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Tournament Rules

Tournament Rules

MTSC Tournament Rules & Regulations

REGISTRATION: Teams must check in at the mandatory registration. All registration will be done online, and teams must upload all documents into gotsoccer. Teams will be notified to the time and location of the mandatory registration. Failure to check in will result in automatic disqualification without a refund of the fee from the tournament. All teams will be required to check-in at least 1 hour prior to their first game.

Credentials at Registration (required for all teams):

  • Photo copy of your team roster
  • Photo copy of game roster. The game roster which typically gets affixed to game cards shows the player name, uniform number and player pass number.
  • Player passes to show at check-in (including guest players)
  • Stamped medical release forms to show at check-in (including guest players)
  • Out of state team are required to show an approved application to travel. 


The competition is open to accepted teams composed of eighteen (18) or fewer players, meeting the age limit of the specified division. Players must have been born during, or subsequent to the divisional year. Each team must be registered with a National Soccer Association and with a league affiliated with the USYS or national equivalent and present a valid state roster. Player registration cards, duly authorized by state or national associations will be required as proof of age. Out of state teams must have a copy of the permission to travel form, approved and signed by a USYS representative. Teams shall consist of eighteen or less players in the U13 through U19 division, sixteen players in the U11-U12, and fourteen players in the U10 and under divisions, meeting the age limit of the listed divisions.

Proof of affiliation:

  • Required for all rostered players in the form of a current NJYS or US Club approved Member Player Pass, valid for the current season (including Guest Players).
  • Stamped medical releases for each player (including Guest Players).
  • Photo copy of team roster.
  • Out of state teams playing with USYS passes must show an approved application to travel (not required for teams playing under US Club passes)
  • Guest Players: Up to three (3) guest players will be allowed per registered team.
  • Secondary Passes: Will be allowed.
  • Roster Changes: No roster changes will be allowed after the team has been registered.
  • Double Registering: No double carding of players is allowed, e.g. a U11 player registered for one team cannot play for another U11 or U12 team.


All games shall be played in accordance with the FIFA Laws except as specifically modified by these rules.


  • Teams will be flighted according to competition level in brackets of three - four teams, depending on number of registered teams. There will be multiple flights in all divisions as space allows.
  • If a team is not ready to play 10 minutes after the scheduled start time, it will forfeit the game.
  • Failure to register at least 1 hour prior to the first scheduled game time on the day of competition may also result in forfeiture of all of your games.
  • In accordance with New Jersey Youth Soccer rules, U10 and younger teams may not play up.
  • All teams will play a minimum of 2 games
  • All games will play 25 minute halves, with a 5-minute break between halves.  Halftime may be shortened if the schedule is running behind.

Rules for Advancement:
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 each goal scored up to a max of six (6) per game.  Losing teams receive points also.
One (1) point for each shutout

A 0-0 tie will be scored as 4 points for each team (3 for tie, 1 for shutout)
A 4-2 game will be scored as 9 points for the winning team (6 for win, 3 for goals) and 2 points to the losing team (2 for goals).

In the event of a tie in points at the end of bracket play; the winner for advancement to Semi-Final or Finals will be determined as follows:

1.   The winner in head to head competition. (If there is a 3-team tie, proceed to the next tie breaker)

2.   Goal differential, max of +/-6 per game (Team wins 7-0, loses all bonus points, losing team gets -6)

3.   Goals For (max 6 goals per game)

4.   Goals Against (max 6 goals per game)

5.   Shoot-Outs

When the tiebreaker system is used, the criteria are followed from 1 through 4 until one team is eliminated and then the criteria starts over again at Rule #1.  Rules are repeated until one team remains.

