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Welcome to the 2021 Troy Strawberry Festival Soccer Invitational

Rules for the 2021 Troy Strawberry Festival Soccer Invitational

Rules for 2020 Strawberry Soccer Invitational hosted May 15-17, 2020

Tournament Headquarters
Duke Park – Troy OH 45373 - Phone 937-524-6314 Casey Hubbell

Tournament Director: Casey Hubbell - PO Box 251 - Troy OH 45373

Registration and Team Eligibility
Registration Check-In: Miami County YMCA - Robinson Branch, Friday May 15, 2020, 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Coaches must bring Travel permits (if outside OSYSA), signed medical liability release forms, approved roster lists, and player passes.

Only 15 miles separate any of the venues within Miami County. In Troy, games are hosted at Archer Park, (ARCH), Duke Park (DUKE) and the Troy Junior High Complex (FERG). In Piqua, games are hosted at the Pitsenbarger Park complex (PITS). In Tipp City, the games are hosted at Kyle Park (KYLE). Teams play final games at any of the sites listed above. The Tournament will be played May 15-17, 2020.

Coaches should bring player/coach passes and medical release forms to every game.

  1. TEAMS FROM THE UNITED STATES - For teams from the United States:

    1. The Players must present picture identification cards issued by the team’s Federation Organization Member (USYSA, CLUB SOCCER, AYSO, other)

    2. Teams must provide proof of approval of the team’s participation from the team’s Federation Organization Member

    3. Teams from outside the State Association, Ohio South Youth Soccer Association, where the tournament is located must provide proof of permission to travel. Teams must be in good standing with their Federation Organization

  2. FOREIGN TEAMS For a team coming from a CONCACAF nation:

    1. Players must present passports at registration or, if from a nation that the United States does not require a passport, proof of entry into the United States that is required by the United States

    2. Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards

    3. Teams must have a completed form from its Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament

Player Age and Eligibility
Boys and Girls teams in separate divisions
U-19 born in 2001 can play in the U19 division
U-18 born in 2002 can play in the U18 or U19 division
U-17 born in 2003 can play in the U17 or older division
U-16 born in 2004 can play in the U16 or older division
U-15 born in 2005 can play in the U15 or older division
U-14 born in 2006 can play in the U14 or older division
U-13 born in 2007 can play in the U13 or older division
U-12 born in 2008 can play in the U12 or older division
U-11 born in 2009 can play in the U11 or older division
U-10 born in 2010 can play in the U10, U11 or U12 division
U-09 born in 2011 can play in the U09, U10 or U11 division
U-08 born in 2012 can play in the U09 or U10 division

Age Format Time/Half Time/Half
U-09-10 7v7 25 min prelim; 25 min final 13 player roster
U-11-12 9v9 25 min prelim; 30 min final 16 player roster
U-13-14 11v11 30 min prelim; 35 min final 18 players
U-15-19 11v11 35 min prelim; 40 min final 18 players

Age Format Notes:

  1. All roster limits include guest players

  2. U16 through U19 teams may roster 22 players

The tournament labels divisions with the following protocol:

  • One Division of Play: Gold

  • Two Divisions of Play: Gold, Silver

  • Three Divisions of Play: Gold, Silver, Bronze

  • Four Divisions of Play: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze

NOTE: The Tournament reserves the right to consolidate age groups or divisions of play.

The Roster submitted at Tournament Registration will be the official Roster for the Tournament and will be frozen and may not be altered. A player may only play for one team.

Two (2) guest players will be allowed per team for teams playing in 7v7 format games. Three (3) guest players will be allowed per team for teams playing in 9v9 format games. Four (4) guest players will be allowed per team for teams playing in 11v11 format games. Guest player Rosters (yours or ours) should be validated by your state association/country federation (if required by your association). Prior to the start of each game, the referee shall check that each player has a current Federation player pass and coaches pass (if required by your State Association).

The first team listed in the tournament schedule on the website is the home team. A maximum of 3 coaches, which may include a State issued Director of Coaches (DOC) pass, will be honored, and are permitted on the coach’s side of the field. All coaches will remain within 20 yards of the center line on their half of the field, and both team's spectators will be on the opposite side of the field. Field marshals will communicate which side is the coach’s side if questions arise. Spectators are not permitted behind the end line and specifically the goals.

