Tournament Rules


2019 Magic Cup

Rules and Procedures



This tournament will be played in accordance with US Club Soccer and FIFA rules unless modified by the following:


Tournament Information:

         Name of Tournament: Magic Cup

         Name of Hosting League: Central Valley Youth Soccer League

         Date of Tournament: August 17-18, 2019

        Number of Teams: TBD

        Age Group(s), Classification(s) and Gender(s): Girls U11 – U19


Credentials Requirements and Mandatory Credentials Check-in

The on-line process will eliminate the need for your team rep to come early to the fields and present the binder with paperwork, medical release forms, etc.  There will be NO IN PERSON CHECK IN.
Online check-in is MANDATORY.  All of your players and guests who will be participating in the tournament must be on your Magic Cup GOTSOCCER ROSTER.  
Teams that do not check in by noon on 8/16 will be penalized 2 pts.
Instructions and Samples can be found by following this LINK. (Click on LINK). 
Tournament Weekend Check In- teams must check in 30 minutes prior to each game. All players and passes must be present and will be checked against the rosters.  Only players on the game card (roster) will be allowed to play. Check in tents will be located adjacent to the fields.


Guest Player Policy:

Five (5) Guest players will be allowed in accordance with US Club Soccer/CYSA Guest Player Policies. Maximum number of players per team rostered is 26. Only 18 can be dressed per game.

Heading Rules
Magic Cup will follow US Club soccer heading rules.  
"No Heading" rules will apply to all teams playing small sided games (9v9). 
  • In adherence to these new requirements, referees have been instructed by U.S. Soccer of the following rule addition: When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) 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 point nearest to where the infringement occurred.


Length of Games (list each age group):

Age Group Preliminary Games Consolation and Championship Games

U-11 and U-12 50 minutes 60 minutes

U-13 and U-14 60 minutes 70 minutes

U-15 and U-16 60 minutes 70 minutes

U-17, U-18 and U-19 60 minutes 70 minutes

In preliminary games ties will stand. Semi-final and consolation game if tied, straight to pk's. If a championship game is tied at the end of regulation play, two 5 (five) minute overtime periods golden goal will apply. If still tied at the completion of the overtime periods, the game will be decided by penalty kicks as per FIFA laws of the game. At the discretion of the Tournament Committee, overtime periods may be shortened or eliminated if the game has been significantly delayed at the start. The length of any game may be shortened to shorter but equal halves if the Tournament Committee deems it necessary due to field conditions, weather or darkness.


Mandatory Rest Periods

Teams must be given a minimum rest period of one and half hours between games. The rest period will commence when a team’s match ends and will end when the team’s subsequent match begins.



      Unlimited substitutions are allowed with referee approval in the following situations:

  • Prior to a throw in for either team

    • If it is not your team’s throw in you can sub if initiated by the other team

  • Prior to a goal kick by either team

  • Prior to the restart of the game following a goal being scored by either team

  • Prior to the restart of the game for the second half

  • Prior to the beginning of an overtime period

Prior to the restart of the game following an injured player being removed from the field (either team may sub)



Any player, coach assistant coach or registered team official who is sent off will automatically be suspended from their next game. The sendoff report will be forwarded to the Tournament Director and Tournament Disciplinary Committee and will be used to assess the minimum mandatory penalties. Additional penalties may be imposed. Send-off reports and member passes, which must retained if the penalty has not been served in its entirety, will be forwarded to the team’s District Commissioner. Each ejection will result in a deduction of 1 point for players and 2 points for coaches from the team’s tournament total.


Scoring System: Maximum number of points allowable per game: 10

__6__ Points for a win:

__3__ Points for a tie:

__1__ Bonus points for shutout win

  4     Points for 0-0 ties

__1__ Points per goal (maximum of 3 points)

__1__ Points deducted for red cards


Forfeited games will be scored as 1 to 0 (8 points) in favor of the team that did not forfeit. In the case a team withdrawing at the last minute or not showing, all preliminary games for that team will be scored as a forfeit.


