Tournament Rules

2015 Great Lakes Champions Cup
September (4) 5-7, 2015
Lodi Soccer Complex (Seville, Ohio)
Rules & Regulations


Birth Year RangeMaximum Roster SizeGuest Player Limit
Under 8 (7v7)Born 8/1/2007 - 7/31/2008133
Under 9 (7v7)Born 8/1/2006 - 7/31/2007133
Under 10 (7v7)Born 8/1/2005 - 7/31/2006133
Under 11 (9v9)Born 8/1/2004 - 7/31/2005154
Under 12 (9v9)Born 8/1/2003 - 7/31/2004154
Under 13 (11v11)Born 8/1/2002 - 7/31/2003185
Under 14 (11v11)Born 8/1/2001 - 7/31/2002185

U8, U9, & U10 teams will play 7v7. U-10 teams have the option to register for 9v9 play. U11 & U12 teams will play 9v9. U12 teams have the option to register for 11v11 play. U13 & U14 teams will play 11v11.

A player may compete for only one team participating in the tournament. In the event a player is found to have been rostered to more than one team in the tournament, the second team on which the player is rostered in the tournament shall be deemed as the team that fielded an ineligible player. Any team fielding an ineligible player will be disqualified from the tournament and their tournament fee will be forfeited.

Boys are not allowed to play on Girls teams. Girls are allowed to play on Boys Teams.


  1. Teams from The United States:
    • Players and coaches must present picture identification cards issued by the team's Federation Organization Member (US Club Soccer, USYS, AYSO, USSSA, other)
    • Identification cards must be verified, photo attached, and laminated (if your association does not allow lamination, cards must be encased in plastic sleeves).
    • Teams from USYS outside of Ohio must provide proof of permission to travel.
    • Teams must provide a certified/approved tournament roster from the team's Federation Organization.
    • Teams not from US Club Soccer or USYS must provide proof of insurance.
  2. Foreign Teams:
    • Players must present passports at registration or, if from a nation that the United States does not require a passport, proof of entry into the United States that is required by the United States.
    • Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards.
    • Teams must have a completed form from its Provincial, National Association or school approving the team's participation in the tournament.
    • Teams must provide a tournament roster.
    • Teams must provide proof of medical insurance.

U8-U9-U10 (7v7): $560.00
U10 (9v9): $660.00
U11-U12 (9v9): $660.00
U12 (11v11): $705.00
U13-U14 (11v11): $705.00

  • Teams that register after the registration deadline of August 7, 2015 will be charged a $50.00 late fee.
  • Accepted teams that cancel or pullout after August 7, 2015 will not be entailed to a refund.
  • Teams not accepted will receive a refund in full.


  1. Where the color of the jersey is similar or identical, the designated home team will change jerseys.
  2. All players must have uniforms with individual numbers on the jersey.
  3. No jewelry (including earrings) may be worn by any player.
  4. Orthopedic casts are not permitted; however, soft braces can be worn with written approval from a doctor, and judgment as to safety is at the discretion of the referee, the ultimate authority is the referee.
  5. Shin guards must be worn at all times by all players.

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

Law 11: Offside
U11 – U14: No change per FIFA "Laws of the Game"
U8 - U10: Offside will be called. U8, U9 and U10 will play with the offsides rule in accordance to the FIFA "Laws of the Game".


  1. Substitutions shall be unlimited at any stoppage approved by the referee. Substitutions may be made only upon proper notification of the referee through the linesmen.
  2. The substitute shall not enter the field of play until the player he/she is replacing has left, and then, only after receiving a signal from the referee.
  3. When an injured player (inclusive of the goalkeeper) is attended to on the field of play, the player must leave the field of play for treatment and evaluation. A substitution may be made for the injured player.


  1. U8-10 will play 7v7, 50 minute games, 2x25
  2. U10 playing 9v9, 60 minute games; 2 x 30
  3. U11-U12 will play 9v9, 60 minute games; 2 x 30
  4. U12 playing 11v11, 70 minute games; 2 x 35
  5. U13-U14 will play 11v11, 70 minute games; 2 x 35
  6. Playoffs only: if a playoff game is tied after regulation play, the two teams will then go to FIFA penalty kicks.
    1. Penalty Kicks: Five designated players from each team will attempt penalty kicks, with a winner determined after five players from each team have completed their shots. If the game remains tied, the penalty kick phase will continue with a sixth kicker from each team, sudden death, although each team gets an even number of attempts.

All games will be subject to a mercy rule of an 8 goal differential at any time after the completion of the first half.

A forfeit will be declared if a team is not present at the field and prepared to play within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time. A minimum of five (5) players for 6v6, six (6) for 8v8, and seven (7) players for 11v11 is necessary to start a game. A team also will forfeit a game if their players and coaches aren't in possession of valid player/coach passes. A forfeit shall be recorded as a 4-0 win.


  1. In groups where there are no championship games, champions will be determined by the point system: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss. A forfeit shall be recorded as a 1-0 win.
  2. For teams in group/bracket play, where the top team advances to a championship game, tie-breakers will be, in order:
    1. head-to-head (but not in the case of a three-way tie)
    2. goal-differential, maximum of 4 per game
    3. total goals, maximum of 4 per game
    4. fewest goals allowed
    5. penalty kicks
  3. A forfeit shall be recorded as a 4-0 win.

The Great Lakes Champions Cup will offer three flight levels of competition within Divisions:

  • GOLD DIVISION: High level competitive club teams.
  • SILVER DIVISION: Club teams (2nd/B Teams) and competitive travel teams.
  • BRONZE DIVISION: Primarily for less competitive travel teams.

