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How many players can I carry on my rosters?

Teams may carry up to 6 players maximum on their roster (5-6 players recommended).

 

Can my team add a player during the tournament?

Rosters are frozen at the beginning of the team's first game. Players may not be added after that time.

Can my child play for 2 teams?

A player may play for one team only during an event. Dual rostering for a single event is not allowed. A player can play for multiple teams during the tour season but not during the same event.

When will the game schedules be available?

Event schedules are typically posted through the event information page by the Friday, January 20th night (2 days) before the tournament through the event's information page.

Can a goal be scored from anywhere on the field?

NO. The ball must be last touched (by either team) while in the OFFENSIVE half of the field. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick off. For a goal to be awarded during a kick-off, the ball must first be kicked completely crossed over the halfway line, into the offensive half of the field (If the entire ball is not completely within the offense half of the field when last touched, no goal will be awarded.

What are the rules about the goal box in front of the goal?

The rules regarding goal boxes in our rules section are below. Standing in or passing through the box is allowed. The box rule is only invoked if a player touches the ball when either any part of the player or the ball is in the box. The box area extends upward from the lines. Touching the ball in the air above the box is a violation.

GOALS & GOAL BOX: The goal box, 10-12' wide and 6-8' long, is located directly in front of the goal. No player may touch the ball within the goal box, however any player may move through the goal box. Any part of the ball or player's body on the line is considered in the goal box; the player is an extension of the box. If a defender touches the ball in the goal box, a goal is awarded to the offensive team. If the defender OR the ball is in the box and contact is made, a goal is awarded. If an offensive player touches the ball within the goal box, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. If the ball comes to a complete stop in the goal box, regardless of which team touched it last, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.

 

How are the goals scored during the game recorded and is there a scoreboard on each field that show the score during the game?

It is not possible to have a scoreboard for each field. The referee keeps track of the score on the Game Card which is given to the winning coach to bring to the score center after the game. To prevent scoring controversies (which are more common in 3v3 because of the fast-paced game and the high scoring), the referee is instructed to announce the score to both teams after each goal. Coaches are responsible for checking with the referee during the game to make sure that scoring discrepancies are caught before the score card is turned in. It is also important to review the Game Card with event staff when it is turned in for posting.

 

How can I tell if my team should enter in the Comp or Rec Division?

For U6, U7, and U8 age players there is no distinction, they are all considered Rec. For U9 and older age players, we use this definition:

Any 3v3 team that is created by a tryout or selection process based on the level of play/ability of players OR has one or more players who have played on a full sided competitive or select team in a club any time in the last 12 months is classified as a Comp team (guest playing may not count against a player's Rec status if it was not more than twice and as long as the player was not rostered to the team). All other teams are eligible to play in the Rec Division. Any team playing under the Rec status must submit a Verification of Recreational Status Form by uploading it to the team's turning it in during check in.

The definition of a full sided competitive team is one that has its roster selected by a tryout or selection process based on skill and level of play. The term "Full Sided" is to distinguish from 3v3 and applies to 6v6 and 8v8, as well as 11v11 since only the 6v6 and 8v8 formats are available to U9, U10, U11 and U12 players in many areas.

The key aspect of the definition of a comp player is that he or she plays on a team which has its roster selected through a process that is based on ability or level of play. U6/7/8 Divisions do not have separate Comp and Rec Divisions. All U6/7/8 age appropriate players playing on a U6/7/8 team are considered Rec players and do not need to submit a Verification of Recreational Status Form.

Special note applicable in June and July - Players that have been eligible to play Rec who try out for and make the roster of a Competitive Full sided team for the coming season will not be considered "COMP" players until that Full Sided team begins its League or season play. This specifically addresses players who are classified as rec players who try out in May, June or July for a team to play on in the Fall. Those players will retain their "Rec" status through the Challenge Sports 3v3 Tour Nationals in August.

What are the rules for "coed" teams? Can Girls play on Boys teams?

We have two gender categories for youth divisions (U6-u14). "Girls" Divisions can include only teams with only girls on the roster. "Boys/Coed" Divisions include teams with Boys and or Girls on the roster.

How do I get to the Park and Check-in Site?

We have a link on the tournament web page showing the location of the park and check-in site, if located somewhere other than the event location.

What happens if there are not enough teams of my gender/age/skill level to form a division?

