RULES OF PLAY       SAS
in MLS 4x4 Tournaments & London Soccer SKILLS
5/20/2005
THE PLAYERS:
PLAYER REGISTRATION: All players must be registered on their team’s 4V4 roster. Roster changes, substitutions and additions, must be made before the start of a team’s first game. Any team or player determined by the event director to have falsified their age will be dismissed from the tournament. Players must have player identification card to verify age.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: Seven is the maximum number of players on a team; four field players and three substitutes. Four players are on the field at a time. Minimum number of players on the field is three. There are no goalkeepers.
PLAYER SUBSTITUTIONS: Substitutions may be made at any dead-ball situation, regardless of possession. Teams must get the referee’s permission before making the substitution and players are to enter and exit at mid-field. There are no substitutions on the fly.
PLAYER EQUIPMENT: All players must wear shin guards. Any player without shin guards will not be allowed to play.
PLAYER “KITS”: 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 in the pool-play round, a coin flip will determine the team to change uniforms. During playoffs the seeded team will determine preferences. Numbers on jerseys are not required.
PLAYER EJECTION (RED CARD): Referees have the right to eject a player from the game for continual disobedience or as a result of an incident that warrants sending the player off. The team may then continue with their remaining players, however if the player receiving the red card was in the field of play, the team must complete the game with only three players on the field. The tournament director will decide suspension from additional games.
THE FIELD OF PLAY:
FIELD DIMENSIONS: The minimum playing field is 20 yards wide by 30 yards long. Goals are 4’x6’.
PENALTY BOX: Arc Rule: There is no ball contact allowed within the goal box, however, any player may pass through the goal box. If the ball comes to rest in the goal box, 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 box and is an extension of such. If a defender touches the ball in the goal box, a penalty kick is awarded to the offensive team. If an offensive player touches the ball within the goal box, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.
SEEDING: Teams will be seeded according to the information provided on the entry form. MLS Futbolito staff will schedule teams according to ability, age and experience.
BALL SIZE: Regulation Game Balls (size 5) will be issued by the tournament staff. Youth age groups (Under 8, and 9/10) will use a size 4 ball.
GOAL SCORING: A goal may be scored from anywhere on the field. The ball changes possession after a goal is scored.
RESTARTS: All restarts are indirect kicks (including the kick off to start each half). This does not include Penalty Kicks, which will be direct.
KICK OFF: Is an indirect kick and may be taken in any direction.
THREE (3) YARD RULE: In all dead ball situations, restarts, including game start and halftime start, defending players must stand at least three (3) yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal area is closer than three (3) yards, the ball shall be placed three (3) yards from the goal area in line with the place of the penalty.
KICK-INS: The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline instead of thrown in. The defending player must be at least three yards from ball on all kick-ins.
GOAL KICKS: May be taken from any point on the defensive touchline.
THROW-INS: There are no throw-ins. All out of bounds balls will be taken as “kick-ins.”
PENALTY KICKS: A penalty kick will be taken from midfield in front of an open goal. Per the Arc Rule, there will be no defending player/goalie contesting the penalty kick. All non-kicking players must be behind midfield. A penalty kick 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). This is a dead-ball kick. If a goal is not scored, the defense obtains possession with a goal kick.
THE TOURNAMENT:
COMPETITION FORMAT: First round consists of a minimum of 3 games in a round robin format. Championship round is single elimination.
GAME DURATION: The game consists of two 12-minute halves separated by a two-minute half-time period. Games tied after regulation play shall end in a tie except in the playoffs. At the discretion of the referee and the tournament director, a game will be forfeited if both teams are not present at game time. The present team will be awarded a win; the absent team will take a loss. Teams are responsible for waiting until their seed for playoffs has been determined. There are no time-outs in 4V4 soccer.
SCORING (IN POOL PLAY): Games will be scored according to the following: 3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie; and 0 points for a loss, following MLS scoring specifics.
PLAYOFFS: The playoff rounds are single-elimination.
TIEBREAKERS: For teams that are tied in record, if one team forfeited a game, they are the lower seed. In pool play, ties between teams will be broken by: 1) head to head result 2) goal differential 3) goals for; 4) goal against; 5) coin flip.
PLAYOFF OVERTIME: Shall consist of a 5-minute sudden death “golden goal” overtime period, with a coin toss to decide kick-off direction. The first team to score in overtime is the winner. If no team has scored in the first five-minute overtime period, additional five-minute overtime periods will be played until a winner is determined.
THERE ARE NO OFFSIDES IN 4V4 SOCCER
NO SLIDE TACKLING IN 4V4 SOCCER
FORFEITS: The opponent of a forfeiting team will be granted a 3-0 victory. A 10 minute grace period allowance will be enforced prior to declaration of forfeiture. Any team forfeiting two consecutive games in pool play will be removed from the tournament. Any team forfeiting a game in playoffs will be removed from the tournament.
PROTESTS: No protests allowed.
FAIR PLAY: Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to act in the nature of “Fair Play” at all times. Abuse of the referees will not be tolerated. Abuse of opponents will result in red card. Any instance of such conduct will disqualify the responsible team from the event
SCOREBOARD: The scoreboard will be displayed in the format of the 2005 MLS Futbolito Bracket Board. The scoreboard will be updated throughout the tournament and will be on display for players and fans alike.
FIFA RULES APPLY TO ANY RULES NOT ADDRESSED IN THIS DOCUMENT. SITUATIONS OR OCCURRENCES THAT THESE RULES DO NOT ADDRESS SHALL BE LEFT TO THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE TOURNMENT DIRECTOR.
Thank You Parents and Players for all of your help and patience.   Coach Jeff.