Tournament rules

2019 Star of the North Summer Games
April 27 and 28, 2019

Soccer Tournament Rules and Information
Host Club: Central Minnesota Youth Soccer Association

The Star of the North Tournament is a pre-league opportunity to work out the kinks prior to league games. Each team will play two games on an artificial turf field in one day.

*Each bracket is limited to 3 teams

AGE ANTICIPATED BRACKETS FIELD PLAYERS GAME LENGTH
9 U Boys & Girls Maroon Boys & Girls Gold 7 v 7 2 x 25 minutes
10 U Boys & Girls Maroon Boys & Girls Gold 7 v 7 2 x 25 minutes
11 U Girls & Boys C2 Girls & Boys C3 9 v 9 2 x 30 minutes
12 U Girls & Boys C2 Girls & Boys C3 9 v 9 2 x 30 minutes
13 U Girls & Boys C2 Girls & Boys C3 11 v 11 2 x 35 minutes
14 U Girls & Boys C2 Girls & Boys C3 11 v 11 2 x 35 minutes
15 U Girls & Boys C2 Girls & Boys C3 11 v 11 2 x 40 minutes


ELIGIBILITY
The Star of the North Games is a national soccer tournament.

  • TOURNAMENT TEAMS can participate in the Star of the North Games. The tournament director has the sole authority to place tournament teams in the most appropriate division, based on the following criteria:
    • Competition level of the players on the roster, i.e. if most of the players on the roster are U12 Classic 2 they may be placed in the U12 C2 division.
    • Results of other equivalent tournaments played in 2018, if available.
  • NO PREMIER TEAMS or PLAYERS may enter the tournament.
  • AGE-ELIGIBLE TEAMS: If a team is registered with league play at an older age group, but all players are age eligible to play in a younger age, the team may choose to play at the younger age level for this tournament. All players must meet the MYSA rules and policies defining age groups at the younger age level. You must indicate this intent to play at the younger age group on your registration form and provide a roster or proof of age eligibility with the application.
  • PLAYING UP: Teams can play up to one age level older at the same competitive division level. For example, a U14 Classic 2 team may exercise the option to play in the U15 Classic 2 division.

GUEST PLAYERS

  • A maximum of 6 guest (club pass) players are permitted per team. Guest players must appear on roster.
  • A guest player’s birth year determines their eligible age group. He/she cannot be a premier player.

 

TEAM CHECK-IN
Teams must check in at their game field location 40 minutes before their first game (30 minutes for 8:00am games).

  • Gagliardi Field (SJU): building near turf field
  • Clemen’s Stadium (SJU): Palestra Building
  • College Ave Athletic Fields (CSB): Locker room building near field
  • WHAT TO BRING TO CHECK-IN:
  • 1 HARDCOPY of Team Roster (includes guest players, jersey numbers and coaches) to be left at check-in; Rosters will be frozen at registration. No player may be rostered on more than one team.
  • Medical Release Forms – a hard copy of the US Youth Soccer Parent/Guardian Consent and Player Medical Release Form must be shown for each player.
  • WHAT TO HAVE ON YOUR SIDELINE:
  • One photo identification of players and coaches (photo roster or paper player passes)
  • Medical Release Form for each player

COMBINING OF DIVISIONS
It is our desire to fill all brackets. However, CMYSA reserves the right to combine age groups or playing levels as appropriate. The following protocols could be used in combining brackets this year:

  • Combine across age group by division (example: U13 C2 combines with U14 C2)
  • Combine within an age group (example: U11 C2 combines with U11 C3)
  • Combine across age and division (example: U14 C2 combines with U15 C3)

RULES
Unless otherwise specified, the Star of the North Games soccer tournament will be played by the “FIFA Laws of the Game” as modified in the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Policies & Rules Manual.


U9 and U10 (7v7):

  1. The maximum roster size is 12 players with six guest players.
  2. A maximum of seven players on the field at a time.
  3. Each team plays 2 games in one day. There is no overtime or playoffs.
  4. Each game will have at least one official, with 3 being the desired standard.
  5. Teams may be co-ed, if they are playing in the “boys” division.
  6. No scores will be posted. No standings will be kept. No champions declared.
  7. Field size will be approximately 40×60 yards with a build out line.
  8. Offside will be enforced in the attacking build out zone.
  9. Goal size will be 6 feet high x 12 feet wide.
  10. Size 4 ball will be used.

