Fall Rec Tournament Rules

FALL RECREATIONAL TOURNAMENT RULES

 

Tournament Location and Complex Rules 

Tournament Location - BASC recreational tournaments are held at the Indian Springs Sports Complex (ISSC), located at 13600 South 145th East Avenue in Broken Arrow. The complex is divided into two sides: east side and west side. Please check the website for field information.

Tournament Headquarters – The Tournament Headquarters (HQ) is located on the east side of the ISSC, in the center island just east of the concession stands. HQ is the location of all tournament operations including team check-in, field marshal check-in, scoring, award presentations, and lost and found.

Complex Facilities – Free parking is provided in designated areas on both sides of the complex. Restroom facilities and concession stands are also available on both sides of the complex. Covered pavilions and a playground are also located within the complex.

Warm up in Penalty Area/Field Use – Per BASC and City of Broken Arrow Parks and Recreation Department policy, teams will not be allowed to warm up or practice in the penalty areas of U-9 and above fields (fields 1-8, 13-16, 26-32 and 37-41). This restriction includes goalkeeper warm up. Teams found violating this policy will be given a warning and asked to leave the penalty area. Teams that do not comply immediately or violate the policy repeatedly will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include a deduction of team points, forfeiture of a game, or expulsion from the tournament.  All fields are for official games/team use only. On fields activities by others (spectators/visitors) is not permitted.

Standard of Conduct – All visitors to the ISSC are expected to maintain a high standard of conduct, keeping in mind they are a guest in a public area with children present. The use of foul, abusive, or threatening language will not be tolerated. Should it come to the attention of tournament officials any person, persons, or team has conducted themselves inappropriately, the Tournament Director reserves the right to take remedial action, which may include a deduction of team points, forfeiture of a game, expulsion of the person, persons, or team from the tournament, or banning of a team or club from future BASC tournament events.

Alcoholic Beverages – Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited at the ISSC. The use and consumption of any alcoholic beverage immediately before, during or immediately after the playing of any youth soccer match is expressly prohibited. Any player or team official who violates this prohibition will be subject to disciplinary action and/or suspension by the Tournament Director.

Tobacco/Vapor – Tobacco and Vapor use is requested to be limited to the parking areas of the complex.

Pets – Pets are not allowed within any fenced area or near playing fields at ISSC per Broken Arrow City Ordinance Chapter 5, Section 18. This shall not apply to police dogs used in law enforcement, or to clearly identified service dogs used as an aide to a person with a hearing or sight disability.

 

Team Eligibility Criteria

The Fall Recreational tournament is open to the following teams:

  • Boys and girls Recreational teams in the U6 through U19 age groups, including Recreational, Traveling Recreational and Recreational Select (Rec Plus) teams.
  • Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams are not eligible to play in this tournament.
  • Tournament Only teams are not eligible to play in this tournament.

Teams must be registered with a US Soccer affiliate club and currently playing in a sanctioned Academy or Recreational league. An official stamped copy of the team’s current roster must be submitted and approved by tournament officials before the team will be allowed to play any tournament games.

Click here for instructions on how to print your official roster via GotSoccer. This is not a “GotSoccer Roster”, this is an official stamped copy of your team’s roster. Roster must be submitted to BASC office prior to tournament weekend. Roster may be emailed to tournament@bascok.com or faxed to 918-516-0664.

Teams will be required to register and play in the age group shown on their official team roster. Teams may request to play up one age group. Play up requests will be evaluated by tournament officials with the final decision to grant such requests falling to the Tournament Director. Playing down will not be allowed.

Each player must be properly registered with a US Soccer Affiliate and be included on a current team roster.

Player passes are required for all Academy players. Player passes are also required for U11 through U19 age Recreational players.

Players may not play for more than 1 team during the tournament.

Guest players are allowed based on the following guidelines:

  • Guest players must be included on a current recreational team roster or registered as a recreational player through OSA.
  • An official copy of the guest player’s recreational team roster must be submitted and approved by tournament officials before the player will be allowed to guest play in any tournament games. Email guest player’s roster
    • Only players listed on a Recreational roster will be allowed to play in the tournament. Academy only players, who are not currently registered on a recreational team or Competitive players are not allowed to play in the recreational division. 
  • Guest players must be age appropriate for the age group in which they plan to play.
  • CLICK HERE for full guest player rules and registration procedures. 
  • CLICK HERE for the OSA Guest Player Form.

