EWZSA Slush Cup

Mar 1 to Mar 4, 2018

Tournament Rules

The Slush Cup Tournament is an Alberta Soccer Sanctioned tournament and the style of play is the indoor boarded soccer.

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EWZSA Slush Cup Rules and Regulations

These rules are intended to be as inclusive as possible containing all important tournament information. Tournament organizers ask that you read through all the rules and regulations prior to contacting the staff for questions regarding the tournament.

Section 1 - Registration

1. When registering your team you must register in the tier or division that your team is currently registered for the current season.

  • Tier 1 teams are teams that will be challenging for Tier 1 Provincials
  • Tier 2 teams are teams that will challenge for Tier 2 Provincials
  • Tier 3 teams are teams that will challenge for Tier 3 Provincials
  • Tier 4 teams are teams that will challenge for Tier 4 Provincials
  • Tier 5 is for all community or house league teams

*Teams that wish to play in a higher age group or tier than currently registered must first register in their current age group and tier, and then email tournament organizers to discuss tournament placement – email karen@ewzsa.com

**No team will be allowed to play in a lower age group or tier

2. U9/10 Developmental teams – we recognize U9/10 developmental teams as club soccer teams. If your soccer organization does not post league results and standings online we will group your team as follows:

  • If your team is a second year team (U10) you are considered tier 1
  • If your team is a first year team (U9) you are considered tier 2
  • If your team is a mixture of both age groups, does not have tryouts or cut any players at tryouts as a club policy, you can register in tier 3
  • If you feel your team cannot compete at these indicated levels, it is your responsibility to discuss placement with tournament organizers prior to registration ending to be sure we have your team tiered correctly.
  • Tournament organizers may require game sheets or a letter/email from your organization to be placed in a different group then as outlined above.
  • It may be helpful to indicate in your team’s notes if your team is winning most games, or losing most games.

3. Tournament organizers reserve the right to adjust tiers and groups as needed to provide balanced pools or ensure teams are competitively balanced. Sometimes this may result in combining tiers to create the pools for the tournament.

4. Teams may request to play in a higher age group or tier, but will not be allowed to play in a lower age group or tier.

5. A maximum of four (4) team officials can be listed on the roster. One of the team officials must be the same gender as the players.

6. Players are only permitted to play on one team for the tournament.

7. All coaching staff and players (including guest players) must be currently registered with their provincial youth soccer association, recognized and in good standing with Canada Soccer for the current season in order to be eligible to participate in the tournament.

8. Player cards, where mandated for regular league play, are not required for this tournament, however must be shown upon request by tournament officials. All players that do not have player cards should carry government issued ID that proves birth date in case of a dispute.

9. All mixed gender teams are required to register in the corresponding male age group and tier.

10. Coaches or managers that are suspended by ASA or any other cooperating associations are not allowed in the tournament as a team official. The team is welcome to participate

Section 2 – Team Rosters

1. All registering teams are required to upload their official provincial team roster in their online team profile prior to completing their online tournament roster. This includes all Edmonton West Zone and EMSA teams.

2. All teams are required to register their completed roster and identify any guest player(s) no later than February 20, 2018.

3. All players must be listed to the tournament roster on the website by February 28, 2018.

4. No changes to a team’s roster can be made after the team’s first tournament game.

5. Players not on the team roster prior to the team’s first tournament games are deemed ineligible.

6. Players cannot be registered on more than one team roster.

7. The maximum number of players permitted on a team roster is as follows:

  • U9/10/U11/12 teams – 16 players
  • U13/14, U15/16 & U17/18 teams – 20 players
  • A team can only dress and play the number of players that corresponds with their age group for any game in the tournament
  • If you are bringing guest players to replace players that cannot make all tournament games you will need to cross off the players from the game sheet that are not participating in that particular game.

8. The Edmonton West Zone will recognize any EMSA teams with existing special dispensation to carry more players than regularly permitted. Any non-EMSA teams will need to submit a letter of approval along with their official team roster from their soccer organization to carry more players than regularly permitted.

9. Out of Province Teams – Along with their official team roster all out of province teams must submit travel permits from their provincial soccer association listing all the players traveling with the team to the tournament. Travel permits can be emailed to karen@ewzsa.com

Section 3 – Guest Players (Trialists or Call-Ups)

1. Each team will be allowed to use a maximum of three (3) guest players for the tournament.

2. All guest players must come from the same district association and be properly registered for the current season in order to be eligible to participate in the tournament.

3. The guest player consent form must be completed for each guest player(s) and be signed by the guest player’s current coach as well as a team official from the tentative tournament team.