 Rule 4. CONDUCT 

  • Players, coaches and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the laws as well as the letter of the law. Display of offensive language, temper, or dissent is cause for ejection from the game and field of play. Coaches shall be held responsible for the conduct of all persons on their team and those supporting the team.
  • Each team shall share the same side of the field while spectators will occupy the opposite side.
  • The referee only may suspend play or abandon the game. If the referee abandons a game due to misconduct by players, coaches, or spectators on one team, a victory will be awarded to the opposing team with the score being 1-0.
  • Players, coaches and team officials ejected from a game by the referee shall be automatically suspended for the following game.
  • Alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted at any of the game locations, including the parking areas.
  • The Tournament Committee reserves the right to suspend any player, coach, or team, from the Tournament for unruly conduct.

Rule 5.  Mercy Rule

The maximum permitted goal differential in any game is 6 goals. In the interests of good sportsmanship, coaches are responsible to limit one-sided scores by any means necessary, including sitting starters, playing with fewer players than permitted, only permitting shots off volleys or headers, etc. Teams whose goal differential is more than 6 will lose all bonus points. Teams come for a good time and competition, and whenever a game results in mismatched teams, coaches should remember how it feels to be on the receiving end of a blowout and lead accordingly.


There will be no protests allowed during the tournament. Protesting due to referee performance or otherwise is strictly prohibited. 


1. Substitutions, without limit, may be made with the referees’ permission:

  • after a goal has been made
  • at the beginning of the second half of play
  • at a goal kick by either team
  • at a throw-in by the team in possession

2. Limited substitutions may be made with the referees’ permission:

  • in case of stoppage of play for an injury on a one for one basis for the injured player(s)
  • to replace a cautioned player


The tournament will be played through almost any weather. In the unlikely event that any games have to be rescheduled, for whatever reason, the rescheduling will be made at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.  


It is sincerely hoped that NO games will be forfeited during this tournament, as the expressed purpose of this tournament is to encourage good sportsmanship and participation with as much soccer as possible. In the event that a team must forfeit, the following rules shall apply:

  • A team shall be allowed a 10-minute grace period after the scheduled kick-off time before the game is awarded to their opponent. A minimum of seven (7) players, (Five (5) small sided) constitutes a team.
  • In no case will a team that has forfeited a game qualify for awards.
  • A game forfeited will declare a 1-0 score.


The Field Marshall will be responsible for reporting the score of the game. Report sheets are to be signed by one official from each team and the referee after the game is completed.

Rule 11. AWARDS 

  • All ages receive awards for 1st place and 2nd place.



  • All team players must wear acceptable and nominally identical uniforms consisting of shirt/jersey/t-shirt, shorts, socks, shin guards, and suitable footwear. All uniforms shall be appropriately numbered and such number shall coincide with game roster.
  • Goalkeepers must wear distinctly different uniform from the other players on both teams.
  • In the event of a uniform color clash, the designated home team (listed first on the schedule) will change colors.
  • Medical or Other Assistive Devices: Wrapped hard casts of any kind, metal splints, or other devices shall be permitted only if they are inspected by, approved, and allowed by the referee of each match. The referee shall have full discretion in this matter, and the Tournament Committee cannot overrule his/her decision.
  • All orthopedic wraps must be secured and metal fasteners covered with tape. The referee of each match shall have full discretion in this matter, and the Tournament Committee cannot overrule his/her decision.


GENERAL:  The Tournament Committee will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team if the tournament is canceled in whole or in part for any reason. Furthermore, the Tournament Committee’s interpretation of the forgoing rules and regulations shall be final, and the Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the Tournament.  

All checks/money orders in payment of the entry fees MUST be issued to the club hosting the Tournament.

If the tournament utilizes golf carts, only those who have a valid New Jersey Driver’s License will be permitted to operate a golf cart.

REFUNDS:  Tournament Cancellation Prior to Start:  If the tournament is canceled and will not be rescheduled, the tournament will refund 80% of a team’s entry fees. The reasons for cancellation might include weather, field usage, or sponsoring organization management decision.

Voluntary Withdrawal of Team from the Tournament: If a team withdraws from the tournament after the close of registration, the tournament reserves the right to determine what, if any, refund of registration fees will be made to the withdrawing team.





Revised January, 2019

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