Group: Duration: Ball Size:

U8 10 minute quarters 3

U9, U-10 25 minute halves 4

U-11, U-12 30 minute halves 4

U-13, U-14 30 minute halves 5

U15-U19 35 minute halves 5

Ties in preliminary matches will stand.

Winners must be determined in all semi-final and final matches. If a tie exists in a semi-final or final match, the teams will play two (2) five minute overtime halves to completion (no golden goal). If a tie exists after the overtime periods, the FIFA kicks from the penalty mark procedure will be used to determine a winner.

NOTE: The game clock will not be stopped because of injury to any player unless, at the discretion of the Referee, medical personnel must remove the injured player from the field. Due to the time allowed for the completion of all games, the clock must run continuously. Not more than ten minutes will be added to the clock.


To constitute a game, each team (U-13 through U-19) must have a minimum of seven (7) registered players on the field (one of whom is the goalie) at all times. Each team (U- 9, U-10, U-11 and U-12) must have a minimum of five (5) players on the field (one of whom is the goalie) at all time. U8 teams must have 3 on the field at all times.


• Game ball will be round and made of leather or another FIFA approved material. The home team will provide a game ball.

• The Referee will make the final decision as to which ball to use.


The first team listed on the schedule is designated the HOME TEAM - the team with the house next to their name.

In the case of uniform conflict, the Home Team will be responsible for changing to a different color. Each team must bring two jerseys of contrasting colors.

Home team should wear a light colored jersey.

No two uniforms on the same team may have the same number unless ok'd by the tournament director.

Uniform number must match numbers indicated on the tournament roster.

Players are to wear shin guards with socks pulled up over them.

Players' shirts are to be tucked into shorts.

If a player has a cast, the cast must be covered in a protective wrap for play and

approved by the Referee of that game.

There will be no jersey sharing permitted.


Substitutions may be made as follows:

A team may substitute on their own team's throw-ins.

If a team is subbing on their throw in; the other team may sub as well.

Either team may substitute after a goal, period end, or half-time.

Either team may substitute on a goal kick.

Either team may substitute when the game is stopped for injury. Substitution will be one player for one player.

Substituted players may return to the game.

Players issued a yellow card must be substituted by another player.

• Spectators are allowed ONLY on one side of the field. During play, both teams will be benched on the same side of the field, split at the halfway line, opposite the spectators. Only three carded coaches are allowed with the team. Coaches must stay in the marked areas. Spectators are not allowed behind the goals.


Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law.

Any player or coach ejected from a game will be ineligible to participate in, at least, the next scheduled game. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to take additional disciplinary actions if necessary.

A Referee or a Field Marshal can remove any coach or fan that is disturbing a match being played. If Coaches or fans refuse to leave, the game will be forfeited.

If a player or coach receives a red card during the tournament, that person must sit out for their next scheduled game. A player/coach may agree to appear before the Tournament Committee to be reinstated. Receipt of a second offense may result in ineligibility to finish the tournament.

All MSYSA players, coaches, and other team officials who receive a red card in tournament but do not serve their suspension in the tournament, must serve their suspension in their next League game.

The Tournament Committee reserves the right to contact the player's own state association if the disciplinary action requires it. If this is a foreign team's player, the tournament committee will notify the US Soccer Federation and the Federation will transmit the disciplinary action to his or her provincial or national association.

Follow all park rules while at the park.


Failure to complete a match, or a team leaving the field during play, will result in forfeiture.

Teams not having the minimum required players (see above rule) will result in a team forfeit.

Failure of a team to show up by game time will result in a forfeit.

No team that has forfeited a game will be declared a group winner.

The team winning by forfeit will be awarded the average number of goals they score in their other games, rounded down to the nearest integer. The forfeiting team's score will be zero. This score will be the official score in case goal differential is necessary.

Tournament officials reserve the right to decide all matters concerning a forfeit.

Any team with a non-carded coach on the team side line will result in a forfeited game.


• Any player who is bleeding and/or has blood on any part of the uniform will be sent off the field by the referee. A substitution can be made. The player sent off may return once the bleeding is stopped and/or bandaged. The affected uniform must be changed or cleaned before player re-enters the game.


Division standings or play-off positions will be determined as follows for all ages:

o Most points: Three (3) for a win, one (1) for a tie, zero (0) for a loss.

o Winner of the match between the tied teams (not applicable if the tie involves more than two teams).

o Greater goal differential (four goals maximum per game, negative 4 minimum).

o Fewest goals against.

o Most goals scored (maximum of four per game).

o Coin toss or penalty kick elimination (as determined by the Tournament Committee).

• Finalist and Championship Teams will receive the awards at the HQ tent following the Championship game.


Referees will be assigned by a 2021 USSF certified assignor. All assigning for the Lenawee Cup Tournament will be handled by the assignor in Game Officials. Any referee from out-of-area must show photo identification to verify identity.

All Referees must have current certification through the Federation and be able to produce a registration card, if asked.
Referees will wear the standard uniform and all three-man referee teams must match. Primary shirt color is yellow for all Referees.

Game cards must be marked with any disciplinary actions that took place during the game or any cancellation of play.


A Field Marshal will be used to help facilitate a timely schedule of games.

The Field Marshal will have a radio communication base to the tent in the case of an injury or if medical attention is needed.

The Field Marshal will assist the referees with pre-game team check-ins and with reporting scores.


All Referees will be handed an official game card before their scheduled match by the Referee Assignor.

All Referees will be responsible for final scores and ensuring that game situations are clearly marked on the cards.

Both coaches must sign the game card before the Winning Team returns the game card to the HQ tent.

Winning team, or home team in case of a tie, is responsible for bringing the game card to the HQ tent immediately after the game.


In the event that play cannot be started or is stopped for some reason, such as severe weather, teams will take cover, but will remain at the game site and proceed as follows:

o If time allows, resume play and play to completion.
o If the first half was completed, the match will be called complete and the score at the end of play will be final.
o If the first half cannot be completed, the match will be a "4-4" tie and each team will be awarded one (1) point.

The Tournament Committee will coordinate stoppage of play. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to make whatever adjustments may be necessary in game length to proceed with the schedule following delay(s) due to inclement weather, including cancellation of games if necessary.


All decisions from the referees are final. There will be no protest referring to a referee judgment call.

Only challenges as to the legality or eligibility of players/teams and or coaches are permitted as outlined in above sections. No other appeals will be accepted or heard.

The decision of the Tournament Committee is final.

Tournament/Division Cancellation-Refund Policy:

If the tournament or a division is cancelled, each team affected may receive a refund of the registration fee.

There will be no refunds for teams that drop out of the tournament after the tournament registration deadline.

No refund will be made in the event of cancellation or shortening of any matches due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond the control of the Tournament Committee.

We reserve the right to combine age groups if necessary.

All team placements in divisions are final. Requests are just requests.


No swearing or alcohol is permitted at any park location.

Please follow posted rules at the park sites.


Lenawee Cup
Andrew Olnhausen, Tournament Director 419-705-0158
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