MIC Tournament Rules

Updated Friday November 16, 2018 by MIC 2018.

Thank you for entering your team in the Buckingham United's Tournament, March into Cups 2019.  We hope that this tournament will provide a good ‘warm up’ for your team to enter into the Cups this spring.

If you have any suggestions and/or comments regarding your tournament experience, please pass them on so that we can continue to enhance our tournament experience for you.  All comments can be sent to Tournament Director at

March into Cups 2019


HEADQUARTERS: Herbst Sports Complex, Pipersville PA

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    The Tournament Committee’s interpretation of these rules shall be final and binding. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament.
    1. Each team prior to the tournament must submit a roster. These rosters will then be used at registration as part of the player checklist.
    2. Rosters are limited to
      1. 12 players for teams playing in a 7v7 format in age groups of U9‐U10 and 
      2. 14 players for teams playing in a 9v9 format in age groups of U11‐U12.
      3. 18 players for teams playing in an 11v11 format for U13 and above.
    3. Guest players
      1. 4 will be allowed per teams in age groups of U09-U12,
      2. 6 guest players for U13 and above.
    4. It is expected that each team will participate in the customary handshake following the game.
    5. Trophies will be awarded to winners and runners‐up in each division. Participation awards will be given to all U9 and U10 teams who are required to receive them in accordance with their home state’s soccer association regulations (USYSA or US Club, depending on how the team has registered.)  
    6. Build out lines and heading rules will be in accordance with the new US Soccer Mandates for 7v7 and 9v9 games.
    1. All participating teams must be currently registered with their state association.
    2. All teams from outside Region 1 must have proof of “Permission to Travel” duly authorized by their state, provincial or country association at registration.
    3. A player card with photograph, duly authorized by state, provincial or national registrar must be presented at time of registration.
    4. A medical release form must be presented at the time of registration for all players participating in the tournament.
    5. Guest player will be allowed (1c). These players must be registered and carded in their state or provincial association.
    6. No player may play on more than one team during the tournament for the duration of the event.
    7. Internationals Teams must present proof of entry into the United States as well as the information listed above.
    8. Coaches must carry their player passes and medical release forms with them during each game and provide it to the referee and/or tournament representative upon request.
  3. INCLEMENT WEATHER  In the event of extraordinary weather conditions (i.e. heavy rain, poor playing conditions), the Tournament Committee shall have the authority to change the above format as follows:
    1. Relocate and reschedule any game
    2. Reduce by up to 50% the scheduled duration of any game
    3. Consider a game complete that has been called by the official with 25% or less remaining unplayed.
    4. Cancel any preliminary game(s) having no bearing on the selection of division winners.
    5. Impose the rain dates as advertised.
  4. PLAYER SUBSTITUTIONS  Substitutions may be made without limit, with the permission of the referee as follows:
    1. After a goal is scored
    2. At a goal kick
    3. On your own throw-in
    4. At the opponent’s throw-in only if they are substituting (piggyback rule)
    5. At the beginning of the half
    6. At an injury
    7. For a yellow carded player
    8. An injured player who is bleeding must leave the match for treatment and may return after treatment only after being checked by the referee or an assistant referee.
    9. There will be no substitutions for a player who has received a red card and has been ordered from the field by the referee.
  5. PROTESTS  There will be no protests allowed.
    1. All uniforms must be numbered. In the event of conflicting color jerseys, home teams will change jerseys.
    2. All teams are responsible for their own insurance. In case of injury during travel or while participating in the tournament, Buckingham United Soccer and the Tournament Committee will not be liable.
    3. Players are REQUIRED to wear shin guards in accordance with FIFA laws of the game.
    4. Player identification cards and rosters may be checked prior each game and the numbers on rosters must match to the number on the player’s jersey.
    5. Game balls will be supplied by the Tournament.
    6. Casts, either hard or soft will be permitted only at the referee’s discretion.
  7. CONDUCT  Players, coaches and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the game as well as letter of the law.
    1. Coaches are not only responsible for their conduct but also the conduct of their players and spectators.
    2. No abusive language or profanity will be tolerated.
    3. Players, coaches or spectators ejected from a game by the referee must leave the field area.
