Tournament Rules

The 2021 Dublin Charity Cup | September 4th & 5th, 2021
Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

2020 Dublin Charity Cup Tournament Rules

The Dublin Charity Cup Soccer Tournament welcomes teams in good standing, currently registered with a USYSA state, USSF affiliate or CONCACAF nation. Tournament dates are September 5th and 6th, 2020. The tournament headquarters during the event is 6259 Cosgray Rd., Bldg. #3, Dublin, Ohio, 43016, USA. The mailing address is 6631 Commerce Pkwy, Suite Q, Dublin, OH, 43017, USA. Contact John Muir, tournament co-director, for information at 614-793-8320 or by email at

Registration and Eligibility: Teams not checked-in electronically by Thursday, Sept. 3rd, may do so in person on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, from 5pm to 8pm, at the Soccer Concession Stand/HQ (Building #3 at Darree Fields), 6259 Cosgray Road, Dublin, Ohio  43016. When checking in, a team coach or representative must provide a copy of an official roster, guest player roster (if applicable), player passes with photo (preferably laminated), Liability/Medical Release form and travel permit (if required). Guest player passes must be from the same sanctioning body as the team. USYSA teams from outside Ohio South must have proof of permission to travel. US Club soccer teams do not require a travel permit. Teams from outside the US (but from a CONCACAF nation) must have proof of entry into the US and a completed form from their Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament.

Coaches, parents and players are expected to have completed all requirements outlined by Ohio South Youth Soccer Association and the State of Ohio regarding background checks, concussion training, Lindsay’s Law and US SafeSport in addition to agreeing to OSYSA’s Infectious Disease Waiver: In consideration of being permitted to participate in an OSYSA sponsored event, parents of participants agree to release liability, hold harmless and assume all risk associated with the possible exposure to infectious and/or communicable diseases as outlined in Ohio South’s Infectious Disease Waiver.

Team Gender and Ages:

11v11 Full Sided Games
Boys U-14/15
Born 2006
& after
Boys U-13
Born 2008
& after
Girls U-14/15
Born 2006
& after
Girls U-13
Born 2008
& after
9v9 Small Sided Games
Boys U-12
Born 2009
& after
Boys U-11
Born 2010
& after
Girls U-12
Born 2009
& after
Girls U-11
Born 2010
& after
7v7 Small Sided Games
Boys U-10
Born 2011
& after
Boys U-9
Born 2012
& after
Girls U-10
Born 2011
& after
Girls U-9
Born 2012
& after

Maximum number of players, including guest players, on any one team’s roster participating in the tournament:

  • U-9, U-10 – teams playing seven-a-side, including up to 4 guest players, a maximum of fourteen (14)
  • U-11, U-12 – teams playing nine-a-side, including up to 4 guest players, a maximum of eighteen (18)
  • U-13, U-14/15 – teams playing eleven-a-side, including up to 4 guest players, a maximum of eighteen (18) identified at registration to participate out of a roster maximum of twenty-two (22)

Roster changes must be made before the start of the team’s first game. Once the first game begins, the roster is frozen for the duration of the tournament. Players may be rostered to one team only. Up to three coaches may be listed on a team’s roster. Officially credentialed “Director of Coaching” pass holders may also be with the team during a game. The tournament is open to teams U-8 through U-14/15. U-14 teams are officially entered in a U-14/15 division to accommodate teams with “trapped” or “orphaned” eighth graders. If the numbers of teams permit, teams may be split into separate U-14 and U-15 divisions. U-8 teams will play in U-9 divisions subject to similar division split. All of a team’s players must be within the age group guidelines established for their respective age group using the range January 1st through December 31st.

The first team listed for a match will be considered the home team and will be expected to change jerseys if the referee determines there is a color conflict. All teams should bring two colors of jerseys. Shin guards are required for all players. No bare hard casts are permitted; soft and wrapped casts are permitted with the permission of the referee or a site /tournament director. Referees are to exercise discretion and leniency with regard to complete and/or matching uniform elements with a Tournament Director having final authority. Player passes must be available at all matches and will be checked by the referee or field marshal prior to the beginning of each match subject to beginning of season irregularities, wherein tournament personnel may photograph players to assist in establishing player identity. The jersey of each player must have a unique number. The site or tournament director(s) has the final authority for such matters.

