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Rules for the 2021 Adam Schuster Memorial Soccer Tournament

31st Annual Mansfield Liederkranz
Adam Schuster Memorial Soccer Tournament
October 29, 30 & 31, 2021

This tournament is open to all properly registered players of all US Youth Soccer State Associations, US Club Soccer, USSF Affiliates and FIFA.


1. Divisions (The Tournament Directors reserve the right to combine Divisions as needed):
Travel Bracket
Recreational Bracket
Age Brackets

2. Eligibility (all FIFA rules apply except as shown)
Players are eligible for the following age groups:
Under 9 Born in 2013
Under 10 Born in 2012
Under 11 Born in 2011
Under 12 Born in 2010
Under 13 Born in 2009
Under 14/15 Born in 2008/2007

*In the case that age groups are combined, the following applies and players from the upper division may be added to the team roster as guest players. (For example, if a U9 team is combined into a U9/U10 age division, players born in 2013/2012 are eligible for play.)

Under 9/10 Birth Years 2013- 2012
Under 11/12 Birth Years 2011 - 2010
Under 13/14/15 Birth Years 2009 - 2007

Players may only be rostered on one team per age division.
No more than 3 carded players on U9-U10 teams and 5 players on U11-U14/15 teams.
Up to 20 players may be on a roster on any team ages U13 and U14/15 (only 18 players on the roster per game).
Up to 16 players may be on a roster on any team ages U11 and U12.
Up to 14 players may be on a roster on any team ages U9 and U10.

3. Guest Players
A maximum of 4 guest players are permitted on each team.
Guest players must be from the same USSF organization as the team requesting the guest players.
Guest players for OYSAN must be from OYSAN or have Out of State permission to play from OYSAN. The appropriate documents must be completed and downloaded or the player in question will not be permitted to play in the tournament. No Exceptions.

4. Team Registration and Procedures
All teams must register online. Each team is required to submit the online registration information by Sunday, October 17, 2021. All documentation for registration must be entered online as follows:
The roster waiver form must be completed and signed by coaches and player’s parents (1 copy).
The team league fall roster (1 copy) validated by state association or a federation organization member.
The guest player form must also be completed. Teams outside of Ohio North jurisdiction must provide proof of permission to travel.

5. Required Forms
The following forms (as well as the certified information above) must be carried by a team representative and must be available at the field for each game:
Player passes/cards (travel teams) or Birth Certificates for recreational teams for every player that is not previously registered. All copies of these identification cards for coaches and players (including guest players or club pass players) are issued by the team’s Federation Organization Member. All cards must be from the same organization member and there can be no mixing of cards.
Medical Release Forms for every player. Forms must be signed by the coach and all of the parents. A Concussion Certificate for all carded coaches is also needed.
Lindsay’s Law Forms for each player. Participating teams must have Signature Forms signed by both parents and players and have them on file (Out of State teams also need to be in compliance).
Infectious Disease Waivers for Coaches and Infectious Disease Waivers for Players. Coaches must sign their own waivers and each player’s parents must sign a player’s waiver.
The Ohio North Return to Activity Review and Compliance Waiver signed by a league or club representative.

Full payment of tournament fees must be received by the tournament committee or the team will not be permitted to play in the tournament. (No refunds after confirmation of the schedules).
If the Adam Schuster Memorial Soccer Tournament is cancelled by the Tournament Board due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all teams will receive a full refund of registration fees.

6. Non-US Youth Soccer State Association Teams and Players
Teams not affiliated with a US Youth Soccer Association must comply with the above guidelines and provide the necessary documentation as noted below:
Teams must provide proof of insurance from their member organization.
Teams must provide a valid team roster at registration and the roster cannot change during the tournament.
All travel players must have a laminated player pass with picture and date of birth.

7. Game Ball Information
Game ball will be round and made of leather or another FIFA approved material.
The home team will provide a game ball.
The Referee will make the final decision as to which ball will be used.

8. Uniform Rule
All teams must provide an alternate jersey. In the event of a conflict of jersey colors, the second team listed on the schedule (home team) will change uniforms.
All players must have uniforms with individual numbers listed on the shirt. (No two uniforms are permitted to have the same number). If two players have the same number, one player will not be permitted to play.
All players must wear shin guards with socks pulled over the shin guards.
Players’ shirts are to be tucked into their shorts.
No metal cleats permitted.
All equipment is subject to approval by the referee or field marshal.

9. Game Playing Time
Divisions U9, U10, U11, U12 will play two halves of 25 minutes each.
Divisions U13 and U14/15 will play two halves of 30 minutes each.
Final round games, at the discretion of the referee may be shortened due to time constraints.
(All overtime periods will consist of one 5 minute halves (Golden Goal)).
If a winner does not result from the overtime period, penalty kicks will follow.
The Tournament Director and/or referee will have the authority to end any game due to darkness. This is for the safety of all participants.

