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The following is a basic set of guidelines to ensure consistency in procedure, structure and player skill level across markets.


  1. Players must be males or females between the ages of 14-16 at the time of competition.

    1. They must be at least 14 by FIRST DAY OF LOCAL PLAY. They can be no older than 16 on May 29, 2020.

  2. Teams can only be entered into competition as pre-existing teams. (Any players who has participated in any professional level match is forbidden to enter the competition.)

  3. Teams must be made up of:

    1. 4 field players

    2. 1 goalie

    3. 1 substitute

  4. A full roster must have 6 players total (no more, no less)

  5. Markets will only send ONE team to the Barcelona Finals – the Winner of the Local Tournament.

    1. Teams will be accompanied by 1 Coach PER TEAM and 1 Brand Representative PER MARKET to Barcelona (Brand Representative is provided by Gatorade).  Markets that have both a girls and boys team will share a Brand Representative.  

Tournament Structure

Local & Global Tournament Play will have a group play format in which winning teams progress to knock-out stages (i.e. quarterfinal, semifinal, final).

Games will follow the following regulations. 

  1. 5 players per team on the field.

  2. Timing: 10-minute halves / 5-minute half time

  3. Field Size:

    1. Minimum: 20 m x 30 m 

    2. Maximum: 25 m x 35 m

  4. Ball Size: 5 (Official UCL ball size)

 Game Rules

  1. During all games, players must not wear jewelry. 

  2. During all games, players must wear shin guards.

  3. Players can enter the D-box during normal play.

  4. Pass-backs to the goalkeeper during normal play are allowed.

  5. The goalkeeper can pick up the ball with his hands if the ball is played to him by the attacking team. He can pass the ball with his hands providing the ball always bounces before the halfway/midfield line.

  6. The goalkeeper must pass the ball with his feet if the ball is played to him by his own team.

  7. Players may shoot from kick off.

  8. Players can score from anywhere on the field. However, they cannot score directly from a kick-in.

  9. Penalty kicks are taken from 8 yards. Players are allowed up to two steps prior to kicking.

  10. When re-starting play from the sideline, the ball must be returned to the field by foot ONLY.

  11. If a member of the defending team kicks the ball off behind his own goal, a corner ball will be awarded to the attacking team. 

  12. All corner balls are to be played by foot ONLY.

  13. If a member of the attacking team kicks the ball off behind the opponents goal – the ball can only be returned to play by the defending team’s goalkeeper by foot or hand.

  14. No time-wasting. A 5-second rule will be implemented for mid-game stops or time outs. The referee will use their hand to count down from 5.

  15. If a substitution is called - the referee must allow the substitution and the substituted player must step off the pitch before the new player steps on the pitch - PLAY WILL NOT STOP. 

  16. If a player is injured and game play stops, a substitution may be made at that time, if the referee allows.  The injured player may return to the game based upon coach and referee discretion. Otherwise the substitution of the injured player would occur without play stopping, as implied by Rule 15.

  17. The goalkeeper may switch roles with another player, however this may only occur during normal substitution allowance at half time.

  18. If more than one player is injured, bringing the team down to 4 or fewer players, the following actions will occur:

    1. Teams with 4 available players will continue to compete against a 5-person team. They will be granted an additional 1-minute hydration break per half that is played 4 v 5.

    2. If a team is down to 3 or fewer players, the game will be forfeited and won by the team who has more players.

  19. No slide tackles

  20. If a player hits, punches, or otherwise purposefully harms another player, whether on or off the pitch, the player will be disqualified from the tournament.

    1. It is the responsibility of the individual event organizers and/or their appointed referees to discipline and apply consequences for players’ misconduct.

  21. Yellow and Red cards will be used at the Referees discretion.

    1. Red cards will be given for a Professional Foul, including but not limited to:

      1. A deliberate act of foul play intended to prevent a goal by the opposing team

      2. Intentional contact with a referee

      3. Aggressive or obscene gestures towards another player, referee or spectator

      4. Consequence: Player is ejected for the remainder of the current game and will sit out the following game.

    2. If a player receives two yellow cards during two different matches, they will automatically be suspended from his/her team following the match.

      1. However, any single yellow cards received during the tournament will be annulled for the knock-out stages. 

    3. If a player is sent off as a result of a direct or indirect red card, they will automatically be suspended from his/her team following the match. In addition, further sanctions, like a permanent suspension, may be imposed.

  22. During the knock-out stages, in the event of a tied game (equal scores: 0-0, 1-1, 2-2, etc) at the end of the 2nd half, the winner is decided with a penalty shoot-out. 

    1. No extra time to be played. 

    2. Each team begins with 3x penalty kicks initially.  

    3. If the score is still equal after 3x penalty kicks for each team, penalties then go to ‘Sudden Death’ format.

Tournament Scoring
During the group stage, at the end of each game, teams will be awarded 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss.

The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:

  1. Greatest number of points obtained in all group matches

  2. Goal difference in all group matches

  3. Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches

The two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:

  1. Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned

  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned

  3.  The difference in number of penalty cards each team received

  4.  Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned.