SMSG 3 v 3 RULES AND REGULATIONS
- The Show-Me State Games Competition Coordinator and/or Tournament Officials reserve the right to bracket. Coaches will be made aware of any changes.
- Coaches associated with more than one team are encouraged to have alternates available to coach team(s) when schedule conflicts arise; schedule variations will not be made to accommodate coaches.
- Players may be added/deleted to your roster up until final check-in, after final check-in the team roster is frozen for tournament.
- A player must be rostered to be eligible to play in the competition and can be rostered to only one team for the competition.
- Females may play on a male team, but a male cannot play on a female team. Mixed teams will play in the male division of their respective age division.
- The maximum number of rostered players per team is 6. Minimum number of rostered players 3.
- Age of players is determined by the player's age as of August 1. Players must bring legal proof of age to the tournament, and must submit it when requested by any tournament official.
USSF Laws of the Game will be in effect unless modified below.
Players and Equipment:
- No jewelry of any kind may be worn. Any player observed by the referee to be playing while wearing jewelry must be substituted immediately.
- Use of shin guards is mandatory for all games.
- It is the responsibility of the home team (listed first on the schedule) to change uniforms in case of conflict and asked to do so by a game official. Each team should bring two sets of numbered shirts; each set a different color.
- U12 and below will play with #4 size ball, U13 and above will play with #5 size ball. The home team will be responsible for providing a game ball.
- A team consists of 3 fielders on the "pitch" with no goalkeeper.
- Teams will be on one side of the field with spectators on the other.
Manner of Play and Scoring
- All re-starts, free kicks, corner kicks, etc. are indirect. Opponents must be (5) yards away from the ball.
- On kickoffs, the ball may move forward or backwards on first touch. However, a goal cannot be scored on first touch.
- A goal cannot be scored directly from a corner kick.
- Out-of-bounds will be restarted by a kick-in and not a throw-in. A goal cannot be scored directly from an out-of-bounds kick-in.
- The ball must be struck or touched by any player from either team in the attacking half of the field for a goal to be scored.
- No Offside will be called.
- Slide tackling or any sliding near a player will result in a caution and yellow card unless it is determined by the referee that excessive force was employed in which case the player will be shown the red card and sent off.
- Unlimited substitution is allowed. Substitution can be done at any stoppage (except injury stoppage), or on the "fly". All substitutions will be done at "team side" mid-field line. The player coming off must be completely off of the field at the "team side" before the substitute player enters the field.
- A team can substitute for an injured player only, after referee calls stoppage of play for the injury. NO other substitution allowed at this time for either team until play resumes.
Length of Games and Overtime
- U6-U7-U8-U9-U10-U11-U12 - 12-minute halves with 5-minute halftime.
- U13-U14-U16-U18-Adult - 15-minute halves with 2-minute halftime.
- There will be NO overtime except for semifinals and championship games. Overtime will be a 5-minute period with the first goal scored determining the winner. If game is still tied the 5-minute period will be repeated until a winner is determined.
- Forfeit will be declared if a team fails to have (3) three players on the field (5) five minutes after the scheduled time, or at any time during the game unless ruled otherwise by the tournament director.
Goal Box and Goal
- The ball is considered in the goal box when the ball breaks the plane of the boundary lines of the goal box.
- A player is considered in the goal box if any part of the player's body breaks the plane of the boundary lines of the goal box.
- If a defensive player touches the ball while the ball is in the goal box or if a defensive player touches the ball while the player is in the goal box it will be an automatic goal for the offensive team followed by a kickoff at midfield by the non-scoring team.
- If an offensive player touches the ball while the ball is in the goal box or if an offensive player touches the ball while the player is in the goal box no goal will count. The defensive team will be awarded a goal kick.
- If an offensive and defensive player touch the ball while the ball is in the goal box or while both players are in the goal box in the continuation of the same play, a dropped ball will occur 10 yards outside the box.
- If the ball comes to a stop in the goal box, play will be restarted by a dropped ball 10 yards outside the goal box.
- Any player who moves or touches a goal in a manner determined by the referee to be unsporting will be cautioned and shown a yellow card.
Cautions and Ejections:
- A player who is cautioned and shown the yellow card must leave the field of play for 1 minute and can be substituted.
- A player who is sent off and shown the red card must leave the facility immediately. A player who is shown the red card can be substituted and the team will not play short.
- Players ejected from a match are ineligible to compete in the next scheduled game; this includes semifinal and final matches.
- Players may be ejected for the remainder of the tournament for violent or vulgar behavior.
- The home team is listed first on the schedule.
- Point system: 6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 1 point for a shutout, and 0 points for a loss. Forfeits will be recorded as a 3-0 win for the team present. The team must be present with a least the minimum number of players required to play a game within the time limitations, even if the team knows the opposing team will be forfeiting. A 0-0 tie will be recorded as a tie and shutout for each team.
- One (1) point will be removed from a team's point standings total for each red card issued against a member, player or coach, of the team. This rule applies anyone located within team's bench area.
- When bracket winners for regular semi-final berths, wild-card semi-final berths, medal winners (in one bracket division after round robin play), or bronze medal winners after semi-final play cannot be determined by point totals, the following rules will be used (in order given) to break ties:
1. Head to Head competition (skipped if teams did not play one another),
2. Fewest goals allowed,
3. Highest goal differential (maximum 3 per game),
4. Most shutouts,
5. Overtime play in format listed above.
*** Please note that for 3 team pools, only games played within the pool will count towards pool advancement
- Disputes will be settled by the tournament director. All decisions of the referees, with regard to facts and the Laws of the Game are final, and appeals with regard to such matters will not be heard. All other disputes will be settled by a protest committee, but must be filed in writing with the tournament director at the venue where game took place. The protest must be filed within 30 minutes after completion of protested game by the coach and accompanied by a fee of $30.00 cash. This deposit will not be returned unless the protest is upheld by the protest committee. Dispute forms will be available during the tournament from tournament director.
- It is the responsibility of the coach to check standings, scores, posted information, and other tournament communications at the official's tent at the venue where games took place. It is the responsibility of the team coaches to check score and sign the official referee's game card at the completion of the game.