10. Laws of the Game/Substitutions
All games shall be played in accordance with FIFA Laws, except specifically noted by the following rules:
For all games and age groups there shall be unlimited substitutions permitted.
Substitutions may only be made with the referee's permission and players are to enter the game at the center line on the bench side of the field.
Either team may make a substitution with the referee’s permission at any stoppage in play or if the substituting player does not disrupt the flow of the line, including the following:
Before a goal kick by either team.
After a goal is scored by either team.
At halftime.
Any time in the case of an injury and only when the referee stops the play (one for one).
All subbing will be done with the referee’s permission.

11. Age Group Requirements/Adjustments
U9-Size 4 ball; Game format, 7 v 7
U10-Size 4 ball; Game format, 7 v 7
U11-Size 4 ball; Game format, 9 v 9
U12-Size 4 ball; Game format, 9 v 9
U13-Size 5 ball; Game format, 11 v 11
U14/15-Size 5 ball; Game format, 11 v 11

12. Forfeits
A maximum 5-minute grace period will be allowed after scheduled kick-off time before a game is awarded to an opponent.
Teams failing to field the maximum number of players listed below will forfeit the game.
Number of players needed to avoid a forfeit:
U9 and U10 - 5 minimum
U11 and U12 - 6 minimum
U13 and U14/15 - 7 minimum
Teams are expected to be ready to start the game on time, possibly with no warm-up time.
Failure to complete a match, or a team leaving the playing field of play, will result in an automatic forfeit.
No team that has forfeited a game will be declared a group winner.
If a team forfeits any game, the non-forfeiting team will be awarded 3 points, and the game shall be scored as a 4-0 win in favor of the non-forfeiting team. This score will be the official score in the case that goal differential is a necessary tiebreaker.

13. Blood Rule
Any player who is bleeding and/or has blood on any part of their uniform will be sent off the field by the referee. A substitution can be made. The player that was sent off may return once the bleeding is stopped and/or bandaged. The affected uniform must be changed or cleaned before the player re-enters the game.

14. Conduct
Players and coaches are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the Law, as well as the letter of the Law. Displays of temper, dissent by word or action against the opponent or referee, and retaliation of fouls are cause for ejection from the game. Players or coaches receiving one red or two yellow cards will not be permitted to participate in the next scheduled game. A referee or a tournament official can remove any coach or fan or player that is disturbing a match being played. If coaches or fans refuse to leave, the game will be forfeited.

15. Referees

16. Protests
All protests must be presented in writing to tournament headquarters within 30 minutes of the end of the game and must be accompanied by a $100.00 cash nonrefundable fee. Referee judgments will NOT be a basis for protest. Coaches wishing to file a protest shall notify the referee of this intention as soon as possible, but no later than 5 minutes after the end of the game in question. The Protest Committee’s decision is FINAL.

17. Inclement Weather
Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams MUST appear on the field of play, ready to play as scheduled. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the game. Only referees and/or the Tournament Directors MAY reduce the length of the game by 50%.
Games interrupted in the first half:
If time permits, play to completion.
If time permits, play to completion of at least the first half and record the score as complete.
If the first half cannot be completed, the game will be called a scoreless tie and each team will be awarded one point.
Games interrupted after the first half:
If time permits, play to completion.
If time does not permit, the game will be called complete and the score at the time of the interruption recorded.
In any event, games shall not be played past the scheduled start time of the next game due to weather delays.

18. General Rules
The Tournament Committee and the Mansfield Liederkranz Soccer Club will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team or club if the tournament is canceled in whole or part. However, a cancellation of the tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a full refund of team registration fees.
No refunds will be made to any participating teams if the tournament directors for any reason cancel a portion of the tournament in its entirety once tournament play has begun, unless the guaranteed minimum of 3 games is unable to be played. In such case, a refund of 1/3 the team's entrance fee per un-played game will be issued to the affected team or teams. The tournament will refund a team's entry fee in its entirety if it is unable to provide an appropriate age bracket in which to compete. If indeed the weekend is a total washout due to weather conditions, each team will only receive the total amount that the team submitted, meaning the team will NOT receive a refund amount for more than what they paid to enter the tournament based on the amount per game refunded.
The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament and its judgments are final.
Alcoholic beverages are to be confined to inside the social club or the patio area of the social club. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted outside of these areas.
Serious misconduct of coaches, parents, or anyone associated with a team can result in disqualification of the team from the tournament.
If a team must withdraw for any reason after Wednesday, October 27, 2021 there will not be a refund due to schedule changes, even if the team drops out due to COVID-19.

19. Tournament Standings and Tie Breakers
Division Standings or play-off positions will be determined as follows for U9 through U14/15 age divisions:
Most points scored by a team: Three (3) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie, and zero (0) points for a loss.
In the case of a three way tie, follow the tie breaking rules until one team has been eliminated and then restart tie breaking rules.
Winner of head to head matches
Greater goal differential (four goals maximum per game; -4 minimum).
Fewest goals allowed.
Most goals scored (maximum of +4 goals per game).
Shootout or coin toss as determined by the tournament committee.