    4. Anyone receiving a red card will be ineligible for the next scheduled game.  The committee, in the event of fighting may take further action.
    5. No one will be allowed behind either end line.
    6. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at the tournament sites.
    7. Smoking and vaping are prohibited at any venue of the tournament.
    8. No pets are allowed at the tournament sites.
    9. It shall be solely the team’s responsibility to determine the status of its players. Any suspension from a tournament, local league, etc. is the responsibility of the team to notify the Tournament director of this suspension at the time of the player’s check in.
    10. The Tournament Committee shall have a Discipline Committee of no less than three members. The Discipline Committee will review and rule on all reports of unacceptable conduct by players, managers, coaches, referees, spectators, etc.
    11. Depending on the severity of the unacceptable conduct, the Discipline Committee may recommend a suspension of up to the duration of the tournament with further disciplinary action by the appropriate state or national association. The Discipline Committee’s recommendations must be made available to affected parties no later than prior to their next scheduled game.
    12. Any coach or team official shall be held responsible for the actions of any individual(s) at any match that in the opinion of the referee is a supporter of that team.
    13. At the conclusion of the tournament, passes will be returned to the coach even if suspensions have not been completed. A complete report will be sent to the appropriate state association within seven days of the conclusion of the tournament for possible further discipline.
    All field marshal game sheets must be returned to the site headquarters as soon as possible after a game. Both coaches must sign field marshal reports.
  9. FAILURE TO SHOW AND FORFEITS   Teams will be allowed a 5‐minute grace period after the scheduled kick‐off time before the match will be awarded to the opponent.       
    1. A minimum of 7 players constitutes a team and if 7 players are present, the game will not be delayed. 
    2. In no case shall a team, which forfeits a game, be declared a division winner.
    3. If an apparent winner forfeits a game, the division team with the next best record shall be named division winner.
    4. A forfeit results in a score of 1‐0. Any teams who forfeit games in preliminary rounds will not advance to the final.
  10. PARKING  Park in designated parking areas only at any site or facility.
    1. Do not park on grass unless otherwise marked.
    Both teams will stand on the same side of the field, with parents and fans on the opposite side.
    FIFA Laws of the Game will apply as except as modified by USYSA and EPYSA as described herein. Duration of games and ball size, by age group are as follows:
    1. Division Format                Length                               Ball Size
      1. U17 11v11         30 Minute Halves            5
      2. U16 11v11         30 Minute Halves            5
      3. U15 11v11         30 Minute Halves            5
      4. U14 11v11         30 Minute Halves            5
      5. U13 11v11         30 Minute Halves            5
      6. U12 9v9            25 Minute Halves             4
      7. U11 9v9            25 Minute Halves             4
      8. U10 7v7            20 Minute Halves             4
      9. U9 7v7              20 Minute Halves             4
    2. Two (2) equal halves will be played, with a five (5) minute half‐time interval. There will be a running clock at all times. Time will not be added for any reason.
    3. Ties will stand at the end of regulation play for any preliminary round matches.
    4. Semi‐final and Final games tied after regulation will play two (2) equal overtime halves of 5 minutes each half (10 minutes total), with no break in between halves.
      1. If a tie still exists after the overtime halves, the FIFA penalty kick format will be used to determine the winner.
      2. Penalty kicks will immediately follow the 2nd overtime half.
  13. PATCH EXCHANGE U09-U13 will exchange Club patches at the conclusion of each game.
  14. PLAYER OF THE MATCH/SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – The opposing coach will determine a Player of the match and present a Player of the match pin at the conclusion of the game after the handshakes.  The Player of the Match Pins will be provided by Buckingham United.  Player of the match criteria should be based on sportsmanship and effort, not necessarily the best skilled player on the team.
  15. HOME TEAM  The Home Team appears first on the game schedule. The Visitor Team (the team listed second on the game schedule) will have choice of tap or end of field to defend at the beginning of the game.  The Home Team will be required to switch to alternate jerseys to accommodate color conflicts as declared by the referee. If the Home Team cannot supply alternate jerseys, the Visitor Team will change. 
    1. Standings will be determined using the following point system: 
      1. Three (3) points for each win, or a game forfeited to them   
      2. One (1) point for each tie 
      3. Zero (0) points for each loss 
