Emily Johnson 3v3 Soccer Tournament Rules
- FIFA rules apply if not modified within
- The following rules have been designed to ensure fair play for all participants. Each coach and player is expected to understand these rules prior to their participation in the tournament. Any questions concerning these rules should be directed to the event staff.
Requirements, Information, Rules, Guidelines, etc.
Team Registration: Teams must register and pay all team fees to participate in each event. Teams should register into divisions based upon age, gender and playing experience. Any team or player determined by the Tournament Director to have falsified age could be dismissed from the tournament. Teams that span more than one age group must register in the division of the oldest player on the team. Teams are responsible for registering in the appropriate division. It is each Team’s responsibility to register in the proper division, failure to properly register may result in disqualification from the tournament, and registration fees will not be refunded.
Official Team Roster Form, Player Registration & Proof of Age Requirements: Each team must complete the Official Team Roster Form and Waiver, and submit the form to the event staff during Team Check-In, or PRIOR TO THEIR FIRST GAME or they may be disqualified from the tournament. All players must be listed on the Official Team Roster prior to the team’s first scheduled game time. Teams cannot add players after the start of their first game. Tournament officials have the right to demand Proof of Age for any player included on the roster. Players are required to carry Proof of Age with them at all times during the event.
Number of Players: Six is the maximum number of players on each team’s roster: three field players and three substitutes, but teams are allowed less than six players if they chose. (A team must have a minimum of 2 field players). Players may only play on one team per division.
Coed Rules (Adult Teams Only): An Adult Coed team consists of a combination of male and female players. During play, there must be at least one female player on the field at all times. Adult Coed teams that have only one female will forfeit their remaining games if the female participant is no longer able to participate.
Rules During Play
Game Duration: The game shall consist of two 12-minute halves separated by a two minute halftime period OR the first team to reach 12 goals, whichever comes first. A coin toss will determine direction and possession before the start of the game. Games tied after regulation play shall end in a tie, except in the playoffs. There are no timeouts and the Game Clock does not stop in 3v3 games. In the event that a field is behind schedule, the referee may shorten the halftime period, or limit warm-up time prior to game.
Kick Off: May be taken in any direction. You cannot score directly from a kick off (ball must be 100% over the mid-line to be considered on the offensive half of the field). The kick off is an indirect kick.
Kick-Ins: The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline instead of thrown in. The ball is considered in play when the ball is touched and changes position. This is an indirect kick, and a goal cannot be scored from this kick.
Direct & Indirect Kicks: All dead-ball kicks (kick-ins, kick-offs, free kicks) are indirect with the exception of corner kicks and penalty kicks. Indirect kicks must only change position before the ball will be considered in play. If a free kick is awarded within five yards of the opposing goal box the ball with be moved back to five yards from the box. It is the referee’s discretion where the ball will be placed.
Goal Kicks: May be taken from any point of the end line. This is an indirect kick.
Penalty Kicks: Shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by an infraction (the infraction does not automatically result in a red card). Penalty kicks are DIRECT kicks taken from the center of the mid-line with all players (on both teams) behind the mid-line. Penalty kicks are dead ball infractions. If a goal is not scored, the defense obtains possession with a goal kick.
Goal Scoring: A goal may only be scored from a touch (offensive or defensive) within the team’s offensive half on the field. The ball must be completely on the offensive half of the field, and cannot be touching the mid-line (Example: kick-off). If a player in their defensive half kicks the ball across the midline and the ball hits another player (offensive or defensive) and the ball goes in the goal, a goal will be awarded. If a ball is kicked from the defensive half and is not touched before the ball rests in the goal, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. A goal cannot be scored from an indirect kick, such as a kick-in from out-of-bounds.
Five Yard Rule: In all dead-ball situations, defending players must stand at l east five yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal is closer than five yards, the ball shall be played five yards from the goal box in line with the direction of play prior to the penalty.
Substitution: Substitutions may be made during dead-ball situations, regardless of possession. Teams must gain the referees attention and players must enter and exit at mid-field. Substitutions should not be made on the fly!
Goal Keepers / Off-sides / Slide Tackling / Hand Ball Clarification: There are no Goalkeepers in 3v3 Soccer.
No Off-sides in 3v3 Soccer!
No Slide Tackling: If a player is sliding for the ball, contact with any player(s) from the other team is NOT ALLOWED. If a player slides and contact is initiated, a free kick shall be awarded. This does not prevent players from sliding to stop/intercept a ball where contact is not initiated during the slide. Example: a player may slide to save a ball from going out-of-bounds.
Hand Ball Clarification: Deliberate handling of the ball that denies a team of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity will result in the following: (1) A penalty kick (at the discretion of the referee) (2) A yellow or red card given to the player committing the hand ball (at the discretion of the referee).
Protests of Rules: Protests are strongly discouraged, as they are frequently based on emotions or referee judgment calls. Referee judgment calls are NOT grounds for a protest. Videotape is not acceptable as a form of protest or decision review.
EQUIPMENT: Uniforms, Balls, Field Dimensions, Goal Box, etc.
Game Balls / Sizes: Teams are responsible for providing game balls. Here are the following sizes for each group: U6-U8 = Size 3; U9-U12 = Size 4; and U13 & up = Size 5.
Field Dimensions: The playing field is 40 yards long by 30 yards wide for ages U12 and higher. U8 and U10 age groups play on 30 x 20 yard field. The goals are approximately 4 feet high and 6 feet wide.
