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State Cup and President Cup Rules
Before the Game (both competitions)
- Preliminary round games will use three officials.If one or more officials fail to show, the game may be played with a substitute, provided both coaches agree.
- Teams will take same side of field. The home team will choose side and provide the game ball(s). The away team has choice of jersey color. The home team must change if there is a conflict. Referees must change if their color is the same as either team.
- A 15-minute grace period is allowed for both presentation of check-in materials (see below) and for sufficient players to start the game. The grace period for both starts from the scheduled kick-off time.
- If check-in materials are not presented within the grace period, the game is a forfeit.
- At the end of the grace period the game will start if a team has at least 7 players.If fewer than 7 players, the game is a forfeit.
Team Check-in Procedures.
- Verification of eligibility is very important in this competition. Check-in can not be waived and must be thorough.
Documentation used for check-in:
- The State Cup/President’s Cup and State Cup roster are the official hardcopy ; no other roster can be used. Electronic versions may not be used. Do not play the game without this roster; call me at 757-810-4250 or John Davis (State Cup chair) 703-343-0693 if a team does not have the official roster.
- The Game Report with the game day roster for each team printed or glued on. Teams may have up to 22 players on the roster, but only 18 players are eligible to play that day. Names of players 19-22 will be crossed through; these players may sit on the team bench but may not be in uniform. The game day roster is frozen at kickoff.
- Player and team official passes. These are picture IDs and must be laminated. Do not play the game if the passes are not laminated by game time; call your assignor or Cup chair if passes are not laminated.
- Referees will check players and up to four team officials against the three types of documentation. Referees may prohibit participation of players and team officials whose identity cannot be verified or whose documents are inconsistent or improper.
- Referees will also record players and team officials serving sit-outs and post names and numbers in the appropriate blocks on the Game Report. Players serving a sit-out (but not team officials) may sit on the team bench but may not wear any part of the team uniform.
- Referees will keep the Game Report until after the game. The rosters and passes will be returned to the teams after check-in but must be available during the game.
After the Game
- Referees will complete the Game Report and give it to a representative of the WINNING team. This is the official record of the match, so it must be complete and accurate. For cautions and ejections, record name, number, and team to insure proper identification.
- State Cup ejections will be reported to Cathy Mann, Home 703 912-4866, Cell 703 447-0139.
- President’s Cup ejections will be reported to Anne Thompson, cell 703 963 4583, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Preliminary round games may not end in a tie. If tied at the end of regulation, after a 5-minute rest period, the winner will be determined by two full overtime periods, and if still tied, by kicks from the penalty mark.
Substitutions (State Cup).
- Substitutions may be made, with the consent of the referee, at any stoppage.
- A maximum of 7 substitutions are permitted for each team during each half and during overtime. After leaving the game during a half or overtime, a substituted player may not reenter during the same half or overtime. After leaving the game during overtime, a substituted player may not reenter.
- Before the game, the referee will ask each team to provide the passes for the players starting the game to the assistant referee on the team side or the fourth official.
- Substitutes wishing to enter will check in with the assistant referee or the fourth official and surrender their passes.Assistant referees or fourth officials should insure that that substituted players are not reentering during a half or overtime (carefully compare pass photo to player).
- At halftime and fulltime, all passes will be returned to the teams. The same procedure will be followed for the second half and overtime. All passes will be returned to the teams after the game.
- Referees should instruct the teams that substitutes should be standing at the halfway line, ready to enter when signaled by the referee (except to replace an injured player who has left the field).
- Use of pennies by substitutes is not mandatory but should be encouraged.
Substitutions (President’s Cup).
- Substitutions are unlimited and may be made, with the consent of the referee, at any stoppage of play except corner kicks and penalty kicks.
- Referees should instruct the teams that substitutes are to be standing at the halfway line, ready to enter when signaled by the referee (except to replace an injured player who has left the field).
- Use of pennies by substitutes should be encouraged.
- Ejected coaches must leave the field and surrounding area.
- Ejected players may remain on the team bench but may not wear the uniform jersey. Remaining on the bench is contingent on non-disruptive behavior.
- Games terminated due to inclement weather, darkness, etc., will be replayed in their entirety. Games terminated by the referee based on the conduct of either team will result in a hearing to determine the outcome. Referees may not declare forfeits.
- To be valid, intent to protest must be communicated to the referee and opposing coach before leaving the game site.