2021 Intermountain Champions Cup
Tournament General Rules
The entry deadline for all fees and paperwork is 11:59 pm on Friday, June 11, 2021. Other arrangements can be made by contacting the tournament director.
Teams withdrawing after June 7, 2021 will forfeit their entire entry fee. All teams not accepted into the tournament will receive a full refund. In the event of cancellation of the tournament, 90% of fees will be returned.
No pets allowed at any tournament game site (service animals excluded). If supporters of a team refuse to remove a pet when asked by a tournament official, the Tournament Director may forfeit the game for the team with the supporters. No alcoholic beverages allowed at any tournament game site.
Check In -
All teams must have a representative check in at registration at least one hour prior to playing their first game. Teams must bring with them to check-in:
Current laminated association player cards for each participating player (e.g., USYSA, US Club).
Player cards are to match the tournament rosters.
Medical release and concussion forms for each participating player. There is no specific tournament medical release form. Bring the one currently used by the team for league play.
Each team should bring two sets of numbered uniforms (differing colors) to each game. In the event of a conflict the home team will be required to change colors.
The home team is required to provide the game balls, unless supplied by the Tournament.
Teams will be allowed up to 6 guest players.
Maximum roster sizes for each team are as follows:
2011-2012 (7v7): 14
2009-2010 (9x9): 16
2001-2008 (11x11): 20
The Tournament Director can approve exceptions to the roster size rule. Any exceptions must be in writing and a copy kept with the team at all games.
Shin guards are required for all players (no exceptions).
Casts: Casts are permitted with the permission of the referee. The Tournament Director should be contacted beforehand in the case of a player expected to play with a cast but the ultimate authority of playing with a cast will be with the referee.
Rules of Competition and Conduct
FIFA Laws of the Game
FIFA Laws of the Game will apply, except as amended below.
The ball during a kick-off can go in any direction (forward or backwards).
The duration of the matches shall be as follows:
2011-2012: two 25 minute halves (50 minutes)
2009-2010: two 30 minute halves (60 minutes)
2005-2008: two 35 minute halves (70 minutes)
2002-2004: two 40 minute halves (80 minutes)
All games will have a five-minute halftime unless shortened by the authority of the Tournament Director. If the start time of a game is more than 15 minutes behind schedule, the Tournament Director may make a decision to shorten the game. He/She will do so by informing the coaches, prior to the start of the game, if the game time will need to be shortened by 5 minutes for each half.
In group play and consolation matches, a draw shall stand as played. In the semi-finals and finals, matches that end in a draw shall be decided by penalty kicks. No Overtimes unless both teams are notified by the Tournament Director prior to the game.
Both teams are to be located on the same side of the field with spectators on the opposite side of the field of the teams.
No protests are allowed and all referee decisions will be final, except those concerning the use of overage or ineligible players. The opposing coach and referee must be notified of an overage/ineligible protest prior to leaving the field of play and the protest must be submitted in writing to the Asst. Tournament Director within 30 minutes of the match completion. A protest bond of $50 in cash (no checks) must accompany the written appeal. The bond will be returned if the appeal is granted. A protest committee of three neutral persons will be appointed by the tournament director(s) to hear the appeal and make a decision before the next games for the teams involved. Their decision will be final. If a protest is upheld, forfeiture will be awarded for the protested match (a 1-0 victory for the non-offending team) and all previously played matches that included the overage/ineligible player.
All players are to be eligible to play in their age division (including guest players). The Tournament Director can approve exceptions to this rule. Any exceptions must be in writing and a copy kept with the team at all games.
All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, coaching staff, and team spectators. At no time shall foul or abusive language or misconduct be permitted at any field or other facilities being used for the tournament. Coaches who are either unable or unwilling to control themselves or their sidelines may be cautioned or sent off. The referee will file a written report with the Tournament Director. A copy of the report and a statement of any action will be sent to the respective association office.
Termination of Play
If in the opinion of the referee, game play must be terminated for misconduct of the coach, players and/or spectators, the offending team will be charged with a loss and the score will be determined by the Tournament Director. If, in the opinion of the referee, both teams are offending, the game will be terminated and the Tournament Director will determine the score. If a game is terminated due to weather or unsafe field conditions (as determined by the referee), the score of the game at the time of the termination will be the official game score.
Red and Yellow Cards
Any player, coach or bench personnel sent-off or dismissed (red card) may not participate in the team's next game of the tournament. If a player receives a red card that player and his or her coach have 30 minutes to report to the Tournament Director after the final whistle. If the offense is of a serious nature, the Tournament Director reserves the right to impose a suspension. If a player is sent off a second time, the Tournament Director has the right to suspend the player for the remainder of the tournament. If any player receives three yellow cards during the tournament, he or she will sit out a minimum one game suspension. Following the match, that player and his or her coach must report to the Tournament Director within 30 minutes to receive possible further punishment.
Any player, coach or bench personnel sent off for violent conduct may not participate in any further games of the tournament and will be referred to their state or national association for further sanctions. If a player, coach or bench personnel participates in any game for which they are suspended, his or her team shall forfeit that game and the player or coach may not participate in an additional game of the tournament. A coach who is suspended may not be present at any game for which they are suspended.
Substitution may be made with the consent of the referee during any stoppage of play.
The number of substitutions shall be unlimited.
Players not on the field of play must remain (2) yards behind the touchline and not within 18 yards from the corner of the field.
Reporting of Scores
Referees are responsible for the game and will report the score of all games to the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director report scores to the tournament scheduler.
A point system shall be employed to determine the order of finish in group play, as follows:
Three points for a win.
One point for a tie
Zero points for a loss
The team with the most points in group play will be the winner of the group; the rest of the teams shall finish in the order of most points. If there are uneven number of teams in a bracket, and one team must play an additional game, this team’s score will be factored by a ratio of games played by other teams to their number of games (i.e, if one team played four games and the other teams in the group played three, their total scored will be factored by 0.75).
If teams are equal in points, then tie-breakers, in order of importance, shall be:
Head-to Head Competition
If the tie-breaker fails to determine a winner, a coin toss will decide the winner (or penalty kicks at discretion of Tournament Director). When selecting more than one team using the tie breaking rules, the tie breaking rules will be re-applied from the beginning after each team is selected.
Note: In the case of a "Bye" because of no show or cancellation, a score of 1-0 (3 points) will be awarded to the winning team. (The Tournament Committee will make every effort to try to find a replacement team when a cancellation occurs.)
A forfeiture may occur when a team does not arrive by the scheduled starting time for a match or not having the minimum number of players present. The tournament director may choose not to forfeit a game due to extenuating circumstances.
The minimum number of players required to start play will be based on FIFA Laws of the Game.
A team that forfeits a match will be permitted to proceed in the tournament if qualified to do so.
The Tournament Director has the authority to modify or waive these rules in unusual circumstances for any game(s), which have not yet begun. Any modification, waiver, or failure to enforce any of these rules of competition does not require the granting of further modification, waiver, or lack of enforcement.