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GUIDELINES AND RULES
 2017/18

 7 V 7


"It is an absolute MYTH when people say referees never change their calls. Referees change their calls all the time when a person receiving a mistaken advantage speaks up and is honest about the situation. Fair play and honesty is the right way of playing the beautiful game regardless of winning or losing." by TSC FOUNDER


NEW RULE:

Mercy Rule - Any goals scored beyond a seven-goal differential would not be registered.


REGISTRATION
All players must register and agree to the waiver before they can play. Captains are responsible for making sure that all their players have registered online. Fielding ineligible (UNREGISTERED) players may result in your team forfeiting and you will be required to pay a $30 fee for every player.

SCHEDULE

 The schedule is subject to change 48 hours before kickoff without notice. It is the captain's responsibility to check the updates on the website. TSC will make every effort to accommodate all teams; however some teams may be required to play back-to-back.

Every team is expected to honour the schedule throughout the season. There will be $100 fee for teams that do not show up without notice and $50 fee for any teams that give 24 hours notice.  50% of these fees will go to your opponent for the inconvenience caused.

LEAGUE FORMAT

7 V 7 Coed: Two (2) female players must be on the field at all times (at least one female must be on the field to avoid forfeiting the game; however you will have to play with one player short if you only have one female player).

Each team will have a guarantee of 9 games in total. Depending on the number of teams in the league, TSC will decide the league format. Refer to the league schedule for the format.

WILDCARD (where applicable)

The eliminated team with the best GOAL DIFFERENCE from the QUARTERFINAL GAME. If two teams are tied, the teams will go to 5 PENALTIES kicks before the Semifinals on Week 9. (If all 3 eliminated  teams are tied, TSC will use the league standings to determine which two teams will go to penalties.)


GAMES GUARANTEED

Each team will play 7 games before the knockout stage.
Teams are awarded 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss.
If teams are tied after week 7, the following rules will be applied (in order):
(1) Goal difference; (2) Goals for; (3) Goals against; (4) Head to head.
 

KNOCKOUT STAGE RULES

If the teams are tied at the end of regulation play:
a) The game will go to penalty kicks. Each team will be given 5 penalty kicks (2 players of each gender must shoot). All players are eligible to take penalty shots.
b) If the teams are still tied after 5 shots, they go to alternating sudden death kicks. Only remaining players are eligible to shoot until the entire team has shot.

Third PlaceGame: No goals will be counted towards the top scorer award in the third place game.

EQUIPMENT
Captains must provide their own standard size 5 soccer ball for the game.
Cleats or turf shoes are recommended (games are played on turf).
Shin pads are mandatory.
A player shall not wear anything that is considered dangerous on the playing field (i.e. knee braces should not be exposed).
All jewelry must be taken off or taped down while playing.

UNIFORMS

All teams are required to bring in home and away jerseys. All players from the same team are required to wear like colours, otherwise the referee may ask the player to sub off. No pinnies will be provided. In case of colour conflict, the away team is responsible for switching colours or they may forfeit the game. It's highly recommended that you use jerseys with numbers at the back.

GAME PLAY


Substitutions
Unlimited substitutions on the fly. Players on the pitch must tag their teammate on the bench before they can come on.

Out of Bounds 
If the ball goes out of bounds on the sidelines, play will resume by a kick in.  The opposing players must stand 3 yards from the ball on kick ins. Standard FIFA rules will be applied for goal kicks and corner kicks.

Dangerous Tackling

  Dangerous tackling or any dangerous play is not permitted in this tournament. Repeated offence will result in you getting cautioned or sent off. Sliding is allowed as long as it isn't dangerous. Referees will be very strict with this.

Free Kicks
All free kicks are indirect. Two players must touch the ball before scoring. Opponents must give 3 yards from the ball before it is played.

Offside

There is no offside rule in a 7 v 7 game.

Hand ball

If a player deliberately uses their hands when the ball is clearly going into the net, the referee may decide to call the shot a goal. This may also result in a yellow or red card. The referee will use their discretion when it comes to hand balls.


Fair play
Fair play is always encouraged during the tournament. Be honest and reasonable. Arguing about a call will waste your own play-time. Please cooperate with the referees and RESPECT THEM.

REFEREES
The referees are assigned by the organizing committee. The referee's decisions on all rules and disputes are final. Any foul language or harassment of the referee will result in an automatic yellow card. Referees make mistakes sometimes, but there will be ZERO tolerance if you abuse them in any way, shape or form.

FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

All fouls are awarded with an indirect free kick from the place where the infringement occurred.

Misconduct will be accompanied by:


* Yellow Card (caution): If a player is showing unruly conduct or attempted a dangerous play, the referee has the authority to issue at least 2 minutes penalty in addition to the yellow card.  The referee will use their discretion regarding the 2 minute penalty.
      * Two yellow cards in one game will result in a red card. The player can miss the next game (1 game ban) or be fined $20.

***Players accumulating 3 yellow cards = $20 fine and 1 game suspension***
(The number of yellow cards will reset to zero before the knockout stage)


* Red Card (sent off): For a straight red card, the player will be banned for the remainder of that match and will miss the next two games. TSC's Disciplinary Committee  will make the final decision on the ban length and may reduce or increase the ban to more than two games.

***There will be a $30 fine for any player who receives a straight RED card.

This fee needs to be paid before they can play again.***

*****Any physical fighting can result in a player getting suspended from the rest of the league and a LIFETIME BAN from TSC may be issued. A team participating in a fight may get points deducted and fined. TSC may also decide to eject the team from the league without a refund*****