Nordic Cup Rules and Policies

NORDIC CUP TOURNAMENT RULES & POLICIES:

 

Table of Contents

REGISTRATION........................................................................................................................... 2

RULES........................................................................................................................................... 3

AGE GROUPS/ROSTER SIZE/FORMAT OF PLAY/GAME LENGTH................................ 3

TOURNAMENT SECTIONS....................................................................................................... 4

NUMBER OF GAMES/GAME LENGTH.................................................................................. 4

GAME SCHEDULES................................................................................................................... 4

OFFICIATING................................................................................................................................ 4

COACHING……………………………………………………………………………………...4

CAUTION AND EJECTION……………………………………………………………………5

HEADING RULE………………………………………………………………………………..5

PLAYER WELLNESS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES...................................................... 5

INCLEMENT WEATHER……………………………………………………………………….7

SUBSTITUTIONS......................................................................................................................... 8

MAXIMUM GOAL DIFFERENTIAL........................................................................................... 8

FORFEITS..................................................................................................................................... 8

DETERMINING WINNERS......................................................................................................... 8

CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES.......................................................................................................... 9

AWARDS……………………………………………………………………………………......9

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT.............................................................................................. 10

GAMEBALLS…………………………………………………………………………………10

FIELD MARSHALS…………………………………………………………………………………………………10

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND COMMITTEE………………………………………………………10

PROTESTS……………………………………………………………………………………………………………10

REFUND POLICY...................................................................................................................... 10

DISCLAIMER............................................................................................................................. 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORDIC CUP TOURNAMENT RULES & POLICIES:

REGISTRATION

Bird Registration closes April 15th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Team must be paid in full to receive early bird discount. Payments need to be made online (preferred) or payment envelop must be postmarked April 15th, 2017. Any team that applies at the early bird registration rate and fails to make payment by required deadline will be moved the the regular registration pool. Teams are not accepted into the event until they are paid in full. No exceptions will be made.

 

Regular Registration closes May 5th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Payments need to be made online (preferred) or payment envelop must be postmarked May 5th, 2017. Any team that applies and fails to make payment by required deadline will not be accepted into the event. Teams are no accepted into the event until they are paid in full. No exceptions will be made.

 

All 11U and 12U teams will play in Stowe, Vermont area.

All other age groups will play in the Burlington, Vermont area.

Nordic Soccer Club has partnered with RoomRoster for all hotel accommodations management for the 2017 Nordic Cup. The RoomRoster Event Support System is a convenient online web and mobile application built to help teams register for the tournament, select and manage their team hotel for a tournament. RoomRoster has pre-selected Official Tournament Host Hotels in order to provide teams with the best options on value, location and amenities. All travel teams attending the Nordic Cup are required to book their hotels through RoomRoster as a condition of final acceptance into the tournament as a 'travel team'. 'Travel teams' are teams that are travelling from 90 miles’ distance or greater from the primary venues in Burlington and Stowe, VT.

 

Through the Tournament registration process, the Team Manager will be able to select the team hotel, a unique Team Member link is created and emailed to the Team Manager for them to forward to each Team Member who wants to book a room from the team’s block. Hotels require a two-night minimum stay.

 

A dedicated Support Team is available at RoomRoster in order to service questions and provide assistance for Team Managers. Team Managers can contact the Support Team by dialing 1-888-723-2064 or by email via support@roomroster.com.

 

Teams participating and traveling 90 miles to their competition venue in the Tournament must (as a condition of acceptance) make all hotel accommodations using our tournament housing service. Teams not using our tournament housing service may be disqualified or sanctioned by tournament director and will not receive a refund.

 

Tournament check in, Roster, Medical waiver forms: Will be done electronically on our Tournament platform. Roster and medical waiver forms must be completed and uploaded on the tournament platform site by Wednesday, June 7th. Tournament Check in must be completed by Friday, June 16 by 1 p.m. There will not be an in-person check in process Friday night or at the field.

RULES

FIFA Laws are in effect, with modifications as published below. Website rules supersede all other published Tournament Rules.

AGE GROUPS/ROSTER SIZE/FORMAT OF PLAY/GAME LENGTH

The age group structure as established by US Soccer will govern. All players (including guest players) must have been born during the specified year for their age classification.

