Tournament Rules and Information

Hosted by a partnership between PASS FC and SCOR Meulensteen soccer clubs of greater Grand Rapids.

Tournament Registration and Fees
● U8-U10 $500*
● U11-U12 $550
● U13-U19 $600

*U8 are Welcome but will be playing on 7v7 size field


Tournament Rules and Information

Hosted by a partnership between PASS FC & SCOR-MEULENSTEEN soccer clubs of greater Grand Rapids.

 Competition Level

Select to DA/Premier

Team may register for an age group no greater than one year older than their roster indicates.

International teams invited to register. 

2019 Tournament Age groups

Boys and Girls:

  • U9 – 2010 or after Birth year

  • U10 – 2009 or after Birth year

  • U11 – 2008 or after Birth year

  • U12 – 2007 or after Birth year

  • U13 – 2006 or after Birth year

  • U14 – 2005 or after Birth year

  • U15 – 2004 or after Birth year

Boys only:

  • U16, 17, 18, 19 – 2000 or after Birth year

 Tournament Registration and Fees

  • U9-U10 $500

  • U11-U12 $550

  • U13-U17 $600

  • U17-U19 $600

It is anticipated that if team registers for the tournament they will be attending and will send payment via credit card online, or check in mail, as soon as online registration has been completed. No refunds will be given to teams who withdraw after registration and payment is received.  If the tournament age group is full, the team will be notified and their payment will be refunded. Tournament reserves the right to adjust division selection based on team record and league difficulty.


Risk Management – All MSYSA team officials must be Risk Management Certified by MSYSA and must be able to present their risk management card at any time during the tournament.  Team officials from other state associations and/or organizations must be able to show proof of their organization’s equivalent Risk Management Certification.

Concussion – All MSYSA coaches must be able to provide their CDC Heads-Up Concussion Certification.  All non-MSYSA coaches must be able to provide the CDC Heads-Up Concussion certificate or the NFHS Concussion in Sports certificate.  Teams must be able to provide upon request the Michigan Department of Community Health/CDC Parent and Athlete Concussion Information Sheet for each player attending the tournament.

Additionally, any player who sustains a bump to the head while playing at this tournament, must be checked for symptoms by tournament medical personnel before re-entering the game.

Red Card Policy - Anyone given a Red Card in a game will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game.  The player’s pass card is to be held in the Registration Tent by the Tournament Director until the suspension has been fulfilled.  Only the Coach or Manager is allowed to pick up the pass card upon completion of the suspension. All issuance of red cards, yellow cards, and other matters involving the conduct of a team, its players, coaches, or supporters will be recorded by the tournament organization upon the completion of the event.  

Tournament Cancellation Policy – All efforts will be made to play all games of the tournament with in the tournament weekend.  However, should inclement weather threaten completion because of dangerous situations (immediate weather or escalating poor field conditions because of weather), Tournament Director has the right to cancel games and/or tournament for the safety of the players.  Additional information in rules below.

Referee Assigning Policy – All referee assigning will be done though the Game Officials System by a Referee Assignor who is currently certified by US Soccer Federation.  Out-of-Area referees must show photo identification to verify identity.

Guest Player Policy - Guest players are any players not listed on the official team roster, including but not limited to players within the same club. Guest players my not be older than the Team’s age group. All age groups will be allowed 5 guest players who will provide paperwork and forms the same as the team’s rostered players.  Guest players’ within the same club need only be added to and sign the team Tournament Roster/Liability Form and provide their player pass card upon check in. Players from other clubs must provide complete MSYSA guest player form located on the state website.

Small Sided games Policy - U9-U10 will use a build-out line whereas all players must be behind the build out line before the goalie will pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate. No punting of ball is allowed. Once ball is put into play by the goalie, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes. GVSA rules will be used for all other small sided game policy.


Important information for Managers/Team Administrators:

This tournament has implemented a completely electronic method for submitting required documentation for this tournament.

This means all documents that would typically be brought to an on-site Team Registration Tent on the first day of the tournament, will instead be submitted, reviewed and approved online, in advance of the start of the tournament.

This is requirement for this tournament, NO EXCEPTIONS!

