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Hosted by AYSO Region 422 Ogden Valley, UT

Annual High Valley Shootout Tournament

AYSO Open Invitational

Tournament Rules




A.     Unless otherwise noted, the current AYSO National Rules and Regulations, Section  9 and FIFA Laws of the game will be used for this tournament. The following rules are intended specifically for this tournament ONLY!

B.     The Tournament Committee (incl. Tournament Director, Assistant Director(s), Field Director, Referee Director and other designated staff) will have jurisdiction over all games played. Disputes will be resolved by the end of the soccer day.

C.      Referee judgment calls are NOT subject to dispute or protest!

2)   FEES

A.     Entry fee and referee deposit must accompany tournament application and will be returned if application is not accepted. Fee must be a single check issued from the respective Region /Organization Account (no personal checks).

B.     Fees are: U-10 $350 (entry fee $ 200 plus referee deposit $ 150), U-12 $ 375 (entry fee $ 225 plus referee deposit $ 150), U-14 $375 (entry fee $ 225 plus referee deposit $ 150), U-16/U-19 $400 (entry fee $ 250 plus referee deposit $150).


A.     Applications are due on June 25, 2010

B.     Applications will be accepted on a first-come basis, based on completed application (see Team Application Form for criteria). Teams will be notified by email within 48 hours of the receipt of their applications.

C.     Teams not accepted into the tournament will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list or have their application returned within 48 hours.

D.     The primary form of communication between the Tournament and applying teams will be email and the Tournament website. Teams must designate a Team Contact on their application who has email and Internet access.


A.     Teams withdrawing 30 days or more before the tournament will be issued a full refund.

B.     Teams withdrawing less than 30 days before the start of the tournament will only be issued a refund if a replacement team can be found.

C.     If the tournament is canceled and cannot be rescheduled a full refund will be issued.

D.     For teams that are eligible, referee deposit refunds will be mailed no later than 14 days after the end of the tournament. Referee deposit refunds will be on a prorated basis, comparing the number of assignments actually completed versus the number required. (See item 8) Referees for requirement information)


A.     Should the tournament be rained out on the original date, it will be not be rescheduled.  However, it does not typically rain in July in Northern Utah.  Nor does it snow.  If there is a storm with lightening, the games will be postponed for the duration of the lightening only. Prepare to play in the rain or wind if there is a storm.

B.     The tournament will not be cancelled due to weather, only postponed by an hour or two if necessary.

C.     If the tournament cannot be held due to other conditions beyond the control of the tournament hosts, then a full refund will be sent to all teams, less the cost of any pre-ordered items (items for sale by the tournament which are not included with the registration fee). 


A.     Players on participating teams must be properly registered in e AYSO or in their respective organization, and have played in the just completed primary program.  Coaches are responsible to ensure that all players meet eligibility requirements.

B.     For identification purposes, each player must have a laminated identification card with name, picture, AYSO/UYSA ID# and the signature of their Regional Commissioner. These ID cards must be presented for inspection at check-in time or upon request by any tournament official or match referee.

C.     The team roster must be verified and approved by each player’s Regional Commissioner or Organization President/Registrar. Roster changes may be submitted (with the written approval of the Regional Commissioner or Organization President/Registrar); however, these changes must be received by the Tournament Registrar prior to the tournament. There will be no roster changes allowed on tournament day.

D.     3 Guest Players (players from a different Region/Organization from the applying team’s Region) will be allowed for each team. Guest Players are required to have the approval of both the Guest Player’s Regional Commissioner/Organization President and the Host Team Regional Commissioner/Organization President (see Guest Player Form).

E.     Coed teams will be accepted; however they must play in the boy’s divisions only.

F.     Divisions U-16 and U-19 will play 11-v-11, and there will be a roster limit of 18 players per team.
Division U-14 will play 11-v-11, and there will be a roster limit of 15 players per team.
Division U-12 will play 9-v-9, and there will be a roster limit of 12 players per team.
Division U-10 will play 7-v-7, and there will be a roster limit of 10 players per team.

G.    All players, both AYSO and Non-AYSO, must play at least half of each game. Violation of these player rules exposes a team to protest and renders them subject to forfeiture of game and possible disqualification at the discretion of the Tournament Director.


