Fall Harvest Tournament Rules

TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS: Ken Mercer Sports Park, Parkside Drive, near Soccer Field #8 snack bar. Tournament Director is Tim Ryerson, BUSC’s Director of Events and Club Partnerships. (408-726-3526).

ROSTERS & GUEST PLAYERS: U9/10’s to have no more than 12 players. U11/12’s to have no more than 14 players. U13 & above no more than 18 players on the roster.  No player may compete in the tournament in two age groups in the same weekend or play on two teams within the same age group. A maximum of 5 guest players are allowed from outside the club.

AGE GROUPS: U9-U10 will play 7v7, U11-U12 will play 9v9, U13-U18/19 will play 11v11.

REFEREES: U9-19-All matches will use referees certified by the soccer Federation.

RULES OF PARTICIPATION FIFA RULES: All games will adhere to the rules set forth by FIFA with the following additions/clarifications


  • U11-19 age groups. Each team shall report to the Field Marshal at their assigned playing field for player pass collection and team check-in no later than thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled start of each game. All teams are required to submit the rosters online using Gotsoccer. Players not providing the proper player pass will not be allowed to participate in the game. Player jersey number must match the jersey number on the official game card. If the numbers do not match, the referee will not allow the player to take part in the match until the issue is resolved with Tournament Officials. The Field Marshal will report the results of the inspection to the referee. All games will begin on time. A team who fails to field the minimum number of players necessary to play a game before the scheduled start time of the game will forfeit the game.
  • The U9 & U10 age groups will be allowed to check in no later than ONE hour before the scheduled kick off time. The check in will take place at the headquarters tent located at the field of play.

VEHICLE PARKING: There is NO OVER NIGHT PARKING allowed by the Pleasanton Police department at any Pleasanton Park or school. A Wal-Mart is located with 1 mile of the tournament location. Please use caution when parking at all event traffic locations where children are present. Speed limits in parking areas are enforced by the Pleasanton Police department.

GAME CARDS AND PLAYER PASSES: Game cards will be provided at the field by the Tournament Field Marshal. The Field Marshal will hold the game card and the player passes during the game. Player passes will be released to the team at the conclusion of the game when authorized to do so by the referee in charge and after both coaches have signed the completed game card. TEAMS MUST OBTAIN THEIR PLAYER PASSES BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE FIELD. Within 15 minutes of completed games, all Player Passes are returned to Tournament Headquarters.

HOME TEAM: The Home Team is the first team listed on the game schedule and will change jerseys in case of a color conflict. If a tournament ball is not available, the Home team will provide a suitable match ball. The game ball will be subject to referee approval.


  • U9, U10, U11 and U12 will play 25 minute halves
  • U13 and older will play 30 minute halves.


U9 & U10 Format: Teams will be grouped by age (pure) and by division (Premier, Gold, Silver). Brackets will consist of making two, three, or four level playing groups.

All teams will play four games over the two-day tournament. Two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. There are NO recognized bracket champions. Teams at these age groups play their games with no ceremonial awards

U11 to U19 Format: Teams will be grouped by age (pure) and by division (Premier, Gold, Silver). Brackets will consist of making two, three, or four level playing groups.

All teams will play three bracket games over the two-day tournament. Two games on Saturday and one games on Sunday morning. Teams at these age groups will qualify, per the play-off rules below, into either a Championship game or a consolation game on Sunday afternoon. The Champion winner will receive a 1st place team trophy, individual medals & championship t-shirt. The runner-up will receive 2nd place individual medals. There are no awards provided for participants in the consolation game.


In the event that two teams are tied with points after bracket play, the following process will determine which teams advance to playoff games, the following will be used to determine a winner in descending order, if required.

  1. Head to Head (where applicable).
  2. Goal differential (goals scored versus goals against with a maximum of 4 goal differential per game).
  3. Fewest goals allowed.
  4. Most goals scored (maximum of 4 per game).
  5. Red cards (team with most is eliminated-includes players and coaches).
  6. F.A. kicks from the penalty spot.

PLAYOFF TIE BREAKER: In case of a tie at the end of regulation time in a consolation or final game, two five-minute “golden goal” … (as soon as someone scores the game is over) overtime periods will be played. If the score remains tied after overtimes, then F.I.F.A. kicks from the penalty mark will determine the winner. Please check with Tournament Headquarters for field location and game times.


Below are the rules for play-off qualifying based upon the number of brackets and number of teams within the brackets:

  • Two brackets of 4 teams- the top team from each bracket will play in the championship game. The 2nd place finishers from each bracket will play in a consolation game.
  • Three brackets of 4 teams- the top team from each bracket based upon point totals and tiebreaker criteria advance. The top 2nd place team based upon point totals and the tiebreaker criteria will also advance as the “wild card” team. The two teams with the highest point total, using the tiebreaker criteria if needed, will play the Championship game. The teams with the 3rd and 4th best point totals will play the consolation game. It could happen where the consolation game consists of two teams from the same bracket.
  • Four brackets of 4 teams-The top team from each bracket will advance. The top two point total teams, using the tiebreaker criteria if needed, will play in the championship game. The 3rd & 4th point total teams will play in the consolation game.