 Mandatory Team Check-in

All teams players, managers or coaches must go to the Headquarters Tent at the venue of their first game to pick up wristbands and have players and player cards reviewed. All Coaches and player will receive a wristband at team check-in, which must be worn throughout the duration of the tournament. If a player loses their wristband, or it is too tight and needs to be replaced, they will need to present their passcard at the check-in area, and be listed on the tournament roster prior to being issued another wristband.

 Paperwork for MSYSA teams

  • Tournament Roster/Liability Form with player’s names PRINTED in alphabetical order, signed by a parent.  Noting guest players with GUEST.

  • Tournament Form Acknowledgment signed by Team official (Coach or Manager) indicating they will have the following two forms in their possession at the tournament for each player or coach attending the tournament in accordance with their affiliate league rules.

1. Signed Medical Release Forms for each player

2. Signed Concussion Forms for each player and coach

  • Official League Roster for current year of registered team AND for each guest player attending the tournament with the team (if applicable)

  • Risk Management Cards for each coach/manager attending the tournament

  • Player and Coach Passcards to match Tournament Roster (have on hand encase asked)

  • Guest player State Association approved form (if applicable)

 Additional Paperwork for Check-in of NON-MSYSA teams

All of above paperwork IN ADDITION TO:

  • Statement from your current league of Proof of Medical Insurance

  • Statement from your current league of Proof of Good Standing

  • State Association issued Permission to Travel Form for out of State teams


FIFA rules apply to all games unless otherwise specified.

  • Games will reflect the current rules of the MSYSA-GVSA league,

  • All age groups will be allowed 5 guest players  

  • Players are allowed to roster and play on only one team in the tournament

  • All age groups will play with a goal-keeper

  • U9-U10 will use a build-out line.  See policy above.

  • All age groups will play with the OFFSIDES rule

  • Game ball will be provided by the tournament

  • Overtime will be played only in Semi Final and Final matches.

    • Overtime will consist of 2 five-minute periods played to completion. Penalty kicks will follow if necessary upon completion of the overtime period.


(7v7) 2 x 25 minute halves (prelim, semi & finals) Size 4 Ball

(9v9) 2 x 30 minutes halves (prelim, semi & finals) Size 4 Ball

(11v11) 2 x 30 minute halves (prelim, semi & finals) Size 5 Ball


Tournament holds the right to place teams in age divisions above or below if deemed necessary to round out divisions.  Teams will be notified prior to movement in most circumstances.

 Division of 4

One group of four team. Each team will play a three game round robin schedule.  The first and second place teams will play for the Division Championship.

 Division of 5

One group of five teams.  Each team will play a four game round robin schedule.  Team with best record upon completion of these games will be named Division Champion.

 Division of 6

Two groups of three teams.  Each team plays two game within their group and one crossover game with the other group.  The top team from each group will advance to the Championship game.

 Division of 8

Two groups of four teams.  Each team plays three games in their group.  The team with the top record upon completion of these games will advance to the Championship game. If 9 or more teams apply and are accepted in an age group, the age group will be broken into two separate divisions.  These will be names Gold and White.

 Tournament Scoring

3 points for a WIN

1 point for a TIE

0 points for a LOSS


Advancement to Championship rounds

In divisions with a Wild Card, the following determination will direct advancement to semi finals:

  • #1 Group A vs #1 Group B     #1 Group C vs Wild Card

 If Wild Card comes from Group C, then B and C will change places

  • #1 Group A vs #1 Group C     #1 Group B vs Wild Card

Tie-breaker for Advancement

  1. Head to head competition.  If tie involves more than two teams move to next tie breaker.

  2. Highest cumulative goal spread (goal FOR minus goals AGAINST) with a maximum of four goals per game won.  ie: 6-0 game would be a 4 goal spread.

  3. Least goals against

  4. Number of shutouts

  5. Penalty kicks tbd by Tournament Director


Awards will be given to Finalists and Champions in all divisions at an awards ceremony near the venue main tent following the final games.  Coaches are asked to attend with their team.