The Goal Box: There are no goalkeepers in 3v3. The goal box is approximately 8 feet wide by 4 foot long located directly in front of the goal. The goals are 4 feet high by 6 feet wide. There is no ball contact allowed within the goal box, however, all players may pass through the goal box as long as they do not touch the ball while in the box. If the ball comes to a rest in or on the goal box line, a goal kick is awarded regardless of who touched the ball last. Any part of the ball or player’s body on the line or inside the plane of the box is considered in the goal box and an extension of such. If a defensive player touches the ball after it has entered the plane, a goal will be awarded to the offensive team. If an offensive player touches the ball after it has entered the plane, a goal kick will be awarded to the defensive team. The plane of the goal box extends upward infinitely.
Player Uniforms, Jerseys, Protective Casts & Jewelry: All players must wear shin guards, or will not be allowed to play. All players must wear jerseys/shirts 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. In playoffs, the higher seed will have the option. No jewelry will be allowed, including earrings of any type, rope necklaces and bracelets. The only exception will be players wearing medical bracelets.
Foot Gear: Soccer Cleats or Sneakers must be worn. No sharp metal cleats allowed.
OTHER: Delay of Game, Forfeits, Overtime:
Delay of Game: The referee has the official time on the field and holds the right to take necessary action if he/she feels that a team is delaying the game. Any player may be cautioned with a yellow card if it is deemed by the referee that the player is intentionally wasting time, such as if a player intentionally kicks the ball long distances away from the playing field in order to waste time.
Forfeits: Teams are given five minutes from scheduled game time, or from delayed start time due to unforeseen circumstances, before a forfeit is issued by the referee. All forfeits must be approved by a member of the event staff before the game is considered an official forfeit.
Playoff Overtime: Pool Play Games shall end in a tie, if the game is tied at the end of regulation. Only Playoff Games shall play into overtime.
Golden Goal Overtime Period. Playoff Overtime shall consist of one 3-minute “golden goal” overtime period with a coin toss to decide kick-off/direction. The first team to score in overtime is the winner.
Shootout. If no team has scored in the 3-minute overtime, the winner shall be decided in a shootout with a coin toss to decide team-kicking order. The three players from each team remaining on the field at the end of the overtime period will be the only players to kick for their team. The remaining three field players after overtime regulation will rotate, alternating teams with each kick. The first round of shootouts will consist of each player kicking once (round of 3 players shooting per team). The team with the most goals after the first round will be considered the winner. If the score remains tied after the first round of penalty kicks, the same 3 players will alternate in the same order in a sudden death penalty kick format until one team scores unanswered. If one team has received a red card during the game and finishes with 2 players on the field, a remaining roster player (other than the red carded player) must be chosen to kick in the rotation of penalty kicks. If the red-carded player is the last remaining roster player, one of the two field players must kick twice.
SPORTSMANSHIP: Yellow Cards, Red Cards, Player / Coach / Spectator Ejections:
Sportsmanship: Good sportsmanship is to prevail at all times. Coaches will be held responsible for the conduct of themselves, their players, players’ parents and spectators
Cautioned Players (Yellow Card): Players that receive two yellow cards in one game will result in a red card. (Please see red card rule). Any player accumulating three yellow cards during a tournament will automatically be suspended for their next game (no exceptions).
Player Ejection (Red Card): Referee’s have the right to eject a player or coach from the game for continual disobedience or as a result of an incident that warrants sending off. The team may then continue with their remaining two, three or four players, however, if the player receiving the red card was on the field of play, the team must complete the entire game a player short. The player receiving the red card will automatically be suspended for their next game (no exceptions). Players or coaches that are red carded must leave the immediate playing area, including the fan and team areas. If the player delays or refuses to leave, the game will be forfeited in favor of opposing team (regardless of the score at the time of the incident).
**If player(s) is (are) issued red card(s) for fighting, player(s) will be ejected from the tournament and are subject to removal from the facility for the duration of the event.
Coach/Parent Ejection: Referees have the right to eject a coach or parent from any game for continual disobedience or as a result of an incident that warrants ejection. Coaches or parents whom are ejected by the referee or tournament official must leave the field and area around the field before play will continue. If a coach or parent refuses to leave, the game will be forfeited in favor of the opposing team.
BRACKETING: Rankings, Seeding, and Tie Breakers:
Championship Bracket Round Seeding: Championship Bracket seeding for each will be determined by Win/Loss record. A forfeited game is scored as a 6-0 win for the team that is present. Referees will provide the winning coach a scorecard, which must be turned into the Headquarters Tent immediately following the game! For games where the score-card is not turned in to the Headquarters Tent, a verbally communicated score will be accepted until the score-card can be produced.
Seeding Tie-Breakers: For teams that are tied in record, if one team forfeited a game, they will automatically be considered the lower seed (unless otherwise decided by a tournament official). In pool play, ties between three or more teams will be broken by
(1) head to head results between the tied teams (4) goal difference in pool play games
(2) goal difference in head to head games (5) goals against in pool play games
(3) goals against in head to head games (6) shootout
Weather Related Issues: The Staff reserves the right to modify, reschedule, or cancel the tournament due to inclement weather. The Staff has the right to move or reschedule games, as well as the right to shorten game lengths. Team entry fees are non-refundable.
** The Event Staff will have final say on all disputes and interpretations of Tournament Rules. **