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Terms and
conditions

UNITED STATES

The following is a basic set of guidelines to ensure consistency in procedure, structure and conditions. All athletes and coaches must read.

LOCAL TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION CRITERIA

Player/Team Criteria

1. Players must be males or females between the ages of 14-16 by the start of the USA Gatorade 5v5 National Qualifier Tournaments commencing on February 2nd, 2019.  They can be no older than 16 years old on June 2, 2019.
2. Teams can only be entered into competition as pre-existing teams (informal or recreational teams are not allowed)
3. Teams must be made up of:
- 4 field players
- 1 goalie
- 1 substitute
- 1 coach (18 years or older)

4. A roster must have 6 (six) players total (no more, no less)
5. All players must be able to travel outside of the United States with a valid passport
6. All players must BRING TO THE TOURNAMENT their birth certificate and a state or federal picture ID.
7. To participate in the Global Finals, if your team qualifies, all players MUST have a valid passport with an expiration date of 6 (six) months or more from June 2nd, 2019. 
8. If a player does not have a valid passport, they MUST show proof of passport application process prior to playing the tournament.

Registration and Team Selection Process

The 2019 registration and team selection process for each Boys Regional Tournament and Girls National Qualifier will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 32 teams to complete Online Registration, provided each team then completes the remaining step (Registration Paperwork) in the registration process.

To complete the Registration Paperwork, the following paperwork must be completed by each athlete’s parent or legal guardian and each team’s coach and returned to the USA Gatorade 5v5 Team:
- Program Waiver
- Code of Conduct

Once a team fulfills these requirements, the USA Gatorade 5v5 Team will confirm their roster spot in the respective Regional Tournament by email.

For teams with a held roster spot in a field of 32 teams for their respective tournament by completing Online Registration who do NOT complete the necessary paperwork no less than seven (7) days prior to the start of their Regional Tournament will forfeit their spot to the next available team on the wait list.

LOCAL TOURNAMENT QUALIFIER PRIZES, STRUCTURE AND GAME RULES

Event Name

Venue

Location

Dates

Boys Western Regional

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, CA

February 2nd, 2019

Boys Southern Regional

University of Texas, Dallas

Dallas, TX

February 16th, 2019

Girls National Qualifier

Cadence Soccer Center

Joliet, IL

March 2nd-3rd, 2019

Boys Midwest Regional

Cadence Soccer Center

Joliet, IL

March 9th-10th, 2019

Boys Eastern Regional

Aviator Sports Center

Brooklyn, NY

March 16th, 2019

Boys National Qualifier

University of Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV

March 30th, 2019

Boys and Girls Global Finals

Butarque Stadium

Madrid, Spain

May 28th, 2019-June 2nd, 2019


Boys Regional Finalists Will Receive:
The top two teams at each Boys Regional will win a trip to the Boys National Qualifier in Las Vegas, NV. Prize includes coach flights to/from Las Vegas, all transport within Las Vegas to/from official events, lodging during the event (1 night), and all planned meals during the event.  Gatorade will provide these accommodations for only the winning teams (6 players + 1 coach). Players will stay in shared rooms with other members from their respective team, while coaches will have single-occupancy rooms. The coach will need to be the responsible guardian during the Boys USA National Qualifier of the members on their respective team. If any other family member(s) and/or friends wish to travel with the team, these costs will be the responsibility of the individual(s), and will not be covered by Gatorade as part of the prize. Additional costs not covered include anything not mentioned above and also not limited to: telephone calls, any meals or drinks outside of the meals planned at the event, souvenirs, etc.


Boys & Girls USA Championship Winners Will Receive:
The winning team at the Boys and Girls USA National Qualifiers will win a trip to the Boys and Girls Global Finals in Madrid, Spain. Prize includes coach flights to/from Madrid, all transport within Madrid to/from official events, lodging during the event, all planned meals during the event, viewing party of the UEFA Champions League Final for most countries*, opportunity for the overall Global tournament winning team to attend The UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid Match live on Saturday, June 1st, and sight-see with the official Gatorade team.  Gatorade will provide these accommodations only for the winning teams (6 players + 1 coach).  Players will stay in shared rooms with other members from their respective team, while coaches will stay in single-occupancy rooms. The coach will need to be the responsible guardian during the Boys and Girls Global Finals of the members on their respective team. If any other family member(s) and/or friends wish to travel with the team, these costs will be the responsibility of the individual(s), and will not be covered by Gatorade as part of the prize. Additional costs not covered include anything not mentioned above and also not limited to: telephone calls, any meals or drinks outside of the meals planned at the event, souvenirs, etc.


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:
     a. Minimum: 20 m x 30 m
     b. Maximum: 25 m x 35 m
4. Ball Size: 5 (Official UCL ball)

Rules of the game:

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 opponent’s goal –  the ball can only be returned to play by the defending team’s goalkeeper by foot.
14. All players are able to kick overhead height during normal play.  The goalie is also allowed to kick overhead height, but the ball must hit the ground before the ground before the half-way line. 
15. 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.
16. If a substitution is called - the substituted player must step off the pitch before the new player steps on the pitch - PLAY WILL NOT STOP.
17. If a player is injured during game play, a substitution may be made at that time.  The injured player may return to the game based upon coach and referee discretion. 
18. The goalkeeper may switch roles with another player, however this may only occur during normal substitution allowance at half time.
19. If more than one player is injured, bringing the team down to 4 or fewer players, the following actions will occur:
      a. 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.
      b. If a team is down to 3 or fewer players, the game will be forfeited and won by the team who has more players.
20. No slide tackles
21. 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.
      a. It is the responsibility of the individual event organizers and/or their appointed referees to discipline and apply consequences for players’ misconduct.
22. Yellow and Red cards will be used at the Referees discretion.
      a. Red cards will be given for a Professional Foul, including but not limited to:
               i.  A deliberate act of foul play intended to prevent a goal by the opposing team
               ii. Intentional contact with a referee
               iii. Aggressive or obscene gestures towards another player, referee or spectator
               iv. Consequence: Player is ejected for the remainder of the current game and will sit out the following game.
      b. Yellow cards will be given for penalties
               i. Consequence: 2-minute penalty
23. 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.
      a. No extra time to be played.
      b. Each team begins with 3x penalty kicks initially. 
      c. 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

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