Player Credentials and Uniforms
1. Player picture identification cards are to be present and available at all matches.
2. Identification cards are required to be checked by the field marshal or game officials before each match.
3. All shirt numbers of each player must be different.

Laws of the Game
All matches must be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game in effect on January 1st of the year that the tournament is held, except as specifically modified for youth play by USSF and US Youth Soccer with certain Amendments as follows:

  1. Substitution Time: Substitutes must be at the midfield line. Unlimited substitutions for all age groups will be allowed with the consent of the referee;

    1. before a throw-in in your favor. The team in possession of the ball for a throw-in may substitute. If the team in possession of the ball for a throw-in substitutes players, the opposing team may substitute any number of players at the same time.

    2. before a goal-kick.

    3. after a score by either team.

    4. at halftime.

    5. After an injury, by either team, when the referee stops play.

    6. After a caution, one for one by both teams, if the cautioned player is substituted.

  2. Match Lengths: Preliminary Games will consist of two halves of equal length. See the chart above for game lengths for both preliminary and final games for all divisions. No overtime periods in preliminary games.Final Games will consist of two halves of equal length.
    Overtime periods are 2x5 minutes per half for under 8-14 for either short-sided games or 11v11. Overtime periods are 2x10 minutes per half for under 15 through 19. The Directors reserve the right to adjust the game length for conditions beyond their control. See Weather/Reschedule section below.

  3. The game clock will not be stopped because of injury to any player, except if deemed necessary by the referee. Due to the time allowed for the completion of all games, the clock should run continuously.

  4. It is the intent of the Strawberry Soccer Invitational to provide a three person referee system for all matches; however, if deemed necessary, games may be conducted with club linesmen.

  5. A coach may coach more than one team during the tournament. The organizers make reasonable attempts to avoid scheduling conflicts; however, we cannot guarantee a game conflict will not occur especially in the event of multiple teams coached by the same coach making it to the final rounds. Coach cards should indicate the team(s) to which the coach is associated.

Special Rules for Strawberry Soccer Invitational:
Blood: A player who is either bleeding or has blood on her/his uniform shall be required to be removed from the field and allowed to return only when in the opinion of the referee the bleeding has stopped and blood removed from the uniform.

Piercings: Players must be removed from any piercing, from any location on their body, before any match.

7v7 Special Rules:
R2. FIFA & USSF Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA with the exception that an indirect kick is awarded to the opposing team at the center spot on the halfway line if a goalkeeper punts or drop-kicks the ball in the air from his/her penalty area into the opponents penalty area.

Specific Laws of the Game

  1. No overtime will be played during preliminary games.

  2. Red cards will be administered as per FIFA laws of the game.

  3. A player or coach sent off for a second caution will not be allowed to participate for the remainder of that game and their next game.

  4. Un-served Red cards and game reports will be forwarded to their appropriate State or National organizations.

Game Balls
The Home Team (first team listed) will supply a suitable FIFA approved game ball (as determined by game officials) for all games.
The game ball size for U-09 through U-12 is Size 4 and the game ball size for U-13 and above is Size 5.

Player Equipment

  1. Shin guards are mandatory and must be of appropriate size and must be covered by a sock.

  2. In the event of a color conflict, the home team (first team listed on schedule) will change color.

  3. Hard and soft casts are permitted with the approval by the game referee if they deem that the cast is properly wrapped.

Tournament Format
For all age groups the Tournament format calls for three preliminary round games (round robin) with Final Matches in each division. All Final matches are played Sunday PM.

Match Schedules
The ONLINE Schedules are the OFFICIAL schedules of the Strawberry Soccer Invitational. The Tournament prints a Program Book and provides it to the teams at Team Registration. Schedule changes introduced after the program publication (commonly seven days before the event) will not appear in the booklet. The online schedule is considered the definitive version.

Each team will be scheduled for a minimum of 3 preliminary games. A maximum of 2 matches will be played on any one day.
Referees will be USSF certified.

