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Adidas - Seawolf Futsal Cup - GIRLS
January 28, 2018
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Adidas Seawolf Futsal Cup 2018

Rules & General Information
We would like to welcome everybody to the Adidas-Seawolf Futsal Cup on behalf of Sonoma Soccer. The proceeds from the tournament benefit the Sonoma State Soccer program, and help off set scholarships, travel, and operating expenses. In 2002, they won the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Championship and could not have won it without the support from coaches, players and parents from every corner of Northern California!

This is the 1st Annual Futsal Cup and we hope that everyone involved enjoys it and finds it to be competitive, positive, and a valuable soccer experience.

Our hope is that the Adidas Seawolf Futsal Cup will provide an environment for kids to play in a competitive atmosphere with an emphasis on skill development in a game situation. We would encourage coaches to let the kids play and learn, perhaps with less input from the coach than in an 11v11 game.

We also hope that everyone displays the level of sportsmanship that the players deserve. We are using mostly licensed referees and a few of our SSU Men’s and Women’s players. We have trained all of them and please realize that they are doing the best that they can and if they aren’t, we will replace them with someone who will!

We look forward to an exciting weekend, we thank everyone for their support. I would also like to give special thanks to my father, Herb Ziemer, for doing all of the scheduling, and my assistant coaches, Ben Langwith, Andrew Bailey, Joe Hunter, and Matt Railla as well as the entire soccer team for all of the time that they put in to make this tournament a success.

Marcus Ziemer
Sonoma Soccer President
SSU Men’s Soccer Coach

General Notes
- All proceeds benefit the Sonoma State University Soccer Program.
- A portion of the proceeds will go to #NOMACARES to help those at Sonoma State who were affected by the NorCal fires -
-Please set an example and exhibit good sportsmanship at all times.
- Parking: If you park in a legal, non-reserved space you will not be ticketed!
- Also see specific parking notes on webpage

Coaches and Managers Notes
- This tournament is not CYSA sanctioned. We have our own insurance through Sonoma Soccer and you are not restricted by US Club or CYSA paperwork. We use the honor system to monitor ages.
- If you have light and dark uniforms, please bring both sets. We will have bibs in case of color conflicts.
- Sonoma Soccer will provide a well-inflated Futsal game ball for each game.
- All games will start at the scheduled time with a central horn. If teams aren’t ready to play when the horn blows, they will lose valuable playing time. Get to the field early, find the other coach and work out uniform colors. There will be no space to warm up.
- The winner of each division will receive championship T-shirts, a medal and a team trophy.
- Each division may have a different format to determine the champion, with some going to play-offs and some using a league formula, depending on the number of teams in the bracket.

Tournament Rules
- Any controversy, interpretation of the rules or disciplinary action shall be ruled upon by the Games Committee, which will include: Marcus Ziemer, Ben Langwith, Andrew Bailey, Joe Hunter, and Matt Railla In the event that one of the committee’s teams is involved in the dispute, that committee member will not be involved in the decision. In the event that the games committee can’t be consulted all final rulings will be made by the tournament director (Ben Langwith).
- All players must be the appropriate age. Any team caught using over-age players will be disciplined. The ruling will be made by the rules committee and could include the forfeit of games.
- We recommend only bringing 7 players per team - Each team can use a maximum of 10 players in each game. Once the game starts, you can’t change your roster.
- Players can’t play for two teams in the same age division, but they can play for two teams in two different age groups.
- All games will be 2 x 15 minute halves, with a 2 minute half-time. There will be no injury or stoppage time, unless there is a serious medical emergency.
- In the group play, ties will stand. In the playoffs, ties will go straight to FIFA penalty kicks, with 3 kicks instead of 5.
- Substitutions are to be made “on the fly”. The player coming off must be running towards the sidelines before the sub can run on.
- There is no off-sides.
- The ball does not have to go forward on the kick off, it can be played back.
- When the ball goes out of bounds, it will be restarted with a kick-in, corner kick or goal kick, depending on where it went out of bounds and who touched it last. These will be in-direct. Kickoffs are also in-direct.
- All fouls committed outside the penalty box will be in-direct kicks. All fouls committed in the attacking penalty box by the defending team will be FIFA penalty kicks from 7 yds, except for balls passed back and picked up by the keeper. These will be indirect from the nearest spot on the penalty arc.
- In the event that in the play-offs a team is scheduled against a team from group play or a team from the same club then the pairings will be adjusted according to seeding so that they don’t play each other.
- A player who receives a red card must sit out the first half of the next game. If a player receives a second red card, it will be reviewed by the organizing committee and the player will receive at least one full game suspension and possible expulsion from the tournament.
- Walls must be set at least 5 yds from the ball.
- The goalkeeper cannot punt, drop kick, or throw the ball over midfield without it first bouncing in his/her own half or touching another player. This does not apply when the keeper has the ball on the ground at his/her feet.

