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Rules for the 2023 Buckeye Cup

TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS: Alford-Reese Park on Baker Blvd: 600 Baker Blvd, Newark, Ohio, 43055. The onsite tournament telephone number is 740 - 366 - 7033.
EMAIL both: nasa.lori@gmail.com and buckeyecup.oh@gmail.com
Tournament web site is: www.buckeyecup.com or www.newarkareasoccer.com

1. Check in items must be scanned in PDF format and emailed to buckeyecup.oh@gmail.com prior to Friday, April 29, 2022.

2. When checking in, a team representative must provide the following documents;
1) Team roster copy,
2) All teams must also send via email a typed list of the players that will be attending the tournament when sending check in information.
3) Approved player and coach passes from their state association or other recognized sanctioning body.
4) Approved travel permit for teams outside of the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association boundaries,
5) if any, Approved guest roster, player pass, and liability form for each guest player. (Rosters and permits should be submitted prior to the team registration either via e-mail or by fax to 740-366-7035.)
6) Buckeye Cup 2022 Waiver

3. In addition, teams are required to be at their assigned fields, 30 minutes prior to the Kick-off time of their scheduled matches.

1. The tournament is open to boys and girls teams in the U-8 through U-15 age groups that is affiliated with the USYSA or US Club with acceptable roster and liability insurance coverage. U8/U9/10 teams may have a roster up to 14 players and will play in a 7 v 7 format. U-11 and U-12 age teams may have a maximum of 16 players on their team roster and will play in a 9 v 9 format. U-13, U-14 and U15 age teams may have a maximum of 18 players on their team roster and will play in an 11 v 11 format.
- A player can only play for one team in the tournament, not multiple.

2. A maximum of 4 guest players may be rostered to a U-8 to U-10 team, up to 4 guest players to a U-11 or U-12 team, and up to 5 guest players may be rostered to a U-13 or U-14/15 team for participation in the tournament.

1. For each match in the tournament, the team that is listed first in the schedule shall be the home team.
2. If in the opinion of the referee there is a uniform conflict, the home team will be required to change. Therefore, all teams should bring two sets of uniforms to every match.
3. Teams shall be on the opposite side of the field. Spectators and supporters will be on the same side as their team. Spectators will be on the opposite end to teams, other side of the halfway line.

1. Player passes and or official roster of all players that will be participating in a match must be present and available at all times during the match.
2. All players must wear a separate unique number within their team uniform set.

Modification - Notes on the Laws of the Game:
1. All matches will be played under international rules (FIFA) with the following exceptions:
Division-Time Period - Game Ball to be provided by team listed as Home team.
• U-8, U-9 & U-10 Boys & Girls-25 Minute Halves-# 4
• U-11 & U-12 Boys & Girls-30 Minute Halves-# 4
• U-13 - U-15 Girls and Boys -35 Minute Halves-# 5
A. Substitutions. Free substitution may be made in all age groups with the permission of the referee as follows:
1. Before a throw-in in your team's favor. (The referee may allow both teams if players have been waiting at the substitution flag).
2. Before a goal kick for either team.
3. After a score by either team.
4. At half-time.
5. After an injury, 1 for 1, if the injured player is substituted.
6. After a caution, 1 for 1, if the cautioned player is substituted.
B. Player equipment. All players must wear shin guards. No hard casts are permitted. Soft casts are permitted. No items may be used or worn that has the potential to injure in the opinion of the referee.
C. What is the rule for Offside?
U11 through U15: The full Offside rule is in effect in accordance with FIFA and The Laws of the Game.
U8, U9 & U10 Divisions specific rules:
-Goalkeepers will not be allowed to punt (this includes drop kicking).
-Will play with the build out line.
-Build Out Line Rules:
-Offside can only occur past the build out line.

Clarifications on “When the Ball is in Play” (and WHEN the defense can pressure beyond the Restraining Line)
• The “Ball is in Play” when the ball is touched by any player after the goalkeeper releases the ball from his/her hands or feet from within the penalty area
• The “Ball is in Play” when the goalkeeper touches the ball outside the penalty area after releasing the ball from his/her hands or feet
• The “Ball is in Play” when a Goal Kick (or other Free Kick from taken from Inside the Penalty Area) is touched by a player inside or outside the penalty area
• The “Ball is in Play” when a Free Kick taken from Behind the Restraining Line, BUT Outside the Penalty Area is touched by a player other than the kicker
• The “Ball is in Play” as soon as the ball crosses the Restraining Line

Clarification on “Playing Quick” from the Goal Keeper
• The Goal Keeper Can Elect to Hold the Ball Until the Defense Retreats Behind the Restraining Line
• IF the Goal Keeper Elects to “Play Quickly”, he/she does so at THEIR OWN RISK
• IF the GK “Plays Quickly” BEFORE the Defense has Retreated AND the Possession is LOST by the Goal Keeper’s Team, PLAY CONTINUES