The total number of roster team players plus guest players cannot exceed the maximum roster limits shown below

Division Age Group Format

Guest Players
Allowed

Maximum Roster
Limit
Recreational U6 4v4 Festival 1 7
Recreational U7-U8 4v4 1 8
Recreational U9-U10 7v7 2 12
Recreational U11-U12 9v9 3 16
Recreational U13-U14 11v11 3 16
Recreational U16-U19 11v11 3 22
(only 18 can dress out per game)

 

Tournament Rules and Policies 

Team Check-In Requirements – Teams are required to check-in at Tournament Headquarters at least 45 minutes prior to the start of their first scheduled match. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture or disqualification. The following documentation must be provided at check-in to the Tournament Committee for their review:

  • Official Team Roster - Two (2) copies of the team’s official stamped/signed roster showing you are a registered team in a league will be required for check-in. Obtain this from your club registrar. GotSoccer rosters or game cards will not be accepted. Player jersey numbers must be listed on the official roster for each player. These may be handwritten on the official team roster. If your club uses GotSoccer, you can follow these instructions to access your official roster; CLICK HERE. Please email or fax a copy of the guest player’s roster to the BASC office prior to the tournament
  • Medical Release Waivers - A copy of each player’s medical release form/waiver, signed by the player’s parent or guardian, must be presented and kept on hand by the coach or manager throughout the tournament. The USYS medical release form may be used in place of a club provided form; CLICK HERE to download. Medical Release forms do not need to be notarized.
  • Player Passes – Current season player passes are required for all Academy players. All U11-U19 age Recreational players (whose regular league requires player passes) must have current player pass. You will need to provide them for review at check-in and available at every match.
  • Travel Documents – For teams from outside of Oklahoma travel documents obtained from the home state association must be presented. If the home state association does not provide travel documents, the team must provide proof of insurance before being allowed to play in the tournament.
    • Guest Player Documentation – If a team has guest player(s) for the tournament the following documentation is required for each guest player:
      • Two (2) copies of the guest player’s primary team’s official stamped/signed roster, please email or fax a copy of the guest player’s roster to the BASC office prior to the tournament. 
      • The guest player’s signed medical release waiver,
      • Guest player’s player pass,
      • FOR OKLAHOMA TEAMS: the team coach or manager must fill out and submit the online OSA tournament guest player form before a guest player can attend the tournament. CLICK HERE to access the online form. Be sure to print the completed online form and bring a copy to tournament check-in to verify you have filed the appropriate paperwork with OSA.

Seeding & Bracketing – The Bracketing Committee will seed teams based on the results information provided on the team’s online tournament application and information found on club/league websites or GotSoccer to determine team strength. The Committee will take care to avoid, when possible, having teams who normally play each other in league play being paired to play each other in the tournament. If a team withdraws after bracketing is complete, there will be no reseeding of brackets and games will be shown as forfeits.

Game Schedules – Each team will be scheduled to play a minimum of three (3) games. Teams from outside the Tulsa metro area will not likely be scheduled games on Friday evening. Scheduler will also attempt to avoid conflicting games for coaches who identify that they are coaching multiple teams. Schedules are published as early as possible to allow coaches time to review for conflicts, but due to the complexity of scheduling, there is no guarantee that all conflicts can be resolved. Coaches are encouraged to have a registered assistant coach present at the tournament. Specific scheduling requests may be submitted but are not guaranteed to be honored.

Refunds/Cause for Dismissal/Application Acceptance – Any refund of registration fees is at the discretion of the Tournament Director. Bracketing, seeding or schedules shall not be a basis for a refund request. No refund shall be provided to a team removed from the tournament due to disciplinary reasons or for providing false or misleading information at registration/check-in. Once a team is accepted the payment form will be charged for the registration fee. Failure to provide correct or adequate payment information will result in the application being dismissed or acceptance being delayed until the issue is corrected. In the event the tournament reaches capacity for an age group any applications with unresolved issues will be declined.

 

Flight Structure, Scoring and Tie Breakers

Flight Structure - Based on the number of teams in each age group, teams will be bracketed into flights using the flight structures listed below or as otherwise determined by the Tournament Director:

  • 3 Team Flight – Each team plays 2 games in group play. The team with the most points after group play advances directly to the final. The remaining two teams play a semi-final match with the winner advancing to the final.
  • 4 Team Flight – Each team plays 3 games in group play. The top two teams in points after group play advance to the final.
  • 5 Team Flight – Each team plays 4 games in group play, with the champion and runner-up determined by points after group play. No final match.
  • 6 Team Flight – Teams are divided into two brackets of 3 teams each. Each team will play 2 games in group play within their bracket. After group play, the third place teams from each bracket play each other in a consolation game. The 1st place team from bracket A plays the 2nd place team from bracket B and the 2nd place team from bracket A plays the 1st place team from bracket B in two semi-final matches. The winners of each semi-final match play each other in the final.