Failure to complete a match, or a team leaving the field during play, will result in forfeiture. No team that has forfeited a game will be declared a group or wild card winner. The team winning by forfeit will be awarded the average number of goals they score in their other games, rounded down to the nearest integer, (with a minimum score of 1-0). The opponent's score will be zero. This score will be the official score in case goal differential is necessary. The Tournament officials reserve the right to decide all matters concerning a forfeit. In no case will a team which has forfeited a game be declared a group winner or wild card. If a team arrives more than 15 minutes late for a match the Tournament Committee, at their discretion, may declare the game to be a forfeit depending upon the situation. A team failing to field the proper number of players at the scheduled time, or at any time during the match, will forfeit the game. All 7v7 teams must field a minimum of five (5), 9v9 teams must field a minimum of six (6) players. All 11v11 teams must field a minimum of seven (7) players. If the minimum number of players is not maintained, that team will forfeit that game. The scores of forfeit games in this manner will be scored as described above in this paragraph.

Procedures for Determining a Winner
Immediately after the game both coaches and the game center referee will sign the game card certifying the final score which will then be delivered to the HQ tent at each site. The tournament scorer will be responsible for updating the website at: Posted scores will reflect a maximum goal difference of 4.

Standings and Tie-breakers
No overtime periods will be played for Preliminary games. Each team will be awarded three points for a win, one point for a tie, and no points for a loss.
In the event of ties in the group standing, the following procedure will determine the group winner:

  1. Most Points

  2. Head to head competition

  3. Highest number of total NET goals (goal differential).

  4. Maximum goal differential per match is four (4), e.g. if a score is 4-1, the goal differential is 3 for the winner and -3 for the loser. For a score of 7-2, the goal differential is 4 for the winner and -4 for the loser.

  5. Fewest goals allowed

  6. Penalty kicks (FIFA laws of the game apply, see Penalty Kick Elimination below). If both teams advance, the Tournament Director will decide the opponents at the next level of play.

Penalty Kick Elimination
When Final matches are still tied after overtime (see overtime times in the Laws of the Game above) the FIFA laws of the game for Penalty Kicks apply. Only players on the field at the end of the second overtime period are eligible for penalty kicks. Coin flip will determine who will go first (visiting team calls). Five penalty kickers per team. The most goals scored after five kicks for each team wins the game. If the score remains tied, teams will alternate shooters until there is an unmatched goal between the teams. After all eligible players, including goalkeepers, on the field of play have taken kicks; teams will start with their first kickers again and in the same order.

Games interrupted in the first half:

  1. If the first half has not been completed and the game is stopped, every effort will be made to complete the game, or play to completion of at least the first half and record the score as final.

  2. Games shall be considered completed if the first half has concluded. The score at the stoppage of play will be the final game score.

Games interrupted after the completion of the first half:
Will continue if time permits or, if time or other issues, as determined by the tournament, does not permit the game to continue, the current score at the time when the game is terminated will be the final score.
Note: If necessary, game lengths may be shortened to accommodate scheduling requirements and/or weather conditions. It is the responsibility of the head coach to check Tournament Headquarters for any reschedule information.

For more information regarding schedule changes consult the website at

However, in the event that rescheduling is not possible, and game cancellation creates a situation where teams within the division are unable to play an equal number of qualifying games, the group winner will be determined on the basis of awarding the average tournament points earned in the other games, to the teams that were unable to complete an official game, followed by the tie breaking procedure if necessary. The team with the highest average points will be declared the winner of the group. In the event there is a tie which cannot be resolved by point averaging, the advancing team will be determined by a coin toss, or penalty kicks, per FIFA as directed by the Tournament Directors.

Match and Score Reporting
Scores will be posted as quickly as possible. Coaches should report any discrepancies to Headquarters prior to their next game. If wild cards need to be determined, coaches need to report their score immediately after their Sunday morning games. Wild cards will be determined at the site as indicated on that division's schedule.

Protests and Disputes
There will be no protests of any tournament matches allowed.

Standards of Conduct and Discipline
Disciplinary action taken against a coach will be levied in the next game in which he/she coaches the team playing at the time of the original infraction, or to the next game coached if the violation occurred during the last game for that team. If additional behavior problems occur, the Directors reserve the right to levy additional discipline up to and including expulsion from the Tournament.