4. Guest player’s official team roster will no longer be required due to privacy concerns, but proof of player registration must be produced if required by tournament organizers.

5. All guest players will need to be identified on the team’s tournament roster/game sheets.

6. The guest player consent form(s) will need to accompany the game sheet when handed to the referee at the start of each game that the guest player participates in.

7. A guest player will be allowed under the following conditions:

      • Tier 1, 2 & 3 teams – can only use guest players from a lower age group, or lower division/tier
      • Tier 4 & 5 teams – can use guest players from the same or lower age group, or same or lower division/tier
      • Guest players for tier 4 & 5 teams must NOT increase the team’s roster above the original number of registered players. A guest player must only replace a registered player of the team that cannot attend the tournament.
      • No player will be allowed to play on more than one team for the tournament.
      • Any team found to have played an ineligible player will forfeit the game.

8. Any player listed on the game sheet, but is not participating in that particular game will need to be crossed off the game sheet. The game sheet is to correctly represent the players that will participate in the game as indicated on the game sheet, this includes all guest players.

Section 4 – Games

1. Format of Games

  • All games will consist of two 25 minute halves with the last minute of each half being stop time
  • There is no overtime for any game in the tournament
  • Tournament organizers reserve the right to shorten game times as necessary during the tournament
  • All games are boarded, arena style indoor soccer
  • All round robin games can end in a tie, only games that need a result will go to penalty kicks to decide a winner
  • Each team will play a minimum of three (3) games and medals will be presented after the last games in the group are played
  • The Mercy Rule will be in place for the tournament. No team will be given more than a 5 goal win differential. Tie-Breaking procedures will use stats AFTER the mercy rule is applied. For example if a team wins 6-0, they will only receive credit for 5-0 regardless of actual score
  • All referees are ASA certified or equivalent and are assigned by the tournament referee assignor. Their decisions on their interpretations of the Laws of the Game are final
  • Teams are allowed unlimited substitutions
  • There are NO TIMEOUTS in the tournament

2. Pool Format

  • Teams will be grouped into Pools for the tournament (Pool A, Pool B, Pool C, etc.)
  • Depending on the number of teams in each group, the Pool Format will be determined as follows:
    • Three Team Knockout – teams will play a three team round robin, the 2nd and 3rd place team will play-off to determine who plays the first place team for the final game. Gold and Silver medals will be awarded in a three team knockout.
    • Four Team Round Robin – each team plays three matches (playing each team in the group). Medals are determined from standings after all games have been played. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the top three teams in the group.
    • Six Team Crossover – each team plays 2 round robin games against the other teams in their group. After all regular matches are finished, 1st of Group 1 plays 1st of Group 2 in Gold and Silver match, 2nd plays 2nd in Bronze and 4th place match and 3rd plays 3rd in consolation match.
    • All round robin games can end in a tie, if teams are tied in points after the round robin please see the tie-breaking rules to determine placement
    • All Final games need a result, if the games are tied after regulation time then they go straight to penalty kicks to determine a winner. There is no overtime in the tournament.

3. Game Sheets

  • Official Slush Cup Tournament game sheets will be used throughout the tournament and are available to print off the website. When your team’s registration is at 100% and the schedules have been posted, you will see the green button “Download Game Sheets” and you can then print your game sheets.
  • Game sheets are to be completely filled out and given to the game official prior to the start of each tournament game.
  • Ensure all players (including all guest players, labeled as “guest”) are listed on the game sheet. Any player not listed on the game sheet prior to kick off will not be eligible to play.
  • If there are players not playing in that particular game, but are listed on the game sheet, you are required to cross off their names. The players listed are to be the actual players that participated in that game
  • Teams are to ensure that the jersey numbers for each player are correct on the game sheet and correspond with the jersey numbers the players are wearing during the game.

4. Game Balls

  • The home team is required to provide a game ball(s) each game.
  • U10 & U12 Teams – Size 4
  • U14, U16 & U18 Teams – Size 5

5. Point System

  • Win – Team is awarded 3 points
  • Tie – Team is awarded 1 point
  • Loss – No points awarded
  • NO bonus points will be awarded for a shutout win

6. Tie-Breaking Procedures

  • 2-Way Tie
  • Head to Head
  • Goal Differential
  • Least Goals Against
  • Penalty Kicks


  • 3-Way Tie
  • Goal Differential
  • Least Goals Against
  • Penalty Kicks

NOTE: Most goals for cannot apply due to Mercy Rule

7. Forfeiting Games

  • Any teams that forfeits a scheduled game the opposing team will be awarded a 3-0 win as well as 3 points
  • Should both teams forfeit a scheduled game the final score will be recorded as N/S (no show) and no points will be awarded

8. On-Field Medical Emergencies

  • Injuries occurring that require on-field medical attention will not result in additional “makeup game time” being allocated
  • If 50% of the game has been played and the clock runs out the game is considered legal and the score will stand
  • If less than 50% of the game has been played then the game will be cancelled and the score set at zero for both teams. Rescheduling of cancelled games will only occur if there is available field space and time to do so.

