Post Season Tournament Rules

GENERAL:

  1. RULES – All games will be played in accordance with FIFA rules and as modified by the Escondido Soccer Club (ESC).
  2. PROTESTS / DISPUTES – All games will be considered final. No protests will be allowed. The age group Commissioner will resolve any situation not explicitly covered by the rules.  The Commissioner’s decision is final.
  3. HOME TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES – The HOME team is listed first on the game schedule. The home team will provide a game ball. The game ball is subject to referee approval.
  4. SPECTATOR SEATING – In all cases spectator and team seating will allow the referee’s assistants clear runs and views of all touch lines. Home teams get the East or South side of the field, depending on field orientation. Spectators and substitutes of the opposing teams cannot share the same side of the field.  When games are concluded, teams and spectators are to leave the fields immediately, so the next game can start without delay.
  5. RED CARDS – Players or coaches ejected from a game (RED card) will be expelled from that game, will not be replaced in that game and will not be permitted to play/coach in the next game, as a minimum. The Commissioner may give a further suspension for violent conduct. (2 yellow cards in one game = 1 red card). Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their fans. Teams that are short a player(s) due to red card ejection will also play any overtime short a player(s).
  6. FORFEITS – If a team fails to show up to play at game time or does not have the minimum number of players to play the game, the referee will give the team a five minutes grace period for the team or players to appear. If after five minutes from the scheduled start time the team does not show up or it does not have the minimum number of players required, the game is forfeited by a 1-0 score. If both teams fail to appear, each team will receive 0 points. Any team that forfeits a game, will be considered withdrawn from the postseason tournament and the results of ALL their games will be considered a 1-0 loss, even if they already played games that had different results, UNLESS, in the opinion of the Commissioner, applying this rule affects the fairness to the participating teams and the spirit of the tournament.

U6, U7 & U8 COMPETITION:

  1. The Commissioner divides the teams into balanced brackets of three to five teams, Bracket A and Bracket B, and Bracket C for some age groups.
  2. Pool-play (each team plays the other team in the same group) is followed by single-elimination semi-final and then a championship game.
  3. Pool-play games are mini games. They are to be two 15-minutes halves with a five-minute half time break. Games in pool-play CAN end in a tie.
  4. In the semi-final games, for age groups with two brackets, the teams that finished first in their bracket will play the team that finished second in the other bracket. For age groups with three brackets, the top team from each group and the best second place finisher of the three groups advance to the semi-final stage. The winners of the semi-final games play in the championship game on Super Soccer Saturday.
  5. Game lengths in minutes is as follows:
    • Pool Play:  15 minutes halves with 5 minutes half time break
    • Semi-final:  20 Minutes halves with 5 minutes half time break, two five minutes halves for overtime, if necessary. After the first period of overtime teams are given 1-minute to switch sides.
    • Final:  20 Minutes halves with 5 minutes half time break, two 5-minutes halves for overtime. Between overtime periods, teams are given 1-minute to switch sides.
  6.  Overtime for the Semifinal, and Championship games will consist of two 5-Minutes overtime periods. Overtime periods are played to their conclusion, “Golden Goal” Rule DOES NOT APPLY. If there is a tie at the end of the overtime periods, FIFA penalty kicks will be used, each team chooses five players who were on the field playing at the conclusion of the game to take five kicks from the penalty spot. The two teams alternate kicks. The team who scores more goals wins the game. If the game is still tied after the five kicks, sudden death kicks follows. A new player from each team takes a kick. When one team scores and the other team misses, the game is over and the team who scored wins.

Halves of regulation games will be separated by a break of 5 minutes. Breaks between games and overtime, and at the halves of overtime games will be 1 minute.

U10 COMPETITION:

  1. Two Bracket Playoffs
    • The Commissioner divides the teams into two balanced brackets based on the teams’ final regular season standing, Bracket A and Bracket B. The teams in each bracket are as follows: Bracket A would have seeds 1, 4, 5 & 8. Bracket B would include seeds 2, 3, 6 & 7. If there are less than four teams in each bracket, reduce accordingly.
    • Pool-play (each team plays the other team in the same group) is followed by single-elimination semi-final and then a championship game.
    • In the semi-final games, the teams that finished first in their bracket will play the team that finished second in the other bracket. The winners of the semi-final games play in the championship game on Super Soccer Saturday.
  2. One Group Playoffs
    • One group playoffs are composed of five or fewer teams. Teams in the group play against one another in pool play (each team plays the other team once). The two teams with the most points (top two teams) will play in the championship game on Super Soccer Saturday.
  3. Game lengths in minutes is as follows:
    • Pool Play:  25 Minutes halves
    • Semi-final:  25 Minutes halves, two five minutes halves for overtime
    • Final: 25 Minutes halves, two five minutes halves for overtime
  4. Overtime for the Semifinal, and Championship games will consist of two 5-Minutes overtime periods. Overtime periods are played to their conclusion, “Golden Goal” Rule DOES NOT APPLY. If there is a tie at the end of the overtime periods, FIFA penalty kicks will be used, each team chooses five players who were on the field playing at the conclusion of the game to take five kicks from the penalty spot. The two teams alternate kicks. The team who scores more goals wins the game. If the game is still tied after the five kicks, sudden death kicks follows. A new player from each team takes a kick. When one team scores and the other team misses, the game is over and the team who scored wins.