    2. The bracket winner shall be the team with the most points at the end of play. 
    3. In the event of a tie between two teams within a bracket, the following criteria shall be used – in the order presented.  In the event of a three-way tie, the head to head will be discarded.  
      1. Head to Head Competition
      2. Goal differential – with a maximum of 3 goals difference for each game
      3. Fewest goals allowed 
      4. Most goals scored up to a maximum of 5 goals per game 
      5. PKs 
    4. In the event three teams are still tied and require PKs, a round robin PK will take place (AvB, AvC, BvC) The A team will be the team listed first on the official standings and the B team the second one. Each team will receive three (3) points for each win in PKs and zero (0) for a loss. 
    5. If after the completion of a round robin there is still a tie, the tie breaker shall be: 
      1. Most Goals scored in Round Robin PKs 
      2. Fewest goals allowed in Round Robin PKs 
      3. Coin Toss 
  17. CHAMPIONSHIPS  Medals/Trophies will be awarded to the first and second place team in each bracket. 
    1. Participation awards will be given to all U9 and U10 teams who are required to receive them in accordance with their home state's soccer association regulations. 
    2. In brackets with 4 or 5 teams, the winner and runner up shall be determined on the basis of the total points, and if needed the tie breakers as described above 16c.
    3. In brackets with 6 teams, two flights of three teams, the first, second and third teams will be determined after the first two games based on total points, and if needed the tie breakers as described in 16c.  The first place teams from flight A and B will play a championship game that will determine the winner and runner up.  The second place teams from flight A and B will play the first consolation game and third place teams from flight A and B will play a second consolation game.
    4. Although not preferred, if a bracket with 7 teams is formed, the top two teams, after the first three games as determined by total pints, and if needed the tie-breakers as described 16c will play a championship game to determine the winner.
    5. Although not preferred, if a bracket of 8 teams is formed, with two flights of four teams, the winners of each flight, as determined based on total points, and if needed the tie-breakers as described in 16c will play a championship game to determine the winner and runner up.
  18. APPLICATION You must submit your application by the deadline.
    1. You will receive a confirmation of Registration.
    2. Payment should be made by e-check, debit or credit card for the full tournament fee. 
    3. Applications will not be considered complete without payment.
    4. If your team is accepted, the fee is non‐refundable.
    5. If your team is accepted and later withdraws, the fee is non‐refundable and sanctions may be placed against your team for participation in future tournaments. 
    6. Should your team not be accepted, the fee will be returned.
  19. REFUND CANCELATION POLICY  There will be no refund for teams withdrawing from the tournament after they are accepted and sanctions may be placed against your team regarding their ability to participate in future tournaments for failure to play. 
    1. Teams will be accepted through by the tournament committee.  Your team status may be found on the website.
    2. A full and complete refund will be given to any team that is not accepted. 
    3. Any other refund prior to the acceptance date is subject to handling fees. 
    4. These handling fees include but are not limited to bank fees, mail and time spent to issue the refund. 
    5. The exact amount will be determined by the Tournament Committee.  
    6. In the event of tournament cancellation due to inclement weather or other unforeseen event, the rain dates will be in effect (May) for and no other monetary refunds will be issued. 
      1. EXCEPTION Any Team that is verified to still be in State Cups on the raindate will be given a FULL Refund.  Buckingham United teams are exempt from the refund and are expected to play in the tournament regardless of participation in State Cups Finals.  For Buckingham United teams, exceptions may apply but need to be approved by the Tournament Committee.
      2. Spring league game conflicts or other conflicts will NOT qualify for refund.
    7. March Into Cups Tournament and Buckingham United Soccer Club are not responsible for any expenses incurred by any team in the event the tournament is canceled in whole or part, or in the event games are discontinued or canceled due to forfeit for any reason, foreseen or unforeseen. 
    8. The Tournament Committee will determine all refund amounts for the event. 
    9. The Tournament Committee will be comprised of the Tournament Directors, Buckingham United Soccer Club Executive Board of Directors, and other individuals that the tournament Directors may appoint.
  20. VENDORS  All vendors shall bear an identification badge supplied by the tournament.  Non-approved third parties are prohibited from the tournament grounds.  Violators will be prosecuted at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.


MIC 2018 Tournament Rules.pdf