Rules and Information



The Tournament Rules explain how the tournament will be operated and are separate from the Playing Rules, which explain how the games will be governed. 


Laws of the Game shall apply as modified by USYSA and USYSNV as described herein.  Modifications

The Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Tournament has been sanctioned by Nevada Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) in accordance with US Youth Soccer (USYS) Policy on Hosting Tournaments or Games, US Club Soccer (USCS) Policies Section 7 – Tournament Rules and Sanctioning, and NYSA Policy Section 24 – Tournament Hosting and Sanctioning. The tournament will be conducted in accordance with USYS and NYSA tournament policies, with specific rules as follows.

*Please note: U8 teams will be playing under U9 rules and format, U11 teams will be playing under U12 rules and format.


All properly registered teams from the United States (U.S.) in good standing and which comply with the Policies and By-laws of the USYS, United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), NYSA, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Soccer Association for Youth (SAY), and USCS are eligible to compete in the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Tournament.

Foreign teams must be members of their national youth soccer organization and must receive US Soccer approval to participate (the tournament will seek such approval on behalf of foreign teams).

Teams must be registered to a U8 through U16 boys or girls team. Eligible players are those players whose names appear on the team’s official roster on (U.S. teams) or team’s official roster (foreign teams). The players listed on the team’s official roster must be officially registered to the team through their youth soccer organization or be a sanctioned guest player. A team may have a maximum of five guest players.


Tournament Headquarters: Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex located at 7353 Eugene Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89128 (Map)

Tournament Director: The administration of the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Tournament is vested in the Tournament Director provided by Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club.  The Tournament Director will decide on any matters not provided for in this policy and his/her decisions are final. The Tournament Director will only receive communication concerning the tournament and its conduct from registered team officials.

Disputes: The Tournament Director will settle all disputes. All decisions of the Tournament Director are final. All official game results are final.

Facility Manager(s): The Tournament Director will nominate a Facility Manager(s) to be responsible for operations at one or more playing facilities.

Referee Organization: The Tournament Director employs a referee organization to referee all games. The referee organization is independent from the tournament, the Tournament Director, Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club (Downtown LVSC), and the City of Las Vegas. To maintain this independence, the Tournament Director will not over-rule referee decisions under any circumstance.


Tournament Headquarters
Teams will be at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex located at 7353 Eugene Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89128, (MAP)

It is mandatory that upload your team documents in the online Credentials Check.  Player Cards are still required for each game.

U.S. Teams:

* Tournament roster must be submitted via the website during tournament registration. Any player added after October 7, 2019, must contact at  The rosters will freeze on Tuesday, October 21, 2019.  No additions will be allowed after the rosters freeze. NO EXCEPTIONS!! (Roster Instructions)

* Travel Papers for US Youth Soccer. Region IV and US Club Soccer teams are exempt

* Guest Player Forms (up to [5] per team)

* Laminated current year State Player/Coach Passes or US Club Soccer, US Youth Soccer, USSSA, AYSO, SAY. Passes must be all from the same organization. No mixing of association cards will be accepted. Teams submitting mixed association cards will have to designate the association. Any players that are not carded with that specific association will not be allowed to play.

* Medical Releases (Current year US Youth Soccer or US Club Soccer registration form) must be brought to each game but are not uploaded as part fo the credentials check

(Failure to provide the needed paperwork for each player could prevent players from participating in the tournament.)

 Foreign Teams:

*Foreign Teams: Player Passes from appropriate FIFA affiliate. If your association does not issue Player Passes, you will be required to present Passports or proof of entry and/ or photo I.D.

* Medical Releases (download here) Medical Release Form . (This release does NOT need to be notarized.)

Pre-Game Check-in: Teams must check-in with the Field Marshal at the Field Marshal tent thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled game time. The Field Marshal will inspect player equipment, check players against the player passes and game cards, and issue any other necessary instructions. Teams are not permitted to participate in the game without conducting game check-in. The Field Marshals are at the games to assist you with anything you might need and to handle the administrative concerns of the games. They do not have authority over any decision normally made by a referee. The Field Marshals will hold the player, coach, and team official passes for both teams in their possession during the game; no exceptions.


All teams are guaranteed at least three (3) games (weather permitting). The Tournament Director may reduce the number of games or game durations in order to complete the tournament if playing time is lost to inclement weather. Cancelation or abandonment of games is the decision of the Tournament Director or Center Referee should they determine that playing conditions are dangerous, as per FIFA/USYS/NYSA regulations. The Tournament Director will do everything in his/her control to make sure all games are played. If the Tournament Director takes the decision to abandon all or part of the tournament, the standings at that time will be taken as final. No refunds will be given!

