2018 Winter Invitational Rules


FC Long Beach would like to welcome the players, coaches, referees, parents and friends to our tournament and thank everyone for attending. Below is the necessary information and rules of our tournament.

General: This Class I and III tournament is open to all Boys and Girls U9 - U17 from CYSA and all affiliated with USSF. Qualifying applications will be accepted on a first-come and first-serve basis. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any application. All decisions, judgments and rulings of the tournament referees and officials are final. NO PROTESTS WILL BE ENTERTAINED OR ALLOWED.

Eligibility: Teams will play in Calandar Year age brackets for 2017 -2018 seasons. 

* U9 - U10 will play 7v7 with no exceptions

*U11 – U12 will play 9v9 with no exceptions

* Teams must be affiliated with FIFA and/or USSF, players and coaches must have laminated cards

* Unlimited loan players will be permitted with a maximum roster size of U9-U11(14 players), U12-U15 (18 players) and U16-17 (22 players) with loan papers, if applicable

* All USYS teams will need proper travel papers

Check-In:  Teams must check in 60 minutes prior to their first game on Saturday morning, January 13, 2018. Failure to check in will result in automatic disqualification (without a refund of the fee) from the Tournament. Referees/Field Marshals will check in all teams and will hold player ID cards during the match. Coach or manager will hold medical release forms. The Field Marshal will collect match cards, which must be signed by coach or team administrator. 

Rosters and Team Registration:

* Maximum roster sizes are: U9-U11: 14 players and U12-U15: 18 players and U16-U19: 22 players

* International teams traveling with up to 20 players must receive tournament director approval for a roster size exemption

* There will be no additions to the team roster once first games have begun

* Player cards or medical releases may be accepted later by Field Marshal, but only if player is listed on the official team roster at time of registration

* At registration, a completed and signed team roster must be submitted by coach or manager who must certify that all players are FIFA and/or USSF registered players

* Laminated player cards with photo and medical release forms will be required at registration

* The Tournament Field Marshal shall pull and hold player cards for any player receiving a red card.

* No player may compete in the tournament on more than one team


Game Procedures:

* Player ID cards and rosters will be verified upon check-in

* All teams must have a licensed coach and carded administrator at every game

* U13-U17 will play 11v11, U9-U10 will play 7v7, U11 and U12 will play 9v9

* All teams shall consist of at least 8 players (6 for U9-U10) (8 for U11/U12)

ENTRY DEADLINE AND REFUNDS: All credit card information or checks must be received by the application deadline of July 22, 2017.  Once acceptance emails have been sent out, team credit card payments will be processed and checks will be deposited. All other payments will be voided or returned. Teams withdrawing after being accepted will not receive a refund. If the tournament is cancelled due to an act of God or inclement weather, a $150 processing fee will be withheld from each teams refund in order to cover fixed costs occurred prior to the cancellation date.


TOURNAMENT FORMAT: There will be a maximum of sixteen (16) teams in the U8-U16 age groups. Each team will play a minimum of three (3) games as follows:

Four Team Divisions: Each team will play the others within its Pool for a total of three (3) Preliminary games. The top 2 teams with most overall points and/or tie breaker seeding will advance to a championship game.

Five Team Divisions: Each team will play the other team in the division.  Division champion and runner up will be determined by total points and/or tie breaker seed.

Six Team Divisions: Teams will be placed in one of two brackets within the division.  Each team will play the other two teams.  The top two teams based on points and/or tie break seed will play in semi finals on Sunday.  The two 3rd place teams will play a consolation game on Sunday.

TOURNAMENT PLAY: Tournament games shall adhere to the following durations:






Ball size





U9- U10


30-minute Halves

25-minute Halves

25-minute Halves

20-minute Halves


30-minute Halves

25-minute Halves

25-minute Halves

20-minute Halves


5 minutes

5 minutes

5 minutes

5 minutes






  Champion awards will be given only to the champions of an age bracket.

Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:

Six (6) points for each Win

Three (3) points for each Tie

Zero (0) points for each Loss

One (1) point for each goal scored up to a maximum of three (3) per game.

One (1) point for each shutout


A 0-0 tie will be scored as 4 points for each team (3 for tie, 1 for shutout)

A forfeit will be scored as a 1:0

Any team who forfeits any pool game will have all of its pool games scored as 0:1 losses (at the discretion of the Tournament Director) The FC Long Beach Invitational is not responsible for the teams who do not attend their scheduled games. No refunds will be given for games that are not played due to no-shows or teams forfeiting.

TIEBREAKER SYSTEM: In the event of a tie in points at the end of Pool play the tie shall be broken based on one of the following criteria (beginning with Step 1, and then proceeding to Step 2 if necessary, and so on until a determination can be made):

Step 1: The winner in head to head competition.
Step 2: Fewest goals against.
Step 3: Most goals for.
Step 4: Most total wins.
Step 5: Most shutouts.
Step 6: If a tie still exists after Steps 1 through 5, FIFA Penalty Kicks will be taken fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the appropriate Semifinal or Championship game.
Step 7: If a three-way tie exists within a Pool after Steps 1 through 5, a three way coin flip will be conducted.  The teams that tie in the coin flip will compete in FIFA Penalty Kicks to eliminate one team prior to proceeding to FIFA Penalty Kicks with the third team.  The coin flip and time of the FIFA Penalty Kicks will be determined at the fields.