20. Awards
First and second place individual awards will be presented in each U9 through U14/15 age group to the Winners and Runner-up in each division.

21. Semi-Final and Championship Games- TIES
In the case of a tie during semi-final and championship games, the teams will be given a 5-minute rest period following regulation play and immediately proceed with a maximum of one 5-minute sudden death (Golden Goal) overtime period.
If the teams are still tied at the end of the overtime period, the FIFA penalty kick procedure will be used to determine a winner.
Only the players on the field at the end of the overtime period are eligible for penalty kicks.

22. Special Rules for U9-U10
The opposing team must retreat behind the build-out line once the goalkeeper has possession of the ball in his or her hands. The opposing team must remain behind the build-out line until the ball is played from the goalkeeper from a throw, roll, or a kick. The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses may be called.
Offside will be called between the build-out line and the goal line. There will be no offside infraction between the midline and the build-out line. An offside infraction will be determined by the referee if there is an advantage gained by a player in an offside position when the ball is played.
Goalkeepers may not punt or drop kick the ball.
No pass backs.
No punting.
No heading balls.
Penalty kicks permitted only if it is a goal scoring opportunity.

COVID-19 Mandatory Guidelines


The Adam Schuster Memorial Soccer Tournament and the Mansfield Liederkranz are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of all tournament attendees.

Venues will designate spectator pathways to promote social distancing guidelines set forth by the Ohio Department of Health.
Four (4) foot boundary lines will be painted on the sidelines to distance spectators from the fields.
Spectators are to sit on the same sideline as their respective team. Teams will sit on opposing sides of the field to limit exposure to other teams and their spectators.
Markings and signage will be put in place to indicate appropriate social distancing in areas where lines may form.
Spectators are required to leave the fields immediately after gameplay to allow for new teams to enter. Spectators are only permitted to remain on the fields in the case of back-to-back games scheduled for their respective teams.
Members of a single household are permitted to sit together, however, all spectators should practice 6-foot social distancing while on the sidelines and at the venues.
Leisure seating is permitted while eating only as long as 6-foot social distancing is maintained.
Spectators must evacuate the parking lots as quickly as possible to limit exposure.

Signage and COVID Education
Markings and signage will be present to communicate the necessity of wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, and maintaining personal hygiene.
Additional information about COVID-19 and links to the Ohio Department of Health recommendations will be available on the tournament website homepage at

Facial Coverings
Employees, staff, and volunteers must wear a face covering at all times.
Spectators must wear face coverings at all times.
Players are not required to wear face coverings while on the playing field.
The only exceptions to facial covering requirements are the reasons stated in the Director’s Order for Facial Coverings throughout the State of Ohio signed July 23, 2020 or as it may thereafter be amended. Exceptions include young children and those with medical conditions which prevent them from wearing face coverings, although it is recommended that these spectators do not attend the tournament to avoid exposure.

Cleaning and Hygiene
There will be frequent cleaning of high-touch areas, including restrooms, concessions, and tables by staff members and volunteers.
Additional time will be added between games to allow for adequate cleaning.
Hand and general hygiene will be promoted with signage.
Procedure for cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19 will be enacted in the case of a positive test by anyone who has attended the venue throughout the course of the tournament.
Sanitization stations will be available for all attendees of the tournament.

Sick/Symptomatic People
It is the responsibility of any and all individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 to alert the tournament staff immediately.
Any person with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are advised to return home or placed in an isolated area.
In the case of a sick or symptomatic COVID-19 consistent individual, the following actions will be put into place:
The individual will be immediately isolated and advised to return home.
The individual will receive a referral to medical care.
The local public health department will be notified and cooperated with for tracing purposes.

Flexibility and Accountability
One individual staff member of the tournament will be designated to each venue to serve the function of enforcing safety guidelines.
The Tournament Board will remain in compliance with federal, state, and local mandates and guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Concessions and Retail Vendors
Consumer and retail service guidelines will be followed as set forth by the federal, state, and local mandates.
Concessions will provide individually packaged food which will be available for purchase by all attendees of the tournament.

Coaches and Players
Coaches are responsible for taking the temperatures of each player before games to ensure that no COVID-19 symptomatic players are playing in the tournament.
Players are not required to wear face coverings while on the playing field.
All coaches and players on the sidelines are required to wear face coverings and encouraged to practice social distancing.
Unnecessary contact between players, including high-fives after games, are not permitted.
Coaches and players are required to leave the field immediately after the conclusion of the game unless they are scheduled to play on the same field during the immediate following game. This means that coaches and players are NOT permitted to gather beside the fields before or after games.
Teams will not be permitted to switch sides at halftime or any other time during games.

*The Adam Schuster Memorial Soccer Tournament board and staff reserve the right to address any form of noncompliance with the aforementioned guidelines. In the event that an individual is asked to comply with federal, state, and local mandates and guidelines, it is expected that they act immediately. Any unwillingness or noncompliance will result in ejection from the tournament venues and may result in team forfeiture. The health and safety of all attendees is of utmost importance during this tournament.


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