The Tournament Director will use the following Contingency Plan:

  • Plan A: All matches will be played as scheduled.
  • Plan B: Shorten all first-round matches to two (2) fifteen (15) minute periods.
  • Plan C: Plan B plus shorten all second-round matches the same.
  • Plan D: Plan C plus shorten all third-round matches the same.
  • Plan E: In the event, the fields become totally unplayable or the weather becomes a hazardous condition, it may be necessary to decide some matches with FIFA penalty kicks.

The Tournament Director has the authority to alter the schedule, move games to the next day or move game sites for the good of the tournament. All games will be played at the locations listed in the FIELDS section of these rules. The Tournament Director may change consolation game teams to avoid match-ups between teams from the same geographic area.

The tournament will consist of a group play stage and a knock-out stage. In the group play stage, teams will be ranked in a group table based on the points scoring system defined. Should there be a points tie, the tie-breaker rules defined will be used to rank the teams in the group table. The number of teams advancing to the knock-out stage from each group will be determined by the size and number of groups in the age group/division. The knock-out stage will be single-elimination games where a winner must be determined. Winners advance to the next knock-out stage. The knock-out stage will continue until two teams remain in the age group/division to contest the Championship Final. Teams eliminated in the first knock-out round may have a consolation game, if that is required to provide the team its minimum of three (3) games.


There will be fifty-three (53) fields used for competition, as follows:

All-American Park Fields #1-5 Artificial Turf, Fields #6 & 7 Grass

Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex (Tournament HQ) Fields #1-12 Grass

James Regional Sports Park  Fields #1-6, 11, 12, 13 Grass

Centennial Hills Park Fields #1-2 Grass

Ed Fountain Park Fields #1  – #2 h Artificial Turf, Fields #3 Grass #4 & 5 Grass

Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex (KZ) Fields #1-7 Artificial Turf, Fields #8-11 Grass

Small Sided Fields at James Regional Sports Park

The fields will be divided into small-sided fields for U9-U12 play.  The area between the fields is restricted and no player, coach or spectator may enter that area except to retrieve a ball that has left the field of play.  Teams will occupy the same side of the field.  The home team will take the west side, visitors will take the east side.


Final standings for a group will be determined by the total number of points accumulated during group play. The following points system will be used to determine positions in group play:

  • Win (including forfeit) six (6) points
  • Tie three (3) points
  • Loss zero (0) points
  • Goals scored one (1) point per goal to a maximum of three (3) points
  • No goals conceded one (1) point
  • Red Card one (1) point deduction

Forfeits and Intentional Game Abandonment: Should a team forfeit the game or cause game abandonment, the opposing team is awarded a 1-0 win regardless of the game score at the time of the event. No points will be awarded if neither team shows up for the game.

Game Abandonment: Should a game be abandoned for reasons beyond the control of either team, the game is considered official if one half of play has been completed and the score at the time of abandonment will stand as the final result. If the game is abandoned before one half of play has been completed the outcome will be decided by the Tournament Director and will consist of either a rescheduling of the game, or recommencement of the game from the game time at abandonment, or the awarding of a tie to both teams.


A team that fails to appear for a scheduled game will forfeit the game. Games will not be rescheduled. A team is considered as failing to appear if it fails to check-in with the Field Marshal at least fifteen (15) minutes before the scheduled kick-off time or if fails to report ready to play at the field of play least five (5) minutes before the scheduled kick-off time. Teams that forfeit during group play may continue on in group play but not in the knock-out rounds.


If necessary, the following tie-breaking rules will be used to determine the order of team advancement from group play. If more than two (2) teams are tied, the tie-breaker criteria are applied in the order below to either advance or eliminate one team. The remaining teams will then be compared, beginning at the top of the list, to determine the final placement/winner.

  1. Head to head, if all tied teams have played each other
  2. Goal differential
  3. Most goals for
  4. Fewest goals against
  5. Least amount of red cards
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark, in accordance with FIFA rules, at a time to be determined by the Tournament Director. Eleven (11) players from each team must be ready to participate (5) minutes before the appointed time. If a team fails to meet this requirement the opposing team will be declared the winner.
  7. If three or more teams cannot be separated by tiebreakers 1-5, penalty kicks shall determine 1st, 2nd & 3rd.  A coin toss will determine which team receives a bye from initial penalty shootout. The two (2) remaining teams will participate in an initial shootout. The loser of the initial shootout will place 3rd in the group. The winner of the initial shootout will participate in a second shootout against the team receiving the bye. The winner of the second shootout will place 1st in the group. The loser of the second shootout shall place 2nd in the group.


Wildcards may be used to determine additional knock-out stage participants after group play. Wildcards are determined by taking all second-place teams and ranking them based on the scoring and tie-breaking methods described in these rules. A third-place team will not be considered for a wild card regardless of the number of points they received during group play.