  1. All participants in the Strawberry Soccer Invitational will be expected to maintain high standards of conduct during their stay in Miami county. These standards are expected of players, referees, and other guests in the hotels and motels; keeping noise in the hallways to a minimum, refraining from kicking soccer balls inside any of the buildings, and being respectful of the property of others. Should it come to the attention of the Tournament Directors that a person (or persons) has failed to observe these guidelines; the Director reserves the right to take remedial action. Said action, depending upon the circumstances, may range from a warning, a reduction in points in the standings, or banning that team and/or all teams in its club from future participation in the tournament.

  2. There shall be no dissent between players and/or coaches and the referee. Questioning a referee is considered dissent. All coaches are responsible for the actions of his or her spectators, specifically verbal abuse of referees. Such abuse will not be tolerated! Violation may result in forfeiture of the game and/or expulsion from further play.

  3. Any player or coach ejected from a game will be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game (a minimum of one game suspension depending upon the severity of the offense). The player/coach pass is to be turned in to the referee headquarters immediately following the initial suspension game. If dismissed in the last game, the player/coach card MAY be returned to the team if there is not an assault associated with that card. In this case the player/coach card will be held and returned to the appropriate state association.

  4. Any player or coach who receives an accumulation of three (3) yellow cards must sit out the next tournament game.

  5. All coaches will remain within 20 yards of the centerline on their half of the field, on the side opposite of both team's spectators. Teams will be located on the same side of the field. Spectators will be on the opposite side.

  6. Spectators may be ejected from the park for improper conduct, at the discretion of the tournament officials. Artificial noise makers, such as air horns, bells, etc. are not permitted.

  7. If field condition is such that there is a problem with interference by an outside agent; such as a tree overhanging the field for instance, the play will be restarted with a drop ball. If the ball hits the trees and goes directly out of touch the play will resume with a throw-in.

  8. Not permitted at our tournament sites includes: alcoholic beverages, smoking, and verbal abuse.

  9. PETS are allowed at all sites. Pets MUST be on a leash at all times and you MUST immediately clean up after your pet.

Persons ejected due to any of the above situations must leave the site immediately.

Report of Disciplinary action taken against any team will be reported to that team’s provincial or:

  1. For United States teams, the procedure for notifying the Federation Organization Member of that team of disciplinary action taken or required will be followed.

  2. For CONCACAF teams, the tournament committee will notify the US Soccer Federation guidelines of disciplinary action taken, and that the Federation will transmit national association.

All U-09 through U-19 will receive first and second place individual awards which will be awarded to each Division winner and runner-up after the final game at the Finals site.

Inclement Weather Procedures
The Tournament Committee and/or Director reserve the right to delay the start of a game, reduce the length of the game, or terminate a game. All teams must abide by the tournament weather/field conditions policy. Only the Head coach may come to the Tournament HQ after a weather delay for further information.

If the Tournament is cancelled due to events beyond the control of the Tournament Committee, the Tournament will not be required to make any financial remuneration.

By entering this tournament, every participant agrees to accept the jurisdiction of the Tournament Committee or its members, the Trojan Soccer Club, its Board and employees, the six sites, the Cities of Troy, Piqua, Tipp City, and Pleasant Hill and their respective employees, the United States Soccer Federation, United States Youth Soccer Association, and United States Youth Soccer Association North in all matters of dispute. No official, coach, club, league, referee, player or their representative may invoke the aid of the Courts of any political or governmental entity without first exhausting all available remedies within the appropriate affiliated soccer organizations as set forth in these rules, the Constitution and Bylaws of the Troja Soccer Club, the Constitution and Bylaws of the United States Soccer Federation, the Constitution and Bylaws of the United States Youth Soccer Association, and the Constitution and Bylaws of the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association. For violation of this rule, the offending party shall be subject for all expenses incurred by these associations and/or their officers, as appropriate, in defending each court action, including, but not limited to, court costs, attorney(s) fees and reasonable compensation for all time and expenses.


  1. Coaches are required to bring all player/coach cards to every game. It is highly suggested that you bring medical release forms with you in case of injury.

  2. If a game is temporarily suspended due to weather problems, field conditions, or other situations beyond the tournament's control, each team (coach) involved must check with their site's tournament headquarters. Have players go their cars during a weather delay. No one will be allowed on the fields until the weather conditions are favorable to resume.

  3. All teams are required to clean up their sidelines after each match. Please keep our sites clean/green.

  4. The tournament co-director's interpretation of the foregoing rules/regulations shall be final.


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