A.     Each team is limited to one Head Coach and one Assistant Coach only (must have two coaches).. These coaches must be the ones listed on the Official Team Roster.

B.     Each AYSO Coach must have a current season volunteer form on file with the NSTC, provide their AYSO Identification Number and be Safe-Haven certified. 

C.     Both Head Coach and Assistant Coach must have Certifications as follows:
U-10:               U-10 Certification or higher 
U-12:               Youth Certification or higher  
U-14:               Intermediate Certification or higher 
U-16/U-19:      Advanced Certification or higher 

D.     Coaches are expected to set the example for their team in exhibiting proper AYSO behavior and Kids Zone behavior. Coaches are expected to remain in the technical area during games and only enter the field of play as requested by the referee.


A.     Each team must provide a "qualified" center  referee or two linesmen to officiate one game for each game played.  All center referees MUST BE intermediate certified and have experience as a center referee or USSF Grade 8 Certification.

B.     Each AYSO referees must have a current season volunteer form on file with the NSTC, provide their AYSO Identification Number and be Safe-Haven Certified.

USSF Referees with AYSO cross certification are acceptable. All Referees must be AYSO registered and Certified and be Safe Haven certified, or must satisfy USSF certifications for the appropriate level of refereeing. Each referee must have a current volunteer form on file with the NSTC and have a referee card signed by regional commissioner or RRA.

Referees must check in 30 minutes prior to a game, or at the start of the day, must pick up ALL game cards. The center referee will be in control of the game cards.  Linesman are responsible for picking up their daily schedule.  ALL referees in a game MUST sign the game card or they will not be credited for that game. Each referee will either receive a free drink card for each game refereed, or can stop by the referee tent at Eden Park for unlimited Gatorade, water and available food. 

C.     Only the diagonal system of control will be used to referee the games.

D.     Referees for U16/U-19 games must be AYSO National or equivalent USSF level.
Referees for U-14 games must be AYSO Advanced or equivalent USSF level or above.
Referees for U-12 games must be Intermediate or equivalent USSF level or above.
Referees for U-10 games must be Regional or equivalent USSF level or above.

E.     Youth referees (center referees) must be at least 2 years older than the age group they are refereeing.

F.     AYSO Youth referees will be required to have their Youth Referee Form (provided by the tournament) on them at all times while officiating at the tournament, and present to any tournament official upon request. This form must be signed by the youth referee’s Referee Administrator, and be accompanied by a copy of the youth referee’s Youth Volunteer Registration form.

G.    All referees must be in full Uniform as defined by AYSO and USSF, including the Referee Badge. Referees not in uniform will not be permitted to referee games, and their team’s referee deposit may be subject to forfeiture.

H.     If all assignments are successfully completed, the Referee Deposit will be refunded (see REFEREE PLAN for more details).

I.      Referees are expected to check in at the Referee Station at least 30 minutes prior to their assigned game. Failure to appear on time may result in a replacement referee crew being assigned to the field. Once a replacement crew has been assigned, they will have priority and the original crew must report to the Referee station for alternative assignment.

J.     Coaches and players in the tournament will not be allowed to referee their own division levels.

K.     Referees will be expected to uphold the tournament rules, AYSO guidelines and FIFA laws. Any failure of the referee to uphold these rules may be cause for dismissal from the tournament, and will place a team’s referee deposit refund in jeopardy.

L.     Referee Deposits will be refunded within 14 days of the tournament, if referee assignments have been completed. Partial refunds will be given based upon the number of game slots completed.

M.    THE TOURNAMENT WILL HAVE “KIDS’ ZONE” BANNERS AND POSTERS PLACED IN THE FIELDS.  THE KIDS ZONE IS NOT JUST FOR PLAYERS! IT PERTAINS TO THE REFEREES AS WELL. Please treat our referees with respect.  They are providing a valuable service.  All decisions by the referee WILL BE FINAL.  NO PROTEST WILL BE ENTERTAINED, except as outlined in item 22 “Protests”.


A.     All fields will be set up and taken down by the tournament staff.

B.     Trash cans will be provided at each field. Teams will be expected to clean up all trash in their area before leaving.