The Tournament Director is responsible for reporting scores and posting them on the scoreboards and on The official game score is the score recorded on the official game card. The Referee is to ensure that the official game card is an accurate reflection of the game score and are to confirm this through obtaining the signatures of both team Head Coaches on the game card at the end of the game. The Referee is to give the completed game card to the Field Marshal immediately after the game is concluded. The Field Marshal is to inform the Facility Manager of the game score immediately by radio and is to pass the game card to the Facility Manager at the earliest opportunity. The Facility Manager is to inform the Tournament Director of the game score immediately and is to pass all completed game cards to the Tournament Director at the earliest opportunity. Official score is kept at the tournament headquarters at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex.


At the conclusion of the final matches in each age group, first (1st) and Second (2nd) place teams will receive individual player/coach awards. The first (1st) place team in each age group will receive a Mayor’s Cup Trophy.

Awards will NOT be mailed to teams failing to stay for presentations. Awards for U8 – U12 will be awarded at the location the finals are held.  All other awards will be handed out at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex.  The Mayor’s Cup is awarded at the completion of each championship game.



Roster maximum size

2012 U8 – 12 Players
2011 U9 – 12 Players
2010 U10 – 12 Players
2009 U11 – 16 Players
2008 U10 – 16 Players
2007 U13 – 22 Players of which only 18 are eligible per game
2006 U14 – 22 Players of which only 18 are eligible per game
2005 U15 – 22 Players of which only 18 are eligible per game
2004 U16 – 22 Players of which only 18 are eligible per game

The home team is listed first on the schedule and will provide the game ball. The home team will also be responsible to change jerseys if the referee determines both teams jersey to be too close in color.

Except for James Regional Sports Park, Teams will sit on opposite sides of the field. Home team will occupy either the east sideline or the north sideline depending on how the field is configured. The visitors will occupy the west sideline or the south sideline, depending on how the field is configured.  For matches played at James Regional Sports Park, teams will occupy the same side of the field.  The home team will take the west side of the sideline and the visitors will take the east side of the sideline.  Team benches will be provided at Bettye Wilson 1-10 and Kellogg/Zaher fields 8-11, James 1-6, 11, 12, 13.

No alcoholic beverages, pets, illegal drugs or glass containers are allowed on or near the tournament fields.

Head coaches are responsible for the conduct of their other coaches, team officials, players, and spectators while present at game facilities.

The Head Coach is to sign the game card at the end of the game to signify agreement with the game score.


Sending-off: A player/coach/team official that is sent-off during a game must leave the facility at which the game is being played immediately. The player/coach/team official is to have no contact with the team until the game is completed.

If a player, coach, or team official is sent-off, the Field Marshal will retain the appropriate pass and forward it to the Facility Manager along with the Referee’s game report. The Facility Manager will forward the pass and Referee Game Report to the Tournament Director at the earliest convenience. The Tournament Director will determine the suspension to be served, in accordance with the guidelines below. If the Tournament Director believes the circumstances of the sending-off to be particularly egregious, he/she may take additional disciplinary action. Player/coach/team official sending-off cannot be rescinded.

Suspension: When a player/coach/team official is sent-off, minimum game suspensions will occur as follows, but may be increased at the discretion of the Tournament Director:

  • Serious Foul Play:  One (1) game
  • Foul and Abusive Language: One (1) game
  • Foul and Abusive Language Directed at a Game or Tournament Official: Two (2) games
  • Second Cautionable Offense: One (1) game
  • Violent Conduct, excluding assault or fighting: Two (2) games
  • Assault, Fighting, Entering the Field of Play During a Fight: Remainder of Tournament

If a player/coach/team official/spectator cannot be identified as being involved in a fight, the entire team will be removed from the tournament. No refunds will be made to any team that is removed from the tournament for fighting.

A suspended player/coach/team official cannot be within sight or hearing distance of the field of play during his/her suspension. The suspended player/coach/team official is to have no contact with the team during the game. Any coach or team official that is coaching more than one team in the tournament and is suspended on one team is automatically suspended from any other team(s) until the suspension has been served.

Game Termination: If in the opinion of the Center Referee, a game must be terminated for misconduct, the offending team forfeits that game and will be suspended from further play in all remaining games, which will be forfeited. Previous points earned by the team concerned and any right to a refund, awards or other consideration will be forfeited. In addition, the home league and State Association will be informed of the incident.

Verbal Abuse: Any verbal abuse by players/coaches/team officials/spectators directed at tournament officials, referees or other tournament volunteers will result in ejection from the game facility and suspension from further participation in the tournament, at the discretion of the Tournament Director.


The Nevada Legislature passed Law AB 474 in 2005 to protect sports officials, including referees and assistant referees. State law makes it a crime to threaten a sports official, verbally or physically, resulting in fines up to $2,000 and one (1) year in prison. If the victim suffers severe bodily harm, the punishment may be up to a $10,000 fine and fifteen (15) years in prison. (NRS 200.471 and 200.481)

updated 9/23/19

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