Scoring -  Scoring used to determine team standings at the end of group play will be based on a three (3) point system:

  • Win = 3 points 
  • Tie = 1 point
  • Loss = 0 Points 
  • Note: U6 games are “festival style” and scores will not be recorded

Tie Breakers – The following tie breakers will be employed for the tournament:

  • Group Play - If at the end of group play, if two or more teams are tied, the group (or wild card) winner will be determined using the following order of tie breakers listed below. In the event there is more than 2 teams tied after the first team is advanced the two or more remaining teams will begin the tie breaker from the beginning of the process until a team to advance is determined: 
    • Winner of head-to-head competition
    • Highest average goals scored; sum of goals scored (up to three per match) divided by the number of matches
    • Lowest average goals scored; sum of goals allowed (up to three per match) divided by the number of matches
    • Highest goal difference; sum of goals scored minus sum of goals allowed (a maximum of 5 goals per match in each category)
    • Penalty kicks in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game
  • Semi-Final/Final - If a tie exists at the end of regulation playing time in a semi-final or final match, an overtime period consisting of two (2) five minute halves will be played. No “golden goal”. If, at the end of the overtime period, the score remains tied; penalty kicks will be taken in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game to decide the winner.

Inclement Weather and Playing Conditions - Teams will be expected to play regardless of weather conditions. The Tournament Director will determine if playing conditions warrant the postponement or cancellation of any scheduled games. The Tournament Director has the authority to modify any and all tournament rules in order to safely and fairly end the tournament successfully. Referees shall retain the right decide if safe playing conditions exist.

  • ISSC is equipped with a lightning detection system. If lightning is detected, all games will be suspended and all players, officials, and spectators will be required to leave the fields and take shelter, preferably in their personal vehicle. If possible, games will resume once lightning has cleared the area.
  • In the event games are rescheduled due to weather, it is the responsibility of the team’s coach or manager to check with Tournament Headquarters or the BASC website for reschedule information on the same day as the match is suspended.
  • Refer to the BASC website homepage for field closures and live updates during delays.
  • Matches will be considered complete if at least one half has elapsed and play is terminated by the Field Referee or Tournament Director. The score at stoppage of play will be considered the final score. If one half of the match has not elapsed and the match is stopped, every effort will be made to reschedule the match. However, in the event that rescheduling is not possible and the match cancellation creates a situation where teams are unable to play an equal number of preliminary matches tournament points within a respective flight will convert from total points to average points for all matches played.  For example:     
    • Team A scores 22 points for 3 matches: Average Points = 7.33
    • Team B scores 30 points for 4 matches: Average Points = 7.50
    • Average Points will be rounded to the nearest hundredth (0.00)
    • The team with the highest average points will be declared the winner of the division. The same system will also be used to determine wild card teams where necessary.
  • In the event the tournament is cancelled, either in whole or part, the Broken Arrow Soccer Club is not responsible for any expenses incurred by any team. However, a portion of the entry fee may be refunded after any outstanding tournament expenses are deducted.

Forfeits - If a scheduled team does not report for play within ten (10) minutes of the scheduled starting time, the match may be declared a forfeit. All forfeits will be scored at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds as follows:

  • The team that “wins by forfeit” will be deemed to have scored the average number of goals it actually scored in its other matches (up to a maximum of three (3) goals per match) and not to be less than one (1) point.
  • Goals deemed scored will be rounded to the nearest whole number.  Decimals of .50 or greater will be rounded upward.
  • For the purpose of awarding points, the team that “wins by forfeit” will receive 3 points for the win and the goal points for the goals deemed scored.

Awards – Team trophies and player medals will be awarded as follows:

  • All U6 players will receive participation medals after their final game.
  • Players on the 1st and 2nd place teams in each flight will receive medals.
  • The 1st place team will receive the championship trophy/plaque.

Uniforms and Player Equipment – All members of the same team must wear jerseys of the same color, with the exception of the goalkeeper who will wear a different color to distinguish them from both teams and the referees. Team shorts should all match and be of the same color. Team socks and any applied tape or covering must also match and be of the same color.

