2021 Southwest Cup Rules
PRE-TOURNAMENT CHECK IN: All teams must provide player/coach credentials ONLINE by Monday April
5th, 2021 9:00 AM.
Each team or club must complete online check in!
TEAMS NEED TO PROVIDE the following Required Documents:
1. Event Roster, this can be generated from your team account in Gotsoccer under the event on the roster tab.
A copy of each US Youth Soccer Player Pass or each US Club Players Pass, or Passport if your team is
international (ONLY the front side that shows picture and Date of Birth must be copied) (If the player pass is
“two sided”, we need side with players’ name and birthdate) including guest players for each player
participating. You must include coach’s cards and manager’s cards in this document. We recommend
scanning multiple player cards to fill a sheet of paper which requires fewer “ID Card” attachments
and a smaller file.
2. Team Contact Form
3. Player Registration Certification Form
4. USYS Teams outside of Region 4 / International Teams: A copy of Permission to Travel form if your team is
USYS registered and outside of Region 4 and/or International team (Canada, UK, Caribbean, etc). If your
team is registered with US Club Soccer, a permission to travel form is also required.
The team contact form and Player Registration Certification Form can be found on the tournament website
https://rslazsoccer.com/southwest-cup/ under check in forms as well as submission process.
• Rosters are frozen when a team starts their first game of the tournament. Players may not play
without the above documentation.
For a team coming from a CONCACAF nation:
A. Players must present passports at registration or, if from a nation that the United States does not
require a passport, proof of entry into the United States that is required by the United States.
B. Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards.
C. Tournament rules require that the team have a completed form from its Provincial or National
Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament.
9U/10U – 7v7 – maximum roster of 14 players – maximum players suited for a match = 12
11U/12U – 9v9 – maximum roster of 18 players – maximum players suited for a match = 16
13U + – 11v11 – maximum roster of 22 players – maximum players suited for a match = 22
Proper Player Loan Forms will be required at registration along with other required credentials, if required by the
team’s State Association. Players can only play for one tournament team in the same age group during the
weekend. Maximum of 5 Loan players allowed per team unless Tournament Director approval.
JERSEY NUMBERS: The shirt number of each player must be the same as the player’s shirt number on the daily
match report or roster. If the numbers are not the same the referee shall not allow the player to take part in the
match until the numbers are the same. Any team found switching player jersey numbers during the game without
notifying and getting referee approval shall automatically forfeit the match.
RULES OF PLAY
REFEREES: All matches will use Federation Certified Referees.
FIFA LAWS of the Game will apply as modified by USYSA and AYSA as described herein.
HEADING THE BALL: No heading the ball for U11 and below age groups. Play will be stopped and indirect free
kick given to the opposing team for “deliberate” headers.
Duration of Game by HALVES and Balls Size as Follows:
Division Length of Halves Halftime Ball Size
U9/U10 20 Minutes 5 min 4
U11/U12 25 Minutes 5 min 4
U13/U14 30 Minutes 5 min 5
U15/U19 35 Minutes 5 min 5
**Bracket games will end in a tie. If a playoff game is tied at the end of regulation time, FIFA Penalty Kicks will
determine the winner. Penalty Kicks will be taken immediately following the game.
PRE-GAME CHECK IN: Teams must check in game ready with the referee on the field 15 minutes prior to the
start of each scheduled game. At this time the player equipment will be checked.
SUBSTITUTIONS: Free substitutions will be allowed in all age groups
PLAYER’S EQUIPMENT: It will be at the Referee’s discretion to determine the safety and suitability of player
equipment including the wearing of an orthopedic cast or hard brace. Shin guards are mandatory for all players
No jewelry or hair pins allowed.
COACHING: All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, and spectators at
all times. Coaching from the sidelines, giving direction to one’s own team on points of strategy and position, is
1. No mechanical devises used.
2. The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory.
3. Each coach or substitute remains within (10) yards on either side of the halfway line.
4. No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referee’s other coaches, players,
substitutes, or spectators.
5. No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.
CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS: A player or coach receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is
considered to have been given an ejection (red card) for the purposes of awarding point for the tournament
competition. A player who has been ejected (sent off) will not be replaced. A player or coach who has been
ejected will not return for that game. A player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the
Tournament. For the purpose of this tournament a coach CAN be carded.
For U.S. Teams, each State Association will be notified of any disciplinary action taken or required to be taken. For
Foreign teams, the Federation will transmit the disciplinary action taken or required to be taken to that team’s
provincial or national association.
The Tournament will conform to the established guidelines -see table below: