2017 COPIA CUP RULES
1. LAWS OF THE GAME
All games will be played in accordance with USYSA/FIFA laws. Any exceptions are as noted below.
No Heading U8-U11
a. There will be NO heading of the ball allowed
b. If a ball is headed during play, an indirect kick will be awarded for the non-offending team
c. If the header happens around the goal the defensive team. The ball shall be placed 10 yards away
from the goal and be considered an indirect free kick for non-offending team.
U9 and U10 Build out line & offside
U9 and U10 teams will play with the build out line implemented with the recent USSF small sided
• Any time goal keeper gains possession of the ball via the hands or a goal kick
- All defending players move beyond the buildout lines
- Defenders may not cross buildout line until the ball is played to an attacking player by the
- No punting, the goal keeper must roll, throw or place ball on ground and pass the ball.
• Off sides will now be in effect.
- A player may not be closer to the goal than the ball and or last field player from the
opposing team. This will only be enforced once passed the build out line
2. ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY
A. Age divisions will be determined according to the USYSA birthday eligibility date of January 1.
B. Maximum roster:
i) U7 and U8 have a maximum roster of 10 players. Will play 4v4 – no goalkeeper
ii) U9 and U10 have a maximum roster of 14 players. Will play 7v7 - one of which is the
iii) U11 and U12 have a maximum roster of 16 players. Will play 9v9 - one of which is the
C. A player can only be rostered on one team in the tournament (this includes guest and club pass
players). Aside from the players listed on a team’s official roster, a maximum of three Guest Players are
permitted and a maximum of four Club Pass Players are permitted. Club Pass Players will NOT count as
Guest Players. All players in the tournament must have a valid USYSA player pass and be listed on the
official, signed team roster received by the Tournament Committee. An official league roster must be
supplied for all recreational teams. No other forms of identification or registration will be accepted.
D. Medical Authorization/ Release must be signed on behalf of ALL players and must be presented at
the time of registration.
E. Non-Wisconsin teams must present official approved State Permission to Travel Forms. USClub
teams do not require travel permission.
3. GAME INFORMATION
A. Teams should be present at the field on which they are to play at least 20 minutes prior to game time.
Teams will then check in with a referee at their designated field for the checking of player passes and
B. There will be NO on field warm-ups.
C. Games for U8 Academy will be 4 – 10 minute quarters (4 x 4) with a 5-minute halftime.
D. Games for U9/ U10 Academy will be 2 - 25 minute halves (7 x 7) with a 5-minute halftime.
E. Games for U11 and U12 will be 2 - 25 minute halves (9 x 9) with a 5-minute half time.
F. Time will only be added on for a significant injury.
G. Game play time may be shorter or longer, determined by the Referee Staff if necessary due to
inclement weather or for other unforeseen events.
H. There will be a coin toss to determine who kicks off and who defends what side. The team which
wins the toss decides which goal it will attack in the first half of the match. The other team takes the
kick-off to start the match. The team listed first on the schedule is the home team and is required to
change jersey if a color conflict exists. Home team will provide the game ball.
I. Both teams will have their bench on one side of the field. Parents and spectators must watch the games
from the opposite side of the field as their team and must stay behind the spectator lines.
4. UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
A. Shin guards are required. Socks must be pulled over the shin guards.
B. Casts must be approved by tournament director and referee coordinator prior to tournament.
C. No jewelry or knotted headbands are allowed.
D. All players on a team must have the same type of jersey. All jerseys must be tucked in.
Jerseys must have a unique number on them.
E. All players’ equipment is subject to the referee’s approval.
A. PLAYERS / COACHES / SPECTATORS
1. All red and yellow cards will be reported to the Referee Director.
2. Red-carded players will be suspended for at least one game. (Two yellow cards in one game equal a
red card.) Players red-carded for violent conduct, violent fouls or abusive language may be suspended
for the remainder of the tournament.
