Modifications To Laws of the Game

2017 LAS VEGAS MAYOR’S CUP INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT RULE MODIFICATIONS

US Soccer Law Modifications

The 2017 Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Tournament will adhere to current FIFA Laws of the Game published 2015/2016 for U9 through U16 teams, with the following amendments in accordance with US Youth Soccer (USYS) and Nevada Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) policies, including USYS Player Development Initiatives – Small Sided Standards published July 2015:

FIFA Law 1 – Field of Play

Field Markings: Some fields may contain alternative markings for other sports. Such markings will be in a different color than the soccer markings.

For U9/U10, fields will be marked as shown below:

7v7 Field Markings

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Build Out Lines on the U9/U10 fields will be employed in accordance with USYS Player Development Initiatives – Small Sided Standards published July 2015, as follows:

  • When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line.
  • Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper may pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate. Punting the ball is not permitted.
  • After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team may then cross the build out line and play may resume as normal.
    *Deliberate heading is not allowed. In case of a deliberate heading infraction an indirect free kick will be awarded.

For U11/U12 games, fields will be marked as show below:

9v9 Field Markings

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Dimensions: For U9 through U13 games, the field dimensions will be marked as follows:

  • U9/U10: 47 yards long by 30 yards wide, maximum
  • U11/U12: 75 yards long by 47 yards wide, maximum
  • U13: 112 yards long by 75 yards wide, maximum

Flagposts: There will be no corner flags on artificial turf fields.

Goals: For U9 through U12 games, goal dimensions will be 6.5 feet high by 18.5 feet wide.

FIFA Law 2 – The Ball

The ball will be Size 4 for U9 through U12 games.

FIFA Law 3 – The Number of Players

Number of Players: For U9 through U12 games, each team will consist of the following number of players, one of whom is the goalkeeper:

  • U9/U10: seven (7)
  • U11/U12: nine (9)

Number of Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions will be permitted in all age groups. Substituted players may return to the field of play.

Substitution Procedure: Substitutions may only be made with the referee’s permission at the following stoppages in play:

  • at half-time
  • before restart of play after a goal has been scored by either team
  • before restart of play on either team’s goal kick
  • before restart of play on your own team’s thrown-in, and
  • before restart of play after a stoppage for injury or player safety, as determined by the referee

FIFA Law 4 – The Player’s Equipment

The player’s footwear cannot have metal cleats (studs).

All players must wear numbered uniforms with no duplicated numbers on a team.

No hard casts are permitted. Soft casts will be permitted on an case by case basis as per each individual referee.

The home team must change jerseys in the event of a color conflict.

FIFA Law 7 – The Duration of the Match

Group Play:

Periods of Play:

  • U9/U10: Two twenty (20)-minute periods
  • U11/U16: Two thirty (30)-minute periods

Half-time Interval:

  • No more than five (5) minutes

Knockout Games:

Periods of Play:

  • U9/U10: Two twenty (20)-minute periods
  • U11/U16: Two thirty (30)-minute periods

Half-time Interval:

  • No more than five (5) minutes

Tiebreaker:

  • FIFA Penalty Kicks

Knockout Games Played on Final Day:

Periods of Play:

  • U9/U10: Two twenty (20)-minute periods
  • U13/U16: Two thirty (30)-minute periods

Half-time Interval:

  • No more than five (5) minutes

Tiebreaker:

  • Two five (5)-minute extra time periods, followed by FIFA Penalty Kicks if the game remains tied

Allowance for Time Lost: Referees will not add time to a match except under the most extenuating circumstances. All preliminary matches will be terminated not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next match on that field.

Procedures to Determine the Winner of a Match

Extra-time: Two 5-minute halves

FIFA Penalty Kicks

Technical Area

The technical area is considered to be from the half-way line to the extent of the center circle in a team’s own half of the field.

The Fourth Official

A fourth official will not be provided.

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