I. TOURNAMENT FEES
Please refer to “Tournament Fees” tab on our website. Fees are due at the time of registration
II. TOURNAMENT MAILING ADDRESS
Golden Cup LLC
1347 London Ln
Glenview, IL 60025
III. TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
GOLDEN CUP is an invitational tournament open to boys’ and girls’ teams U8-U19. All teams are invited to apply, they will be accepted based on information included in their application.
Boys and Girls U8
Boys and Girls U9
Boys and Girls U10
Boys and Girls U11
Boys and Girls U12
Boys and Girls U13
Boys and Girls U14
Boys and Girls U15
Boys and Girls U16
Boys and Girls U17
Boys and Girls U18
Boys and Girls U19
V. GAME FORMAT
U8 - U10 – 7v7 Format
Maximum number of 7 players on the field: 6 field players and a goalie
Will play a minimum of 3 games
1 referee system
U11-U12 – 9v9 Format
• Maximum number of 9 players on the field: 8 field players and a goalie
• Will play a minimum of 3 games
• 2 referee system
U13-U19 – 11v11 Format
• Maximum number of 11 players on the field: 10 field players and a goalie
• Will play a minimum of 3 games
• 3 referee system
VI. FIELD MARSHALS
A field marshal system is utilized to keep the games on time and as a first line of communication in the event of a problem.
• There will be one field marshal for every two to four fields.
• Each team has to check in with field marshal before each game
• Each field marshal will have a communications radio and ice for injuries.
VII. PLAYERS AND RESERVES
U8 – U10 playing 7v7 teams may roster and dress up to 14 players.
U11 - U12 playing 9v9 may roster and dress up to 18 players.
U13 - U19 playing 11v11 may roster and dress 18 players for games.
Teams must have a minimum of 5 players (U9/U10 – 7v7), 6 players (U11-U12 9v9), 7 players (U13-U19 – 11v11) to begin a game.
VIII. PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT:
All players are required to wear shin guards under socks. No jewelry may be worn in competition. Players shall wear approved footwear. All players must wear matching uniforms. All players must have a permanent number on the back of their uniform, with no duplicated numbers on a team. No hard casts permitted. If a player has a soft cast, the player must have an approval from the referee to play.
IX. DURATION OF THE MATCH
U8 to U10: Two twenty (20)-minute periods
U11 to U19: Two thirty (30)-minute periods
Half-time Interval: 2 minutes
Procedures to Determine the Winner of a Knockout matches:
FIFA Penalty Kicks
X. TEAM CHECK-IN
Team check-in is done online using GotSoccer. Final Team Check-in is by midnight on Friday Aug-23.
See Check-In tab on our web site for more info.
XI. GUEST PLAYERS
Teams may roster up to 5 guest players. Double rostered players are limited to two per team. Any player playing on another team is counted against the two player maximum double rostered players per team.
Substitutions are allowed during goal kicks, throw-ins, fouls and goals scored. Substitutions are NOT allowed on corner kicks and penalty shots.
U8-U10 sub on the fly
U11-U12 Sub on the fly
U12-U19 players must come in from the middle with referee approval.
Players that are injured and require assistance from club personal must exit the game and must notify the referee before re-entering the game. All Substitutes must wear a colored vest/bib that distinguishes them from field players.
XIII. HOME TEAM JERSEY
The first team listed in the schedule is the home team.
The home team must have an alternate jersey and be prepared to change, if, in the opinion of the referee, there is a color conflict.
Team jerseys must match with unique numbers for each player as submitted on the Official Tournament Roster. No sharing of jerseys permitted.
XIV. SCHEDULES, RESULTS AND STANDINGS
After each game the referee will complete a game card to report the score. The winning coach must verify both scores on the game card after the game. Any scores that are marked incorrectly on the game card will affect the standings and playoff standings. Game cards are collected by tournament runners and brought to Tournament Headquarters for recording.
Games will begin Friday, August 30 at 5:00 pm, with some of the local teams playing one game that day. Each team will play three games within their own group. All games count in the group standings for determining play-off placement
XV. GROUP GAMES
No overtime will be played during group competition.
Teams will be awarded three points for a win and one point for a tie.
A forfeit score will be recorded as a 3-0 victory.