Tournament Format:  Each participating team will play a minimum of three games. No team will play more than two matches per day. All finalists will receive awards for both individuals and coach. In general, the first place team for a group, based on points or tie breakers, as described below, will play the first place team from the other group for the division championship. All matches: those within a group, crossover games with another group, and those forfeited, will be counted towards a team’s total points. Ties will stand in all games except semi-final or championship matches. In those matches, overtime will consist of two five-minute halves. If the game remains tied after overtime periods, penalty kick elimination will be held per FIFA rules to determine the champion. The site or tournament director(s) has the final authority for such matters.

All matches use USSF certified referees. A three and two-person system of control, as approved by Ohio South, is used for all games.  A two referee (two whistle) system is planned for most or all U-12 and under games.

All games will be played under international rules (FIFA) with the exceptions as noted. An unlimited number of substitutions may be made (with the referee’s permission) as follows:

  1. Before a throw-in in your team’s favor. If a player for the opposing team is at the mid-field flag waiting to be a substitute when the team that is awarded a throw-in has a substitute to enter the game, the substitute for the opposing team may also enter the game. If the team that has been awarded a throw-in does not have a substitute, then neither team may substitute a player.
  2. Before a goal kick for either team
  3. After a score by either team
  4. At half-time
  5. After an injury, if the injured player is substituted
  6. After a caution, 1 for 1, if the cautioned player is substituted

The length of each game and ball sizes will be as follows:

Division                                 Preliminary                  Championship         Ball Size
U-09, 10 Boys & Girls            25 Minute Halves          25 Minute Halves           # 4
U-11, 12 Boys & Girls            25 Minute Halves          30 Minute Halves           # 4
U-13, 15 Boys & Girls            30 Minute Halves          35 Minute Halves           # 5

Heading the Ball:  Intentionally heading the ball during games by players U-11 and under is prohibited. If a U-11 or younger player is playing on a U-12 or older team, it is the responsibility of the player’s coaches to ensure that the player does not head the soccer ball during a game.

An intentional header will be treated as a dangerous play foul. Referees will award an IFK (Indirect Free Kick) to the opposing team of a player committing the foul. If the referee determines that players from both teams equally created the foul, a drop ball may be performed.

Build-Out-Lines applicable to 7v7 format (U-9 and U-10 play):

a) A line shall be painted on each end of the field, from touch line to touchline, that is mid-distance between the top of the penalty box and the halfway line. This line shall be known as the “build out” line, sometimes called “blue line”.

b) When a goalkeeper gains controls of the ball with their hands, then all opposing team players must promptly move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once all of the players for the opposing team have moved beyond the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw, or roll the ball in to play. The goalkeeper may not punt or drop kick the ball.
The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during play until the ball is put into play. After the ball is put into play, (i.e. the ball is released by the goalkeeper), the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.

c) If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick shall be awarded or as otherwise provided by in the Laws of the Game.

d) The build out line will also be used to denote where offside can be called. Player shall not be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line. Players shall be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and the goal line.

e) Goalkeepers may put the ball into play prior to the opposing team’s players moving beyond the build out line but by doing so accepts the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes.

Group standings will be determined as follows:

  1. Point total:  WIN = 3 points;  TIE = 1 point;  LOSS = 0 points.
  2. Tie breakers, used in order to determine a divisional winner:

a.)  Result of the match between the tied teams. This does not apply if three teams are tied.
b.)  Goal differential as defined by total goals scored minus goals allowed with a maximum difference of three goals per game. A forfeit is treated as a 3–0 verdict.
c.)  Lower number of goals allowed, with no limit on goals allowed.
d.)  Penalty kick elimination, as per FIFA rules of the game.

 The tournament committee is responsible for interpreting the rules and scheduling tie breaker activities.