For Semifinal Games, should there be a tie at the end of regulation, then the teams shall proceed immediately to FIFA Penalty Kicks to determine a Winner. There will be no over-times played.

For Championship Games,  should there be a tie at the end of regulation, then the teams shall proceed immediately to FIFA Penalty Kicks to determine a Winner. There will be no over-times played.

Awards: Players on the winning team will be presented with FC Long Beach Championship Trophies. Individual players medals will be presented to the champions and finalists at the completion of the game.

All participants will receive an FC Long Beach Invitational pin.


All games shall be played by FIFA rules as modified by USYSA, CYSA-South, and the FC Long Beach Invitational Tournament. The Tournament Director will resolve any situations/ issues not explicitly covered by the rules. The Tournament Director will make final decisions relating to the interpretation of the Tournament rules. However, the Tournament Director may delegate authority to the Venue Director/Field Marshal, if the Tournament Director is not available.

GAME CHECK-IN CONDUCT:  At least fifteen minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game, a team representative must present to the Field Marshall the team’s player cards and game card, so the team may be checked in to play and the game started as scheduled.  The Field Marshall will retain the game card and the team’s player cards until completion of the game.  Each team manager or representative will be required to initial the game card area for that game before the player cards will be returned.  A team who fails to properly check in with the Field Marshall will forfeit that game.

START OF GAME:  The game clock will start at the time defined in the Tournament Schedule regardless of whether the teams have taken the field.  No additional time will be added to the clock if actual play subsequently starts.

PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT:  It will be at the Referee’s discretion to determine the safety and suitability of player equipment including the wearing of a hard brace.  Hard casts are not allowed per CYSA-South rules.  Shin guards are mandatory for all players.

SUBSTITUTIONS:  Free substitution will be allowed in all age groups.  However, teams may substitute only with the referee’s permission and only at the following times:

Any dead ball for either team;

At halftime.

COACHING:  All Coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends and spectators at all times.  Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one’s own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, provided:

No mechanical devices are used;

The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory;

Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards on either side of the halfway line;

No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators;

No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS:  A player or coach receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an Ejection (red card) for the purposes of awarding points for the Tournament competition.  A player who has been ejected (sent off), will not be replaced.  A player or coach who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.  A player or coach who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play will not be allowed to participate in the next TWO scheduled games.  Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament.  For the purpose of this Tournament a coach can be carded.  A team will be disqualified from the Tournament if any player or coach fails to comply with the provisions of this section. Also, an ejection (red card) will result in a 3 point deduction.

SUSPENDED AND TERMINATED GAMES:  If in the opinion of tournament officials a game must be suspended (for reason); the game may be resumed, but is subject to being ended not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game.  If in the opinion of tournament officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench coaches, or spectators, the offending team could be suspended from further play and forfeits that game and all remaining games.  All previous points earned remain as played.  Additionally, the home league and State Association will be contacted as appropriate.

If a game is terminated due to problems associated with the fields, including lighting for a night game, or due to the serious injury of a player (see the next section entitled “INJURY”) the resumption of play for that game will be at the discretion of the tournament officials.  Tournament officials may at their option conclude the game, require completion of the game or utilize penalty kicks to determine the winner of the game depending upon the circumstance and taking into account the potential effect of the game results on the standings of the teams. 

INJURY: Delays of the game will only be allowed for an injury requiring professional medical attention and the inability to remove the injured player from the field until and while the medical attention is being provided to the player.  The delay will result in appropriate time being added to the full game time, based on the judgment of the referee.  Otherwise, each game will be played with a running clock and no suspension of the clock time. However, all preliminary games will be terminated not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game.  The failure to complete any game due to a serious injury requiring suspension of the game play shall be controlled by the preceding section, “SUSPENDED AND TERMINATED GAMES.”

HOME TEAM:  The Home Team will be the team, which appears first on the game schedule.  The Home Team will supply the game ball, unless supplied by the Tournament.  The game ball will be subject to Referee approval.  The Home Team will be required to switch to alternate jerseys to accommodate a color conflict as declared by the referee.  If the Home Team cannot supply alternate jerseys, the Home Team will forfeit the game.  The Home Team will have the selection of the side of the field they wish to defend and the visiting team will start with the kick off.  No two teams will play from the same side of the field, with the Home Team selecting the side from which they will play.

FORFEITS AND BYES:  Teams failing to report ready to play within five minutes of the scheduled kick off time will forfeit.  Home Teams unable to supply alternate jerseys, or teams failing to check in at the Mandatory Registration or for taking actions which cause a game to be terminated will forfeit.  Byes will be scored and tournament points awarded the same as a forfeit.           


DISPUTES:  Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee and the tournament will not overrule a referee’s decision. 

INCLEMENT WEATHER OR ACT OF GOD:  In the event of inclement weather, or act of god, once the games have begun, winners will be decided based on points earned up to that point.

Venue Rules and Restrictions:

* Smoking is not permitted in the immediate vicinity of any playing site

* No pets allowed in the immediate vicinity of any playing site (except Heartwell Park)

* No alcoholic beverages shall be allowed in the immediate vicinity of the playing site. No person shall be permitted to appear on, or in the vicinity of the playing site in an intoxicated condition

* Breaking the law is under the jurisdiction of the Long Beach Police Department, not the tournament management team. Proper authorities will be contacted as deemed necessary