3. All red cards will be reported to the state soccer association of the player's team.
4. No substitution will be permitted for a red-carded player.
5. A player receiving 3 yellow cards during the tournament will be suspended for a game.
6. Harassment of officials will not be tolerated. Referees may temporarily stop games or suspend play in
the presence of persistent sideline harassment or intimidation. In the case of a game suspension, the
Tournament Director will decide the outcome of the game.
7. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of players, parents and spectators at the fields, hotels and
other locations for the duration of the tournament. If the Flatgrass Regional Showdown receives
complaints regarding conduct of any player or person associated with your team, the Tournament
Director may ask any/all people to stay away from the tournament, and/or ask the team to leave the
tournament, and/or ban the team from future tournaments.
8. Any coach removed for inappropriate conduct will not be allowed to coach any team for the
remainder of the tournament and will be reported to the appropriate state sanctioning body.
6. FORFEITS/FAILURE TO SHOW
A. All teams are expected to complete all scheduled games. Any team that fails to show or leaves the
field of play before the end of a game may be disqualified from the tournament. That team may also be
banned from future tournaments and its state association will be advised of its misconduct.
B. A minimum of 7 players constitutes a team.
C. The score of any forfeited game will be recorded as 3-0.
A. Substitutions may be made prior to a throw-in in favor of your team, prior to a goal kick by either
team, following a goal by either team, following an injury to a player from either team or at half time.
Substitutions may also be made for your team on the opposing team’s throw-in if the opposing team also
has a player at the half-way line. Referees have the final authority on substitutions; this includes but is
not limited to the timing and frequency of substitution.
B. A player with blood on the uniform or on the body must be substituted out. The bleeding must be
stopped, the injury covered with a bandage, and the uniform must be blood-free before the player may
return to play.
8. TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND REFEREE AUTHORITY
All referee decisions are final. No protests are allowed. The Tournament Director has the right to
relocate, reschedule, cancel, or reduce the length of any game. The Flatgrass Regional Showdown,
tournament committee, and WYSA are not responsible for the expenses incurred by any team or
individual if the tournament is canceled in whole or part.
A. The tournament will utilize scoring of 3 points for a win or forfeit, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a
B. Tie Breakers -- Preliminary Round of playoffs
1. Head-to- head
2. Team with most wins
3. Goal Differential (goals scored minus goals allowed) with a maximum of three per game. (A score of
4-2 is a goal differential of 2, a score of 4-0 is a goal differential of 3. Team winning 3 games 4-2, 4-0,
7-1 would have a goal differential of 2+3+3 = 8.
4. Fewest goals allowed
5. Most goals scored
6. "Kicks from the Mark" (Penalty kicks).
In the event that penalty kicks must be used, USYSA/FIFA rules will be followed. Each team will select
5 players to kick from those that were on the field at the end of regulation. The goalie for the shoot-out
must be on the field at the end of regulation. Teams will alternate kicks -- the visiting team shoots first. If
the score remains tied after 5 kicks, teams will alternate kicks one at a time until a winner is determined.
All eligible players must be used before anyone can repeat. Both teams must use the same number of
players before anyone can repeat.
C. Playoff games (1st round, quarterfinal, semifinal and Championship games) tied at the end of
regulation goes directly to penalty kicks. Same rules apply as stated in 9.B.6 above.
D. Ties in round robin play will remain a tie. 1st and 2nd place will be determined by total points.
E. There is no Championship game for a 4 or 5 team brackets. The team with most and second most
points will determine first and second place. If there is a 3-way tie, we go through each tie breaker to
get down to 2 teams. Once we have 2 teams, we start all over with the tie breakers then.
A. First and second place awards will be presented to players and coaches immediately after
the championship game. If you are in a group of 4 or 5 with no championship game awards will be
handed out to first and second place based on results once we can determine them.
B. U8 and U9/U10 Academy players will each receive a participation award.
Dogs are not allowed on the City of Neenah Parks or Neenah High School grounds at any time during
our tournament. Any person bringing a dog to the tournament would be asked to stay in their car with
their dog and not allowed to be at the games.