WYSC Scrimmage Fest Rules and Regulations
- Registration Requirement
- Conduct/Disciplinary Actions
- Game Check-In Time
- Rules of Play
- Field and Game Equipment
- Divisions and Division Structure
- GAME FORMATS, DURATION OF GAMES, BALL SIZES, FIELD SIZES, GOAL SIZES, ETC.
- Failure to Show and Forfeits
- Game and Score Reporting
- Inclement Weather
- Cancellation - Refund Policy
- Region 1 Policy Regarding Application To Host A Tournament
Participation is open to Boys and Girls travel teams. Scrimmage Fest is accepting teams in the division listed in WYSC's APPLICATION To HOST form. All players must be registered with a VYSA or US Youth Soccer State Association sanction club. All division teams are allowed the number of guest as indicated in WYSC's APPLICATION To HOST form. Girls are allowed to play in boys’ divisions. Players may play up at their club’s discretion
2. Registration Requirements
Coaches (or designated team representative) must have an official team roster, player card and Medical Release form in their possession at each game.
3. Conduct/Disciplinary Actions
Any player or coach who receives a red card will be sent-off from that game and not be eligible to participate in the team’s next game.
Any player or coach who receives one yellow card will be cautioned of the offense and allowed to continue to play.
A second yellow card issued to a player or coach during any one game will count as a red card and the player or coach will be sent-off from the current game and be suspended from the team’s next game.
No coaches, players, or spectators are authorized within 18 yards of the end of the field and no one is permitted behind the end line. All spectators must remain behind the spectator’s lines.
Both teams, including players, coaches, will take, side by side positions, on the same side of the pitch. Supporters and spectators will sit on the opposite side of the field. The home team may select which ½ of the pitch is designated to the home team.
It is the responsibility of the team’s coach or the person acting in the coach’s behalf to control the conduct of the parents and other spectators. Failure to do so may result in a warning by the referee to the coach or the person acting in the coach’s behalf. INAPPROPRIATE OR UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND MAY RESULT IN THE EJECTION OF THE COACH AND/OR SPECTATORS. If a coach is ejected from a game, it will be treated as a red card offense and that coach must leave the field area for the remainder of that game and may not be present at the following scheduled game. In the event that the ejected coach is coaching more than one team, that coach will be barred from all tournament sites until the team he/she was coaching, at the time of the ejection, has completed its next scheduled game. Spectators causing the coach to be ejected will be subject to the same penalties as the coach. If a coach has been ejected and there is no assistant coach, team manager or other team official, as listed on the roster to represent the team, the game will be ruled a forfeit and will stop at that time. All ejections will be reported in writing to the team’s Club, League, and State Association.
NOISE MAKING DEVICES ARE NOT PERMITTED.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, ILLEGAL DRUGS, AND WEAPONS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT ANY Scrimmage Fest SITE. ANY PLAYER, COACH, OR SPECTATOR FOUND IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL, ILLEGAL DRUGS, OR WEAPONS WILL BE BANNED FROM THE FESTIVAL AND APPROPRIATE NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE MADE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES. SMOKING AND USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS IS PROHIBITED FROM THE GAME FIELD INCLUDING THE SIDELINES AND SPECTATOR AREAS.
HARASSMENT OF REFEREES AND/OR ASSISTANT REFEREES OR ANY VIOLENT OR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR, OR FOUL LANGUAGE DIRECTED AT ANYONE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. PERSONS ENGAGING IN SUCH BEHAVIOR ARE LIABLE TO BE BANNED FROM THE FESTIVAL AND ALL FESTIVAL SITES BY SCRIMMAGE FEST OFFICIALS. TEAMS JUDGED GUILTY OF BEHAVIOR DETRIMENTAL TO THE FESTIVAL WILL BE BARRED FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR. A WRITTEN REPORT WILL BE FILED WITH THE VIRGINIA STATE ASSOCIATION AS WELL AS THE TEAM’S STATE ASSOCIATION, CLUB, AND LEAGUE.
The Tournament Director is the final arbiter of all disputes, arguments, and misunderstandings. His interpretations and decisions are in all cases final.
Teams should arrive at their fields 30 minutes prior to the scheduled kick-off and check in with the Site Coordinator to make their presence known. Site Coordinator will be identified by means informed at the registration table during initial team check-in.
Except as modified herein, the FIFA "Laws of the Game" will apply to all games. The number of players for each age group is set forth in Section 9.
6. Field and Game Equipment
Soccer shoes with metal cleats are prohibited.
Players must have a uniform jersey with a distinct number on the back matching their number on the team’s official tournament roster.
