The Kohl's US Youth Soccer American Cup provides recreational youth soccer players an opportunity to experience a consistent and high quality statewide tournament in a fun, family-like atmosphere. It fosters stimulation and excitement about soccer in an effort to increase the recreational players interest in and love for the game.
We want the recreational player to feel special and have fun! The Kohl's American Cup can achieve this by providing recreational players with the opportunity to participate in an original event outside of their normal league play. The American Cup gives State Associations another benefit to bring even more service to current members and a tool to use in increasing membership enrollment.
RULES OF PLAY: Games will be officiated using the FIFA Laws of the Game, and modified for age-appropriate play.
DURATION OF PLAY: Matches will consist of two halves of the following length: U6= 4 quarters 8 minutes each. U7/U8= 2 halves12 minutes each U9-U10 = 2 halves 20 minutes each;U12-U14 = 2 halves 30 minutes each.
BALL SIZE: U6-U8 will use a size 3 U-09 thru U-12 will use a size 4 ball; U-13 and older will use a size 5 ball.
FIELD SIZE: Field sizes will be modified as follows:
U6 Field Dimensions: The field of play is 30 yards long and 20 yards wide. The field is divided into two halves by a halfway line. A center mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. Goals: 6 feet wide by 4 feet high.
U7/8 Field Dimensions The field of play is 40 yards long and 30 yards wide. The field is divided into two halves by the halfway line. A center mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. Goals: 6 feet wide by 4 feet high.
U9-U11 plays on a 50- by 70-yard field.
U12 -U14 plays on regulation FIFA-sized fields.
U6: 3v3 no goalkeepers
U7: 4v4 no goalkeepers
U8: 5v5 no goalkeepers
U9-U11: 8v8 with goalkeepers
U12-U14: 11v11 with goalkeepers
PLAYER ELIGIBILITY: Guest players may play in Kohl’s American Cup, except that no player who participates in Arizona State Cup or Presidents Cup may participate in Kohl’s American Cup.
PLAYER PASSES: All participating players will have laminated player passes issued by AYSA or another US Youth Soccer state association, or by AYSO, or US Club Soccer. All passes must be tier three passes.
SCORING METHOD IN THE PRELIMINARY ROUND AND POOL PLAY: In pool play and first-round bracket play, team standings will be determined by accumulation of points awarded as follows: win (including forfeit) = 3 points; tie = 1 point; loss (including unintentional forfeit) = 0 points.
Head to head
OVERTIME PERIODS: There will be no overtime in Kohl’s American Cup games.
MERCY RULE: In all cases, the first half will be completed. If one team leads the other by 10 goals at halftime, or by 10 goals at any time thereafter, the game will be terminated and the results will be recorded as an official game at that point.
GRACE PERIODS: Any team not ready to play at the scheduled start time shall be granted a fifteen (15) minute grace period. A minimum of one rostered coach of that team and a specified number of players (4 if the match is 6v6, 5 if 8v8, and 7 if full-sided) constitutes a legal team. Any team not ready to play at the expiration of the grace period shall be deemed to have forfeited the game.
SUSPENSION GUIDELINES: All suspensions due to this rule will be served during the tournament in which they were received. The term “game” shall include kicks from the mark taken to determine a winner at the end of overtime periods (i.e., kicks taken during round robin tie breaker procedures as discussed above). Suspended players or other team officials may not be on the team side of the field. Coaches are responsible for the enforcement of suspensions. If a player or other team official participates in a game in which they should have been suspended, the team will be deemed to have used an ineligible player and will forfeit the game.
Coaches, assistant coaches and rostered team officials sent off the field of play for an infringement of the “laws of the game” shall have one (1) additional game added to the “Suspension Guidelines” below that would normally be levied against a player for a similar infringement.
“Club” coaches or coaches listed on multiple rosters who are suspended will serve their suspension during the next scheduled game(s) involving the team they were coaching at the time of their suspension.
The Tournament Committee shall act on all disciplinary matters and shall have discretionary powers in determining disciplinary action applied to team personnel and players. Game suspensions listed below are to be regarded as minimums for the charged offenses. Depending on the findings of the Committee, penalties may be increased according to the gravity of the infringements.
