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Goal Fest Tournament Rules

Normal FIFA Rules apply as modified below. The rules are to ensure fair play for all. Each player, coach and parent should understand these rules. Any questions concerning these rules should be directed to Tournament Staff.

  1. Registration
    1. ​​Only players registered in WWPSA’s current Fall Recreational or TDA program are eligible to participate. 
  2. Team Rosters
    1. Teams may include up to a maximum of 5 players (recommended number is 4).
    2. Players may only play on one team.
    3. All players must be age / school grade appropriate for the division they are playing in.
    4. Rosters cannot change after the start of the team’s first game.
  3. Check-in
    1. Each team must check in and collect the Team Packet at Tournament HQ before participating in any games.
    2. Each team must check-in with the field’s assigned Field Marshall at least 10 minutes before game time to verify that all players are present, are wearing shin guards and not wearing prohibited items such as jewelry.
  4. Games
    1. Referees will officiate the game and keep time.
    2. Field Marshals may interpret tournament rules upon request.
    3. Each game will consist of two (2) 12-minute halves with a 1-minute water break for halftime. No injury time is added. These times will be strictly enforced to keep play moving.
    4. Games will begin promptly every 30 minutes, team must be ready to take the field if you are next to play.
  5. Game Rules
    1. Click here to see the 3v3 Laws of the Game
  6. Safety and Equipment
    1. All players must wear shinguards; NO EXCEPTIONS. No shinguards, no play.
    2. Ball sizes are
      • K - 3rd grade: size 3 or 4
      • 4th - 7th: size 4
      • 8th and higher: size 5
    3. NO SLIDE TACKLING.
    4. Players on the same team must wear the same color shirt. You do not have to use your WWPSA shirts but if you do use WWPSA shirts the first team on the schedule is home and wears white (or puts on pennies if both teams have the same color shirt) while the second team is away and as the right to wear the green shirts.
    5. No jewelry or hard casts may be worn. All jewelry must be removed before the start of play.
  7. Scheduling
    1. Each team will be scheduled for at least 3 games with a minimum rest period of 30 minutes between each game.
    2. The schedule will be posted to the Tournament website about 2 days before the tournament; it is up to each team’s contact and team members to check and know their schedule.
  8. Field Dimensions
    1. The Tiny fields are 20 x 30 yards and the Mini fields are 30 x 50 yards.
    2. Goals will be the Sharpshooter 5 x 10 foot goals
  9. Forfeits
    1. Teams are given five minutes before a forfeit is issued by the referee. All forfeits must be approved by the Tournament Director before the game is considered an official forfeit. The Tournament Director has the option to replay a forfeited game if deemed necessary.
    2. Any team that forfeits two consecutive games will be excused from the tournament.
    3. Forfeits will be scored as 5-0.
  10. Awards
    1. Team will receive awards based on their standing in their age division (i.e. 1, 2, 3 or participant)
    2. Standing are computed by awarding a team 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss. If teams within a league play a different number of games then Average Game Points per game (Game Points divided by number of games played) shall be used to determine the winner.
    3. In the event that multiple teams have the same number of Game Points or Average Game Points, as applicable, after playing all of their games, all and only teams with the same Game Points or Average Game Points at the end of play will be compared to determine their standing with respect to one another using the following Tie-Breakers in the order provided
      1. Head-to-Head results: the winner of the head-to-head game wins (not applicable when more then 2 teams are tied)
      2. Goal Differential
      3. Most wins
      4. Fewest goals allowed. The team with the fewest number of goals allowed wins.
      5. If teams remain tied after all of these factors are considered, a coin flip will determine the final standings.
  11. Sportsmanship
    1. Players, coaches and spectators are expected to act in the nature of good sportsmanship at all times.
    2. Abuse of the referees, field marshals, players, team contacts or spectators will not be tolerated. Any instance of such conduct will disqualify the responsible team from the event.
    3. All players will receive an award to show their support for the event and encourage a positive experience for all participants with a show of strong sportsmanship.
  12. Protests
    1. There are NO protests.
    2. The Tournament Director has final authority on all disputes and interpretations of the Rules.
  13. Weather Policy
    1. The Tournament Director reserves the right to delay, reschedule, shorten, move or cancel games due to dangerous weather. The rain date for the tournament is the following Sunday.