The winning coach must sign the game card after verifying both scores (either coach may sign in the event of a tie). Any scores that are marked incorrectly on the game card will affect the standings.
First two teams in the group are advancing to play-offs.
Following preliminary rounds, criteria in order of importance will determine placement for the play-off brackets:
• Greater number of points. Each team receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. o Goal difference. Subtract total goals allowed from total goals scored.
• Greater number of goals.
If two or more teams are equal on the above criteria, their place shall be determined as follows:
• Greater number of points obtained in matches between the teams concerned.
• Goal difference resulting from matches between the teams concerned.
• Greater number of goals scored in matches between the teams concerned.
• Earliest application date.
If play-off game is tied at the end:
• Two 5-minute overtime periods will be played in full.
• If a team is in the lead at the end of two 5-minute overtime periods then that team will be declared the winner.
• If the game is still tied at the end of the second overtime period, the FIFA tie-breaking procedure of kicks from the penalty mark will be used to determine who advances.
• Players may be taken to a designated area where a referee crew will control, monitor and officiate the series of kicks from the penalty mark.
• Only those players on the field at the end of the overtime period may participate in the taking of the kicks from the penalty mark.
XVII. OFFICIAL GAME BALL
Official game ball of the tournament is Select America Soccer Ball. The tournament provides official game balls to be used in all matches. Referee will bring the official ball to the field. If additional balls are needed, Field Marshalls will have extra balls.
U8-U12 teams use a size 4 ball.
U13-U19 teams use a size 5 ball.
XVIII. REFEREE SYSTEM
All referees are certified and we are using the following referee system:
- U8-U10 – 1 referee
- U11 – U12 – 2 referees
- U13 and up – 3 referees
Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law. Displays of offensive language, temper, or dissent are cause for ejection from the game and field of play. Coaches shall be held responsible for the conduct of all persons on their team and those supporting their team. The referee has the right to require a coach to send any unruly spectator away from the field. Should that spectator refuse to leave the immediate field of play, the referee may abandon the game.
Severe weather is a possibility. All weather decisions are the sole decision of the tournament director and tournament committee.
Play will continue in the rain but will halt immediately for lightning. Waukegan SportsPark is equipped with lightning detection equipment and we will blow horns to alert you. If the horns sound, please have your team seek safety very quickly. The tournament will monitor the weather and after 30 minutes from the last lightning detection, the Resume Play horns will sound. Any updates with regards to weather and having to adjust the schedule will be posted on the tournament social media sites, as well as emails to team coaches and managers. In the case of inclement weather please check the social media sites regularly for updates.
XXI. GENERAL CONDUCT
Players receiving a red card or a total of two yellow cards during the tournament will be ineligible for their team's next game. The tournament committee reserves the right to suspend or expel any player, coach, or spectator from the tournament for unruly conduct.
No coaches or spectators are allowed between the 18-yard line and the end line, or beyond the end line.
No warmups are allowed in the goalmouths during pre-game or at halftime
No pets are allowed on Waukegan SportsPark grounds
No smoking is allowed on Waukegan SportsPark grounds
No alcoholic beverages are allowed on Waukegan SportsPark grounds
There will be NO protests. All decisions of the Golden Cup Tournament Committee are final.
The tournament will make every effort to avoid a forfeit. A forfeit may only be decided by Tournament Headquarters. The tournament philosophy is to put its effort into playing tournament games rather than declaring forfeits.
In general a forfeit will be called if a team consisting of at least minimum number of players has not arrived at the field within 5 minutes of the start time.
Coaches have a responsibility to make decisions in the best interest of the health and safety of the player. It is a coach’s decision to allow a participant to play. If the coach is under the legal age, the team is required to have an official representative of legal age at the field who will serve as the legal guardian.
Coaches are responsible for having emergency medical information for all players in their possession at all games.
Referees are responsible for summoning the coach and first aid personnel onto the field, in the event of an injury.
The injured player will first be evaluated on the field by Golden Cup Staff.
If further evaluation is warranted, the injured player will be moved to the sideline when medically safe, according to emergency medical protocol and medical staff will be called.
All play-offs will have 1st and 2nd place games only, with trophies awarded to the 1st place teams. Individual medals are also awarded to 1st place teams. Photo opportunities are available at the award presentation area.