VYSA Presidents Cup Rules 2017-2018- UPDATED 8/25/17
Presidents Cup Competition
Virginia Youth Soccer Association
2017-2018
 
Welcome to the Presidents Cup, VYSA Competition.
The information below includes rules of play and administrative information for the Presidents Cup 2017-2018
Teams with an Official VYSA League Roster and US Youth Soccer Players Passes and born in the following year groups are eligible.
 
18U with players born January 1, 2000 or later
17U with players born January 1, 2001 or later
16U with players born January 1, 2002 or later
15U with players born January 1,  2003 or later
14U with players born January 1,  2004 or later
13U with players born January 1,  2005 or later
12U 9v9 with players born January 1, 2006 or later
 
Roster Size and Continuity
A U14-U18 team must not allow more than twenty-two (22) or less than seven (7) players on its roster at any given time during the seasonal year.
 
A U13 team must not allow more that eighteen (18) or less than seven (7) players on its roster at any given time during the season year.
 
A U12 9v9 team must not allow more than sixteen (16) or less than 7 players on its roster at any given time during the seasonal year.
 
All teams are limited to five (5) transfers to the roster during VYSA Presidents Cup play.  All teams going forward to the Regional Championship or the National Championship may waive the 5 transfer rule and add additional players to their roster about the 5 already transfered. 
 
No guest players or club pass players are allowed.
 
A team must maintain at least 9 of the players that were on the roster at the State competition level. and must maintain at least 9 of these players through to the Regional  and the National levels. There is no freeze date and players may be added, released and transfered until the Regional and National finals are held. All VYSA registration rules apply and each team is responsible to make sure no league rules have been violated when players are moved.  The Presidents Cup roster will continue to be the league roster throughout the seasonal year. There will be no additional roster like State Cup uses. When the VYSA Champion goes on to Regional Competition, the league roster will be verified and an additional Presidents Cup roster will be issued.  If the roster is not maintained according to the Presidents Cup rules through the VYSA or Regional and National competitions, the team will be declared ineligible for competition..
 
Age Groups
A team may enter competition in the age group corresponding to the age of its oldest player.  
 
Eligibility
The Presidents Cup and the State Cup competition are separate with their own separate rules and administrative guidelines.  
 
For the Presidents Cup, any team registered with US Youth Soccer through VYSA and playing in a recognized league may apply. VYSA only recognizes VYSA travel leagues for the Presidents Cup competition.   
 
12U, 13U and 14U teams..Because the 12U, 13U and 14U State Cup is held in the Spring, if a team should win the Presidents Cup in the Fall want to participate in the State Cup in the Spring, they will be able to do that. However, if the Presidents Cup champion from the Fall 2017 play advances to the round of 16 in State Cup they may not keep the Presidents Cup Championship. The newest rule of the Presidents Cup also says that no player may be in the round of 16 in an age group in State Cup competition and go forward to Presidents Cup Regionals or Nationals.
If the team drops from the Presidents Cup and stays in the State Cup competition, the 2nd place team or next available team in the Presidents Cup will go forward to Regionals as the VYSA Presidents Cup Champion.
 
15U, 16U, 17U and 18U teams..Because the State Cup games will be played in the same season as the Presidents Cup (Fall) teams who have been eliminated from State Cup before Presidents Cup brackets are released may petition to enter the Presidents Cup after the  application deadline. The petition must be made by calling the Presidents Cup Chairman with the request. All requests will be considered and no request is guaranteed.
 
UPDATED PLAYER AND TEAM ELIGIBILITY RULES
Because there have been so many questions on player and team eligibity rules for the VYSA Presidents Cup play as related to participation in the VYSA State Cup Championship, the rules below have been taken directly from the Presidents Cup National Championship rules. They are rule 302 and rule 303 and they will be the VYSA Presidents Cup rule as well for player and team participation.
 
Rule 302. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

Section 1. A player must be properly registered and rostered in accordance with the rules of US Youth Soccer (Policy on Players and Playing Rules, 201 and 209) and the State Association at the conclusion of the State’s qualifying event.

Section 2. In State Associations where player registrations are 25,001 or larger during the immediately preceding seasonal year, a player who participated in quarter, semi or final matches in a designated State NCS series or participated in the National League or the most competitive division of the respective regional league, is not eligible to participate in a Regional or National Presidents Cup.

Section 3. A team that is found guilty for any reason of having an ineligible player on its roster or using an ineligible player forfeits each game involving the ineligible player.

Section 4. A player who has been suspended may play after the player’s term of suspension has expired.

Rule 303. TEAM ELIGIBILITY

Section 1. The National Presidents Cup competitions shall be open to any team whose players are registered with US Youth Soccer through a State Association if the team is in compliance with all of the following requirements:

(1) The team must be comprised of properly registered and rostered youth players (as defined by US Youth Soccer).

