Copper Cup Soccer Tournament
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Tournament Rules

The tournament will be played under FIFA Laws, with the following changes:

All players must be listed on the final roster prior to the team's first game.
  They may check-in any time Saturday or Sunday, as long as their name appears ont he roster prior to the first game.  When checking in, players must have valid player's pass, issued by their sanctioning body.  Please allow 45 minutes for this process, during our busy times.                             IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CHECK IN ON FRIDAY NIGHT IF POSSIBLE.

Team players must have identical jerseys, with clearly marked numbers. The team listed first is the HOME team and changes jerseys if there is a color conflict.  Shin guards are required.   The home team is responsible for supplying a game ball.  The away team should have a ball available as a backup.

Due to tight schedules, games must begin on time.   Teams must be ready to check in 30 minutes prior to start of game.  Failure to do so could result in the loss of team points.  Any team that cannot field at least 7 players by game will forfeit the match.  The only exception will be for a team coming from another match, on another field.  Additional time will not be added for injury, or other  "out of play" time.  If a game is running late, referees will terminate a game 5 minutes prior to the next game time.

All games will be considered  FINAL and no PROTESTS will be allowed.

Good sportsmanship will prevail at all times.  Coaches/team reps are responsible for the conduct of their players and spectators.  If , in the opinion of the referee or tournament committee, the team is not under control, the game will be terminated.

Referees will control the game cards.

a.  Preliminary games consist of two 30-minutes halves.  Ties shall stand.
b.  Semi Final and Runners-up games will be played until there is a winner, with format of:
1. Two 30 minute halves, or if sill tied... 
2. Two 5 minute overtime periods, golden goal wins, or if still tied...
3.  Five penalty kicks, alternating.
4.  One penalty kick alternating.
C.  Championship games will be played until there is a winner, with a format as follows:
1.  Two 35 minute halves, or if still tied...
2.  Two 10 minute overtime periods, golden goal wins, or if still tied...
3.  Five penalty kicks, alternating, or if still tied...
4.  One penalty kick alternating.

a.  Points will be awarded for each preliminary game according to the following schedule:
*  3 Points for a win
*  1 Point for a tie, to each team
*  0 Points for a loss
 LOSS of 1 Point for each 5 yellow cards issued to a team in one game (they do not have to be issued to the 
same player)
*  LOSS of 1 Point for each red card issued to a team  
b.  3 points will be awarded for a forfeited game (score of 1-0)
c.  No points will be awarded if neither team can field at least 7 players.

If a tie in points exists after all of the preliminary games have been played, it will be broken by using the following criteria (in order):
1.  The winner in head to head competition (if applicable)
2.  Goal differential (up to 4 points)
3.  Most goals for 
4.  If a tie sill exists after steps 1 through 4, FIFA kicks from the Penalty mark will be taken (15) minutes prior t the  
scheduled start of the Semi-Final or Final Game.

Note: In the event of a (3) way tie at the end of bracket play, the winner for advancement to Semi-Final or Final will be determined as above without consideration for comparison of head to head competition to eliminate one team.  Then advancement to the remaining two teams is determined as above with consideration for head to head competition.

Championship bracketing will be determined by accumulated points form the preliminary games. If a team fails to field at least 7 players for a championship game, the game shall be declared a forfeit; and the team t hat does field at least 7 players shall be declared the winner.

Free unlimited substitution is allowed with referee approval at these times:
a.  Prior to own team's throw-in
b.  Prior to either team's goal kick
c.  Following a goal by either team
d.  After an injury (injured player only)
e.  After receiving a yellow card (carded player only)

If a player is ejected from a game, they will automatically be suspended for the remainder of the game and the following game. Their conduct will be subject to review ,by the tournament committee for further suspension. Ejections for VIOLENT CONDUCT  will be brought to the attention of the Tournament Committee, and will result in suspension for the remainder of the tournament.

a.  No slide tackling
b.  A goal scored by a female player is awarded 2 points, excluding penalty kicks, which always scores 1 point.
c.  The goalkeeper may be either male or female.  The number of male field players may not exceed 5 (does not include
d.  Free kicks taken within the penalty box, against a female goalkeeper, must be a female player.
e.  Coed recreational: Men over 25/Women over 18


Awards shall be given for 1st  & 2nd Place teams in each division, following the championship game for that division. 

In the unlikely event of inclement weather, the tournament committee will do everything possible to ensure the games are played.  However the tournament committee reserves the right to modify the tournament structure, including cancellation if necessary.

Players, coaches and spectators found consuming alcoholic beverages, during the match will cause their team to forfeit the game.

Any situation not covered by these rules will be resolved by the tournament director.


Tempe Sports Complex
8401 S. Hardy
Tempe, AZ

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