 

Age Group

Roster Max

Format

Length

U10: 2007

14

7v7

25-minute halves

U11: 2006

16

9v9

25-minute halves

U12: 2005

16

9v9

25-minute halves

U13: 2004

22 (18 dress)

11v11

30-minute halves

U14: 2003

22 (18 dress)

11v11

30-minute halves

U15: 2002

22 (18 dress)

11v11

30-minute halves

U16: 2001

22 (18 dress)

11v11

40-minute halves

U17: 2000

22 (18 dress)

11v11

40-minute halves

U18: 1999

22 (18 dress)

11v11

40-minute halves

U19: August 1, 1997

22 (18 dress)

11v11

40-minute halves

 

 

ROSTER AND PLAYER PASSES

player passes for all players must be available to present and verified against the team roster as requested by the referee, field marshal, tournament committee and or tournament director. Teams should be prepared to present player passes/official roster at any time during the tournament.

  • A valid roster (from US Youth Soccer or other Soccer Organizational Member).
  • Teams must have completed the required Nordic Cup electronic medical release forms for all players.
  • Players may only be rostered to ONE team entered in the tournament.
  • Maximum Roster number may be waived by the tournament director in advance.
  • Each team is allowed three (3) guest players. The total number of guest players may be waived by the tournament director in advance of Nordic Cup. Guest players may only appear on ONE roster, must be added on the tournament platform site, and must have a valid player pass (from US Youth Soccer or other Soccer Organizational Member).

TOURNAMENT SECTIONS

There will be multiple divisions at each age level: Premier and Club Teams.

NUMBER OF GAMES/GAME LENGTH

Subject to weather and other conditions beyond the control of the Tournament Committee, each team entering the tournament is guaranteed 3 qualifying games (unless a team forfeits). Qualifying and playoff game length is listed above, with one 5-minute half time interval. There will be no extension of time for substitutions, injuries or balls out of play, mandated water breaks – the play clock will run continuously. At the conclusion of each game the two coaches and the referee will sign the scorecard attesting to the game score. If any game is terminated after one half of play, the score at the time will stand and the game will be considered official. Teams named first in the schedule will be considered the home team. Home team will wear white or light colored jerseys. Home team must change to an alternate jersey in the event of a color conflict.

GAME SCHEDULES

Qualifying games will be played on Saturday and Sunday between 8:00 AM and 7:30 PM with championship games on Sunday when applicable. Coaches may coach more than one team as long as each team has a different, credentialed Assistant Coach. Once the schedule has been published, no further changes will be made (unless a team drops out, field conditions change, or other issues as determined by the Tournament Committee come up that require a schedule change).

OFFICIATING

Qualified officials will officiate each game. Most if not all games will be officiated by a referee and 2 assistant referees in the U13 – U19 brackets, although the availability of qualified referees might necessitate the use of fewer linesmen at some games played by the youngest age groups. For U10-12 games you should expect only one official for games. Nordic Cup Tournament Zero Tolerance Policy is in effect for the duration of the tournament.

 

COACHING

All Coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, and spectators at all times. Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one's own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, provided: No mechanical devices are used; The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory; Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards on either side of the halfway line; No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators; No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.

 

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS

A player receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an ejection (red card). A player who has been ejected (sent off), will not be replaced. A player who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game. A player who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play may be expelled from the tournament, at the discretion of the Tournament Director. Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament. A coach who has been ejected (sent off) will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game, and may be expelled from the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Director. During game suspension(s) for coaches, there can be NO contact between the team and the coach during the game and the coach must be out of sight and sound of the field. Additionally, the coach must not be involved in unacceptable conduct (defined as coaching his/her players by any means or method, or harassment of opponents/players/referees/staff). Failure to adhere to this rule will result in an immediate ejection from the tournament for the coach. The tournament director will notify the appropriate federation regarding disciplinary actions taken.

 

HEADING RULES U9, U10, and U11 players are not allowed to head the ball intentionally. The restart is an indirect free kick for the opposing team. U11 Players playing in U12 or older age groups will abide by the age group heading rules. (i.e. younger player playing up may head the ball intentionally.)  U9, U10 will employ a buildout line on goal kicks. Defensive teams must be behind that line until the first pass is received.

PLAYER SAFETY

It is expected that coaches will keep players who have sustained injuries off the field. Players wearing a PERMANENT CAST SHALL SHALL BE ELIGIBLE to participate in any game with WRITTEN approval from a doctor, and judgment as to safety is at the discretion of the referee. In addition, soft braces can be worn, with WRITTEN approval from a doctor, and judgment as to safety is at the discretion of the referee.