  • Each player on a team (with the exclusion of U6 players) must have a unique number on their jersey that matches the number shown on their official roster as approved during check-in.
  • In the event that both teams show up wearing the same or similar color jersey, it is the responsibility of the home team to change to an alternate color jersey.
  • All players are required to wear shin guards with socks completely covering the shin guards.
  • No player shall wear anything that is dangerous to their self or other players, including but not limited to rings, earrings, watches, necklaces, etc.
  • Protective head gear, casts and splints may be allowed if adequately padded and wrapped to prevent injury to another player and must be approved by the center referee.  Players wearing medical devices are encouraged to check in with the referee staff prior to game time to allow adequate time for alterations.
  • Please refer to FIFA Law IV for questions concerning player equipment. The center referee will have final authority as to what is allowed on the playing field.

Sidelines – Teams and spectators shall seat themselves as follows:

  • U6-U8 Age Teams
    • The Home team (as listed on the schedule) and their spectators shall be seated on the East or North side of the field.
    • The Away team (as listed on the schedule) and their spectators shall be seated on the West or south side of the field.
    • Each team and their respective spectators shall remain on their designated side of the field throughout the match.
    • No persons may stand behind the goal line at any time during a match.

                    

  • U9-U10 Age Teams
    • Teams shall be seated on the side of the field having technical area markings and player benches (where installed).
    • Coaches are required to remain within their respective technical areas unless invited onto the field of play by the Referee.
    • Only official team coaches/trainers/managers, as listed on the game form, maybe in the team’s technical area and provide instruction/assistance to players.
    • Providing coaching instructions from outside of the technical area is not permitted.
    • Spectators shall be seated on the opposite side of the field from the teams and must remain behind the painted standoff line.
    • No persons may stand behind the goal line at any time during a match.

                  

  • U11-U19 Age Teams
    • Teams shall be seated on the side of the field having technical area markings and player benches (where installed).
    • Coaches are required to remain within their respective technical areas unless invited onto the field of play by the Referee.
    • Only official team coaches/trainers/managers, as listed on the game form, maybe in the team’s technical area and provide instruction/assistance to players.
    • Providing coaching instructions from outside of the technical area is not permitted.
    • Spectators shall be seated on the opposite side of the field from the teams and must remain behind the painted standoff line.
    • No persons may stand behind the goal line at any time during a match.

                 

Match Rules and Policies

Rules of Play – Tournament matches will be played in accordance with current FIFA “Laws of the Game” as modified herein:

  • Oklahoma Soccer Association Rules of Competition will apply to all matches unless otherwise noted.
  • All recreational players must play at least 50% of every game.
  • US Youth Soccer guidelines for small-sided games will apply for all small-sided matches.


Kickoff – Kickoff will take place at the time shown on the tournament schedule. If a team is not present and ready to play within ten (10) minutes of the scheduled kickoff time, the match may be considered a forfeit.

Match Format/Length - All matches will be regulation length as shown below, conditions permitting.  The Tournament Director reserves the right to shorten games in the event of inclement weather or other warranted conditions. Overtime period and penalty kick tie breakers will only apply in the semi-final and final games.

Division Age
Group
Format Ball
Size
Offsides Game Length Overtime
Period
Game Length
(Final's & Semi's)
Recreational U6 4v4
Festival
3 No Four 10-Minute
Periods
None Same
Recreational U7 4v4 3 No Four 10-Minute
Periods
Two 5-Minute
Halves
Same
Recreational U8 4v4 3 No Four 10-Minute
Periods
Two 5-Minute
Halves

Same

Recreational

U9-U10 7v7 4 Yes Two 25 - Minute
Periods
Two 5-Minute
Halves

Same

Recreational

U11-U12 9v9 4 Yes Two 25 - Minute
Periods
Two 5-Minute
Halves
Two 30-Minute
Halves

Recreational

U13-U14 11v11 5 Yes Two 30 - Minute
Periods
Two 5-Minute
Halves
Two 35-Minute
Halves

Recreational

U16-U19 11v11 5 Yes Two 35 - Minute
Periods
Two 5-Minute
Halves

Same

 

NOTE:  The game clock will not stop except in the case where an injured player must be removed from the field by medical personnel. In the case of extreme hot or humid conditions, water breaks may be designated by the tournament director. The clock will not stop for water breaks. 

Heading Rule: In 2016 USYS issued a new rule on heading by young players. In an effort to comply with that rule Recreational players on U12 teams and younger shall not be allowed to head the ball.  If a player deliberately heads the ball, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the other team at the site of the penalty. 

