Rules and Information
2019 LAS VEGAS MAYOR’S CUP INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
TOURNAMENT 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.
RULES OF PLAY
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 gotsoccer.com (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 Showcase 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.
Credentials check: for local teams will be Wednesday 10/23 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the offices of Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club, 900 S. Valley View Blvd. Credentials check for traveling teams will be Friday, October 25, 2019, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Elks Lodge 4100 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102.
PLEASE NOTE: Because there is a cash bar available in the vicinity of the credentials check, no one under 21 is allowed. Please DO NOT bring children to the credentials check.
Team Rosters: Teams accepted to the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup must have completed their team roster at gotsoccer.com prior to 11:59pm on the Tuesday before the tournament begins, at which time all team rosters will be frozen. Instructions for completing and submitting your team’s official Mayor’s Cup roster are here. No additions will be allowed after the rosters freeze. NO EXCEPTIONS!! Maximum team roster sizes are as follows:
- U9/U10 – Twelve (12)
- U11/U12 – Sixteen (16)
- U13-U16 – twenty-two (22) (eighteen eligible per game)
Requirements: It is mandatory that a representative from each team attend the Credentials Check. NO CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED AT CREDENTIALS CHECK. Failure to provide the proper credentials for a team/player will prevent the team/player from participating in the tournament.
U.S. Teams: Teams based in the U.S. are to provide the following documentation at credentials check:
- A team roster submitted via the gotsoccer.com website.
- USYS Travel Papers for teams traveling under USYS. USYS Region IV and USCS teams are exempt from providing travel papers.
- Guest Player Forms (up to five (5) per team).
- Laminated current year State Player/Coach Passes for USYS, USCS, USSSA, AYSO, and SAY. All passes must be from the same organization. No mixing of association passes will be accepted. Teams submitting mixed association passes will have to designate the association to apply to the team. Any players that do not have passes with the designated association will not be allowed to play.
- Medical Releases. For USYS or USCS teams, the registration form for the current year.
Foreign Teams: Teams based outside of the U.S. are to provide the following documentation at credentials check:
- 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 to the U.S. and/or photo I.D.
- A completed Medical Release Form for each player. The form 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-one (52) 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
Buckskin Basin Park Fields #1-9 Grass
Centennial Hills Park Fields #1-2 Grass
Cragin Park (Hyde Park Middle School) Field #1 Grass
Ed Fountain Park Fields #1 North & South – #2 North & South Artificial Turf, Fields #3 North & South Grass #4 & 5 Grass, #6-8 Artificial Turf
Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex (KZ) Fields #1-7 Artificial Turf, Fields #8-11 Grass
Las Vegas Sports Park (SportsPark) Field #1 Artificial Turf
Mike Morgan Field #1 Artificial Turf
Freedom Park Field #1-2, Artificial
Teton Park Field #1-2, Artificial
Thunderbird Family Sports Complex, Viper Fields #1-2, Artificial
TOURNAMENT POINTS SYSTEM:
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.
FAILURE TO APPEAR:
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.
TIE-BREAKING RULES IN GROUP PLAY:
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.
- Head to head, if all tied teams have played each other
- Goal differential
- Fewest goals against
- Most goals for
- Least amount of red cards
- 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.
- 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 Gotsoccer.com. 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.
AWARDS AND TROPHIES:
Each player participating in the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup will receive a tournament pin.
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 and U10 will be awarded at Buckskin Basin Park. Awards for U11 and U12 will be awarded at All American Park. 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.
TEAMS, PLAYERS, COACHES, AND SUPPORTERS:
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.
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. Team benches will be provided at Bettye Wilson 1-10 and Kellogg/Zaher fields 8-11.
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)