Tie Breaking Procedure:

In case of a tie in tournament points following the completion of preliminary games, the advancing team will be determined based on the following criteria in the order specified:

  1. Head to head

  2. Most wins

  3. Goal differential- up to 4 goals

  4. Goals for -limit 4

  5. Goals against

  6. Penalty kicks


3-way ties Only

  1. In order to easier handle potentially hard-to-handle 3-way ties, if such a situation occurs, the GD and GF limits of 4 will not be used.




Type of Awards: 1st Place: Championship medals and one trophy 2nd place: medals 3rd place: medals


Start Times and Forfeitures:

Teams must be at the field 30 (thirty) minutes prior to the scheduled start time of their game in order to be checked in by referees or appointed tournament officials. Games will be started at the designated start time. If a team has not taken the field with a minimum of seven (7) players within the 10 (ten) minute grace period, the game will be forfeited to the team that has taken the field with at least seven (7) players. If neither team takes the field within the 10 (ten) minute grace period, no points will be awarded to either team and the game will be declared a double forfeit.

The referee and/or Tournament Committee may terminate a game and award a forfeit if a team leaves the field during the game without the approval of the referee, the referee abandons a match due to excessive violent conduct and/or misconduct by the players, coaches or fans, or a team is deemed to be in gross violation of US Youth Soccer, US Club Soccer, or rules of this tournament.

Games will start at their specified start time with no stoppage time for any reason including injury. If a player is injured game time will continue and if necessary the referee can blow the half or end of the game whistle while play is at a standstill for an injury. If the tournament finds any team abusing this rule they can and will score the game as a forfeiture for the winning team.


Home Team:

The team listed first on the game schedule is the home team and shall have their choice of the side of the field. Conflicts in jersey color will be resolved by the home team being required to change jerseys. The referee will determine if there is a conflict in jersey colors or keeper jersey colors. The home team will be responsible for providing the game ball.


Sportsmanship and Conduct:

Good sportsmanship is expected of all teams, officials and fans. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, staff, parents and affiliated spectators.


Injuries and Medical Assistance:

There will be certified EMTs available for the duration of the tournament. Any injuries must be reported to a tournament official so that an accident report form can be completed. A tournament official will call 911 for an injury at the coach’s or parent’s request.


Weather Conditions:

If deemed necessary by the Tournament Committee, games may be shortened or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.


Tournament Cancellation

If the tournament must be cancelled due to inclement weather, acts of civil disobedience, war, destruction of facilities or other circumstances deemed by the US Club Soccer State Tournament Committee to be beyond the control of the hosting league, the tournament may retain up to 30% of the entry fee once the tournament’s expenses are verified and approved by the US Club Soccer Tournament Committee Chairman. Refunds of no less than 70% of the team’s entry fee will be postmarked and mailed to the teams within 45 days of the approved tournament date.


Housing and Hotel Information:

Magic Cup is not a Stay and Play event. Teams and/or individuals can make their own hotel arrangements. 



Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is expressly prohibited at any of the sport fields or complexes. Any team (including players, coaches, parents and affiliated spectators) found violating these rules will automatically forfeit all games played, face possible expulsion from the tournament and will not be invited to any future tournaments hosted by this league.

Dogs are prohibited at this tournament.

Use of tobacco products is prohibited at this tournament. Use of tobacco products on the grounds of any public school facility is a violation of California State Law.

Referees will be instructed to abandon a game if, after being asked to do so, any person affiliated with the team refuses to remove a dog from the area of the soccer field, or if after being asked to do so, any person affiliated with the team refuses to cease the use of tobacco products in the area of the soccer field.

All Portable Shelters (EZ ups, tents, etc.) must be secured with either stakes or sandbags.


Tournament Committee:

The tournament committee shall consist of the Tournament Director and any other pre-designated Tournament Officials.



*Updated 8/7/18