(2) The team must be in good standing with its State Association and must be in compliance with, and has not violated any of the bylaws and policies of US Youth Soccer.

(3) In State Associations where player registrations are 25,000 or larger during the immediately preceding seasonal year, teams who participate in the round of 16 or one of the top 16 teams in a State Cup or State Championships competitions, or participated in the National League or the most competitive division of the respective regional league, are not eligible to participate in the National Presidents Cup.

(4) In State Associations where player registration totals less than 25,000 during the immediately preceding seasonal year, each State Association may designate any team as their representative to the regional level of the National Presidents Cup.

Teams who apply under these guidelines will be accepted. If no teams apply in any one of the age groups from 12U throught 18U, both boys and girls, VYSA reserves the right to decide the additional format to be used to choose the team(s) that will represent Virginia in the Regional Competition, June 2018. This is to fulfill the obligation to the Region and the Presidents Cup Regional Competition.

 
Eligibility Rule Violations
Any violation of player or team eligibility rules will result in the forfeiture of any games in which an ineligible team or player has participated.  The coach is ultimately responsible for verifying player eligibility.
 
Forfeits
Notice of intent to withdraw or forfeit a game must be made to the Presidents Cup Chairman. Any team withdrawing from the competition after September 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM will lose their Presidents Cup entry fee.  Any team withdrawing from the competition through a game forfeit or other circumstances after the schedules are released and until the number of days designated by the Region before Regional competition will lose their entrance fee and be fined an additional 500.00 for the forfeit.
 
If a team forfeits games above the State Association competition (Regional or National Competition) inside the number of days designated by the Region for the Regional competition there will be an additional 1500.00 fine. If a team forfeits the Regional competition 5 days or less before the Regional competition is scheduled to begin another 3000.00 fine will be charged by the Region.  A additional fine will be imposed for a forfeit of National Competition after winning the Regional Competition. This fine will be set at 1500.00.
  
Regional and National Obligations
Teams representing VYSA at each of the competitions; Region 1 and National Finals must observe all US Youth Soccer rules and guidelines for those events. If it is determined that a team or its players have violated these rules and guidelines, a fine of up to $500 may be imposed by VYSA. This amount is above any fine amount that Region 1 or US Youth Soccer may impose.

Payment Obligations
Any amount owed by a team in connection with a Presidents Cup event  is an obligation of the team’s club. If any amount remains unpaid after notice to the team and the team’s club, VYSA may place the club and all of its teams in bad standing, rendering them ineligible to compete in any VYSA-sanctioned event.
  
Home and Away Designations
All home and away positions will be determined at random. Games will be placed on fields in any area in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Teams participating in Presidents Cup will provide fields if their team is drawn home. In the past fields have been centrally located with each team traveling. This season and going forward all teams entered in Presidents Cup will need to provide home fields should they be designated the home team. Most clubs have been informed, through their field managment staff, of this change to home and away for Presidents Cup.  The Semifinals and Finals will be located in Fredericksburg at the Publix Virginia Soccer Training Center.  In the semi final and final games the team in the top of the bracket will be the home team. 
 
Game Sites
As a condition of acceptance into the competition, applicants must agree to play anywhere they are scheduled within the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. Team officials are expected to inform their players and parents of this requirement prior to entering the competition. Game sites are assigned (and may be re-assigned) by the Presidents Cup Chairman, taking into account field availability, referee availability, travel distances, weather considerations, scheduling efficiency. This shall not be grounds for protest.
 
Game Officials

In all games:
 
Three (3) officials shall be assigned for each match.
  
If an assigned official fails to appear at a  match within 15 minutes of the scheduled kick-off time, the coaches must try to agree to a substitute, and play the game. If the game is played, the results shall be official and no protest will be honored regarding the use of a substitute official or outcome of the game. If it is not possible to come to an agreement on a substitute official or if none of the three officials are available 15 minutes after the scheduled kick off time, the game will be rescheduled by the Cup committee and disagreement with the new scheduled time and place will not be grounds for protest.
 
In the event the game officials’ uniform color conflicts with either team’s color, the game officials will change colors.
 
General Rules of Play
Both teams and a maximum of four (4) team officials for each team shall take the same side of the field. All team officials mustcarry a team official pass and be listed on the team's roster, (front or back). The referee will check these passes before the game. Spectators shall take the other side of the field. The home team shall choose which side the teams will take. The Site Administrator, or the referee if no Site Administrator is present, shall decide upon other arrangements if required by site contingencies.

 No artificial noisemakers are permitted.

 The home team shall provide an appropriate size and quality game ball to the referee for approval. 

