Any questions regarding the Rules of the Tournament or challenges concerning the eligibility of a player should be addressed to the Adjudicating Committee at the Tournament Headquarters prior to the
beginning of the game.

2024 Fort Lowell Shootout Tournament Rules



All teams must provide player/coach credentials ONLINE.
Rosters are frozen after first game of the tournament.

7U/8U – 4v4 – maximum roster of 8 players – maximum players suited for a match = 8
9U/10U – 7v7 – maximum roster of 14 players – maximum players suited for a match = 12
11U/12U – 9v9 – maximum roster of 16 players – maximum players suited for a match = 16
13U + – 11v11 – maximum roster of 22 players – maximum players suited for a match = 18

Proper Player Loan Forms will be required at registration along with other required credentials, if required by the team’s State Association.

JERSEY NUMBERS: The shirt number of each player must be the same as the player’s shirt number on the daily match report or roster. If the numbers are not the same the referee shall not allow the player to take part in the match until the numbers are the same. Any team found switching player jersey numbers during the game without notifying and getting referee approval shall automatically forfeit the match.

SPORTSMANSHIP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY: All Spectators, Coaches and Players MUST show respect for
each other and the authority of the Referees. Help us set a great example for our youth!
 Please cheer enthusiastically for your team
 Please acknowledge the good play of both teams
 Please do not “help” players or coaches or criticize referees
 Let the players make their own decisions on the field

REFEREES: All matches will use Federation Certified Referees. FIFA LAWS of the Game will apply as modified by USYSA and AYSA as described herein.

HEADING THE BALL: No heading the ball for U11 and below age groups. Play will be stopped and indirect free kick given to the opposing team for “deliberate” headers.

Duration of Game by HALVES and Balls Size as Follows:
Division Length of Halves Halftime Ball Size
U7/U8 2 – 20 Min Halves 5 min 3
U9/U10 20 minutes 5 min 4
U11/U12 25 Minutes 5 min 4
U13/U14 30 Minutes 5 min 5
U15/U19 35 Minutes 5 min 5

**Bracket games will end in a tie. If a playoff game is tied at the end of regulation time, FIFA Penalty Kicks will determine the winner. Penalty Kicks will be taken immediately following the game.

PRE-GAME CHECK IN: Teams must check in game ready with the referee on the field 15 minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game. At this time the player equipment will be checked. Once game is complete coach and referee must sign off on the scorecard.

SUBSTITUTIONS: Free substitutions will be allowed in all age groups.

PLAYER’S EQUIPMENT: It will be at the Referee’s discretion to determine the safety and suitability of player equipment including the wearing of an orthopedic cast or hard brace. Shin guards are mandatory for all players. No jewelry or hair pins allowed.

COACHING: All coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, and spectators at all times. Coaching from the sidelines, giving direction to one’s own team on points of strategy and position, is permitted, provided:

  1. No mechanical devises used.
  2. The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory.
  3. Each coach or substitute remains within (10) yards on either side of the halfway line.
  4. No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referee’s other coaches, players,
    substitutes, or spectators.
  5. No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.
    CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS: A player or coach receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an ejection (red card) for the purposes of awarding point for the tournament competition. A player who has been ejected (sent off) will not be replaced. A player or coach who has been ejected will not return for that game. A player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament. For the purpose of this tournament a coach CAN be carded.
    The Tournament will conform to the established guidelines as set forth in the table below: