These are the tournament rules for U9 to U19 games.
For the rules for U7
games please refer to the Summer Sizzler U7 Festival Rules
1.1 Players are only permitted to play on one team in this tournament.
1.2 All elements of the team,
including parents, coaches and players are expected to maintain themselves in
accordance with the highest standards of good conduct. Instances of
unsportsmanlike conduct will be investigated and addressed without delay.
1.3 Coaches are responsible for reminding team supporters that
good sportsmanship rewards exceptional play regardless of who makes the play.
Good sportsmanship does not detract from the game but rather makes it more
enjoyable for all. While it’s understood that competition is a healthy part of
the game, supporters should never lose sight of respect for the game or their
1.4 Individuals displaying unacceptable behavior will be
requested to leave the area. Tournament staff can hold the coach responsible
for the actions of their team and supporters and they reserve the right to deny
entry to any person or entire teams at their discretion.
1.5 The organizing committee reserves the right to adjust tiers
and groups as needed to provide balanced pools or ensure teams are competitively
balanced. This extends to mixing odd and even year of birth teams within the
1.6 No refunds will be issued after the registration process is
closed. See registration forms or website for exact date.
1.7 Any mention to the Laws of the Game in the rest of this
document also means U9 Rules of Mini Soccer and U11 8 a-side Laws of the Game.
For the Rules/Laws where modified please see Rule #17.1 for more information.
1.7 These rules are intended to be as inclusive as possible;
however, in the event of unforeseen circumstances the tournament committee
reserves the right to make binding decisions upon all participants.
In the event an issue occurs that is not covered in these rules
the tournament committee will refer to the Rules and Regulations of the
following bodies in this order: Edmonton Minor Soccer association (EMSA), Alberta
Soccer Association (ASA) and then Canada Soccer Association (CSA).
2. INCLEMENT WEATHER
Weather and / or Unusable Field Conditions:
The safety of
players, coaches, tournament management, spectators and referees is the primary
concern in any weather event that may occur during the tournament.
is unpredictable and beyond the control of the tournament organizers. The
Summer Sizzler organizing committee has the authority to relocate or reschedule
any game, reduce game time, or cancel any game. Select games may also be
cancelled outright with no refund issued. Any games cancelled due to weather
are not subject to refund.
otherwise notified by the Tournament Committee, teams must appear at the
scheduled location and time. The City of Edmonton Field Closures is NOT in effect for this tournament.
organizers will monitor the field conditions; if the playing surface is
considered too dangerous for play then the game may be rescheduled or
cancelled. Tournament organizers will have the final say if a game will proceed
due to inclement weather. If needed, the decision to play the game may have to
be decided right at game time.
2.4 A game is
considered complete if one half (30 Minutes) of the game has been completed
before being cancelled due to adverse weather.
2.5 If a game
is cancelled before one half of the game is played, and the option for penalty
kicks does not exist, the score will be set at zero and the match declared a
2.6 In cases
where a game has been cancelled or altered in any way, it is the responsibility
of the teams involved to contact the Tournament Committee for verification of
changes. Frequent updates and game status will also be posted to the Summer
2.7 The when thunder roars, go Indoors Rule
will be used to determining the playability of a game or if the Air
Quality Health Index (AQHI) is “7” or higher the Tournament Committee reserves
the right to cancel games.
The referee, in
conjunction with the Referee in Chief, has the final say on whether games
proceed or not.
2.8 Please Note: If 50%
of the game has been played before inclement weather, the game will count
and the score will stand. Tournament organizers reserve the right to shorten
games due to inclement weather and if needed games will go directly to penalty
kicks to determine a winner.
2.9 The Tournament Committee reserves the right to
cancel the tournament in whole or in part due to inclement weather or
unplayable fields and no refund will be issued. Individual games may also be
cancelled outright and no refund will be issued.
3. GENERAL RULES
3.1 All teams
are required to fill out their team’s roster online no later than May 24, 2019
at 4:00pm (MST). Guest/trialist forms must be attached to game sheets and
submitted prior to the start of each game. No changes to the team roster can be
made once that team’s first tournament game has been played. Any corrections
requiring change after the June 1st deadline must be made at the tournament
headquarters (please visit the tournament website for this location).
3.3 A maximum
of four (4) coaching staff members may be on the roster. One of the staff
members must be the same gender as the players.
are only permitted to play on one team in this tournament.
3.5 All mixed-gender
teams will participate in the corresponding male age
3.6 All even
age grouped teams will play in the corresponding odd age group based on the
oldest players’ year of birth on that team.
3.7 Players on
U7-U19 teams must be of the appropriate age group as outlined in A.S.A. rules
but may include players from a lower age group.
3.8 Use of ASA retreat line
applies to U9 to U11 teams. For more information on the retreat line
click HERE and select the appropriate age
group rules book.
4. ELIBILITY OF COACHES/PLAYERS
4.1 All coaching staff and
players (including guest players) must be currently registered with a youth
soccer association recognized by A.S.A. or C.S.A for the Outdoor 2019 season to
participate in this tournament.
4.2 Any coaches or players that are currently under
any disciplinary action from any ASA or CSA recognized soccer
association must advise the tournament committee; who will decide (based on the
offence) if the player/coach will be permitted to participate in the Summer
Sizzler Tournament. All suspensions will
be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Player cards are not required for this
tournament; however, proof of birth must be provided upon request by tournament
Please note: Failure to produce any of the above identification
(if requested) may result in the forced forfeit of the game(s) being played by
5.1 Players are only permitted to play on one (1) team
in this tournament
5.2 Each team is permitted 4 guest players during the
5.3 Guest players must be currently registered with a
youth soccer association recognized by A.S.A. and/or C.S.A for the Outdoor 2019
season to participate in this tournament.
5.4 All guest player(s) must have written approval
from their original team with signatures from their original team as well as
their tentative tournament team. A guest player will be allowed on the
- Tier 1–3: can only be from a lower age / lower
category or lower division as the age group of
the receiving team’s current league category in order to be registered on
that team’s roster with written approval as noted below.
- Tier 4-9: can be from the same or lower age / same
or lower tier or same or lower division or pool as
the age group of the receiving team’s current regular league category in
order to be registered on that team’s roster with written approval as
5.6 Teams must submit guest
forms and one copy of the game sheet to the referee prior to the start of the
game. Coaches must submit a copy of the guest form for each game a guest player
participates in. A guest form can cover a range of play dates.
5.7 Guest players must be identified on the team
5.8 Any player that is registered in the EIYSA 2019 Outdoor
league may be permitted to play as a guest player in the Summer Sizzler
tournament provided that an ASA roster is provided for the EIYSA player
confirming registration on the appropriate EIYSA team. EIYSA players may NOT
play for community teams as trialists.
5.9 Teams are permitted to use up to 4 trialists to
increase rosters up to ASA team size limits or to replace missing players.
6. ROSTER SIZES
6.1 The roster sizes are as follows:
1. U9 & U11 max 16 players
2. U13 – U19 max 20 players
6.2 Guest and Trialist mean the same thing and the
wording can be interchanged without changing the meaning. Trialist forms may be
found at SummerSizzler Trialist Form as well as the guest player section of this
7. TEAM ROSTERS
7.1 All teams are required to enter their completed
team list and identify any guest player(s) no later than June 6, 2019.
7.2 No changes to a teams’ roster can be made after
that teams’ first tournament game.
7.3 Players not on the team roster prior to the team’s
first tournament game are deemed ineligible.
7.4 Players cannot be registered on more than one
- The maximum number of players permitted on
a team roster may not exceed the limit imposed by the ASA
- NOTE: The Summer Sizzler will recognize any EMSA teams with
existing special dispensation to carry more players than regularly
permitted. Any non-EMSA team will have to submit a request letter and ASA
roster to the tournament coordinator who will submit on your behalf to
the EMSA North Board that they currently have a roster over the regularly
permitted number of players. The board decision will be final.
- All teams (except those registered with
EMSA North) MUST upload an official ASA roster in their
online account prior to their on-line roster function being activated.
Failure to do so will result in the withdrawal of your team without a
Please note: Absolutely no player registrations will be approved
at tournament headquarters, please ensure you have enough players prior to
entering the tournament.
8. OUT OF
PROVINCE TEAMS/NON-EMSA TEAMS
8.1 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
All out of province teams must submit travel sanction
forms with their roster on or before 4:00pm (MST) on May 24, 2019.
9. FORMAT OF GAMES
9.1 The length of games will be as follows:
U9/U11: 2 x 25 minute halves
U13: 2 x 30 minute halves
U15 – u19: 2 x 35 minute halves
9.2 Games may end in a
tie during Round Robin play; however, a game that requires a result will go to
“Kicks from the Penalty Mark.” See below for rules.
9.3 Each team
will play a minimum of three (3) games and medals will be awarded after the
9.4 The “Mercy
Rule” will be in effect for this tournament. No team will be given more than a
5 goal win differential. Tie breaking procedures will use stats after the mercy
rule has been applied e.g. If a team wins 6-0 they will receive credit for a
5-0 win and the 5-0 win will be used in the event tie breaking procedures come
9.5 All referees
are ASA certified or equivalent and are assigned by the tournament referee assignor.
Their decisions on their interpretations of the Laws of the Game are final.
Substitutions can be made on any stoppage in play, subject to the discretion of
the referee. There is no limit to the number of players that can be substituted
on the stoppage.
9.7 Teams are
permitted an unlimited number of substitutions during the game.
10. POOL FORMAT
Robin” play format and will have NO play-off games within a pool or between
pools. All tied games in Round Robin play format will stand.
pool format will have play-off games scheduled within a two-sided pool or
between pools. Ties will stand in the first round of game for
two-sided pools and/or the first round of pools that play off against another
games are defined as the final games in a two-sided pool or between pools that
play-off against one another, whose results determine Medal stands (Gold,
Silver, and Bronze). If a Medal Game results in a tie at the end of regulation
time, the kicks from the penalty mark will be used to determine the winner of
11. GAME SHEETS
Summer Sizzler game sheets will be used throughout the tournament and are
available to print off the website.
11.2 The player information you enter into the
website will print out automatically for you on your game sheet once the
schedule is completed.
sheets are to be completely filled out and given to the game official prior to
the kickoff of each tournament game.
11.4 Ensure all
players (including guest players, labeled as “guest”) are listed on the game
sheet prior to kick off. Any player not listed on the game sheet prior to kick
off will be deemed ineligible to play.
officials will collect game sheets from the game officials at the end of each
12. GAME BALLS
12.1 The home team is required to provide a minimum of two (2) suitable
game balls, as determined by the game official, which is as follows:
- U9/U11 SIZE 4
- U13-U19 SIZE 5
13. POINT SYSTEM
13.1 Points will be given as follows:
- A win entitles a team to three (3) points.
- A loss entitles a team to zero (0) points.
- A tie entitles each team to one (1) point.
- NO points will be awarded for shutout
13.2 In the event of a 2-Way Tie
the following will be used to break the tie:
- Head to Head
- Goal Differential
- Least Goals Against
- Kicks from the penalty mark (see section 22.1
for the rules)
13.3 in the event of a 3-way Tie
the following will be used to break the tie:
- Goal Differential
- Least Goals Against
- Penalty kicks or mini games determined by
the tournament committee
NOTE: Most goals for cannot apply due to mercy rule.
14. FORFEITING GAMES
14.1 Should any
team forfeit a scheduled game the opposing team will be awarded a final score
of three to zero, as well as three points.
both teams forfeit a scheduled game the final score will be recorded as N/S (no
score) and no points will be awarded.
15. ON-FIELD MEDICAL DISTRESS
occurring that require on-field medical attention will not result in
additional "makeup game time" being allocated.
15.2 If 50% of
the game has been played the game is considered legal and the score will stand.
15.3 If less
than 50% of the game has been played then the game will be cancelled and the
score set at zero for both teams.
16.1 If not
clear, the team mentioned first on the schedule is deemed the Home team.
16.2 In the
event that both teams wear like colors, the home team will be required to
change jerseys or wear pinnies as determined by the game and/or tournament
16.3 Scores and
team stats will be posted on the official Summer Sizzler website.
17. RULES OF PLAY
17. 1 This
tournament follows the FIFA Laws of the Game for U13 – U19 games. For U9 and
U11 games the EMSA modified U9/U11 Rules/Laws are follows. Links are below for
reference. EMSA North reserves the right to amend parts of these laws as outlined
within these tournament rules.
FIFA Laws of
the Game: IFAB/FIFA
Laws of the Game
U9 Rules of
Mini Soccer: Rules
of Mini Soccer
U11 Laws of the
EMSA modified Laws 8 v 8
Retreat Line Rule will be in effect for U9 and U11 games as explained in the
Rules/Laws above for the appropriate age group
players, coaching staff, assisting personnel and team supporters are expected
to obey the Laws of the Game involved with and respect all tournament
officials reserve the right to exercise use of the Laws of the Game for the
time period beginning immediately before, during and immediately after the game
and said authority extends to the area immediately surrounding the field of
play and includes the bleachers.
note: Foul or abusive language will not be tolerated. Threats and/or assaults
made towards any tournament officials during this tournament will generate an
immediate suspension pending the A.S.A. Discipline Committee action in
accordance with A.S.A. Rules and Regulations.
18. DISCIPLINE FOR U9-U19 TEAMS
18. 1 U9 Games
As there are no cautions/ejections in
this age group a referee may request a player sit out for a 5 minute “time out”
while the coach explains the behavior leading to the sit out request. It is
also expected that coaches substitute a player playing too aggressively so they
can have a discussion with that player. Should the behavior of this player not
change for the remainder of the game the referee may request the player sit out
the remainder of the game.
18.2 U11 Games
Cautions (yellow card) and ejections
(red card) will be given in these games as per the U11 Laws of the Game under
Rules of Play (section 7). However if a player is ejected the team will not
play shorthanded. The ejected player has to leave the team bench but can sit
with the parents/spectator area and watch the remainder of the game. They will
serve no additional sanction.
Any ejected player (red card) must immediately leave the
vicinity of the playing area and must not return to the team bench or playing
area at any time, including at the end of the match.
The discipline committee (the Referee in Chief, the Tournament
Director and one other board member) will decide the number of games the
ejected player will serve as a suspension. The ejected player cannot take part
in the team’s next game. If it is decided the player will be suspended for more
than one game, the team will be advised prior to their next game.
Any suspended player cannot be in the team’s technical area
(team bench) or warm-up with the team.
They can watch the game from the spectator’s area but cannot wear a team
Any player receiving a second ejection (red card) in the
tournament, must report to HQ immediately after their game along with their
coach, to HQ immediately after the game in which the second ejection occurred.
The player will not be permitted to participate in any further tournament play
and may face further disciplinary action.
It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that their
players serve their discipline during the tournament.
18.4 Coaches/Managers and
Other Team Officials
It is expected that all team officials behave in a
responsible manner and show respect to the referees, assistant referees and the
other team. In the event that a team official is ejected from the game the
following will be in effect
1. The Discipline Committee will decide if the ejected official
will be suspended from subsequent games in the tournament.
2. In the event of a suspension being administered the offending
team official will be advised prior to the next game.
of any tournament game results will be reviewed provided that the protest is in
writing and accompanied by the amount of one hundred dollars payable to the
Edmonton North Zone Soccer Association. The tournament headquarters must
receive written submissions within one hour of the protested game’s completion.
Protests in reference to the “Laws of the Game” and protests of decisions by
game officials will not be accepted.
ineligible players will result in the forfeit of any game the said player
participated in. Affected teams will be awarded a 3 to 0 score as well as three
20. AWARDS (MEDALS/TEAM SWAG)
A free tournament gift will be provided for each player in the
Gold, Silver and Bronze
(for the U9-U19 categories) medals will be awarded to the top three (3) teams
in each category.
Participation gold medals will be given to all U7 teams after
their last game.
21. FIELD LOCATIONS
21.1 All field locations are listed on the side of this page
under locations and will be updated regularly. You can view a Google map of
each match location by clicking on the short name of each location beside the
22. KICKS FROM THE PENALTY MARK
22.1 In the event of a tie where a result is needed (medals determination),
kicks from the penalty mark will be used to determine the winner of the match.
The procedure will be as per The Laws of the Game (LOTG) under Law 10 except
where the penalty mark distance is modified for U9 and U11 games. Further
information can be found at the following link.
A few reminders for
coaches/parents regarding this procedure -
Only players on the pitch at the end of the game are
able to take part in the penalty kicks, therefore unless being treated for an
injury they must remain on the pitch at the end of the game.
Coaches and players not taking part in the penalty
kicks must remain in their technical areas.
If a coin toss is not used to determine which end the
penalty kicks are to be taken from as per the LOTG, the goal used will be
chosen by the referee.
All parents, fans must remain outside the touch lines,
not behind the goal line and may not enter the field of play