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Tournament Rules and Guidelines

ROSTER AND ELIGIBILITY

All players must be over the of 18 and must sign a liability release waiver prior to any form of participation in any Soccer Tournaments hosted by Epiqueline.

Full team roster must be submitted by team captain to info@epiqueline.com 48 hours before league start date. (Subject line: *Tournament Name* | *Team Name*). Roster details must include the following: 

  • Player's Full Name
  • Player's DOB
  • Player's Email and
  • Player's Preferred Jersey/Shirt Size

GAME RULES

All games will be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game issued by the USSF and is available for viewing at http://www.ussoccer.com/Referees/Laws-of-the-Game.aspx. All rules apply with a few exceptions:

5v5 Indoor Soccer

  • 15 minutes per game (Group Stage and Playoffs)
  • A team will field 5 players (4 and 1 goalie)
  • Unlimited number of substitutions are allowed, but only on a dead ball. Referee must be notified. 
  • If the ball touches the ceiling nets, it's an indirect free kick
  • If the ball hits the net behind the goal, it's either a goal kick or a corner
  • If the ball touches the side nets, the ball will restart from the sideline
  • No slide-tackling
  • No direct shooting from kick off (at least one pass mandatory)
  • Goalie cannot pick up the ball with his hands if passed back from a teammate 
  • Goalie is allowed to throw the ball passed the half way line, but cannot punt or drop kick at any time
  • One yellow card: player will sit out for 2 minutes and cannot be substituted with another player. 
  • One red card or two yellow cards: player will be suspended for the rest of the game. Suspended player's team must play a man down for the remaining minutes of the game. Suspension will be determined depending on the severity of the situation. Suspension will be reviewed by the Epiqueline board. 

7v7 Outdoor Soccer

  • 15 minutes per game (Group Stage and Playoffs)
  • A team will field 7 players (6 field players and 1 goalie)
  • Unlimited number of substitutions are allowed, but only on a dead ball. Referee must be notified. 
  • No slide-tackling
  • No direct shooting from kick off (at least one pass mandatory)
  • Free kicks (including kick-offs, goal kicks, and corner kicks) are indirect except for penalty kicks
  • Goalie cannot pick up the ball with his hands if passed back from a teammate 
  • Goalie is allowed to throw the ball, punt, or drop kick passed the half way line
  • No offside
  • One yellow card: player will sit out for 2 minutes and cannot be substituted with another player. 
  • One red card or two yellow cards: player will be suspended for the rest of the game. Suspended player's team must play a man down for the remaining minutes of the game. Suspension will be determined depending on the severity of the situation. Suspension will be reviewed by the Epiqueline board. 

GROUP STANDING

Game points will be appointed as follows:

Win = 3 points

Draw = 1 point

Loss = 0 points

In the event of a tie, the following tie breakers will be used:

  • League goal differential
  • League total goals scored
  • League Points in head to head competition in games between tied teams
  • Goal differential in head to head competition in games between tied teams
  • Goals Scored in head to head competition in games between tied teams

PLAYOFFS

Top (2) teams from each group will advance to the Playoffs. 

In case of tie, game will go to overtime. Additional 5 minutes will be provided for overtime. If the game is still tied, game will conclude with penalty kicks. 

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENTS

  • We highly recommend all field players to wear their event jerseys or Impact Tee, if provided. 
  • All players must wear shin guards
  • All players must wear soccer appropriate footwear to play. No metal or steel cleats or spikes are allowed. Only turf shoes permitted. 
  • Size 5 Soccer Ball will be provided for game play. Teams should bring their own ball for warm up. 

FAILURE TO SHOW AND FORFEITS

There will be no grace time allowed for teams not at the field of play at the scheduled time of kick-off. The opponent team will be awarded a 7-0 win for the game. 

CONDUCT

Players and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit and laws of the game. Players or spectators ejected from a game by the referee will be required to leave the field area. Severe misconduct that is abusive, harassing, insulting, or offensive will result in disqualification from the remainder of the tournament.

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