Tournament Rules

Murrieta Surf Development Showcase, Summer Classic 2020 and Winter Classic 2021 Tournament Rules.


Tournament Play Age:

Surf Development Showcase, Summer Classic 2020 & Winter Classic 2021 Tournaments will be using 2020/2021 player passes. Teams applying will play by birth year age group following the gaming format; U9, U10 will play (7v7). U11, U12 will play (9v9) and U13-U19 will play (11v11).


Boys & Girls 2012 – 2011         (7v7)                $625.00

Boys & Girls 2010 – 2009         (9v9)                $725.00

Boys & Girls 2008 – 2002         (11v11)            $825.00

Note: Any team that signs up for the wrong age group will not be guaranteed a spot in the tournament unless there is room in the appropriate age group. If there is no room in the appropriate age group, the team will not be refunded unless the tournament fills their spot in the tournament.

Registration: All Team Managers or Coaches are to report to their field site’s Field Marshal registration table (45) minutes prior to their first scheduled game for team check-in. Failure to check in will result in automatic disqualification (without a refund of the fee) from the tournament. Games not played will be classified as “Forfeits”.

Current laminated USYSA player cards 2020/21 will be required of all players as proof of age and must be available for inspection at initial check-in and at the start of each game.

USYSA Teams from outside USYSA Region unless they are with US Club Soccer must also provide approved Travel Papers, which must include a roster listing all players authorized to travel by the team’s State Association. All Travel Papers must be submitted to the Tournament Director via email or regular mail prior to check in. Any player not listed on the Travel Papers, including any amendments, properly executed by the team’s State Association will not be allowed to play in the tournament. Proper Player Loan Forms will be required at Registration along with other required credentials, as required by the team’s State Association.

All teams must provide the USYSA Player I.D. Cards from the State Association listed on this application. Murrieta Surf Tournament events will also accept teams registering under the US Club Soccer banner. Player I.D. Cards from associations other than USYSA, AYSO or US Club Soccer will not be accepted. All cards must be from the same association, there will be no mixing of cards. Medical release forms will be required for all players at initial check-in. Teams will be required to keep medical releases on hand at all times.

Refunds: There will be no refunds given after the stated application deadline date. If your team has received an official notification acceptance, or entered into a bracket of play, your team will not be entitled to a refund. If a refund request is made in writing to the tournament director prior to the tournament registration deadline dates your refund request will be reviewed and a refund will be determined based on the date and tournament expenditures plus $150.00 administration fee

Rosters: Teams may register a maximum of eighteen (18) players (14 for U9 and U10). A team may use up to five (5) guest players, but any team utilizing guest players is still limited to the eighteen player maximum (14 for U9 and U10).

All games will be played under FIFA rules with USYSA and Cal South adjustments for youth competition with the following additions and clarifications:

Game Format: Each team will play a minimum of 3 games. Preliminary Games can end in a tie. Finals games tied after regulation will go straight to FIFA Penalty Kicks. The winner of the kicks will determine who is awarded the trophy. Penalty Kicks will immediately follow the game.

Duration of Games and Overtimes (by halves), and Ball size’s are as follows:

Division Preliminary Finals Ball Size
U18/19 35 40 5
U17 35 40 5
U16 30 35 5
U15 30 35 5
U14 30 35 5
U13 30 35 5
U12 25 30 4
U11 25 30 4
U10 25 25 4
U9 20 25 4

There will be no stoppage time for injuries; in other words, there is a running clock for all games. Half time for games will be 5 minutes. Determining Winners: Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:

* Six (6) points for each Win
* Three (3) points for each Tie
* Zero (0) points for each Loss
* One (1) point for each goal scored up to a maximum of three (3) per game
* One (1) point for each shutout
* Minus one (-1) for each player or coach ejected
* A 0-0 tie will be scored as 4 points for each team (3 for tie, 1 for shutout)

In the event of a tie in points at the end of bracket play, the teams to advance will be determined as follows in this order (use bullets):