Teams will be placed in divisions and flights and depending on the number of the teams the brackets will consist of one of the following:

Bracket of Four: Played as a single group of four teams in a round robin format, with the two teams accumulating the most points advancing to the final.

Bracket of Five: Played as a single group of five teams with all teams playing each other once. The team accumulating the most points will be announced as the Champion. The team accumulating the second most amounts of points will be the Finalist.

Bracket of Six: Played as two groups of three teams. Each team will crossover and play the three teams in the other group. The two teams accumulating the most points (Wildcard 1 and Wildcard 2) from all six teams will advance to the finals to determine which team is the champion. It is possible that the finalists could have played each other already.

Bracket of Eight: Played as two groups of four. The winner of each round robin group will play a final game to determine the Champion and Finalist.

Bracket of Ten: Played as three groups. Group A with 4 teams. Group B and C with 3 teams. Group A will play 3 games within the group. Group B and C will be played as two groups of three teams. Each team will crossover and play the three teams in the other group. The two teams accumulating the most points between Group B and C from all six teams will advance to the semi-finals. The 4th best team on points will advance to the semi-finals. Winner of Group A vs Wildcard 2 and Wildcard 1 vs Wildcard 3/4th best team. Winners of the semi-finals will advance to the finals.

Bracket of Twelve: Played as three groups of four. The winner of each round robin group and a wildcard (4th best team on points) will advance to the semi-finals. Winner of Group A vs Wildcard and Group B vs Group C. In the event the wildcard team advances from Group "A" they would have already played the winners of the group and therefore the semi-final opponents will be as follows: Winner Group C vs. Winner Group A and Winner Group B vs. Wildcard.

Bracket of Sixteen: Played as four groups of four. The winner of each round robin group advances to the semi-finals with the winner of the semi-finals advancing to the championship game.

Ohio's Return to Play law features three key rules that all tournaments, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families must abide by:

Rule One (1): Coaches, referees, or officials must remove from play an athlete exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a concussion during practice or a game. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (D)(1).) Once a coach, referee, or other official removes an athlete from a game the decision cannot be overturned.

Rule Two (2): The athlete cannot return to play on the same day that he or she is removed after exhibiting symptoms of a concussion. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (E)(1).)

Rule Three (3): The athlete is not permitted to return to play until he or she has been assessed by a physician or licensed health care provider approved by the youth sports organization and received written clearance. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (E)(1).) This written clearance must be submitted to, and approved by, a tournament director before the athlete is permitted to return to play.

There will be a Discipline Committee comprised of three members. The Committee will review and rule on all reports of unacceptable conduct by players, managers, spectators and coaches.

  1. Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the Law as well as the letter of the Law. Displays of temper or dissent are cause for ejection from the game and surrounding field area and/or the Tournament. Repeated violations may result in the suspension of the team from the Tournament as decided by the Tournament Director.
  2. A player, coach, or team official ejected from a game shall receive an automatic minimum one (1) game suspension regardless of the cause of the ejection. The Discipline Committee shall determine the appropriate sanction for the action resulting in the ejection, said sanction will be determined and communicated to the affected parties as soon as practicable, but no later than prior to the next scheduled game in which the offending party would have an opportunity to participate, which is no sooner than two games after the game in which the offending party was ejected, since there is at least a one game automatic suspension.
  3. At the conclusion of the Great Lakes Champions Cup, it is the responsibility of the team's coach or manager to pick up the passes from the tournament headquarters, even if suspension has not been completed. A complete report will be sent to the appropriate State and National Association within seventy-two (72) hours of the conclusion of the tournament for possible further discipline.
  4. Any player, coach, team official or parent exhibiting or threatening violence to anyone (player, coach, referee, spectator, or Tournament official) will be grounds for immediate expulsion from the tournament, such determination to be made by the appropriate referees and tournament officials. When serving a suspension, the suspended party must check in and remain at the site tent through the duration of the game, or alternatively may be asked to leave the park.
  5. Alcoholic beverages, smoking, use of profanity and animals are not permitted at the fields/ Lodi Soccer Complex.
  6. Mechanical and artificial noise makers are prohibited.

In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Committee will have the authority (in its sole discretion) to change games as follows:

  • Relocate or reschedule any game(s).
  • Change the duration of any game(s).
  • Cancel the game(s).
  • Games that have been started and subsequently suspended due to inclement weather or other external conditions, will be deemed complete if one half of play has been completed or the first half cannot be completed prior to the start time of the next scheduled game on that field. For any such game that is not completed, the score at the time of the suspension will be the final score. Any game that is not started and is canceled (as opposed to postponed) due to weather or other external conditions, will be recorded as a 0-0 tie. Canceled games will not be rescheduled.


  1. Protests - There are no protests. Cup officials reserve the right to decide all matters pertaining to the Cup and Cup rules and regulations. The judgment of the Cup Director is final.
  2. Coach's Responsibility - Each coach is responsible for the conduct of the players, parents, and spectators on his/her team
  3. Team Field Positions - The players and coaches of both teams will take a position on the sideline opposite that of the spectators. Only carded players and coaches will be allowed with teams on the sidelines. A maximum of three coaches per team.
  4. Orthopedic Casts are NOT allowed. No exceptions.
  5. Artificial noise makers are not allowed.
  6. Cancellations. If the Tournament is cancelled due to events beyond the control of the Tournament Committee, the Tournament will not be required to make any financial remuneration.
  7. Teams that register after the registration deadline of August 7, 2015 as noted on the Great Lakes Champions Cup website will be charged a $50.00 late fee.
  8. Accepted teams that cancel or pullout after August 7, 2015 will not be entailed to a refund.
  9. Championship/Final. Following the completion of each championship game, the two competing teams will need to proceed to trophy/medal presentation for awards.
Documents Attached to Tournament Rules:
Tournament Rules