Tournament Rules

General Tournament Requirements

MANDATORY MANAGERS MEETING

Mandatory coaches/managers meeting will be held Friday (time TBD) to verify rules and rosters.  A coach, manager, or team representative MUST attend this meeting. The Tournament Director will not be responsible if a change of the schedule was made and a team was not present.

 

ROSTERS

Each team may have a maximum of twenty (22) players on their roster.

All Rosters are Final at midnight January 9th before the tournament.

Rosters must be done electronically and verified by the Manager.

Players are allowed to play on only one (1) team in a division.

Players must appear on the roster to be eligible to play.

 

PLAYER IDENTIFICATION

All players must have a valid government-issued photo I.D. with date of birth.

Players are required to have their I.D. available at the field for all games in the event that a protest is made regarding the players’ age. Any player using ID other than US/Canadian/Mexico Drivers license must carry multiple forms of ID. Wristbands will be used to indicate ID has been checked. Wristbands must be worn for the duration of the tournament. Wristbands issued after your first game will be issued at a cost of $20.00 each, regardless of when the player arrived in Vegas.
ID scanners will be employed randomly throughout the event. Having a player with a fake ID will result in the ejection of your entire team, and severe punishment.

 

SCORE CARDS

Coaches or managers are responsible for making sure that the proper score is recorded on the referee’s

score card at the end of each game.

 

TRASH BAGS AND CONTAINERS

Every team is required to pick up after themselves.

Trash containers are available throughout the soccer complex.

Additional trash bags can be obtained at the concession stand.

HELP US KEEP OUR FIELDS CLEAN.

tournament rules

This tournament will be played under FIFA Rules, however the following modifications apply.

1. All games will be considered as final and no protest will be allowed, not applicable to forfeiture

defaults or imposition.

2. Team rosters must be submitted prior to the start of the tournament.

3. All players must have a valid government-issued photo I.D. with date of birth.

·         Players are required to have their I.D. available at the field for all games in the event that a protest is made regarding the players’ age.

·         Any player using ID other than US/Canadian/Mexico Drivers license must carry multiple forms of ID.

·         Wristbands will be used to indicate ID has been checked.

·         Wristbands must be worn for the duration of the tournament.

·         Wristbands issued after your first game will be issued at a cost of $20.00 each, regardless of when the player arrived in Vegas.

·         ID scanners will be employed randomly throughout the event. All ID’s must be Machine readable and eligible for use with TSA for Domestic US flight.

·         Having a player with a fake ID will result in the ejection of your entire team, and severe punishment.

4. Sliding and Slide Tackling Rule. Slide tackling is not allowed. Slide tackling directed towards any player may result in a possible YELLOW or RED card.  If there are NO opposing players in the area of play, sliding is allowed if you are sliding to save a ball from going out of play or from scoring. This rule will be strongly enforced by the refs. The referee has final discretion on this rule.

5. Unlimited substitutions will be permitted at any break in play upon notifying the referee.

6. Yellow Cards entail an automatic five (5) minute cooling off period. The player may be substituted.

This includes goalies.

7. A player ejected for a red card will automatically miss his team’s next game. Depending on the

severity of the ejection, the Tournament Director has the right to extend the suspension.

8. A player ejected for fighting or striking another player, will be suspended for the rest of the

tournament. The team will play future games with one less player.

9. A player or team official (coach or manager) who physically attacks a player, referee, or tournament

official will be suspended from the rest of the tournament and possibly all future tournaments, at the

discretion of the tournament director.

10. Any player not playing for the team that was on the original roster will be disqualified and the team

that allowed him to play will forfeit the game.

11. Teams that forfeit games by no-show will not be invited to future tournaments.

12. Players may be of any gender, so long as the player meets the age requirement of their given

bracket.

13. The first palace team from the first-place group of each age division will be granted a discount off registration of the 2025 Copa de Mayo

tournament in their bracket if tournament occurs with that age group and the age division this year and next year comprises at least 8 teams or more. Teams must still register. Only 1 discount given per age division.

14. Games are 60 minutes with 30-minute halves and a 5-minute rest. No tie-breaking in tournament

play. Quarter-final ties broken with 5 penalty kicks then ended by sudden death with the first missed

goal. Semi-final and final ties broken with Penalty Kicks.

15. Teams shall have a 15-minute grace from start time until issued forfeiture for no show unless

otherwise decided by the tournament director.