  1. The winner in a preceding head-to-head match-up
    2. Total goal differential
    3. Total goals against
    4. Goals for (to a maximum of 4 per game)
    5. Most shutouts
  2. If a tie still exists after steps 1 through 5, FIFA Penalty Kicks will be taken (time and location to be determined by the Tournament Director or Referee) prior to the scheduled start of the Final game.
    7. If a three-way tie exists within a bracket after steps 1 through 5, a three-way coin flip will be conducted. The teams that tie in the coin flip will compete in FIFA Penalty Kicks to eliminate one team prior to proceeding to FIFA Penalty Kicks with the third team. The coin flip and time of the FIFA Penalty Kicks will be determined by the Tournament Director at the fields.

Game Day Check-In: Check in at the field of your first scheduled game (45 minutes prior to your first game), all teams must check-in at least forty five (45) minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game thereafter. A team representative must present to the Field Marshall the team’s player cards and paperwork so the team may be checked in to play and the game started as scheduled. After team check in the Field Marshall will provide the game card to a team official. The team official will provide the game card and player cards to the referee until completion of the game. Each team official or representative will be required to initial the game card area for that game before the player cards will be returned. A team who fails to properly check in with the Field Marshall will forfeit that game. At the end of each game the team official shall return to the field marshal tent to report final games scores.

The Referee or Tournament Director has the final say on the determination of safety and suitability of each player’s equipment, including the wearing of a hard brace and/or hard cast. Shin guards are mandatory for all players.

After the start of a match, it will be the decision of the referee whether or not playing conditions are safe.

Home Team Responsibilities: The Home Team will be the team which appears first on the game schedule. The Home Team will provide a game ball. The game ball is subject to referee approval. The Home Team will be required to switch to an alternate jersey to accommodate a color conflict as declared by the referee. If the Home Team cannot supply an alternate jersey, the Home Team will forfeit the game. The Home Team does not have rights to select which side of the field they wish to observe from as both teams spectators are required to be on one side of the field opposite of the teams/coaches. Both team coaches are required to coach from the same side. Both team benches will be located on the same sideline for all games and fields. All parents and spectators will be limited to the opposite sideline for viewing and cheering. In all cases spectator and team seating will allow the referee’s assistants clear runs and views of all touch lines.

Substitutions: Substitutions are unlimited; however teams may substitute only with the referee’s permission and per Cal South rules.

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 and must leave the field of play and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game. A player or coach who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play will not be allowed to participate in the next two scheduled games. Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament. A team will be disqualified from the Tournament if any player or coach fails to comply with the provisions of this section. All red cards are reported to Cal South. Cards for ejected players or coaches will be available from the Field Marshal after they have satisfied their penalty.

Protests/Disputes: No protests will be allowed and all games will be considered final. The Tournament Director will resolve any situation not explicitly covered by the rules. Disputes relating to the interpretation of these rules will be resolved with the field marshal.

Marshal and Administrators/Coaches that are registered with the involved team(s): Individuals may not represent a team if not registered as an Administrator/Coach with the involved team(s).

Forfeits/Byes: All teams who forfeit will have the game(s) scored as a 0-1 loss. The winner will be awarded eight (8) points (6 for the win; 1 for a goal and 1 for a shutout). If, at the discretion of the Tournament Director, a forfeit provides an unfair advantage, the Tournament Director may make an adjustment in the bracket. Teams forfeiting their first game will be assumed to forfeit all of their games unless they contact the Tournament Director at least 3 hours prior to their subsequent games. Teams will forfeit for any of the following reasons:

* Teams fail to check in at the required location, ready to play five minutes before the scheduled kick off time
* Home team fails to produce an alternate color jersey if referee determines there is a color conflict
* Teams fail to produce laminated player passes and/or coach’s pass
* Teams fail to report to the field with the minimum number of players required to start the game (6 for U9 and U10; 7 for U11-U19)
* Coach is ejected and fails to leave the field when directed to do so
* Coach is ejected and there is no other coach or administrator available
* Game is suspended due to the misconduct of players, coaches, administrators, parents or spectators

There will be no refunds to teams who forfeit their own games.