A.     This is a pool-play tournament.

B.     Each age division will be bracketed into playing pools IF ENOUGH TEAMS REGISTER. Each team will play a minimum of 3 preliminary play games within their respective pools. Where there are sufficient teams, divisions will also be separated into multiple competition flights.

C.     Teams will advance from qualifying pools based on pool play standings points. Number of teams advancing per pool will be determined by the number of pools in the division.


A.     Teams must check in  60 minutes prior to their first game, and must present Game Cards for as many games as the team will play in the tournament (including medal-round games). The Game Cards must be properly completed with the players listed first name-last name in uniform order. The players listed on the game cards must match the approved roster submitted with the team’s application.

B.     Each coach or team representative must provide AYSO/Organization Player Registration forms with original ink signatures for verification by tournament officials.

C.     Coaches must have these Player Registration forms with them at all times and ready for presentation to Tournament Officials.

D.     AYSO teams: It is preferable to have the roster filled out on  an AYSO roster form, found on the website

E.     It is preferable to have the Roster and Game/player ID cards in the same order at time of check-in for faster processing.

F.     Each player will be required to have a Laminated Player ID Card, which will include the player’s name, AYSO/UYSA ID# and a picture. The Player ID Card must be signed by the Regional Commissioner. These cards must be presented to the tournament official at Team Check-in, and be available for inspection prior to each game by the tournament Field Monitor. Coaches must have these Player Registration Forms with them at all times and ready for presentation to Tournament Officials.

G.    Late arriving players must be escorted to the check-in station by a team official along with their Player Registration Form and be cleared by the Tournament Staff before participating in any games.


A.     There will be a tournament Field Monitor assigned to each field, and will report to the Tournament Field Director. Field Monitors will check in teams prior to each game, and present the verified game cards to the match referees.

B.     At the conclusion of the game, the game referees must return the completed game cards, signed by ALL referees at the game, to the Field Monitor or directly to HQ at Eden Park.

C.     Field Monitors will be the first to respond to any incidents or injuries, and will be in contact with the rest of the tournament staff by radio. Tournament participants are encouraged to report any concerns immediately to the Field Monitor, and also to respectfully follow any instructions given by the Field Monitor.


A.     Pool play games will consist of 20 to 35 minute halves depending on the age division (see chart below) with a five minute half time. There will be a running clock during the match including substitutions. There will be no time added on for injuries or time wasted in qualifying rounds. Games will expect to end on time, and may be shortened if they started late. Pool play games may end in a tie.

B.     Championship games will be full length for that division (see chart below). Championship games will be played until there is a winner (see Medal Round rules below).

C.     Game duration shall be as follows:
Division          Tournament Play  
U-10:               25 minute half  -with 1/4 substitutions Ball size 4
U-12                                30 minute half – with substitutions   Ball size 4
U-14:               30 minute half – with substitutions   Ball size 5
U-16/U-19:      35 minute half  - with free substitutions               Ball size 5

D.     The “home” team will be the first team or top team listed on the game schedule and will be responsible for providing the game ball. The home team will be situated on the North or East side of the field, and the visitor will be situated on the South or West side. Spectators must remain on the side of the field designated for their team. The home team will change jerseys or don pinnies in the event of a color conflict with the visitor team. If any questions, the referee will determine whether this is necessary.  Please bring an extra game shirt with the AYSO logo, pinnies (which could be a regional team shirt), or other UYSA shirts that can be used for a color change.

E.     There will be no warming up on the field. Teams must warm up prior to taking the field. As soon as the previous game has ended, teams must clear the field and the teams for the next game must take their places.

F.     FORFEITS: Teams must check in at the designated Field Coordinator Station 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. There will be a five-minute grace period at the start of the game for a team to take the field before a forfeit is declared. The score for a forfeit match will be 1-0 for the remaining team (See STANDINGS for the points to be awarded). For U-10 division teams, there is a minimum of 5 players on the field to continue a game. For U-12 the minimum number is 6 players. For all other divisions, there must be a minimum of 7 players to continue a game. If a team cannot field the minimum number of players, the game will be abandoned and a forfeit will be declared.