 Each field player (except goalkeepers) shall wear a numbered jersey. The number shall be affixed to the back of the jersey and shall be clearly visible. Each player must wear a different number. Numbered jerseys for goalkeepers are optional in the Presidents Cup competition.  Goalkeepers must wear colors that distinguish them from other players and referees.

 The away team shall have a choice of colors. In the event of a conflict, the home team must change if so directed by the referee.

 The teams shall make available, on request, a copy of these Rules and Procedures for the referee.  
 
The Champion of the VYSA Presidents Cup competition in each age group will need to laminate their passes prior to the Regional Competition. Player passes may be laminated at any time before or during the VYSA competition, but must be laminated by any team going to the Regional Competition in June, 2018.  The referees in the VYSA State competition will accept passes that are laminated and those that are not.
 
In the all Presidents Cup competitions, State, Regional and National competition the team officials (coaches, trainers and managers) listed on a team roster must carry the US Youth Soccer member pass with a current photograph of the team official,  These passes must also be laminated prior to check in at the first Regional games check in.  If your team does not have team official passes you must get these passes in preparation for use in the VYSA Presidents Cup games. These passes are the same ones used by your players and can be printed using the same Youth Leagues system. 
 
Pre-Game Procedures
In the U12 and U13 age groups
The home team provides the official Game Report form and the away team provides a "stick-on" roster. The complete Game Day Report is then provided to the referee.
 
In the U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18 age groups
 
The home team will provide the official Game Report Form. This is the same game report form that the U12 and U13 age groups use. This Game Report form roster will list the 18 players that will participate in the game on that day above the black line on the Game Report form and the players, additional to the starting 18, that will sit out the game.. The players not playing may sit on the team’s bench but must be dressed in street clothes. They can wear no part of the team uniform.The referees may ask any player not listed as one of the 18 on the game report form and wearing any part of a team uniform to leave the team bench and the team sidelines.  At the time of the kick off, the roster of 18 players will be set and no changes can be made to the Game Report form. 
 
The away team will provide the "stick on" roster portion using the same process as the home team used on the Game Report form. This Report form will be presented to the referee.

Each team must present for inspection by the referee a copy of its approved VYSA league roster and US Youth Soccer Player Passes. The referee must check the US Youth Soccer Player Passes against (1) the players, (2) the Game Report form, and (3) the league roster. Electronic versions of the roster or player passes will not be accepted. The referee will verify each player’s identity and verify consistency of the documents. Checking passes, players and rosters MAY NOT be waived by the referee or the coaches. The referee may prohibit the participation of a player whose identity cannot be verified or whose documents are inconsistent or improper. If checking of the league roster and passes against each player is not done, the coaches of both teams will be considered to be at fault. This may be grounds for a hearing on the validity of the game.

The league roster and the US Youth Soccer player passes must be available during the entire Cup match. They must be made available on request of the referee or a Presidents Cup official. 

Grace Period
Games must start when scheduled except:

A fifteen (15) minute grace period is given to each team to present its roster and the US Youth Soccer Player Passes to the referee for inspection.  Failure to comply results in a forfeit with no right of appeal.
 
A fifteen (15) minute grace period is given to each U13-U18 team which cannot field eleven (11) players at game time and U12 teams that can’t field 9 players at game time. After fifteen (15) minutes, the game will start provided that the team has at least seven (7) players. If less than seven (7) players are present at the end of the grace period, the team forfeits with no right of appeal.  
 
These two 15 minute grace periods will run concurrently and the game will start or be a forfeit no later than 15 minutes from the official scheduled game time.
 
Game Durations, Overtime, and Ball Requirements
Games shall consist of two halves of equal duration in accordance with the age group specifications included below under paragraph 4.
If a game is tied at the end of regulation, the tie shall be resolved by playing two equal overtimes according to the age group specifications. If tied after both overtimes have been played, penalty kicks in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game will break the tie.
Games shall be played in accordance with the following Age Group Specifications:
  
DURATION OF GAMES
 
Age Group
Game Length
Overtime Periods (No Overtime periods during Round Robin play)
Under 18 Two 45' halves Two 15' halves         size #5 ball
Under 17
Two 45’ halves
Two 15’ halves      size #5 ball
Under 16
Two 40’ halves
Two 15’ halves      size #5 ball
Under 15
Two 40’ halves
Two 15’ halves      size #5 ball
U13 & 14
Under 12
Two 35’ halves
Two 30’ halves
Two 10’ halves      size #5 ball
Two 10’ halves      size #4 ball
 
Substitutions
 Unlimited substitutions may be made, with the consent of the referee, at any stoppage of play except on corner kicks and penalty kicks.
 
