2020 Oswego NIKE Cup Rules
Posted Jun 26, 2013

Oswego NIKE Cup 2020
Rules & Format
Updated February 7, 2020

Entry Fee

The entry fee per team for ages U13-19, $825.00 for U11-12 9v9, $725.00 and $525.00 for U9 and U10 7v7

Entry Deadline 

The entry deadline for all monies and paperwork is June 30, 2020

Refund Policy

Teams withdrawing after June 30, 2020 will forfeit their entire entry fee. All teams not accepted in to the tournament will receive a full refund.

Roster and Reporting

Prior to your first match, coaches or managers should report to tournament headquarters. At that time, tournament pins, programs, and any last minute information will be provided. The official tournament roster form must also be turned in at that time. USYSA and USSF Affiliate player passes will be checked as well. Games played without prior submission of the official roster and player cards will be forfeited. In the event of a protest in regard to the qualifications of participants, this roster will be used to compare your players and their proof of age.

Tournament Information

Each team will play a minimum of three games. Trophies and player medals will be awarded for first place and second place in each division. If a team is registered in the wrong age group, the team will play all games as scheduled. However, the team will be ineligible for trophies and/or advancement to championship rounds. Water, ice, and first aid kits are provided at each tournament site. These items will be located at the Field Marshall’s area. The Field Marshall will have access to cellular phones for use in case of emergency. Every effort will be made to have a licensed trainer at the tournament headquarter site. Souvenirs, t-shirts, concessions, and city maps are available at tournament headquarters or specified fields.  All teams must be registered through and insured by their state association or US Club Soccer. This is a USYSA and US Club Soccer  sanctioned event.


Lakeridge Junior High and  Lakeridge High School have limited parking.  Parking in the main school parking lots and in other recognized parking areas around the soccer fields is not restricted.


All matches will be played in accordance with OYSA and FIFA rules, with certain modifications.

Modifications for 7v7 and 9v9 games 

- No heading (if a player deliberately heads the ball the opposing team will be given an indirect free-kick at the spot of the infraction) (both 7v7 and 9v9 games)

- No punting or drop kicking by goalkeeper (7v7 games)

- Build out line for goal kick and when GK has ball in their possession. All players from opposing team must retreat behind this line. Once ball is played the opposition can enter the build out area. (7v7 games)

- Offsides is enforced at the build out line (7v7 games)


1) a player may be substituted on at a stoppage of play with the permission of the referee (2) For International purposes; if the age group is 15 & under, free substitution is allowed. For age groups 16 years and older, free substitution is allowed providing the tournament is not an official competition (but a friendly club tournament) and the age category does not include matches between national teams of CONCACAF member countries.

Age of Participants

Conformance to applicable age limitations is the paramount rule of the tournament. All age groups will be strictly enforced. Proof of age is required and shall be by USYSA identification cards, birth certificates, or an equivalent. Games successfully challenged because of age violation shall be forfeited.

2012-21 Age Groups will be used, it is the responsibility of the team to register in the appropriate age group. 

For example, players born in 2007 will play U14.
U19 players from 2019-20 are permitted to play if there is a Super Group typically consisting of U18/19 players.


Good sportsmanship is to prevail at all times. Coaches will be held responsible for the conduct of themselves, their players, players’ parents, and spectators. Each team shall have a coach present who is a responsible adult over 18 years of age. At no times shall foul or abusive language be tolerated. Coaches, players, parents, and spectators who are unwilling to control themselves will be cautioned and/or sent off the premises.


Teams will have uniforms with numbers. Teams shall have available an alternate set of jerseys in case ofconflicts. The first team shown on the schedule is the home team and will change jerseys in the event of a conflict as determined by the official. Shin
guards covered by socks are required for all players at all times.


A minimum of 7 rostered players is required to start a game. Players shall play for only one team during the tournament. All divisions will play 11 a side except U9/10 (7v7) and U11/12 (9v9). U10, U11 and U12 boys and girls will play with a size 4 ball. All other matches will be played with a size 5 ball.  If a team is not ready to play within five minutes of the designated starting time, the game may be declared a forfeit. Forfeits shall be reported as a 1 – 0 win. It is the responsibility of the referee to
report match scores to tournament headquarters or the Field Marshall immediately after each match.

Roster Sizes

Maximum roster sizes per game for 7v7 will be 14 players, 9v9 16 players, 11v11 18 players. You can have more on your 11v11 roster but only 18 can play in any given game.

Playing Times Play will be based on halves 

U9-10 7v7 & U11-12 9v9 25 minute

U13-15 30 minute

U16-19 30 minute

No overtime periods except for finals in the 11v11 age groups. Finals overtime periods will be two 5 minute halves.

Point System

3 points for a win
1 point for a tie
0 points for a loss


Ties in round robin play shall be broken in the following manner by order of precedence: In the event that two or more teams are tied in point totals their placement or advancement will be determined according to the following rules to first advance or second eliminate one team. The remaining teams will then restart the sequence with the head to head competition. Forfeit wins will be recorded as 1-0 win; however, for tiebreaking rules consideration, the goals scored and goals allowed for the forfeited game will be the average of the goals scored and allowed by the team in its pool play games.

Head to head competition  

Goal differential (maximum of +5 or –5 per  game) 

Goals allowed (maximum of 5 per game)

Goals scored (maximum of 5 per game) 

Red cards received (player or coach)  

Coin Flip 

Ties in semi-final matches will be followed by a penalty kick competition pursuant to FIFA tie-breaking procedure. Overtime periods will not be held (championship games only for set age groups).

Wildcards – wildcard teams that come from the same bracket will be moved to a set bracket for the semis, we do not want teams from the same bracket playing one another in the semifinals. If teams do not play the same amount of games we will use an average for points as well as goal differential.

Yellow / Red Cards

 Any player receiving a red card shall be disqualified from play for the remainder of the match and in the next scheduled match. Any player receiving two red cards during the tournament shall be disqualified from the remainder of the tournament. Red cards will be considered in tie-breaking procedures. Referees should report all red cards to tournament headquarters or the Field Marshall immediately following each match.


All protests shall be resolved by the Tournament Director(s). Protests with regard to judgment calls of the referee will not be allowed. Only misapplication of a FIFA law will be considered. Protests with regard to field, goal post, or other appurtenances of
the game shall be entertained, only if, written notice of such protest is provided to the referee and opposing coach prior to the game. Protests relating to qualifications of competitors or any other protest must be presented in writing to the Tournament Director(s) of Field Marshall within 60 minutes of the conclusion of the match along with a $100.00 non-refundable cash protest fee.


The Tournament Director(s) shall resolve all interpretation of these rules