G.    SUSPENDED GAMES: The Tournament Committee may determine to end matches early if field schedule is behind due to game delays, interference, or if weather conditions provide unsafe conditions; and may distribute awards according to games played and points. The Tournament Committee will determine the outcome of any single game which is terminated prematurely (due to inclement weather, participant injury, or interference by outside party, etc.).

H.     ABANDONED GAMES: if any pool play games cannot be played due to circumstances beyond the control of the tournament, the final standings of the pool will be determined by applying the Winning Percentage formula (Total Points Earned in all Game Played divided by Total Points Possible for the Number of Games Played) to each team in the pool. Note. This does not apply to games which were shortened due to late a late start. Only the Tournament Director or designee can declare a game to be abandoned or not played.

I.      There will be a running clock during all games. There will be no time added on for injuries or time wasted during substitutions. Each coach is urged to have their team ready at the start of each half and to conduct substitutions in as expedient a manner as possible.

J.      The referee will indicate that it is time to stop the game.

K.     Referees of these games will be authorized to call a water/rest break at the half of each quarter that will last 1-2 minutes. Players must remain on the field during this time out. This is authorized to take place in case of extreme heat and is not intended as a time for additional coaching of the team


A.     Substitutions shall be allowed approximately mid way through each half for ALL divisions U-10 through U-14, and will be recorded on the game cards by the referee.

B.      Substitutions in U-19 will be monitored substitution according to the AYSO Experimental Program for U-16/U-19 Play. Playing time for each player will be recorded on a special time monitoring form by a tournament official. Substitutions will be allowed at a stoppage of play as allowed by the referee.

C.     Div. U-16/19 will use free substitutions.  Coaches are encouraged to be prepared to make substitutions within 30 seconds.  All substitutions will enter and leave the field of play at the halfway line.  The "EVERYONE PLAYS" philosophy applies.  Each player must play at least half of a game.  

D.     U19/U16 only.will play with Monitored substitutions with a Time Monitor Tracking form completed by a member of the Tournament Staff.  Monitored substitutions will be used in U16/U19 play only and substitutions will be allowed at any natural stoppage of play at the discretion of the referee.  

E.     All substitutions must be approved and recognized by the referee. Substitutions may be made for injured players; however, they may not return until the beginning of the next quarter and will be considered as having played the current quarter (exception: an injured player not replaced may return to play at any time with the referee’s permission).


A.     Standings for pool play games will be determined on the “ten-point system” as follows:

WIN                      = 6 points
TIE                       = 3 points
LOSS                   = 0 points
GOAL                   = 1 point per goal differential up to a maximum of 3 per game

RED CARD/          = 2 point deduction for team (includes 2 points for each player, substitute, or coach) and    player cannot play the following game.

EJECTION            = same as red card


B.     Winners of ties in standings will be determined as follows:

                 Goals scored (maximum of 3)

                 Goals least scored against

                 Head to head record

                 Least red cards

       Points still tied:  shootout hour before the championship game.

C.     Championship game Ties:  see medal rounds below.

D.     Standings will be updated hourly at the Tournament Scoreboard. The deadline to challenge the posted results will be at the conclusion of regular, non medal round Play.


A.     Pool winners (and in some cases wildcard teams) will advance to medal round play.


Championship game ties:

A.     All medal round matches ending in a tie will have two full overtime periods of five minutes in length with team changing field direction after the first five minute period. In these matches, if still tied after overtime play, the game shall be decided by FIFA kicks from the penalty mark.


A.     Medals or trophies will be presented to coaches and players from the first through the fourth-place teams in each division. Medals will be presented at Eden Field main tent area directly after the game..


A.     All Coaches will be expected to set a positive example for the team, and will be held responsible for the actions of their team including spectators. All spectators must remain behind the control line and between the 18-yard lines. Two coaches maximum per team, and they must remain in the marked coaching area (within ten yards either way from midfield).

B.     At the conclusion of each match, the referees will indicate on the reverse of the game cards any point deductions for poor sportsmanship. Point deductions will be used as tie-breakers should that become necessary. Referees will be required to complete a game misconduct report for all misconducts during the game, as well as any incidents of interference by spectators.

