This playoff will be conducted under the current FIFA Laws of the Game, AYSO National Rules & Regulations, Area Guidelines, following:


1.     A complete roster listing all players by team shall be submitted by the regional commissioner to the Area Director by date specified on Area Calendar.
Only those players listed on the approved rosters will be eligible to compete. Only those coaches and assistant coaches listed on approved rosters will be allowed to be listed on game card or be allowed to give instruction.

2.     Prior to the start of the playoffs the coach or his/her team representative will have team paperwork checked.

a.      Five (5) properly completed lineup cards in uniform order shall be presented to the playoff officials and shall include the names of all players, present or not, and an explanation of absences.

b.     Lineup cards will be compared to the official AYSO roster, and to the medical release (player registration) forms.

c.      Forms without an Esignature or original signature will not be accepted and the player(s) affected will be ruled ineligible to play until this is remedied.

d.     Playoff official will keep game cards and return to team representative the medical release forms

3.     In order to be eligible for league playoff competition a player must meet the eligibility requirements set in Section 5 of the Area 1U guidelines.

4.     All teams need to report for check-in at the check-in area at least 60 minutes prior to their scheduled first game of the playoff.  Each coach shall present themselves along with their entire team to the playoff officials for a player check and uniform inspection.  Coaches must have in their possession, at all times, a valid AYSO player medical release (registration) form for each player on the team.

a.      Once players have been checked in they will receive a bracelet that must be worn at all times.

b.     Players arriving late to their first scheduled game must be checked-in at the registration area prior to participating in a game.


Division          Playing Format

U10                        7v7
U12                        9v9
U14                      11v11


1.     We adhere to the AYSO dress code.  Every player shall wear a matching team uniform consisting of jersey, shorts and socks, as provided by the Region in accordance with AYSO Rules and Regulations.

2.     Commercially manufactured shin guards of the appropriate size are MANDATORY and must be worn under the sock.

3.     Metal braces, studs, earrings, hair ornaments and any other hard or metal jewelry or other objects are not allowed.

4.     If any player is found to be in improper uniform, it must be corrected at this time or the offending player(s) may not be allowed to play.

5.     In case of inclement weather, garments may be worn under uniforms provided they do not conflict with the color of the opposing team.  Bicycle/sliding shorts worn beneath regulation shorts should be the same color as the regulation shorts.  Black is an acceptable alternative.

6.     In case of color conflict the home team will wear scrimmage vests.


Teams scheduled to play the first game of the day are expected to help set-up the field one hour prior to the game time.  Those teams playing the last game of the day are expected to help take down the fields.  Teams not arriving at their scheduled time to assist with set-up or staying to help take down, and clean up shall be subject to disciplinary action.

E.     The team listed first on the schedule will be considered the home team and will have the choice of which goal they will defend.  The home team will occupy the north or east side of the field and provide a “game ball”.  Each team will also provide a back-up ball to be placed behind goal line next to goal

F.     Coaching is only permitted from your own team’s side of the field and is limited to two coaches within the coaching area.  The coaching area will extend approximately 10 yards from either side of the center line.

G.    Teams shall occupy opposite sides of the field.  All spectators must remain at least three (3) feet behind the touchlines and between the penalty areas and conduct themselves in an appropriate AYSO manner.  Spectators shall only engage in positive comments.  Spectators shall make NO comments to the referees.  Spectator conduct will be the responsibility of the coach who will work with the referee team to ensure POSITIVE, INSTRUCTIONAL, and ENCOURAGING sideline participation.


1.     Substitutions shall take place approximately half-way through each half, and at half-time

2.     No player is to play the entire game if a player is plays less than ¾.
Intentional violation may result in a forfeiture

3.     Substitutions shall be conducted in such a manner as to have minimum effect on the flow of the game.  The referees will keep the clock running during substitutions

4.     Substitutes entering the field shall not enter until the player they are replacing leaves the field.  Players leaving shall report to the assistant referee at the halfway line.  This process should take less than 30 seconds.

I.      FORMAT

  1.   Preliminary Pool Play
    Under 14 – two (2) 25 minute halves
    Under 12 – two (2) 20 minute halves
    Under 10 – two (2) 20 minute halves

Tie games will stand

a.      POINT SYSTEM:  An accumulated point system will be used as follows for pool play:

6 points for a WIN
3 points for a tie
0 points for a LOSS
1 point (up to 3) per goal,(win or lose)
-2 for player, coach, or assistant coach ejection
7       points for a forfeit (recorded as 1-0)

b.     If a team plays a match using a suspended or other ineligible player, with the result being a win or tie to the offending team, the match shall be deemed a forfeit.

c.      Point ties to determine advancement to semi-finals will be broken on the following basis:

1)     head-to-head play
2)     fewest send offs
3)      goals allowed
4)     goal differential (max 3 per game)
5)     coin toss

The first place team in each pool group will advance to the semi-finals

2.          Semifinals and Finals will be single elimination.  The duration of the games will be full length in accordance with National Rules and Regulations.

U14 – Two (2) 35 minute halves
U12 – Two (2) 30 minute halves
U10 – Two (2) 25 minute halves

a.      Should a tie exist at the end of regulation play, the winner shall be determined by taking kicks from the penalty mark as follows:

Only those players on the field at the end of the game may take part in the shots from the mark shoot-out.  None of these players may be exempted from taking a kick if the number of kicks required to be taken equals or exceeds the number of players on the field.

