The referees' version of Modified Rules are contained herein. Where in conflict with the official tournament rules, the tournament rules shall take precedence.
LAW 2 - THE BALL
- Size 5 - 13U-19U
- Size 4 - 09U-12U
The tournament will provide game balls at the field. The first referees of the day are responible for getting the game ball(s) from the Tournament Site Coordinator or Referee Site Coordinator for the field. The last crew of the day is responsible for retunring the game ball(s) back to the Site Coordinator. At the end of each game the referee is responsible for passing on the game ball(s) to the next crew.
LAW 3 - THE PLAYERS
PLAYER REGISTRATION CARDS AND THE OFFICIAL TEAM ROSTER MUST BE AVAILABLE AT THE FIELD PRIOR TO A GAME AND FOR THE DURATION OF THE GAME. THE FIELD MARSHAL OR REFEREE PRIOR TO THE MATCH MAY CHECK PLAYER IDENTIFICATION CARDS.
Each team for 15U-19U that has more players than the max game day roster of 18 must identify with the referee crew the 18 players participating in the match. The remaining players (listed on the Official State Roster but not listed on the Official Game Roster) may sit on the team bench side HOWEVER they may NOT be in uniform.
Players must wear numbers visible on the back of their uniforms. The shirt number of each player must be the same as the roster.
Unlimited substitutions may be made with the referee’s permission:
- After a goal has been made;
- At the beginning of the second half of play or prior to the beginning of an overtime period;
- At a goal kick by either team; or
- Prior to a throw-in by the team in possession; however, the opoonents may substitute as well
Limited (think "1 for 1") substitutions may be made, with the referee’s permission:
- In case of stoppage of play for an injury; or
- To replace a cautioned player.
Under no circumstances may substitutions be made (1) on corner kicks or (2) after the game has ended in a tie and FIFA penalty kicks will be required to determine a winner.
Players and coaches of both teams will take the same side of the field. All other supporters will take the opposite side. Only three team officials are permitted on the sidelines with their players.
The 11U & 12U will play 9v9.
It is the responsibility of the team’s coach or the person acting in the coach’s behalf to control the conduct of its parents and other spectators. Failure to do so may result in a warning to the coach or the person acting in the coach’s behalf by the referee. If unacceptable conduct continues, the referee may eject the team’s coach, or the person acting in the coach’s behalf, from the game.
ADVICE: Referees shall first warn a coach about irresponsible conduct by the spectators and give the coach a chance to address it.
A team shall be allowed a ten (10) minute grace period after the scheduled kick off time before the match is abandoned. For the grace period the referee can start the match if a short-handed team has nine or 10 players present. In other words, the refereees should not start a match when only seven players are present and the team is awaiting players in transit. If after 10 minutes a team has the minimum of seven players the match shall be played.
LAW 4 - THE PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT
No metal cleats will be allowed
LAW 5 - THE REFEREE
The referees' duties include stopping a match at 11U and younger whenever a ball hits the head of a player. Quickly assess if the player is injured and needs medical attention. If the action was ball to head (accident) then restart with a dropped ball subject to the special circumstances in Law 8. If the action was head to ball (a deliberate header) then restart with an IDFK for the opponents, also subject to the special circumstances in Law 8.
LAW 7 - DURATION OF THE MATCH
||Two - 30 minute halves
||Two - 35 minute halves
||Two - 40 minute halves
All games will be played with a running clock. The referee may stop the clock for serious injuries or other incidents.
In bracket play games that end in a tie, each group will play two 5-minute overtime periods.
In all matches players are entitled to a 5-minute halftime interval
LAW 10 - DETERMINING THE WINNER OF THE MATCH
In group play, ties will stand
In bracket play, overtime will be played in case of a tie at the end of regulation time only
If the score is still tied after two 5-minute overtime periods, FIFA kicks from the penalty mark will be used to determine the winner.
GAME AND SCORE REPORTING
The referee shall complete and sign the score card and give it to the winning team, or in the case of a tie, to the home team.
AFTER GAME REPORTING
In GameOfficials the referee shall enter the score only paying special attention to the question about crew changes. If there were changes to the assigned crew list what took place. If the referee and AR1 switched please use name, e.g., "Bill switched from center to line with Julie. Julie had the whistle." It becomes difficult for the assignor to track down if the referee simply writes "I switched with the AR."