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Rules for the 2024 Middletown Spring Blast

Tournament is open to presently registered U.S.Y.S.A/U.S.S.F. league or association teams of no more than 18 players. Four (4) guest players will be allowed, but they may only play for one team of appropriate age. Players may only play for one team in the tournament. Teams from outside OSYSA must submit a USYSA travel permit approved by their state association. All coaches must carry Concussion Training Certificate, Player cards and Medical release forms to all games. See rule #13

International Rules (FIFA/IUSSF) apply with the following exceptions:

Substitutes must be at midfield line
Substitutions may be made with the consent of the referee as follows:

-After a goal by either team
-Before any goal kick
-Before a throw-in in your favor,or if the team with the throw-in substitutes.
-At the beginning of each period of play
-After an injury, by either team, when the referee stops play
-All cautioned players must be substituted

3. AGE
Age groups are in accordance with USSF age group guidelines.

U9:50Min;Finals 50Min;Ball size-4:Players 7v7; Roster 14
U10: 50 Min: Finals 50Min: Ball size 4: Players 7v7: Roster 14
U-11;60Min;Finals 60Min; Ball size 4;Players 9v9; Roster 16
U-12;60Min;Finals 60Min;Ball size 4;Players 9v9; Roster 16
U-13;60Min;Finals 70Min;Ball size 5;Players 11v11; Roster 18
U-14;60Min;Finals 70Min;Ball size 5;Players 11v11; Roster 18
U-15;60Min;Finals 70Min;Ball size 5;Players 11v11; Roster 18
U-16;60Min;Finals 70Min;Ball size 5;Players 11v11; Roster 18
U-17;60Min;Finals 70Min;Ball size 5;Players 11v11; Roster 18
U-18-19 ;60Min;Finals 70Min;Ball size 5;Players 11v11; Roster 18

All players must wear shin guards with team socks pulled up over the shin guards. Shirts/Jerseys must be tucked into player shorts at all times. Shirts, shorts and socks must be of same team color. Shirts must be numbered. Home team is responsible for using an alternate uniform color, when there is a color conflict, and shall supply a suitable game ball.

Any player or coach ordered from the field (RED CARD) by the referee for misconduct shall be suspended from the next game. No substitution will be permitted for the ejected player during that game.

There shall be NO DISSENT between player and/or coaches and the referee. Questioning a referee's call is considered dissent. All coaches are urged to solicit support from their fans and parents in monitoring and enforcing this policy.

No protests will be allowed.

The tournament committee shall have the authority to make the following changes:
-Shorten the duration of the games.
-Suspend, temporarily or permanently, any game in progress. Suspended games may or may not be concluded to the originally planned end.
-Cancel or reschedule any or all games.
-If a match is suspended each team must check with Headquarters for further instructions.

Note: If the Tournament is canceled due to events beyond the control of the Tournament Committee, the Tournament will not be required to make any financial reimbursement.

Coaches must sign the scorecards at the end of each game. Scores will be posted as quickly as possible. Coaches should report any discrepancies between the posted score and actual score to headquarters prior to the next game.

Each team will be awarded 3 points for a win, I point for a tie, and no points for a loss. The winner of each division will advance to the finals. In the event of ties in the standings, the following procedure will determine the division winner:
-Head to Head Competition. In the event that there is a three way tie, head to head competition is thrown out.
-Highest number of total net goals (goal Differential) 5 max per game.
-Fewest goals allowed (gross).
-Penalty kicks (FIFA Laws of the game)
-Six team brackets will have two three team divisions. Each team will play one cross over game with a team from the other division. All results from the cross over game will count toward each team's standing except the head to head competition. One team from each division will advance to the finals.
-Four team brackets will play a three game round robin. The first and second place teams as determined by points gained and tiebreakers will advance to the finals.
-Five team brackets will play a four game round robin. Top two teams with the most points will receive first place and finalist trophies.
-Any team that fails to complete a match or leaves the field during play shall be scored as having forfeited that match. The team winning the forfeit will be awarded the average number of goals per match that they have scored in their other preliminary matches, rounded DOWN to the nearest whole number. The opponent's score shall be zero.