 

Player Wellness Policies and Procedure

Nordic Cup 017 makes safety of players as our #1 priority. As a club and tournament, we are always looking at the risk associated with youth soccer participation and seek solutions to those issues to keep all players safe. Please take the time to review the policies and procedures listed below.

 

Player Wellness Tents

Cup makes every effort to have each field venue have a player wellness tent. Nordic Cup and Nordic Soccer Club have attempted to align themselves around player safety with Vermont Soccer Association, US Youth Soccer Guidelines and USA Soccer Guidelines. The Wellness Tents are staff with a certified Athletic Trainer/s. Our tournament makes these professionals staff members available at their tent locations (tent service). They are available to for pregame treatment, assessments, and post-game treatments. Any player who requires taping, is ask to bring the needed material with them. ATC will only be beckoned to field locations on request of the Nordic Cup field marshal and in medical emergency situations. To help ATC’s manage the workload, their priority will be to manage player wellness policies and procedures listed below before supporting individual player needs.

Player Concussion Policy and Procedure

https://usys-assets.ae-admin.com/assets/980/15/US Youth Soccer Concussion Procedure and Protocol rev 08.29.15.pdf

Nordic Cup and Nordic Soccer Club has aligned itself with Vermont Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer for Concussion procedures. Parents and players are required to follow this procedure.

 

player who might have endured a concussion will be required to report to the Player Wellness Tent for an assessment from a certified Athletic Trainer. Players can be requested to report to the Wellness Tent by their coach, field marshal, or referees. The player/s are required to bring their player card and is to be accompanied by an adult: parent, team manager, coach, or assistant coach. If the player is assessed to be concussed, the ATC will keep the player card until the team manager or the head coach of that team can pick it up. ATC will give the player card to the team manager or head coach with instruction that player will not be eligible until further notice and has completed the return to play protocol (cleared by ATC or medical note from a doctor). The ATC will notify the Nordic Cup 017 tournament director of the concussed player. The tournament director will notify the site coordinator to ensure that the concussed player does not participate. Any coach who intentional allows an identified concussed player to participate without prior proper medical clearance may be sanctioned by the Nordic Cup 017 Tournament Director. The Tournament Director has final say on whether a player can return to play or not (supersedes medical note).

Lightening Policy and Procedure

https://usys-assets.ae-admin.com/assets/980/15/VERMONT SOCCER ASSOCIATION LIGHTNING POLICY.pdf

Cup and Nordic Soccer Club has aligned itself with Vermont Soccer Association on lightening procedures. Parents and players are required to follow this procedure. The Athletic Trainer at each site shall monitor the weather and decide when to “clear the fields.” The ATC will collaborate with the Tournament Director, Site Coordinators, Fields Marshalls, and Referees. When a decision has been made to “clear the fields” all players, parents, spectators, team managers, and coaches must vacate the fields and return to the parking lot to their vehicles. The Tournament Director and Site Coordinators will make every attempt to keep our tournament cliental updated verbally, thru email, and on our tournament app. Teams refusing to “clear the fields” and following instruction may be sanctioned by the Tournament Director.

 

Heat Guidelines

https://usys-assets.ae-admin.com/assets/980/15/Heat_Guidelines.pdf

Cup and Nordic Soccer Club has aligned itself with USA Soccer Heat Guidelines. Parents and players are required to follow these guidelines. The Athletic Trainer at each site shall monitor the heat index. The ATC will collaborate with the Tournament Director, Site Coordinators, Fields Marshalls, and Referees. The Tournament Director may impose a mandatory water break half way thru each half. This is a two-minute water break and the game clock will be running (time not to be added on). If a decision has been made to “clear the fields” because of excessive heat, all players, parents, spectators, team managers, and coaches must vacate the fields and return to the parking lot to their vehicles. The Tournament Director and Site Coordinators will make every attempt to keep our tournament cliental updated verbally, thru email, and on our tournament app. Teams refusing to “clear the fields” and following instruction maybe sanctioned by the Tournament Director.