Section 5 – Rules of Play/Discipline/Protests

1. Rules of Play

  • The tournament follows FIFA Laws of the Game and the current EMSA/ASA rules. EWZSA reserves the right to amend parts of these laws as outlined in these tournament rules.
  • All players, coaching staff, assisting personnel and team supporters are expected to obey the laws of the game and respect all tournament officials.
  • Foul or abusive language towards players, coaches, referees and tournament staff/volunteers will not be tolerated. Failure to comply may result in expulsion from the tournament. The team is responsible for the behavior of its players, coaches and spectators.

2. Discipline.

  • No Red or Yellow, or Blue Cards for U9/10 games- Referees will inform the coaches to sit a players they feel were dangerous or intentionally circumventing the rules of indoor soccer. All other rules apply including penalty kicks for infractions inside the box.
  • U11/12- Yellow Card player sits in the box for 2 minutes stop time. Second Yellow player gets a red and sits in the box for 5 minutes stop time and then goes to their bench. Team do not play shorthanded and the player remains on the team bench. The player does not play for the rest of the game.
  • U11/12 - Red Card Player Cannot play for the rest of the game and sits in the box for 5 minutes stop time then re-joins their team. Does not play for the rest of the game
  • U11/12 - Blue Card Player in the box for two minutes. Team does not play short handed
  • At no time do the teams play shorthanded at the U9-U12 level
  • U13 - U18 teams – Any player receiving a red or two yellow cards in a single game will be suspended for the remainder of the game and will serve an automatic 1 game suspension.
  • Any player that receives a second red card in the tournament, the player and coach must report to tournament headquarters immediate following the team’s game. The player will not be permitted to participate in any further tournament games and the offenses may be reported to their association for further disciplinary action
  • It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that their players serve their discipline during the tournament.
  • U13 - U18 players serving red card game suspension must immediately leave the area of play and are not permitted on the team bench during the game they are serving the suspension.
  • Players serving suspensions from red cards in league play prior to the tournament will need to contact tournament organizers to determine eligibility to participate in the tournament.
  • Any coach serving a suspension from their associating league will not be allowed on the bench as a team official for the tournament. The team is welcome to attend.

3. Protests

  • Protests of any tournament game result or player eligibility will be reviewed by tournament organizers if the protest is in writing and received within 1 hour of the protests game’s completion.
  • Protests in reference to the “laws of the game” and protests of decisions by game officials will not be accepted.
  • No appeals will be accepted for a red card, 1 game suspension of any player.
  • Playing ineligible players will result in the forfeit of any game the ineligible player participated. Teams found to have played an ineligible player will forfeit the game and the opposing team will receive a win of 1-0 for the game as well as 3 points.

Section 6 – Rules for Penalty Kicks

Procedure

Before the start of kicks from the penalty mark, teams shall be required to equalize the number of players on each team e.g. if one team has 14 players and the other team has 16 players, the team with 16 players must reduce their team size by 2 players. These 2 players will be outside the technical area during the duration of the penalty kicks.

The referee chooses the goal at which the kicks will be taken

The referee tosses a coin and the team whose captain wins the toss decides if they will kick first or second.

The referee keeps a record of the kicks being taken.

Subject to the conditions explained below, both teams take five kicks.

The kicks are taken alternately by the teams.

If, before both teams have taken five kicks, one has scored more goals than the other could score, even if it were to complete its five kicks, no more kicks are taken.

If, after both teams have taken five kicks, both have scored the same number of goals, or have not scored any goals, kicks continue to be taken in the same order until one team has scored a goal more than the other from the same number of kicks.

Each kick is taken by a different player and all eligible players must take a kick before any player can take a second kick.

An eligible player may change places with the goalkeeper at any time when kicks from the penalty mark are being taken

Only the eligible players and match officials are permitted to remain on the field of play when penalty shots are being taken

All players, except the player taking the kick and the two goalkeepers, must remain within the center field area.

The goalkeeper who is the team-mate of the kicker must remain on the field of play, beside the corner mark on the side of the field where the kicks are being taken.