C.     Any coach or spectator ejected must immediately leave the vicinity of the playing field (out of sight and sound) and will be prohibited from attending the next scheduled game. Any player sent off (red carded) must immediately leave the vicinity of the game (under supervision of their parent or Safe Haven-certified adult), and may not return to the field of play during the current game, including for the post-game handshake, and may not be substituted for, and is suspended from participation in the next game. There will be penalty point deductions for all send-offs (see Standings rules).

D.     Any violent conduct red card or ejection will result in that player/coach/spectator being barred from the remainder of the tournament.

E.     If it is determined that an ineligible player has participated in a game, the team will forfeit all games in which that player participated illegally. Furthermore, if it is determined that the coach knowingly played a player illegally, that coach will be barred from further participation in the tournament.

F.     It is mandatory to play a scheduled game. If it is determined that a coach willfully fails to have his team participate in a scheduled game, the coach will be dismissed from the tournament and the incident will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner or Organization President/Registrar.

G.    All conduct problems will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner or Organization President/Registrar.

H.     All Serious Incidents will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner as well as Area, Section and National Office parties or appropriate Organization Official.


A.     There will be a First Aid station at the main tent in Eden Park and at concession stands at all other parks, where participants may receive ice, etc. for minor injuries.

B.     There will be a roving first aid response staff member to respond to injuries on the field. Field Monitors will communicate via cell phone to call the first aid staffer to the field where first aid is requested.

C.     If an injury is serious, the first aid staff or Safety Director will call 911 for emergency response. 2 local Fire Departments across the street from 2 main fields will also be on call.

D.     Directions to the nearest hospital/urgent care center will be available at the First Aid station/main tent at Eden Park.


A.     All AYSO players must wear the approved AYSO uniform only.  All players on the same team must wear matching uniforms (goalkeeper excepted – may have a different jersey – for AYSO, the logo is recommended but not required).

B.     Each player’s uniform must be marked with a permanently-affixed unique number that matches the uniform number on the Game Card, and may not exchange numbered jerseys with any other player during the game including the goalkeeper.

C.     Garments may be worn under the uniform (i.e. long sleeves, etc.) during inclement weather, however the match referee will be the judge of what should be allowed or not.

D.     Not allowed:  jewelry, hard metal or plastic clips on clothing or hair No player will be allowed to participate in any game with any type of cast or splint.   Removal of any type of cast or splint at the field or surrounding area in order to participate shall disqualify the team member from participation.

E.      AYSO will not prohibit the use of knee braces by players in AYSO events and programs providing that the brace is adequately covered and padded in the judgment of the referee, so as to eliminate the possibility of its causing injury to the other players on the field.


A.     Protests will be considered only for the following reasons:

          An ineligible player has played.

          One or more registered player(s), present and in uniform, has not played the required one half of the game (except for illness or injury as recorded by the game referee).

B.     All protests must be presented in writing to the Tournament Director within 1/2 hour of the completion of the game.

C.     All protests will be heard by a Protest Committee of at least three persons selected by the Tournament Director. In all cases, the members of the Protest Committee will be unrelated to either team involved in the protest.

D.     Referee judgment calls are FINAL and are not grounds for nor subject to protest or dispute!


The Tournament Director retains the right to interpret and apply the tournament rules to the optimum benefit of all tournament participants. The Tournament Director does not have the right to interpret the Laws of the Game and AYSO Modification to the Laws of the Games unless they are the appropriate “Director of Referee Instruction”


A.     In addition to competing to be the overall winner of the tournament, teams will be competing to be the Best Sportsmanship Team. There will be one Overall Best Sportsmanship Team for the team with the highest overall sportsmanship points in the tournament.

B.     A more detailed explanation of the Sportsmanship competition will be provided to coaches, teams, referees and field monitors in a separate handout.

C.     At the conclusion of each game, field monitors with input from the referees, will score players, coaches and team spectators in different categories.

D.     The Winners will be announced on Saturday July 17, 2010.

See Field Maps on next page:


EDEN PARK  SOUTH 5500 E. 2200 N.


EDEN PARK  NORTH 5500 E. 2200 N.