16. If teams have uniforms that are the same color, the team designated as the home team needs to

change their uniform.

17. If any issues arise on the fields, the team manager or captain needs to bring the issues to the

referee’s attention and the referee will contact the tournament director if necessary.

18. Any use of foul language will receive a yellow card. This enforces the first cautionable offense against

unsporting conduct as listed in FIFA’s soccer laws.

19. Any dissent to the referee by a player or person other than the team captain or manager will receive

a yellow card. This enforces the second cautionable offense against “dissent by word or action”.

20. Registration fee is non-refundable. Total Registration Fee is $1,595.00 — $385.00 reservation deposit is due at the time of registration, with remaining balance of $1,210.00 due by March 1, 2024 . If team registration payment of $1210 is not received by March 1, 2024 reservation is forfeited to a team on the Waitlist. Cancellation penalties are as follows: for the refundable portion 100% is refundable up to March 1, 2024, $200 penalty applies to cancellations prior to March 10th, $600 penalty applies to cancellations from March 11th to March 25th.. After March 25th all payments are 100% non-refundable.14 days prior to tournament start: no refunds issued. Tournament organizers reserve the right to cancel the tournament for any reason at any time. In such an event, full refunds will be issued.

21. Any breach in the rules or requirements may result in a team’s forfeiture.

22. Rules grievances may be lodged with the tournament director at any time.

23. Tournament Director has final say in all rules.

POINT SYSTEM

The point system is as follows:

6 points for a win

4 points for a tie

1 point for every goal, up to 3 goals

1 point for shut out win (not a 0-0 tie)

1 point loss for a red card

Point Tie breakers are as follows:

1. Head-to-head result
2. Goal Differential
3. Least goals against
4. Most goals scored
5. Red cards
6. Coin toss

 

Please read the following carefully.

 

REMINDER: Team managers are entirely responsible to ensure that all players are properly registered

and meet the age restrictions of the group that they are playing in. You further agree to convey the

following waiver and release of liability information to your players and agree that they have read and

understand the tournament rules and the Tournament Waiver and Release of Liability located in the

General Tournament Requirements. Your submission of the roster with all players’ names and

signatures confirm this action.

Participants agree to not sue the “Copa de Mayo Soccer Tournament,” its agents and representatives, and the owner of the playing fields used by the “Copa de Mayo Soccer Tournament”, for any injury incurred during any “Copa de Mayo Soccer Tournament” play and events. Participants understand and agree that the “Copa de Mayo Soccer Tournament” reserves the right to eject any player or team from play. I further understand and agree that the “Copa de Mayo Soccer Tournament” reserves the right to discontinue any player’s or teams’ participation in the “Copa de Mayo Soccer Tournament” at any time and without compensation for any fees or dues paid by that player. I understand and agree that the “Copa de Mayo Soccer Tournament” reserves the right to amend or alter game schedules, venues and rules at any time.

 

Tournament Risk Waiver and Release of Liability:

Participation is acknowledgement that soccer and soccer tournaments are extreme tests of a person’s physical and mental limits and participation in a soccer event can cause potential death, serious injury, or property damage. With a full understanding of the potential risks, YOU AND YOUR TEAM HEREBY ASSUME THE RISKS OF PARTICIPATING OR OFFICIATING IN A SOCCER EVENT. You hereby take the

following action for myself, my executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors and assigns. By participating in this event you understand there is no guarantee of safety or insurance coverage for

physical damage. You further understand the implied risk of participating in a sporting event of this

nature and you execute the following:

a)   YOU WAIVE, RELEASE, AND DISCHARGE Copa de Mayo Soccer tournament, its organizers, referees, associates and field owners from any and all claims or liabilities for death or personal injury or damages of any kind, which arise out of or relate to my traveling to and from or my participation in the Copa de Mayo Soccer tournament;

b)  YOU AGREE NOT TO SUE the Copa de Mayo Soccer tournament, its organizers, referees, associates and or field owners for any of the claims or liabilities that you have waived, released or discharged herein;

c)   YOU INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the Copa de Mayo Soccer tournament, its organizers, referees, associates and or field owners from any claims made or liabilities assessed against them as a result of my actions.

1.     You have read and understand the Waiver and Release of Liability;

2.     You are at least eighteen (18) years old;

3.     By submitting the attached roster you agree and consent to abide by the Waiver and Release of Liability set forth herein and agree to receive the express oral consent from all players you have participating on your team that they do the same.

Need players for your team?

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