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Rules for the 2024 Ohio Fusion Soccer Classic

Players must be born within January 1 - December 31 time frame established by the USSF for the division in which they would participate. Player passes with photograph, duly authorized by an appropriate USSF State Registrar must be presented at registration.

Team rosters will be limited to 18 players for teams playing the 11 v 11 format (other than allowed by USYSA). Team rosters will be limited to 14 players for teams playing the 9 v 9 format. Team rosters will be limited to 12 players for teams playing the 7 v 7 format. The Roster submitted at Tournament Registration will be the official Roster for the Tournament and may not be altered. A player may only play for one team.

Three (3) guest players will be allowed per team for U09-U15 teams. Guest player rosters should be validated by your state association/country federation (if required by your association). Prior to the start of each game, the Referee shall check that each team have the following: current Federation player and coaches passes and approved guest roster (if applicable).

International Rules (FIFA/USSF) apply. Please note: Attacking players are in an offside position only when they are in their opponent's build-out area. The build-out lines are used as the offsides lines, therefore no offside offense can occur between the two build-out lines. This in effect is an "offside free zone".

Unlimited by either team, prior to a throw-in, goal kick, after a goal, and after the half break. A one for one substitution is permitted by either team, at a stoppage of play for injury, caution, or ejection. A player who is bleeding or has blood on his/her uniform shall be removed from the field and cannot return until the bleeding is stopped and the uniform is cleaned or changed. Substitutions may be made for injured players.


U9/U10 - 7v7
Preliminary games 50 min games
Championship games 50 min games
Ball size 4 (home team is responsible for game ball)

U11/U12 - 9v9
Preliminary games 50 min games
Championship games 60 min games
Ball size 4 (home team is responsible for game ball)

U13 thru 15 - 11 v 11
Preliminary games 60 min games
Championship games 70 min games
Ball size 5 (home team is responsible for game ball)

Half-time length is 5 minutes, may be shortened, if needed, at the referee's discretion.
NOTE: The Tournament reserves the right to consolidate age groups.

Match Lengths:
Preliminary Games will consist of two halves of equal length. See the chart above for game lengths for both preliminary and semi and final games for all divisions. No overtime periods in preliminary games.
Semi-Final and Final Games will consist of two halves of equal length.
Overtime periods are 2x5 minutes per half for under 8-15 for either short-sided games or 11v11. The Committee reserves the right to adjust game length for conditions beyond their control. See Weather/Reschedule section below.
The game clock will not be stopped because of injury to any player, except if deemed necessary by the referee. Due to the time allowed for the completion of all games, the clock should run continuously.

Any player or coach ordered off the field by the referee for misconduct shall be suspended from at least the next game, as determined by the Tournament Committee. The Tournament Committee shall review each incident based on the report of the referee. The Tournament Committee's decision with respect to any suspension shall not be subject to review or appeal.
Noisemakers of any kind are prohibited from being used at any games at all sites during the tournament.

A minimum of 7 players constitutes a team (6 for U8/U10). A 10-minute grace period will be extended beyond the scheduled kick-off time before a forfeit shall be declared. Failure to complete a match, or a team leaving the field during play, will result in forfeiture. No team that has forfeited a match will be declared a group winner for advancement purposes. Winning teams as a result of forfeits will be automatically awarded the average number of goals either scored and/or allowed in their games.

The Tournament Committee shall have the authority to make the following changes if deemed necessary:
A. Shorten the duration of the games.
B. Suspend temporarily or permanently any game in progress. (Preliminary games terminated after one half of play because of bad weather shall be considered official as of the time of termination.)
C. Cancel any or all games if necessary. OSYSA, the tournament committee, the Central Ohio Soccer Association, any of our sponsors, advertisers, supporters, or providers of soccer facilities are not responsible for any expense incurred by cancellation of scheduled games.
D. In the event that a final cannot be played or finished. If the game has reached half time then that score will stand and a winner declared. If less than one half of the game has been played, or the game not started, then co-champs are declared.

Each team, on checking in must have a contact person who can be reached at any time should the necessity arise.

The center referee will keep the official game card, which he shall receive from the designated field marshal prior to each game. The center referee shall obtain the signature of each linesman and each participating head coach at the conclusion of each game. The referee will be responsible for returning the game card to the designated field marshal at the conclusion of each game.

Each team shall be awarded three points for a win, one point for a tie, no points for a loss and one point for a shut out. The following procedure will determine the group winner.
(1) Most points
(2) Head to Head (unless 3 teams are tied)
(3) Highest number of total NET goals (goal differential). Maximum goal differential is four goals per game.
(4) Least goals given up
(5) Least cards (yellow/red) accumulated
(6) Penalty kicks ( FIFA Laws of the game)

To determine the "net goal differential" between two or more tied teams, all preliminary games will be counted. Net goal differential shall be calculated as total goals scored less total goals allowed.

Championship Games tied at the end of regulation will be decided by:
U8-15 2 x 5 minute overtime periods

If the games are still tied at the end of the overtime periods, they will be decided by penalty kicks (FIFA Laws of the Game).

When Semi-Final and Final matches are still tied after overtime (see overtime times in the Laws of the Game above) the FIFA laws of the game for Penalty Kicks apply. Only players on the field at the end of the second overtime period are eligible for penalty kicks. Coin flip will determine who will go first (visiting team calls). Five penalty kickers per team. The most goals scored after five kicks for each team wins the game. If the score remains tied, teams will alternate shooters until there is an unmatched goal between the teams. After all eligible players, including goalkeepers, on the field of play have taken kicks; teams will start with their first kickers again and in the same order.

Protests must be in writing, be accompanied by a $250 cash deposit and be presented to the Tournament officials at Sackett-Wright Park. All protests must be received at Sackett-Wright Park within one hour of the conclusion of the protested game. Referee judgment shall not be a basis for protest. The center referee must be informed of the pending protest at the conclusion of the game and must report in writing on the game card his comments as to the protested situation. Protests, which are upheld, will cause the return of the $250 cash deposit, but protests denied will result in the forfeiture of the $250 cash deposit.

The Tournament Committee shall have the responsibility for providing nets, field markers, corner flags, and supervisory personnel. Both teams shall be benched on the same side of the field opposite any spectators.

All players of a team will wear the same color shirts, shorts, and socks. Every player must then be dressed alike. The uniforms must be worn with the shirts tucked into the shorts and the socks must be pulled up to cover the shin guards. In the event of a color conflict, the home team will change. Each player will have a jersey number on their shirt. Teams are not allowed to have players with the same jersey number.

The Tournament Committee will be the final interpreter of the rules and regulations and reserves the right to issue the final decision on all matters pertaining to the Tournament.

1. Coaches are required to bring all player/coach cards to every game. It is highly suggested that you bring medical release forms with you in case of injury.
2. If a game is temporarily suspended due to weather problems, field conditions, or other situations beyond the tournament's control, each team (coach) involved must check with their site's tournament headquarters. Have players go their cars during a weather delay. No one will be allowed on the fields until the weather conditions are favorable to resume.
3. All teams are required to clean up their sidelines after each match.
4. A coach may coach more than one team at the tournament. A player may only play for one team in the tournament.
5. Not permitted at our tournament includes: alcoholic beverages, smoking, and verbal abuse.
6. PETS are not allowed at the Tournament Sites.
7. The tournament committee's interpretation of the foregoing rules/regulations shall be final.



Ohio Fusion Soccer Classic
Dony Benson, Tournament Director (937) 286-5043
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