Point System

- 6 points will be awarded for a win and 3 points for a tie. Teams will also get one point for every goal up to 4. (Maximum 10 points for a 4-0 win and 7 points for a 4-4 tie)
- A forfeit counts as a 2-0 win and 8 points.
- The tie-breaker will be the following criteria in preferential order:
- 1. Head-to-head results. (if 3 teams are tied once a team has been selected as the division winner, the remaining teams move onto the next tie breaker (goal differential) and so on.
- 2. Goal differential, maximum of 5 per game.
- 3. Goals for. (max 10 per game)
- 4. Goals against. (max 10 per game)
- 5. Penalty kicks if both teams are present. (If not present, ruling will be made by the games committee).
- 6. Coin toss.
- 7. $ amount of donation to SSU - Soccer Fund (just kidding unless it is a really big one)


1. Futsal is a 5-a-side indoor soccer game played on a basketball sized court. Whilst it may appear similar to football (soccer) there are distinct differences. Players must wear non marking soled shoes, shin pads covered by long socks and a uniform or “penny” shirt and shorts (referees can prevent players entering the court if not dressed correctly)

2. Each team has 5 players on the court - one of whom MUST be the goalkeeper

3. Team squads can be up to a Maximum of 10 players (usually 6 to 8 players is enough)

4. Flying substitutions are allowed throughout the game-without notifying the referee (player must be clearly leaving the court). (GK's can only be substituted during a stoppage in play).

5. A goal CANNOT be scored directly from a sideline kick in, an indirect free kick or a kick off (starting or restarting a game)

6. Other than #5 above, a goal may be scored from anywhere on the court (within the necessary rules of the game).

7. The whole of the ball must CROSS the whole of the line for the referee to award a corner, goal, goal clearance etc.

8. There are NO offsides!

9. Slide tackles are NOT allowed in a game of futsal by any players except goalkeepers.

10. Shoulder charging is NOT allowed.

11. Aggressive / Dangerous play is NOT allowed.

12. There is a 4 second time limit placed on all set plays (corners, free kicks, etc).

13. Accumulated team fouls will result in the team playing down a player (for 2 minutes or until a goal is scored)

14. To restart the game from the sideline a KICK IN replaces the throw in. Ball is placed on sideline

15. To restart the game on a GOAL-KICK, the GK must THROW the ball into play.

16. A goalkeeper CANNOT throw or dropkick/punt the ball over the half-court line.

17. Once distributed by the GK the ball may NOT be touched again (with their hands) until the ball has touched an opponent (Normal passback rule applied)

18. A GK may NOT handle (use hands) the ball from a back pass or kick in (Normal passback rule applied)

19. Goalkeepers can only slide (side on) within the confines of their own penalty area. Sliding feet first toward an opponent is illegal (dangerous play) and will result in a foul.

20. Goalkeepers may only handle (use hands) the ball within their own penalty areas (“D”s) (Normal handling rule applied)

21. Players must retreat 5 yards from the ball at all 'set' plays.

22. Players CANNOT play the ball whilst (“lying”) on the ground.

23. Referees ALWAYS have the final say in ALL match decisions, please accept those decisions and respect our officials and the sometimes difficult work they do ! (No refs, No games!)

24. Referees control games (if necessary) with YELLOW (caution, play down a player 2 minutes) and RED (expulsion, miss rest of the game and next game) cards.

25. Work Hard, Have Fun and Be a Good Sport!
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