Game balls will be provided by the tournament. Otherwise, a FIFA approved ball acceptable to the referee will be selected from the home team.

At the end of each match, both participating coaches must sign the scorecard verifying the game score. Once signed, the score is considered official. The failure of a coach to sign a scorecard constitutes a waiver of any error therein. Scores will be posted regularly. Any discrepancies must be reported to the site headquarter by a team official prior to the next preliminary game being played. Both coaches signing the scorecard must agree regarding score changes. Any appeal regarding the last preliminary game must be made within 15 minutes of the game’s completion. The referee will give the scorecard to the referee coordinator’s assistant who will collect the cards after each game. If the coordinator does not collect the card, the referee is responsible for bringing the card to the referee coordinator promptly after the game’s completion. Cautions, ejections and concussions are to be clearly noted on the scorecard and tracked by the referee coordinator.

Teams for full sided games (11v11) not reporting to their scheduled field with at least seven players within ten minutes of the scheduled starting time may be required to forfeit that game. For 9v9 small sided games, teams must have at least six players. For 7v7 small sided games, teams must have at least five players. Teams involved in a forfeited game may progress to the Championship if they qualify. A forfeit will be recorded as a 3–0 game.

Disputes: Protests must be filed in writing with the tournament site headquarters within thirty (30) minutes of the conclusion of the game, along with a $100 cash fee. The fee will be returned if the protest is upheld. Referee judgment will not be the basis for a protest. Player eligibility and rule disputes will be resolved by the Tournament Directors and Site Coordinators. If there is a dispute that cannot be determined by the official tournament rules, a committee of at least three people will hear the complaint and make a ruling. That ruling is final and cannot be appealed. The committee will consist of the tournament director, the site coordinator, and one or more other persons who are knowledgeable of the USYSA and Ohio South rules. The third member can be the Chairperson of the Dublin Soccer League, the referee coordinator for the tournament, the MOSSL president, a district commissioner, or anyone who the tournament director feels can make a prudent decision.

Standards of Conduct: The use of noisemakers such as air horns, vuvuzelas, cow bells, whistles, loud oral whistling, etc. during a game is prohibited and considered unsportsmanlike conduct. The referee may suspend play until the offending noise stops.

All participants will be expected to maintain high standards of conduct during their stay. These standards are expected of players, referees, and family members, both while at the fields and in accommodations including refraining from kicking soccer balls against or within a building and being disrespectful of the property of others. If the Tournament becomes aware of misconduct, the Director reserves the right to proceed with an appropriate sanction: a warning, reduction in points in the standings, or banning the team or club from future participation in the tournament. As this is a charitable fundraiser, no peddling or solicitation is permitted by any team or organization.

There shall be no dissent between players and/or coaches and the referee. Questioning a referee is considered dissent. All coaches are responsible for the actions of his or her spectators, specifically verbal abuse of referees. Such behavior may result in forfeiture of the game, removal of spectators and/or expulsion from further play.

Players and coaches must remain on their side of the field, within 20 yards of the centerline of their half of the field. Spectators, including everyone not listed as a player or a coach for the teams on the field, must remain on the side of the field opposite the teams. No one should be behind the goal lines. Players who are sent off (red card) during a game may not play in their next game. They may sit with their team, but cannot dress in uniform. Coaches may be given cautions or sent off. Coaches who are sent off cannot participate as a coach or a spectator in their team’s next game. An ejected coach may not be in the vicinity of the playing field during the sanctioned game. If a player or coach is sent off during their final game of the tournament, that player or coach’s card will be returned, except in cases involving assault, to the coach or team representative after they have signed the OSYSA red card report, sent by Tuesday following the tournament, indicating receipt of the card. Otherwise it will be held by the tournament committee and mailed to the league office which has certified the player or coach. If it is a CONCACAF player or coach, the card will be mailed to the team, and a report of the disciplinary action taken will be sent to the US Soccer Federation so that it can be transmitted to the team’s provincial or national association. A final game is considered the third preliminary game if the team