Cold Weather Guidelines

https://usys-assets.ae-admin.com/assets/980/15/Cold_Weather_Guidelines.pdf

Cup and Nordic Soccer Club has aligned itself with USA Soccer Cold Weather Guidelines. Parents and players are required to follow this guideline. The Athletic Trainer at each site shall monitor the temperature and wind chill. The ATC will collaborate with the Tournament Director, Site Coordinators, Fields Marshalls, and Referees. If a decision has been made to “clear the fields” because of cold temperatures, all players, parents, spectators, team managers, and coaches must vacate the fields and return to the parking lot to their vehicles. The Tournament Director and Site Coordinators will make every attempt to keep our tournament cliental updated verbally, thru email, and on our tournament app. Teams refusing to “clear the fields” and following instruction maybe sanctioned by the Tournament Director.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

In the case of inclement weather every attempt will be made to play all scheduled games in the tournament. At the sole discretion of the Tournament Director and Committee, some games may be declared a 0 - 0 tie and not be made up. The following priority will be given to games needing to be made up:

  • Teams that have not yet played a game in the tournament
  • Teams that have only played one game in the tournament
  • Games that will have a material impact on the final standings; however, all play is considered final even if games cannot be scheduled for a makeup.
  • All other games

If inclement weather affects a game and it is rescheduled by the tournament, the time and field location then becomes final. Failure to play the game will result in a forfeit.

 

If a game must be stopped before halftime, the Tournament Director and Committee will rule on its rescheduling or other resolution. Such a game may be temporarily halted or recommenced, picking up where play was halted. Regardless of weather conditions, it is the responsibility of all affected teams to monitor the status of their games (via the tournament website) and to appear with their team ready to play as scheduled by the Tournament Director if games are recommenced. The referee, Tournament Director, or field marshal may postpone any game. Once the decision is made to cancel a game, that decision is final. Teams that continue to play may be suspended from tournament. In all cases, the Tournament reserves the right to abbreviate or shorten all games in order to adjust to weather or other complications that may occur.

 

When play is resumed the scheduled game closest to the time play is to resume will begin. For example, if play is stopped at 2:50 pm and restarted at 5:20 pm the teams scheduled to play closest to 5:20 pm will play, NOT the teams scheduled to play at 2:50 pm. Every attempt will be made to make up the 2:50 pm game at a later date and or time. All decisions made by the Tournament Director and the Committee will be final.

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

Eligible players from the roster shall be allowed to substitute for players on the field subject to permission and signal by the referee. Substitutions may be made at any stoppage of play subject to the Referee's Discretion. Less than 2 minutes of play remaining in the game it will solely be up to the Referee's Discretion. In the event of a cautioning, only the player(s) cautioned may be substituted for, (not mandatory): opposing team is entitled to a like number of substitutions at that time. In the event of injury, both teams may substitute freely.

MAXIMUM GOAL DIFFERENTIAL

For qualifying games, in the event of a strongly one-sided game, the maximum goal differential that will be recorded will be 5 goals even if the margin of victory was greater than 5 goals.

FORFEITS

All teams are expected to be at the appropriate field at the time when they are scheduled to play. In the event of a team not appearing at the scheduled time, a 5-0 win may be awarded to the opponent after consultation with, and at the discretion of, the Referee and Tournament Committee. All decisions of these committees are final. Any team that does not play all 3 games will be ineligible for the playoffs. (In other words, even if you qualify for the playoffs after 2 games, you need to play your 3rd game).

GUEST TEAMS

The Tournament may accept a team as a “Guest Team” to fill a late vacancy in a Division/Pool. Guest Teams cannot advance out of Bracket. Guest Team game results are predetermined to be a 5-0 against the Guest Team.

TOURNAMENT COMPETITION AND ORGANIZATION DETERMINING WINNERS Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:

Six (6) points for each Win

Three (3) points for each Tie

Zero (0) points for each Loss

One (1) point for goal differential (maximum 5 per game)

One (1) point for each shutout (including 0--0 matches)

 

At the end of a preliminary round, the group placements shall be determined by the number of points earned in preliminary matches. In the event of a tie within a group, the following criteria shall be used to determine final group placements, used in order until the tie is broken:

1. Most Wins

2. Head to head competition

3. Goal Differential (maximum (5) per game),

4. Goals For (maximum (5) per game),

5. Goals Against (maximum (5) per game),

  1. Flip of a coin.

Placement of group winners (U-16-U19) and determination for playoff rounds (only U11-U15 teams) shall be determined by the same criteria. Where teams are in different groups, or did not play each other, #1 above will obviously not apply. In the event of a tie between three (3) or more teams, #1 above will only be considered if all three teams played each other. The Tournament Director, acting within the parameters of these rules, will determine the teams to advance to the final rounds or determine the champion of that group.