GGS welcomes input from teams about how to best combine ages and skill levels when 1 or more division does not have enough teams to stand alone. We post entries over the weekend before the tournament, then on Monday and Tuesday we show teams in proposed Divisions so that teams can comment in time for adjustments. A mixed division leads to separate brackets as long as there are at least 2 teams of each age/gender/skill level will. When there is only 1 team of a certain age/gender/skill level, that team will be considered as the same as the closest other age/gender/skill level group in the Division for bracket play. If a team decides that the planned division does not look like it will present a good experience for the team, they can withdraw for a full refund as late as Tuesday at midnight. That way a team can see the teams they will be playing with in time to be able to withdraw for a full refund.

What happens in the case of bad weather?

We will do our best to accomodate and communicate with all coaches and team managers in regards to bad/inclement weather.

What are the requirements for uniforms?

Players must wear similar colored jerseys and each team must have a dark and light-colored set. Numbers are not required, and the jerseys do not have to be identical, just close enough so that it is obvious that the players are on the same team. Shin guards are required for all players.

What is the rule for a restart?

All restarts are indirect kicks, except for corners and penalty kicks. The rule defining when a kicked ball is in play after the first touch in a restart is the same from full sided soccer. Our rules do not alter that rule in any way. In the full sided game of soccer, the ball is considered in play when it is kicked and moved. The distance to be moved is minimal and the kick need only be a touch of the ball with the foot in a kicking motion or being dragged with the top or bottom of the foot. Simply tapping the top of the ball with the foot or stepping on the ball is not sufficient.

Shin Guards

All players are required to wear Shin Guards. Shin guards must be covered by a sock. Players without Shin guards will not be permitted to play.

 

Substitutions

Teams may substitute during any stoppage of play with the approval of the referee. All substitutes will enter the field at the midline. The player leaving the field may go directly to the nearest part of the team sideline.

Can a player play with a cast?

As a youth soccer organization in Florida, we choose to follow the guidelines of the US Club Soocer and Florida Youth Soccer Association as far as casts and braces go. In this case, orthopedic casts are not permitted; however, soft braces can be worn with written approval from a doctor and judgment as to safety is at the discretion of the referee.

What guidelines should I use for forming my team?

Teams are formed in many ways, everything from a group of neighborhood friends to a highly recruited group of players from widely different areas for serious competitive teams. One important guideline to follow is to have a group of players who are as closely grouped in age and skill level as possible. A team with players who are, for example U8, U9, U11, and U12 age will have to play U12 and the 2 younger players will be at some risk against older players. Similarly, a team made up of 4 rec players and 1 comp player must play in the comp division, and may likely be badly overmatched in most games.

 

What are the dimensions of the field and goals?

Fields for u6/7/8 are 30 yards long by 20 yards wide. U9 and older teams play on fields that are 30 yards wide by 40 yards long. These field sizes may be adjusted slightly smaller due to space restrictions. Goals are 4 feet high by 8 feet wide. Goal Box is 12 feet wide by 8 feet deep and center circles are 10 yards in diameter (5-yard radius)

How late can we enter teams?

The deadline (for guaranteed acceptance) is shown on the event's listing page. After that date, teams can still apply, however acceptance is not guaranteed. While we try to make it possible for all teams that apply to play in the event there are various circumstance that may not allow for late acceptance.

 

When you ask for the team's age group, what is this?

AGE DIVISION BIRTH DATES: To go along with US Youth Soccer, we will be using calendar birth years for the player's playing age for our events. The age division of a team in the event, will be based on the birth year of the oldest player on the team's roster. Also note that a player may play in a division older than his/her age, but not in one that is younger. In FYSA sanctioned events, "playing up" is limited to whatever the current FYSA guidelines state. In events that are sanctioned by GGS only, "playing up" is left to the discretion of the coach and parents.

What if we typically play up in age during events?

Playing up in age is fine for our events. The system does however have a 4 year age cap for players playing up in age divisions to be able to be added to the team's event roster. For these situations, the player can be added to the team, but it must be done from our side. To have the player added, you will need to contact us, so we can verify that the player's parents are aware of the age difference and are ok with them playing up.

What will I need to enter a player into the roster?

To add a player, you will be required to have the following information; the player's full name, date of birth, gender, competitive level, shirt size and an emergency contact number. We ask that you also please include an address and valid e-mail address for each player, but it is not required to add the player.

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