U11 and U12 (9v9):

  1. The maximum roster size is 16 players with a maximum of six guest players.
  2. A maximum of nine players on the field at a time.
  3. Each team plays 2 games in one day. There is no overtime or playoffs.
  4. Each game will have three officials. Teams should be prepared to provide a “club linesman” if necessary.
  5. A male player may not play on a female team.
  6. Field size will be approximately 50×75 yards with a build out line.
  7. Offside will be enforced in the attacking half.
  8. Goal size will be 7 feet high x 21 feet wide.
  9. Size 4 ball will be used.

 

U13 to U15 (11v11):

  1. The maximum roster size is 18 players with a maximum of six guest players.
  2. A maximum of eleven players on the field at a time.
  3. Each team plays 2 games in one day. There is no overtime or playoffs.
  4. Each game will have three officials. Teams should be prepared to provide a “club linesman” if necessary.
  5. A male player may not play on a female team.
  6. Field size meets FIFA regulations.
  7. Goal size will be 8 feet high x 24 feet wide.
  8. Size 5 ball will be used.

NATIONAL ENTRANCE

  1. No standings will be kept, and no champions will be awarded at this tournament.
  2. Teams that forfeit may not enter the tournament the following year.
  3. All participating teams are eligible to attend the 2019 State Games of America National Championship in Lynchburg, Virginia, August 3-4, 2019. Please contact the Star of the North Games Soccer Commissioner for details.

 

GAME PROCEDURES

  1. Team roster with photos OR coaches and player passes must be shown to the referee prior to each game.
  2. The team listed on the left side of the schedule is the home team.
  3. Only teams, coaches, managers, trainers, referees, and tournament officials will be allowed on the turf during the tournament. All other individuals must be in the stands or off the turf (depending on field location.)
  4. The home team must have an alternate jersey and be prepared to change, if in the opinion of the referee, there is a color conflict.
  5. Teams should be prepared to provide a “club linesman” if necessary.
  6. The home team is responsible for providing a game ball – U9/10, U11, and U12, will use size 4. U13 and older will use size 5.
  7. On-field warm up will be limited. Teams should warm up on an adjoining area.

RED/YELLOW CARDS AND GAME SUSPENSIONS
A player will be suspended for ONE GAME if s/he is sent off by the referee and shown a red card for any of the following:

  1. Receiving a second caution in the same match.
  2. Denies an opponent a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball. This does not apply to a goalkeeper within his/her own penalty area.
  3. Denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving toward the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick.

A player will be suspended for TWO GAMES if s/he is sent off by the referee and shown a red card for any of the following:

  1. Is guilty of serious foul play.
  2. Is guilty of violent conduct.
  3. Spits at an opponent or any other person.
  4. Uses offensive, insulting, or abusive language.
  • If a player receives a yellow or red card the referee will notify the check-in station at that field. Tournament staff will notify the referee of the player’s next game about game suspension. If a suspension cannot be fulfilled during the tournament, tournament staff will notify MYSA or affiliate league of the suspension.
  • If a coach is out of control, a referee may request the coach to leave before a game continues. If a coach is asked to leave a game, the referee will report it to the MYSA office or affiliate league. The coach will serve an automatic mandatory two-game suspension.

PROTESTS

  • No protests will be heard on any judgment calls by the referee. All decisions by the referee will be final.
  • Protests will be allowed on player eligibility or other technical matters. Express concerns regarding violations prior to the start of the game or at the time the incident occurs if the game has started.
  • Protests may be verbal or in writing, but they must be communicated to the Star of the North Games Soccer Commissioner.

 

WEATHER
In the event of game cancellation due to weather-related suspension of play, the Star of the North Games Soccer Commissioner or tournament director will make every effort to adjust the schedule, so the game can be completed. Fairness and equity will be the primary goal.