 

U16, U17, U18, and U19 age groups

Team who finishes group play with the most points will be determined the Champion for that age group and division. Winning teams can pick up their championship medals and plagues at the Headquarters tent at their venue.

 

U-11-U15 age groups

Winners of each group advance into a Championship match. Groups with one division will select the top two teams with the most points to advance to the finals. Groups with two divisions will select the team with the most points for each group to advance to the finals. Finals could be played a different venue then the preliminary games location. Winning teams can pick up their championship medals and plagues at the Headquarters at the venue of the Championship match.

 

Playoff format:

Should a playoff game remain a draw after the end of regular play, a five-minute sudden victory overtime will be played. If a winner has not been determined, FIFA penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner. The best of five penalty kicks taken alternately by each team will determine the winner. Only those players on the field at the end of the game may compete. If the penalty kick score is tied at the end of the five kicks, the teams will continue to take penalty kicks alternately until there is a winner. All players on the field must kick before any player may kick a second time.

 

U-9-U-10 age groups

This age group will be a jamboree format. Each team is guaranteed 4 matches. There will not be playoffs or a group winner. Participation medals can be pick up at the headquarters tent at your venue.

AWARDS

U16, U17, U18, and U19 age groups

Group winners by points will be determined group champions. Teams may pick up their championship medals and plague at the group play venue.

 

U-11-U15 age groups

Winners of the finals amy pick up their championship medal and plagues at the colcusion of the championship match at the Headguarters tent of the finals.

 

9U and 10U age group will be jamboree events. All participants should report to the Headquarters tent at their venue on Saturday or Sunday with their Coach to receive their participation medals.

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

A player’s uniform will consist of shirt, shorts, socks, shin guards, and footwear. Team uniform shirts must have a number on the back. Each player shall have a different number and this number must be the same as listed on the official tournament roster. In the event of a color conflict, the home team will change color. The home team is the first team listed on the schedule. Goalkeepers shall wear colors that distinguish them from the other players on both teams and from the referee.

 

GAME BALL

The tournament will supply one game ball at each field. The HOME team should also be prepared to supply 1 FIFA approved game ball each if the tournament game ball is lost or misplaced.

GOAL SIZE:

U10: 6.5’X12’, U11-12: 6.5’X18.5’, U13-19: 8’X24’.

FIELD MARSHALS

Field Marshals will be present at all fields. All participants should be aware that the Marshals have the authority and right to remove any unruly or uncivil spectators from the game field perimeter and/or the field complex area. All Coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends and spectators at all times.

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND COMMITTEE

In the event of conditions beyond the Tournament Committee's control, final decisions with respect to game cancellations, shortenings or terminations shall lie solely with the Tournament Director and Committee. The Tournament Director and Committee, in conjunction with the Referees' Committee, reserves the right to change field assignments. In addition, the Tournament Director and Committee reserves the right to change sectional and divisional assignments in the interest of fair and balanced competition.

PROTESTS

No protests will be considered.

REFUND POLICY

Nordic Soccer Club charges a $25 administrative fee on any refund.

If a team withdraws after registration/applying for the Nordic Cup Tournament:

Prior to or on May 5th, 2017 = The team will receive 50% amount refunded minus the $25 administrative fee.

If a team withdraws after registration/applying for the Nordic Cup Tournament:

On or after May 6th, 2017 = The team is not eligible for a refund.

 

GENERAL PROHIBITONS

Alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited at any tournament location, including parking areas.

 

  1. are not allowed as they interfere in facilitating a fair play event and are a distraction to players.

DISCLAIMER

The Tournament Director, members of the Tournament Committee, Nordic Soccer Club, its members and board of directors, any participating associations, colleges, advertisers, school districts and recreation departments, and related municipalities will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team, player, or spectator nor will they be held liable for any injury of any player, coach, or spectator that may result from the participation in, or travel to and from the tournament. Each team will be responsible for its own medical and liability insurance. The tournament director and committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the conduct and administration of the tournament and their judgment shall be deemed as final.

 

UPDATED: 5/5/17

document is currently in “Working Draft” form. Please check back on a regular basis to see updates. The Tournament Director and Committee hold the right to update the document as needed.

 

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