Halves of regulation games will be separated by a break of 5 minutes. Breaks between games and overtime, and at the halves of overtime games will be 1 minute.

U12 COMPETITION:

  1. Two Bracket Playoffs
    • The Commissioner divides the teams into two balanced brackets based on the teams’ final regular season standing, Bracket A and Bracket B. The teams in each bracket are as follows: Bracket A would have seeds 1, 4, 5 & 8. Bracket B would include seeds 2, 3, 6 & 7. If there were less than four teams in each bracket, reduce accordingly.
    • Pool-play (each team plays the other team in the same group) is followed by single-elimination semi-final and then a championship game.
    • In the semi-final games, the teams that finished first in their bracket will play the team that finished second in the other bracket. The winners of the semi-final games play in the championship game on Super Soccer Saturday.
  2. One Group Playoffs
    • One group playoffs are composed of five or fewer teams. Teams in the group play against one another in pool play (each team plays the other team once). The two teams with the most points (top two teams) will play in the championship game on Super Soccer Saturday.
  3.  Game lengths in minutes is as follows:
    • Pool Play:  30 Minutes halves.
    • Semi-final:  30 Minutes halves, two five minutes halves for overtime
    • Final: 30 Minutes halves, two five minutes halves for overtime
  4. Overtime for the Semifinal, and Championship games will consist of two 5-Minutes overtime periods. Overtime periods are played to their conclusion, “Golden Goal” Rule DOES NOT APPLY. If there is a tie at the end of the overtime periods, FIFA penalty kicks will be used, each team chooses five players who were on the field playing at the conclusion of the game to take five kicks from the penalty spot. The two teams alternate kicks. The team who scores more goals wins the game. If the game is still tied after the five kicks, sudden death kicks follows. A new player from each team takes a kick. When one team scores and the other team misses, the game is over and the team who scored wins.

Halves of regulation games will be separated by a break of 5 minutes. Breaks between games and overtime, and at the halves of overtime games will be 1 minute.

U14 COMPETITION:

  1. Two Bracket Playoffs
    • The Commissioner divides the teams into two balanced brackets based on the teams’ final regular season standing, Bracket A and Bracket B. The teams in each bracket are as follows: Bracket A would have seeds 1, 4, 5& 8. Bracket B would include seeds 2, 3, 6 & 7. If there were less than four teams in each bracket, reduce accordingly.
    • Pool-play (each team plays the other team in the same group) is followed by single-elimination semi-final and then a championship game.
    • In the semi-final games, the teams that finished first in their bracket will play the team that finished second in the other bracket. The winners of the semi-final games play in the championship game on Super Soccer Saturday.
  2. One Group Playoffs
    • One group playoffs are composed of five or fewer teams. Teams in the group play against one another in pool play (each team plays the other team once). The two teams with the most points (top two teams) will play in the championship game on Super Soccer Saturday.
  3. Game lengths in minutes is as follows:
    • Pool Play:  35 Minutes halves
    • Semi-final:  35 Minutes halves, two five minutes halves for overtime
    • Final:   35 Minutes halves, two five minutes halves for overtime
  4. Overtime for the Semifinal, and Championship games will consist of two 5-Minutes overtime periods. Overtime periods are played to their conclusion, “Golden Goal” Rule DOES NOT APPLY. If there is a tie at the end of the overtime periods, FIFA penalty kicks will be used, each team chooses five players who were on the field playing at the conclusion of the game to take five kicks from the penalty spot. The two teams alternate kicks. The team who scores more goals wins the game. If the game is still tied after the five kicks, sudden death kicks follows. A new player from each team takes a kick. When one team scores and the other team misses, the game is over and the team who scored wins.

Halves of regulation games will be separated by a break of 5 minutes. Breaks between games and overtime, and at the halves of overtime games will be 1 minute.

 

POINTS:

  1.  Standings will be determined by points awarded as follows:
    • 6 points for each win
    • 1 point for each goal (maximum of 3 per game)
    • 3 points for each tie, including 0-0 ties
    • 1 point for each shut-out. Games ending in 0-0 ties are not considered shutouts
    • 1 point is deducted for each red card issued per player or coach.
  2. Ties in standings will be resolved as follows:
    • Winner of head-to-head competition
    • Least goals allowed.
    • Coin Flip

If required to determine advancement to semi-final games, FIFA penalty kicks will be held after the conclusion of all pool play games unless a more reasonable time can be agreed upon by both teams. The Commissioner shall make the final decision.