Should a team finish the match with a greater number of players than their opponent, they must reduce their numbers to equate with that of their opponent and inform the referee of the name and number of each player excluded.

Players participating in the taking of penalty kicks shall be positioned within the center circle during the shoot-out.

The referee shall choose the goal at which penalty kicks shall be taken.

A coin toss shall determine who kicks first.  The home team tosses the coin and the visitor calls heads or tails.  The winner of the toss must kick first.

Each team shall alternately take up to five penalty kicks at the same goal; a different player shall take each kick.  The team scoring the most goals (best of five) shall be declared the winner.

Should both teams score the same number of goals, the kicks shall continue in the same order (each kick being taken by a different player until all eligible players of each team, including the goalkeeper, have each taken a kick) until such time as both teams have taken an equal number of kicks (not necessarily five) and one team has scored a goal more than the other.  This team shall be declared the winner.

The goalkeeper may be changed after any kick.

If both teams have taken fewer than 5 kicks, but one team has scored more goals than the other could, even if it were to take its 5 kicks, the taking of penalty kicks shall cease, and the team with the most goals is declared the winner.

b.     Medals will be awarded to the 1st through 4th place teams.

c.      Champions and 2nd place teams in those division in which Area 1U is awarded a wild card will advance to the Section League Playoffs.


1.      All games shall be played as scheduled and only the referee in charge, the playoff director, the area staff or their respective designees, shall have the authority to cancel any game.

2.     In case of failure to play a regularly scheduled game, the offending team shall lose said game by a score of 1-0

3.     A minimum of seven (7) players for U14, six (6) players for U12 and five (5) players for U10 shall constitute a team.  A scheduled game shall not commence nor be continued if one or both teams cannot field at least the above number of eligible players.

4.     A fifteen-minute grace period shall be allowed by the referee in charge of the game.  This period commences at the scheduled kickoff time of the game or when the field becomes available, after which the referee will cancel the game if one or both teams are not ready to play.  Matches starting late but within the allotted 15-minute grace period will be shortened by the number of minutes the match is late, and will continue to be divided into two (2) equal playing halves.

5.     In case of inclement weather, teams are still expected to show up the field unless otherwise informed.  The decision to play or not play shall be made by the Area Director, head referee or their designee.


a.      Cautions:  Though not required, it is strongly recommended that the coach or acting coach substitute any player receiving a caution.

b.     A Team member, coach or assistant coach sent-off or ejected for other than violent conduct, before during or after a game, including a send-off for receiving a second caution in the same match, shall be suspended from all participation in the current and next scheduled played match.

c.      For each subsequent red card/ejection received by a player there will be a minimum 2 game suspension.

d.     A Team member, coach or assistant coach sent off for violent conduct shall be suspended from all participation for two (2) of the next scheduled played games and may be subject to further action pending review by the Area Board.  Anyone who falls under this category may not be eligible to continue to participate in the Area 1U Playoffs.

e.      Any player or coach who is sent off (red card) or ejected for fighting during the regular regional season, regional playoffs or area league play, or area playoffs will be suspended for 4 games and will be ineligible to continue to participate in the area playoffs or the Section playoffs.

f.      If at any time a fight breaks out on the field, ALL of the players and substitutes are instructed to IMMEDIATELY go to their sideline and remain there.  Players or substitutes who fail to do so may be suspended for one or more games.

g.     A player who has been sent off shall be required to take his/her jersey off or cover it and sit behind the team so as to prevent disharmony until the end of the game. The Coach or acting Coach shall ensure that a player who has been sent off participates no further, whether by word or action, including the end of the game handshake.

h.     A Coach, assistant Coach, or acting Coach who has been expelled must leave the vicinity of the field of play. The referee shall not allow a match to start or continue without a team’s properly credential Coach, Assistant Coach, or acting Coach in attendance.

i.       Suspensions shall be served in the next scheduled played match(es) including, if applicable, Section playoffs.  All disciplinary suspensions are in full force and effect until fully served.

j.       A suspended Coach may not attend any match he/she is suspended from.

k.     It shall be the responsibility of the Coach, or acting Coach to ensure that any suspension is served regardless of whether the referee fails to note it on the line-up card or write up a match report in a timely matter.  A Coach violating this provision shall be suspended for the next scheduled played match.

l.       Additional Disciplinary Action

1)     Any player, coach, or assistant coach involved in violent conduct, offensive, insulting or abusive language, dissent or unsporting behavior or gestures before or after the match may suspended by the Area Director and subject to additional disciplinary action based on further review by the Area Review Board.  Area 1U Board Members and Regional Commissioners have the authority to act as necessary to forestall or diffuse potentially difficult situations.

2)     A Coach who withdraws his/her team from a match in progress without consent of the referee will be subject to further review.

3)     Ejections will carry over from prior league or playoff play.

m.   If a game is terminated prior to completion, the outcome/standings shall be determined by the Area Director, Area Referee Administrator, and Area Coach Administrator or designees.

n.     Artificial noisemakers such as air horns, cow bells, drums, megaphones, etc. shall not be allowed.  Electronic devices used to communicate between the players and coaches or spectators shall not be allowed.

o.     No Smoking will be allowed at the fields.

p.     No animals of any kind are allowed at the fields, except for service animals (seeing-eye dogs).