  1. If weather conditions or the state of fields make it impossible to carry out the tournament to its full extent, it is within the authority of the Soccer Commissioner or tournament director to make the necessary decisions concerning the rearrangement or cancellation of games. The Soccer Commissioner or tournament director reserves the right to reduce the length of the rescheduled games, move games to new locations, or to otherwise modify the tournament rules and schedules so the tournament may be played to conclusion. In the case of severe weather disruption, it may be impossible to reschedule all the tournament games.
  2. Fees are non-refundable if games are shortened or otherwise modified in any way
  3. If one-half or more of the game has been played before termination for weather conditions or tournament committee decision, the game stands as a completed match.
  4. MYSA Weather Policy will be followed.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If the tournament is canceled for any reason, 100% of a team’s registration fee is refundable, minus a $25 administrative fee per team. Half the registration fee will be refunded if only one game is played due to tournament cancellation. Teams that withdraw from the tournament will not be refunded their registration fees.

 

CONDUCT

  1. Any player who destroys or steals property will be expelled from the tournament.
  2. Tournament officials reserve the right to expel any coach, player, bystander, or team from the tournament for gross misconduct on or off the field.
  3. All players, coaches, and fans are expected to display the highest standards of sportsmanship and respect for other players, referees, fans, and tournament volunteers and staff.
  4. The Star of the North Games is a tobacco-free (includes e-cigarettes) and drug-free event. Any player found using alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs will be expelled from the tournament
  5. Dogs are not allowed on or near the playing fields.

ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Athletic trainers will be on duty at all locations. The trainers will be available during games. It is the responsibility of each team to provide their own non-emergency medical supplies.

MINNESOTA CONCUSSION LAW
This tournament, sanctioned by MYSA, requires compliance with Minnesota Statue 121A.37 in accordance with the CMYSA and MYSA Concussion Policies. All participating coaches and referees are required to have taken concussion training within the past three years. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a free, online course entitled Concussion Training for Coaches (and Referees).

Minnesota statute and MYSA policies.

 

REFEREES
USSF certified referees will be used. One to three referees will be used for ages 9-10. Three referees will be used for ages 11-15. Teams should be prepared to provide a “club linesman” if necessary. If there is a shortage of referees, club linesmen may be used in the Star of the North Games. Club linesmen will be assigned to the younger age levels first. See Referee Assigner below for contact information.

FIELD LOCATIONS AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS

CLEMEN’S & GAGLIARDI FIELDS (St. John’s University, 2850 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville, MN 56321):
From I-94: Take exit 156 (for St. John’s University). Turn left at the top of the ramp. At the first 4-way stop, if playing on Clemen’s Field, go straight and take the first right and enter Visitor’s parking lot 8. Precede across the road to Warner Palaestra. If playing on Gagliardi Field, turn left at the stop sign and take the first left towards the St. John’s Baseball and Soccer Fields.


From St. Cloud:
Take Division St. (County Road 75) west through St. Joseph, it will merge with I-94. Take I-94 West to St. John’s University exit #156. Turn left on County Road 159. Go approximately 1.5 miles to St. John’s University. At the first 4-way stop, if playing on Clemen’s Field, go straight and take the first right and enter Visitor’s parking lot 8. Precede across the road to Warner Palaestra. If playing on Gagliardi field, turn left at the stop sign and take the first left towards the St. John’s Baseball and Soccer Fields.

COLLEGE AVE ATHLETIC FIELDS (College of St. Benedict, 37 S. College Ave, St. Joseph, MN 56374)
From I-94:
Take exit 160 (County Hwy-2) towards St. Joseph. Turn right onto County Hwy 2. Take the 1st right onto Minnesota St/County Hwy-2. Turn right onto College Ave S. Take a left into the CSB Stadium (30136 County Road 121.)

 

From St. Cloud: Take Division St. (County Road 75) west into St. Joseph. Turn left onto College Ave. N/County Hwy-2. Continue onto College Ave. N at the 4-way stop. Take a left into the CSB Stadium (30136 County Road 121.)

 

TOURNAMENT CONTACT INFORMATION

Tournament Director
Lissa Staples, CMYSA Travel Administrator

320.223.4594, starofthenorth@cmysa.org

Star of the North Games Soccer Commissioner
Aaron Schmidt
763.717.3889, sgames@mnsports.org

Referee Assignor
Merry Hilger
M&D Sports Services
mnrefassignor@comcast.net
651.641.4129

Website Links
Soccer Star of the North Games

Central Minnesota Youth Soccer Association

 

Star of the North Tournament Rules 2019
Version 4/15/19