A Five-minute grace period will be allowed after scheduled kick off time.  If a team fails to show up within the grace period the win is awarded to the opponent and recorded as a 4-0 score.  Any team forfeiting a game will give up their chance for advancement in the tournament. The minimum number of players allowed for game to carry on is 5(7v7), 6(9v9), 7(11v11).   Grace period time will be taken from the first half of play.


  • Home team is the first team on the schedule and will wear their “light” uniform kit.  Away team will wear their “dark” uniform kit. If there is a conflict with color, the home team will use their alternate uniform kit

  • All players must wear shin guards that are covered by their socks

  • All players must wear an official club uniform with a number on the back  

  • There will be no duplicate uniform numbers on one team

  • Casts and splints or body braces made of hard substance must be covered by ½ inch thick padding to protect the injury and the opposing players

  • All jewelry must be removed or covered with tape

  • No hats are allowed to be worn

 Heading Rule

In accordance with the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, purposeful heading policy has changed per US Soccer PDIs. All heads (not just purposeful) are eliminated for players in the U11 and younger age groups.  Opposing team will receive an indirect free kick from the spot where the purposeful heading has occurred.

 Match play

The home team will choose the side of the field they wish to defend during the first half of the game.  This will switch after halftime. The away team will get the kick off to start the game. Players and coaches will reside on one side of the field during the game and spectators will watch the game from the opposite side of the field as their team.

 Game Clock

The game clock will be a running clock and will not stop because of an injury unless deemed necessary by the referee.  If the clock is stopped, the injured player must leave the field. Due to the time allotment for completion of game schedules there will be no extra time added to the clock at the end of a period.


There will be unlimited substitutions made from the centerline during the following:

  • After a goal by either team

  • Before a goal kick for either team

  • Before a throw-in in your favor (other team may sub only if throw in team is subbing)

  • In case of injury for injured player

  • On yellow card, to replace the cautioned player


Players, Coaches, managers, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the Laws of the Game.  Parents should read the tournament Code of Conduct before placing their signature on the Tournament Roster/Liability form.  They should also discuss tournament behavior with their child before attending the tournament.

 Abusive Behavior

Abusive behavior to referees and/or opponents will not be tolerated.  Person(s) involved in such behavior will be given a warning by the referee and/or the field marshal present at the venue.  If the behavior continues the person(s) involved will be asked to leave the premises. If they refuse to do so, authorities will be called to remove them.

 Red Cards

Anyone given a Red Card in a game will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game*.  The player’s pass card is to be held in the Registration Tent by the Tournament Director until the suspension has been fulfilled.  Only the Coach or Manager is allowed to pick up the pass card upon completion of the suspension.

 *USYSA tournament hosting rules mandate that all issuance of red cards, yellow cards, and other matters involving the conduct of a team, it’s players, coaches, or supporters will be recorded by the tournament organization upon the completion of the event.  

 Inclement Weather & Cancellations

The tournament committee reserves the right to make the following changes in the event of inclement weather:

  • Relocate and or reschedule match

  • Change a Division structure

  • Reduce the duration of a game

If a game is in progress and needs to be terminated during severe weather conditions it will be deemed official after the equivalent of one half has been played and the score will be recorded as it stands at the time of termination.  In the event that a game cannot be completed before one half of the game’s minutes have been played, each team will be awarded a tie.

General Site Rules

There is to be no alcohol, tobacco, pets or firearms of any type allowed on the tournament grounds. This includes all playing facilities. Where applicable, local rules and regulations apply (including local school rules). Lost or stolen items are the sole responsibility of the individual and the tournament will not be liable.


  1. DISPUTES: Any disagreement which cannot be resolved by the listed rules will be settled by the Tournament Co-Directors.

    1. Score disputes: In situations where there is a disagreement about the score between teams/coaches/managers etc, the tournament committee will determine outcome by referring to the original signed game card from the game. Please make sure that the score is correct prior to signing the game sheet

REFEREES DECISIONS ARE FINAL NO PROTESTS NO APPEALS. Final Rulings-The final interpreter of the foregoing rules and regulations and any matters not provided for in these rules will be the Tournament Co-Directors, whose decisions shall be final.