Substitutions:

  • U6-U8The game shall be divided into four (4) periods of ten (10) minutes each with a break of five minutes between periods. Substitutions shall be unlimited and at the referee’s discretion will be permitted at any stoppage of play.
    • At half time.
    • To replace any player for health or injury reasons.
    • For a player who has received a yellow card, at the discretion of the Coach and with permission of the Field Referee.
    • To allow a player who has left the game due to a minor injury to return to the game, as soon as possible, replacing the same player who replaced him/her.
  • U9-U12 - Substitutions shall be unlimited and at the referee’s discretion will be permitted at any stoppage of play. Substitutions at times other than halftime shall be made at the halfway line. Players may only enter the field with the permission of the Referee or Assistant Referee after the substituted player leaves the field.
  • U13-U19 – Substitutions shall be unlimited. Substitutions at times other than halftime shall be made at the halfway line. Players may only enter the field with the permission of the Referee or Assistant Referee after the substituted player leaves the field. Substitutions may be made at the following times:
    • Prior to a throw-in by either team (at referee’s discretion).
    • Prior to a goal kick by either team.
    • Following a goal by either team.
    • After an injury by either team, if the injured player is substituted.
    • After a caution is issued for the cautioned player only. (The opposing team may substitute an equal number of players)
    • At half time.

Conclusion of Match/Reporting - At the conclusion of the match, the Field Referee shall complete the scorecard in detail and submit to the appropriate tournament staff within 30 minutes of completion of the match. The Tournament Committee will maintain an up-to-date list of all red and yellow cards issued during the tournament. A player that receives three (3) yellow cards will be prohibited from playing in the next scheduled game. A red-carded Player or Coach will receive an automatic one-game suspension and the Tournament Director will review continued participation. Field Referees will be notified if a team has an ineligible Player or Coach for their match.  All cautions and red cards will be reported to OSA. Where required, red card suspensions not fulfilled during the tournament will carry over to league play.

Protests and Appeals - No protests or appeals will be heard unless the rules of the match have been misapplied by the Field Referee and have materially affected the outcome of the game. The protest must be made in writing within 1 hour of the conclusion of the match and be accompanied by a $50.00 bond. The Tournament Director, a Referee Staff, and one Tournament staff member will determine whether or not such action materially affected the outcome of the match. If, in their opinion, the outcome was materially affected, they may take whatever remedial action they deem appropriate and the $50.00 bond will be returned. The decision of the Tournament Director is final and an appeal of the decision will not be allowed. No judgment calls made by the referee may be protested.

 

Team Discipline

The Tournament Committee will uphold all suspensions of players and/or coaches, as appropriate.

An ejected (red-carded) player or coach who is “Sent Off” is ineligible for their team’s next scheduled match. This includes semi-final and final matches.

Any player ejected (red-carded) due to violent conduct will be sent off immediately from game and prohibited from playing the remainder of the tournament.

Any player who receives two (2) yellow cards in one match will be treated the same as having received a red card.

Any player who receives an accumulation of three (3) yellow cards during the tournament will be treated as having received a red card.

Each player or coach who becomes ineligible for his/her team’s next match under the items above will cause his/her team to lose one (1) point in the tournament standings for each red card or equivalent that he/she receives.

The team’s coach is responsible for the actions of his or her team staff, players and spectators. Verbal abuse of referees, players, and/or spectators will not be tolerated and a team’s head coach may be disciplined for such. Such actions may also result in termination and forfeiture of the match and/or expulsion from the tournament.

Any coach who has been ejected from the match must remove him or herself out of “sight and sound” from the playing field within two (2) minutes of ejection or risk match forfeiture. Communication from an ejected coach to the team or team staff is not permitted and may result in the match being a forfeit.

Any coach, or trainer, who withdraws his or her team from the field during a match, will receive a red card and his or her team will forfeit the match.

Field Referees will note all prior ejections of players, coaches, or trainers as furnished by the Tournament Director before the match time and ensure that any such ineligible player or coach does not participate in the match. Field Referees will also notify the Referee Assignor of any yellow or red cards in the match just completed by clearly noting it on the match form turned in at the Referee Headquarters.

The Tournament Director will make note of the card(s) issued and the offenses in order that a written report may be made to the player's or coach's respective club, league or association for further action, if needed.

 

Tournament Director

It is the responsibility of the Tournament Director to understand and employ these rules in a manner consistent with fair play and the spirit of the game. For issues not specifically addressed herein, and/or for issues that become subject to interpretation, all decisions made by the Tournament Director are final and binding.