D. There will be no heading allowed for U11 age groups or below as per US Soccer guidelines.

1. Tournament Format. Teams will be organized into groups of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 teams. Teams will be scheduled for either group or round robin play (with a minimum of 3 games scheduled over two days). The point system of 3 points for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss will be totaled to determine first and second place teams in round robin play. The winner of each group will advance and play in a final division match to determine first and second place teams.
2. Preliminary and round robin matches may end in a tie with no overtime period played. If at the conclusion of a championship match, the score is tied, two full 5 minute overtime periods will be played to the conclusion of each of the overtime periods (No golden goal). If the score remains tied after both overtime periods, the winner will be determined per FIFA procedures for “Penalty Kicks”.
3. Referees. All matches will use three USSF certified referees (diagonal system). If there is a referee shortage, U8-U10 may use one man system, and U11/12 may use the 2 man system.
4. Match Delays, Suspensions, and Cancellations. Inclement weather is always a possibility and such types of weather may result in delayed, abbreviated or cancelled matches. The tournament committee will attempt to reschedule matches to insure that each team will play a full schedule for the tournament. Matches may be shortened or postponed or scheduled at a different site in order to meet this goal. All decisions of the Tournament committee are final.
5. Cancellation. In the event of tournament cancellation due to inclement weather, there is no guarantee of a refund.

1. Teams not reporting to the field within ten minutes of the scheduled starting time of their match may be required to forfeit that match.
2. U-9 and U-10 teams must have at least five players to start a match. U-11 and U-12 teams must have at least 6 players to start a match. U-13 through U-15 teams must have at least 7 players to start a match.
3. If a team forfeits a match, for any reason, (to include but not limited by using an ineligible player, disorderly conduct, inability to field a team or fail to arrive at the field with an appropriate number of players) may be required to forfeit all of their remaining matches in the tournament as determined by the tournament committee.
4. A forfeit will be recorded in the standings as a 3 - 0 loss for the team that forfeited the match(s).

1. The tournament committee is responsible for interpreting the rules and scheduling tie breaker activities. Tie-breaker procedures, in the following order, will be used to determine a group winner:
a. Result of the match between the tied teams. This does not apply if three teams are tied.
b. Cumulative goal differential of all matches played; defined as total goals scored minus goals allowed, using a maximum of a three goal differential per match.
c. Lower number of goals allowed, with no limit on goals allowed.
d. Penalty kick elimination, as per FIFA rules of the match.
e. Coin Toss.

1. Following each match, the referee will hold the game card to deliver to the tournament scorekeeper or collected by the tournament’s field marshals. The referee shall record all red and yellow cards issued during the match on the game card. In addition, the referee shall turn over to the field marshal the pass of any player or coach to whom a red card was issued.
2. At the conclusion of all matches, a member of the coaching staff of each team must sign the game card in order to confirm the accuracy of the information on the game card, including the final score of the match.

1. No protests will be allowed.

1. Team and Spectator Conduct: All teams, including players and coaches, their supporters and other spectators are required to conduct themselves in a manner befitting the ideals of FIFA, USSF, and the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association as they relate to FAIR PLAY and good sportsmanship. Persons not conducting themselves in that manner may be required to remove themselves from the vicinity of a particular match, be removed from the entire venue, or not be permitted to participate or attend any function of the tournament for the remaining portion of the tournament.
2. General Rules.
a. No air horns are permitted. The tournament committee will be using air horns in cases of emergency, i.e. lightning, tornado, etc.
b. No pets of any kind or size are permitted at the fields. Anyone with a pet will be instructed to leave the fields.
c. Players, coaches, spectators and referees are not permitted to use any form of alcohol or tobacco in the vicinity of any match field.
3. Ejections.
a. Players who are sent off (red card) during a match may not play in their next match. Coaches may be given cautions or sent off. Players who are sent off may sit with their team during the team’s next match in the tournament but may not be in uniform. Coaches who are sent off cannot participate as a coach or a spectator in their team's next match. The Tournament Committee will hold the player or coach pass until the suspension is served in the tournament. If a player or coach is sent off during the final match of the tournament, that player or coach's card will be held by the tournament committee and mailed to the league office which has registered the player or coach. A third preliminary match shall be considered the final match if the team does not advance to the championship.
b. The tournament may take additional action against teams, players, coaches and spectators for serious acts of misconduct, including suspension from the remainder of the tournament.

4. Reports of Disciplinary Action.
a. For all USSF teams, all reports of any disciplinary action will be sent to the team State Association or National Association that registered the team.
Everyone is needed for a good game and no one will be perfect…..mistakes are part of the game…..relax, enjoy and be a good sport!

If we do happen to have any thunder or lightning, normal rules will apply. Fields would have to be cleared until 30 minutes after the last thunder or lightning. With regards to games being played, if your game is in the second half when there is thunder or lightning, your game will be over, and the score line at the time will be taken as the result. If you are in the first half, what happens next will be based on the length of the delay. Decisions will be made by Tournament Directors in these situations as to whether any games will be cancelled etc based on the delay length. IF we have storm delays, we will keep everyone updated via email, Facebook and at the fields. You can follow us on Facebook at Newark Area Soccer Association.

Good luck to everyone!


Buckeye Cup
Paul Wise, Tournament Director 740-366-7033
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