When sent off the field of play and shown the red card for infringement of the “laws of the game” players shall be suspended as follows:
Serious Foul Play - all age groups: Suspend for a minimum of one (1) game.
Foul and Abusive Language - all age groups: Suspend for a minimum of one (1) game.
Second Caution able Offense (receiving a second yellow card after previous yellow card) - all age groups: Suspend for a minimum of one (1) game.
Violent Conduct - all age groups: Suspend for a minimum of two (2) games.
Referee Abuse/Assault - all age groups: Suspend for a minimum of one (1) year with review by the Board of Directors regarding further disciplinary action.
Referee abuse/assault includes, but is not limited to, pushing in an act of aggression, kicking, spitting at, striking or attempting to strike a referee, assistant referee, or fourth official.
Any player or team official who refuses the referee’s request for their name or gives a false name while the referee is gathering data to report on an infringement of the “laws of the game” involving them, shall have one (1) game added to the suspension that would normally be levied by the Tournament Committee.
In specific situations, the Committee may place an individual on probation, in addition to the suspension, for a period of time not to exceed the length of the suspension. The probationary period is to be served immediately following the suspension period and is intended to monitor an individual’s degree of reformation. Should an individual on probation be sent off the field of play and shown the red card during the probationary period, the original suspension and probation shall be re-applied and no appeal will be heard.
UNFINISHED MATCHES: If the referee stops a match due to one team’s conduct, the match is declared a forfeit, with the offending team losing the match and the winning team being awarded the maximum points for that match. If the referee stops a match due to inclement weather, during (a) the first half of play, the match will be rescheduled, or (b) if after the end of the first half of play, the score of the match stands.
FORFEITS: Any team that intentionally forfeits a game shall be suspended from further participation in the tournament. All of the forfeiting team’s games in the tournament including games already completed shall be null and void. Bracket standings shall be determined as though that team never participated in the tournament. An intentional forfeit (not an unfinished game) shall be defined as a willful act to not play in a scheduled game during a state-sponsored tournament, as determined by the Tournament Committee. The determination of the Committee is final, and not subject to dispute or recourse to the Protest and Appeals Committee.
SIDELINES: Both teams will assume opposite ends of the same touchline. Spectators must remain on the opposite side of the field. Only coaches or trainers for the teams playing will be allowed on the team side of the field. All teams must have one of their rostered coaches at the field during the entire game. If a team’s only rostered coach is expelled, the team must forfeit the game, but will not be deemed to have intentionally forfeited the game.
HOME TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES: The first team listed on the schedule is the “home team” for that match. The home team is responsible for a change of uniform in the event of a color conflict.
SUBSTITUTIONS: An unlimited number of substitutions shall be allowed.
Substitutions may be made, with the consent of the referee, at the following times: (1) prior to a throw-in in your favor, (2) prior to a goal kick, by either team, (3) after a goal, by either team, (4) after an injury, (5) at half-time, and (6) any time when the referee grants permission.
PROTESTS AND APPEALS:
1.) Protests and Appeals of judgment decisions of referees will not be allowed.
2.) Suspension penalties applied that are within posted minimums cannot be appealed. Appeals of penalties in excess of the posted minimums must be done according to the protests and appeals procedures shown below.
3.) All questions relating to qualification of competitors, to interpretations of rules, to suspensions, and to disputes or protests shall be referred to the Protests and Appeals Committee whose decisions shall be final and binding.
4.) In order for protests to be valid and eligible for consideration, the intent to protest shall be verbally lodged with the center referee and the opposing coach at the game site immediately after the end of the game that is being protested.
5.) To be valid and eligible for consideration, the protest regarding the game must be submitted in writing by the rostered coach or assistant coach with a $50.00 fee (non-refundable) to the Tournament headquarters within two (2) hours after the end of the game that is being protested.
6.) The Tournament Director will form a Protests and Appeals Committee of three (3) to adjudicate the protest.
7.) The protest hearing will be completed before either team plays their next game in the tournament.
8.) The Tournament Director will notify the coaches of the teams involved of the committee’s findings.
9.) A plea of ignorance of the rules of this competition is not sufficient grounds for protest or appeal.
10.) All decisions of the Protest and Appeals Committee will be final