Tournament Rules of Play

Warrington Soccer Club's 4 v 4 Halloween Soccer Festival is a one-day friendly tournament designed to create a fun environment for kids to join their friends, play some soccer, and have a good time. The only awards given will be for the BEST COSTUMES in each age group. There will be both a Champion costume and Finalist. Rules of play are below.

Except as otherwise noted in these rules, the FIFA Laws will govern the play of all games in this tournament.

Division Guidelines: Age divisions are determined by the age of the oldest player and are based on the 2016-2017 soccer year age groups.

Team Registration: Eight is the maximum number of players on a team, four field players and four substitutes. A team must have a minimum of three field players. There are no goalkeepers in 4v4. Roster changes, substitutions and additions must be made before the beginning of the team’s first game. Any team player determined by the tournament director to have falsified age will be dismissed from the tournament. A PLAYER MAY ONLY PLAY ON ONE TEAM FOR THE DURATION OF THE TOURNAMENT. Co-ed teams may enter; however, any team with at least one male player must play in the boys’ competition.

Check in is MANDATORY at Upper Nike (IPW) at least 45 minutes prior to start of first scheduled game. All coaches must have in their possession either a copy of a player card or copy of a birth certificate as proof of age for all players on the team roster at any time requested by a tournament official.

Team Acceptance into Tournament: We will accommodate as many teams as possible. Teams are accepted on a conditional basis when registered online. Acceptance is not guaranteed until the fee is received. All entries must be received by October 1st, 2016 at which time we will determine the level of participation and develop schedules. Late registrations may be accepted, at the discretion of the tournament director. The medical Waiver form must also be completed for each team/player.

Refunds/Team Withdrawal: In the event that a team is accepted into the tournament but then cannot be scheduled due to insufficient teams in the age group or a combined age group deemed appropriate by the Tournament Director, that team’s full registration fee will be refunded. A team withdrawing from the tournament after acceptance shall forfeit the entry fee. Teams providing incorrect information or changing information on the entry form after acceptance may be subject to removal from the tournament and forfeiture of the entry fee.

If the tournament is cancelled due to weather or another act of God before it commences, a refund of 25% of the team’s entry fee will be given. Every effort will be made to schedule around inclement weather; however, once the tournament commences, there will be no refunds. In the event of a partial rainout, division winners will be determined based upon games completed; no refunds will be made for any uncompleted or un-played games.

Team Uniforms/Jerseys: All players must wear shin guards, or will not be allowed to play. All players must wear jersey/shirt/Costume during play and each team must bring both a light and dark colored jersey/shirt. If both teams are wearing the same color, a coin flip in pool play will determine which team must change. Jewelry will not be allowed, including earrings of any type, rope necklaces and bracelets. The only exception will be players wearing medical bracelets.

Game Balls/Sizes: Teams are responsible for providing game balls.

Field Dimensions: The playing field is 35 yards long by 25 yards wide.

Goal Arc: The goal arc is a 5 foot radius arc and is directly in front of the goal. There is no ball contact allowed within the arc; however, all players may pass through the arc as long as they do not touch the ball while in the arc. No player may stand within the goal arc. A goal kick is awarded regardless of who touched the ball last. Any part of the ball or player’s body on the line is considered in the goal arc, and is in extension of such. If a defender touches the ball in the arc a goal is awarded to the offensive team, If an offensive player touches the ball within the goal arc a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team, and a goal will not be counted if scored.

Game Start and Duration: The game shall consist of two 10 minute halves separated by a two minute halftime period. Teams shall report to assigned fields a minimum of 5 minutes prior to assigned start time. In the event that a team is not readily available at game start time, the game shall begin by starting the game clock and one (1) goal will be awarded to the opposing team for every minute that team is late. The team may report and the game will commence and finish based on the timekeeper’s clock. In the event that any team is more than 5 minutes late for the start of their game the game will be forfeited. There are no time outs in 4v4 soccer.

Substitutions: Substitutions may be made at any dead-ball situation regardless of possession. Teams must get the referees attention and players must enter and exit at mid-field. There are no substitutions on the fly.

Goal Scoring: A goal may only be scored from a touch (either by offense or defense) within a team’s
offensive half of the field.



Five Yard Rule: In all dead ball situations, including kickoffs, defending players must stand at least 5 yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal area is closer than 5 yards the ball shall be placed five yards from the goal area in line with the place of penalty. If a defensive player encroaches or does not allow five yards immediately at a free kick, the referee may award the team possessing the ball a goal.

Kickoff: Is an indirect kick and may be taken in any direction. A goal cannot be awarded from a kick-off.

Kick-Ins: The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline instead of a throw-in.

Indirect Kicks: All dead ball kicks (kick-ins, free kicks, kick-offs) are indirect with the exception of corner kicks and penalty kicks.

Goal Kicks: May be taken from any point on the end line not in the goal arc area. All goal kicks are indirect.

Penalty Kicks: Shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by the infraction (the infraction does not automatically result in a red card). It is a direct kick taken from the center of the midfield line with all players behind the midfield line and the player taking the kick. This is a dead-ball kick. If a goal is not scored the defense obtains possession with a goal kick.

Awards: Trophies will be awarded for best Costumes in Each Age Group. Medals for Finalists (Second Best Costumes) in each age group.

Forfeits: Any team forfeiting two consecutive games in pool play will be removed from the tournament and registrations fees will not be refunded.

Conduct: Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to display good sportsmanship at all times. Abuse of the referees will not be tolerated; any instance of such conduct will disqualify the responsible team from the event. Any player receiving a red card is barred from that game and the next game. Any coach removed by a referee shall be barred from that game and the next game. The Tournament Director or an authorized tournament representative has the authority to terminate, change or cancel and game due to interference in the orderly flow of play because of actions of players, coaches or spectators. Referees may also terminate the game for improper behavior by a player, coach or spectator. Warnings, yellow and red cards are encouraged as a preliminary means of maintaining control. If a termination is necessary in the opinion of the officials, a full explanation will be made separately in the game report by the official, noting all details and cards that were issued. The Tournament Director will make a report to each team’s state association. If a team causes a game to be terminated, it may not, under any circumstances, be declared a division winner or semifinalist.

Protests: THERE ARE NO PROTESTS. All problems will be resolved by the referee or Tournament Director.


Rules: As of 9/20/2016 per Warrington Soccer Club and its directors.