Field Safety/Inclement Weather: The Referee or Tournament Director will determine if a field is safe for play. Teams are expected to show up for scheduled games times unless notified by a tournament official. Rain or other weather conditions will not delay play unless the referee determines the fields are unsafe. If necessary games may be shortened, go directly to FIFA Penalty Kicks or be cancelled. If a game is terminated due to problems associated with the fields, including lighting for a night game, the team in the lead at the time of stoppage wins. If a Quarter or Semi Final match cannot be played, FIFA penalty kicks will determine the winner.

If the referee due to weather, field conditions or misconduct terminates a game, the tournament committee will decide the impact of this termination on the tournament standings. Upon entering the Murrieta Surf Tournament it is understood that adverse weather is an Act of God. Entrance to the tournament requires acceptance of all decisions regarding use of facilities (therefore potentially, the outcome of competition) by the tournament committee as final without objection or compensation whatsoever.

All players, coaches and spectators will be expected to demonstrate good sportsmanlike conduct. Coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends and spectators at all times. Inappropriate conduct by your team’s spectators can jeopardize your coach and/or team. If a referee terminates a game due to misconduct of players or spectators, the offending team will forfeit. The offending player, spectator or team may be banned from further participation in the tournament.

The following Rules must be strictly adhered to:
– At no time is there to be any alcoholic beverages at the tournament sites
– Pets are not allowed on any of the fields at any time
– This is a smoke-free environment; no smoking is allowed at any of the fields
– At synthetic turf fields, no sharp or pointed umbrella, canopy, or shading anchors are allowed to penetrate the turf
– At synthetic turf fields, no food, gum, or seeds of any kind allowed on turf surface
– After each game, please pick up the trash on your sideline and place it in one of the provided receptacles
– Please help us keep the games on time by immediately collecting your things and clearing your sideline after your game. This will allow the next team to move into position and prepare for the start of their game.

Small Sided Games Heading Rules

All 7v7 games played will follow the Cal South / US Soccer Player Development Initiatives (PDI’s) regarding the modified heading rules as part of US Soccer’s Concussion Initiative.

Heading Rules 2018-19 Season:

  • Deliberate heading is not allowed in U11 and younger games
  • Heading is allowed in U12 games without limitations.
  • Any players born 2010 and younger who are “playing up” an age ARE NOT permitted to head the ball during games, even when playing up.
  • If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense
  • If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred

7v7 Build Out Line

All 7v7 games played will follow the Cal South / US Soccer Player Development Initiatives (PDI’s) regarding the use of the build out line for 7v7 games (there will be no build out line for 9v9 games).

Inclement Weather Refund Policy

Inclement Weather: 

In the event of inclement weather, which the Tournament Committee deems as being unsafe conditions for the players and/or the fields, and competition cannot continue:

  • Matches that are already in play will have the score stand as final.
  • Matches that are in play may be shortened, kicks from the penalty mark, or other means, as determined by the Tournament Committee, may be used to determine winners.
  • If the tournament is cancelled due to inclement weather prior to the start of competition, teams will be issued partial refunds according to Refund Policy.

Refund Policy

  • Teams must drop in writing prior to the application deadline to receive a refund. Requests for (DROPS) withdrawals from the tournament will only be accepted from Administrators (Contact Person or Coach) listed on the team application for the tournament.
  • Refunds provided to teams that drop prior to the deadline date will be assessed a $150.00 administrative fee. Plus any other incurred expenses.
  • Teams that drop after the application deadline will forfeit their entire entry fee.
  • If the tournament is cancelled as a result of weather or acts of God, teams will receive a partial refund less any incurred tournament expenses plus an administrative fee of $150.00

If the tournament is cancelled once it begins, refunds will be giving according to the following schedule:

  1. Three Matches Played No Refund
  2. Two Matches Played $100 Refund
  3. One Match Played $200 Refund
  4. Cancellation of All Matches Partial Refund less incurred tournament expenses determined by tournament committee plus $150.00 administrative fee.


Murrieta Surf Winter Classic, Tournament Committee.