When uniform colors are similar, the home team will change colors. The team listed first on the game schedule is the home team. All teams are required to have a second set of jerseys of different color to change to in case of a conflict with the opposing team. Such jerseys do not have to have the same numbers on them as the original jerseys.
All players must wear shin guards completely covered by uniform socks in accordance with FIFA laws.
The designated home team must provide a game ball. Balls may be supplied by the tournament, at the discretion of the tournament committee. If the tournament game ball is lost, the designated home team is responsible for supplying a comparable game ball to the referee.
Substitutions will be unlimited and may be made, with the consent of the referee, at the following times:
- Prior to throw-in, by the team in possession
- Prior to a goal kick, by either team
- After a goal by either team
- In the event of an injury, when the referee stops play (one-for-one for the injured player(s))
- At half time or the beginning of an overtime period
- For a player sent-off for an accumulated yellow card offense (three yellow cards in the tournament)
Under no circumstances may substitutions be made (1) on corner kicks or (2) after the game has ended in a tie and FIFA penalty kicks will be required to determine a winner.
8. Divisions and Division Structure
Each age group will be divided into divisions, subdivisions and flights best suited for the number of teams registered at the sole discretion of the tournament Committee.
Anticipated Division Structure (for U9 and above)
Wherever possible, age groups will consist of eight-team divisions with two flights of four teams.
1. Divisions of other than 8, 10 or 6 teams will have an appropriate structure determined by the Tournament Director with three games per team.
* Combining of age groups may be necessary at the Tournament Committee’s discretion.
||7 v 7
||30 minute halves
||7' x 21'
||8 v 8
||30 minute halves
||7' x 21'
||11 v 11
||30 minute halves
||8' x 24'
All games will be played with a running clock. The referee may only stop the clock for serious injuries or other incidents. The referee is the official timekeeper and therefore all decisions regarding game duration are solely at the referee’s discretion and shall not be protested.
A team shall be allowed a ten (10) minute grace period after the scheduled kick-off time before the match is considered a forfeit. Waiting time will be deducted from total game time. The minimum of players constitutes a team and if such number is present, the game will not be delayed.
Failure to produce either duly authorized Player Card or an Official Tournament Approved Team Roster if requested prior to, during or immediately after the game, or failure of the home team to be able to change to different color jerseys in the event of a color conflict with the opposing team are grounds for a forfeit. Playing a suspended player (a player receiving either a red card, two yellow cards in one game or three yellow cards in the tournament) in the game following the receipt of a red card is also grounds for a forfeit.
11. Game and Score Reporting
NO SCORES, STANDINGS or TROPHIES
THERE WILL BE NO PROTESTS. The decision of Tournament Director, Site Coordinators and/or Tournament Committee is FINAL.
In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Director or official representative(s) will have the authority to:
If the Scrimmage Fest is canceled/terminated before the start of the first scheduled game, the Tournament Committee and WYSC will refund the Scrimmage Fest entry fee.
Under no circumstances whatsoever will the Virginia Youth Soccer Association, Inc., the Warrenton Youth Sports Club, the Warrenton Cub Tournament Committee, or any of their official representatives be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team.
- Relocate or reschedule any game(s);
- Change the duration of any game(s);
- Cancel any preliminary game(s);
- Consider any game terminated by game or Tournament Officials after one half of play as official as of the time of termination and the score stands at time of termination; and determine the format for advancement.
No items, may be sold at, headquarters, playing fields, or surrounding areas for the duration of the tournament unless specifically sanctioned by the Warrenton Youth Sports Club Tournament Committee.
Region 1 has established the following policy concerning permission to travel when attending US Youth Soccer sanctioned tournaments in Region I. The purpose of this policy is to make it as simple as possible for the US Youth Soccer Region I teams to travel to tournaments within Region 1. The new policy states that any US Youth Soccer State Association teams within Region I that is accepted into a tournament in Region I do not need permission to travel papers. Permission to Travel is not required in friendly games within Region 1. Note is to be taken on the two (2) states that have an exception to this policy (Connecticut & New Jersey).
National State Associations in Region I:
- Connecticut Jr Soccer Assn - Must provide Permission to Travel
- Delaware Youth Soccer Assn
- Eastern New York Youth Soccer Assn
- Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Assn
- Soccer Maine
- Maryland Youth Soccer Assn
- Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assn
- New Hampshire Soccer Assn
- New Jersey Youth Soccer Assn - Must provide Permission to Travel
- New York State West Youth Soccer Assn
- Pennsylvania West State Soccer Assn
- Soccer Rhode Island
- Vermont Soccer Assn
- Virginia Youth Soccer Assn
- West Virginia Soccer Assn