SUBSTITUTIONS: FIFA substitution rules apply, with the exception that unlimited substitutions may be made at the discretion of the referee. Substitutions can be made by either team on any stoppage of play.

FORFEITS: A team who fails to report ready to play by the scheduled kick-off time or who cannot field the minimum number of players needed to play a game at start time will forfeit. Teams failing to check in at the Mandatory Check-in or for taking actions, which cause a game to be terminated, will forfeit. All teams who forfeit will have the game(s) scored a 0-1 loss. The winner will be awarded eight points (six for the win, one for the shut out, and one for a goal).

FINAL GAME SCORE: All concluded games would be considered final as determined by the game referee. The score indicated on the game card cannot be disputed after it is turned back over to the Field Marshal. Coaches must review scores before signing the game card and signing the game card will indicate that the coach agrees with the recorded score. Field Marshals will report match results to the Tournament Headquarters. Referees will report ejections, turn in player passes and provide red card reports to Tournament Headquarters.

POINT SYSTEM: 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 (maximum three (3) per game).
  • One (1) point for each shutout.
  • Minus 1 (-1) point for EACH red card per game per player
  • Minus 2 (-2) points for EACH ejection or send-off of any team Coach or team Official.
  • No points will be awarded if neither team shows for a game.

OFFICIAL STANDINGS: Official standings will be kept at Tournament Headquarters and will be posted online in real time and can be easily accessed using the tournaments mobile app.

PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT: Players will be allowed to play in a soft cast, at the discretion of the Referee. Players with hard casts will not be allowed to play. Players with hinged braces (metal or plastic) will not be allowed to play. All players are required to use shin guards that adequately protect the shins at all times. No shin guards = No play!

PROTESTS: No protests will be allowed. The referee’s decision is final.

DECISIONS AND DISPUTES: Decisions relating to the interpretation of the Tournament Rules can be made by only the Tournament Director. Decisions of the Tournament Director will be final. Disputes relating to the interpretation of these rules will be resolved by the Tournament Director or his designee along with the Administrators and/or Coaches that are registered with the involved team(s). Individuals may not represent a team if not registered as an Administrator and/or Coach with the involved team(s). Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee, and the Tournament director will not overrule a referee’s decision.

RULES OF CONDUCT: The following rules of conduct apply:

  1. Bench areas for each team will be established on the same side of the field during games. Spectators must occupy the side of the field opposite from the team bench. Coaching will not be allowed from anywhere except from the teams own bench area.
  2. All Coaches have complete responsibility at all times for the conduct of their players, substitutes, bench, team Officials, friends and spectators.
  3. If, in the opinion of the game referees or Tournament Officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, substitutes, bench players, team Officials, friends or spectators, the offending team may be suspended from further play and forfeit that game, as well as all remaining games. In this event, all previous points earned remain as played.
  4. The possession, distribution or consumption of illegal substances and alcoholic beverages is not permitted on the Tournament grounds. Coaches, team Officials, team members or team parents found in violation of this rule will result in forfeiture of the games played by their respective team and suspension from the Tournament.
  5. A player given a red card in a game shall at a minimum be expelled from that game, cannot be replaced in that game and shall not be permitted to play in the next game. The Tournament Director and/or Disciplinary Chairman may issue further punishment in the form of game suspension for violent conduct. Individuals expelled from a game will have a report of their expulsion and action taken at the Tournament sent to their State Association.
  6. Coaches ejected from a match will receive at a minimum an automatic two game suspension and cannot be present at, or position themselves near, their team’s matches during their suspension. The minimum distance the Coach must be from the playing field is 300 yards.  The Coach may not coach, give instruction or direction to the team in any manner, including electronically.
  7. Teams are responsible for removing trash from around their area after each game. Failure to abide by this rule may result in the exclusion of the team from any future Tournaments.

RESCHEDULING OF GAMES: In the unusual event that a significant loss of game time is experienced through no fault of the participating teams, any lost game time may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Tournament Director. The rescheduling of the lost game time shall be subject to field and/or daylight availability. The Tournament defines a significant loss of game time as more than half of the game. An example of an unusual event would be a major injury to a player, which prevented the use of the playing field. An accumulation of time delays due to minor/moderate injuries to several players would not constitute an unusual event nor will these delays be considered lost game time. An accumulation of time delays resulting from the normal course of a game will not be considered lost game time. A game will be considered official when one half has been played. When only one half can be played, the official score will be the score at the end of the first half.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: In case of inclement weather or unsuitable field conditions, games may be shortened, may go to FIFA penalty kicks, or may be cancelled. The decision to use the methods described herein to conclude a game will be decided by the Tournament Director and the decision will be final.

There will be no refunds or reimbursements of the Tournament application fee for cancelled or forfeited games.


  • The Tournament Director reserves the right to amend brackets in the event that a team pulls out of the Tournament last minute or is a no-show. The Tournament Director will ensure the remaining teams are provided with the best possible competition for the good of the game.
  • Please remember to get your player cards back from the Field Marshall at the end of each game.
  • Red cards must be retrieved from the Tournament Headquarters at the Sports Park.

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