-Two 10 minute periods played to their conclusion (No Sudden Death).
-Penalty Kicks (FIFA Laws of the game)

-Coaches must bring all player cards, rosters and medical releases to every game, concussion forms and Lindsay Law forms.
-The Tournament Director's interpretation of these rules/regulations shall be final.
-Neither the Middletown Youth Soccer Assocation or the Tournament will be responsible for loss of funds due to the cancellation of all, or any part, of this Tournament.

Special note on 7v7 rules:
1 man Referee system will be used U9 & 10 ( 7v7 )

U09 and U10 (7v7) BUILD OUT RULES:

Build out lines are to be drawn on each side of the field halfway between the Penalty Area line and the Halfway Line. Once a goal kick is awarded or the goal keeper takes possession of the ball with the hands, the opposing team must move outside the Build Out Area line and remain there until the ball is put in play.

The ball is back in play when (1) a Goal Kick has been taken (2) The goal keeper places the ball on the ground during active play (3) the goal keeper throws or rolls the ball. Once the ball is in play the opposing team may enter the defending team’s build-out-area. If the defending team takes the Goal Kick early or the Goal Keeper releases the ball into play before the opposing players move outside the Build-out-area, play will continue. The defending team has chosen to skip the build-out advantage.

The goal keeper shall not punt nor drop-kick the ball. The goal keeper has 6 seconds to release the ball into play once the opposing team has moved beyond the build-out-area.

Offside: U9 & 10 7v7 division.

OFFSIDE WILL BE ENFORCED ON ALL 7v7 DIVISIONS SINGLE REFEREE MATCHES. When the referee judges a player to be in an "offside" position, he/she will invoke the offside rule. Coaches shall tell their players to "ALWAYS" to play to the whistle. It is not offsides until the referee judges it to be offsides.

All calls are at the referee's discretion.

In order to protect young athletes, the State of Ohio has passed a concussion law, commonly called the “Return to Play” law. Therefore, all Ohio Tournaments are responsible to monitor and track compliance with the concussion training requirements of the Return to Play law. Each coach (head coach and assistants) must receive approved concussion training prior to April 26, 2013. See O.R.C. 3707.511(C)(1). Tournaments are required to collect and maintain certificates of compliance from the coaches.
1. All coaches MUST complete the Concussion Training Course from either NFHS (preferred) or CDC and submit a COPY of the completed certificate to the tournament. Both online courses are FREE of charge! See the links for the Concussion Form after you CONFIRM acceptance (using your midfest #) on the forms list.
2. Coaches must also carry their certificate COPY of compliance with them during the event.
3. Coaches are also required per Ohio law, to have distributed a COPY of the Parent Concussion Information Sheet to the parents of their team players.
If these 3 items are not satisfied, those coaches will NOT be able to coach at this event.
If a player is believed, by either a coach, referee or tournament official, to exhibit the signs, symptoms or behaviors of concussion during the tournament, that player shall be prohibited from continuing to play that same calendar day and may not play until they have received clearance to “return to play” by a physician or other authorized medical personnel.

No Heading Rule Policy: (as per OSYSA By Laws 20.2 and 20.7) is in effect now (since July 1, 2016) for all league or tournament U-11 and younger games played in Ohio South.

OSYSA ByLaw 20.2:
-All players who are registered on or participate with any U-11s or younger team are prohibited from deliberately striking a soccer ball with any portion of their head, (a.k.a. heading), during any game, practice, tryout, or other soccer related activity.
-If an U-11s or younger player engages in heading a soccer ball during games, practices, tryouts, or other soccer related activities, contrary to the above listed prohibition, the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the player accept the risk and/or peril of doing so.

OSYSA Bylaw 20.7:
-When a player who is rostered on a team playing in an U-11 or younger age group or division deliberately strikes the ball with his / her head during any league or tournament game, Referees and Assistant Referees of that game must consider the act to be Dangerous Play and handle the matter accordingly as an infraction of the Laws of the Game.

14. Lindsay’s Law- Coaches are required to bring all signed forms to tournament registration.

Lindsay’s Law, Ohio Revised Code 3313.5310, 3707.58 and 3707.59 went into effect in 2017.

Senate Bill 252 is named for national heart health advocate and former Miss Ohio Lindsay Davis who suffers from a heart condition and has since dedicated her career to raising awareness of this potentially fatal condition.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of student athletes,” said Davis. “At any moment I could have died because coaches and teachers had no idea this was even a possibility for someone who looked as healthy as I did at that age.”


In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.



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