Ejections 
 If a player or coach is cautioned or ejected in connection with a Presidents Cup game, the caution or ejection is to be recorded on the Game Report by the referee. Ejections must also be reported by email or telephone to the designated score keeper by the coach of the team involved.
 Players or coaches ejected from a game are prohibited from participation in the next following US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup game, whether it be the next VYSA Presidents Cup game or the first game of the Region 1 event or the first game of the National event.  (Presidents Cup suspensions are served only in connection with US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup games and have no bearing on league or other tournament play.) Each season the coach of each team must verify the eligibility of the players on his/her roster and determine if a sit-out is necessary. Ejections and cautions issued in connection with Presidents Cup play may be referred to the VYSA Board of Directors for further disciplinary action.
 If a  coach is ejected from a Presidents Cup game, he/she must leave the field and the area surrounding the field. At no time is the ejected coach allowed to be close enough to the field to participate or comment on the game. The referee will send the  coach off and will make the determination of the distance each must be from the field. If a player is ejected, the coaching staff or manager must make sure that the player ejected from their team is in the charge a carded official or responsible adult. If the player remains on the bench under the responsibility of the carded official the player must remove his/her uniform jersey. If the player is disruptive to the game, the carded official must escort the player away from the field and remain with the player until a responsible adult can be found to take care of the player.  I 
 
Unfinished Games  
Unfinished games, due to any cause, will be replayed from the start, provided play has not begun in the second half  and neither team is at fault. If play is stopped after completion of the first half, and cannot be resumed as determined by the referee and provided neither team is at fault, the Presidents Cup Rules deem the game completed. If the game is tied at this stoppage, the game will be replayed in it's entirety.  Should play be stopped at any time due to one of the teams being adjudged at fault, it shall be at the discretion of the Presidents Cup Director as to whether the game is to be replayed, stand as is, or declared a forfeit and a disciplinary hearing may be held.
 
 Post-Game Procedures
The Game Report will be completed by the referee including cautions and ejections, if any. The completed Report must be signed by the referee and all other game officials. 
 
The completed Game Report is then provided to the winning team.
 
The winning team shall:
 
         ....call the Presidents Cup score reporting number with the game results within 30 minutes.  The winning team must also mail or email the Game Report to the Presidents Cup Director’s address within twenty-four (24) hours. The game report can be scanned and emailed to the Presidents Cup Director or a clear picture taken of the final game report and emailed to the Presidents Cup Director. The pictured must be emailed. Please save the game report form if any part of it needs to be verified at a later date.     
 
 Protests, Appeals and Referee Assaults and Abuse 
-- A plea of ignorance to the rules and regulations of the competition is not sufficient ground for a protest or appeal.  --
 
Game Protests
To be valid and eligible for consideration, the protest of a game regarding a matter not described in paragraph  F below must be communicated and received, at least orally to
1. the referee and the opposing coach before departing from the game site; and 
2. the Presidents Cup Chairman within twenty-four (24) hours of the kick-off time of the game being protested.

Protest Documents and Fees
The protest must be delivered in writing, by hand, email or mail to the Presidents Cup Chairman to arrive within forty-eight (48) hours of the game being protested. Written protests must adequately describe the issue or incident under protest and the circumstances that apply. The protest fee of $300 must be by credit card or cash, certified check or money order made payable to VYSA. The fee, if not paid by credit card, must be express mailed to the VYSA State Office to arrive on the first possible business day after the protest is lodged. The Presidents Cup Director will provide a copy of the protest to the coach of the opposing team.

Protest Decisions

Protest Decisions - The Presidents Cup Director will apply all Presidents Cup Rules to the protest and will determine the validity of the protest. If a protest is determined to be valid, a committee will be formed to hear this protest. A protest shall be decided by a Protests Committee composed of the Director of the Presidents Cup and up to three others appointed by the Presidents Cup Director.

Appeals
The decision of the Presidents Cup Director in determining a valid protest and/or a decision of a hearing committee may be appealed to the Adjudication Committee of VYSA. The appeal must be submitted in writing within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of the
protests committee written decision. The appeal must be accompanied by credit card payment or cash, certified check or money order in the amount of $300 payable to VYSA.

Other Matters for Adjudication
Any other matter not involving a seeding decision, game location, game protest or the assault or abuse of a referee, assistant referee, or other game official under paragraph  F  below may be presented to the Adjudication Committee for adjudication. The request for adjudication must be submitted in writing not later than forty-eight (48) hours after the occurrence of the incident, written decision or issue in question, and it must be accompanied by credit card payment or cash, certified check or money order in the amount of $300 payable to VYSA.
 
Assaults and Abuse of Game Officials
The Adjudication Committee of VYSA has the original and exclusive jurisdiction over alleged assaults or abuse of referees, assistant referees, and other game officials by players, coaches, managers or other team or club officials. The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) requires that any player, coach, team or club official accused by a referee, assistant referee, or other game official of assault be immediately suspended from all soccer-related activities until a hearing on the allegation can be conducted.
 
Revised July, 2017
 
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