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Tournament Rules

Turkey Shoot 2018


This tournament is sanctioned by Washington State Youth Soccer Association. WSYSA Rules of Competition shall apply, except as mentioned below.


All teams must check in at the Tournament Headquarters by 1 pm on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (There is NO check-in on Friday. If you have a Friday game, you will play the game and then check your team in on Saturday.) The coach or team manager is the only one that needs to come to check-in.

  • U9-U16 Tournament Headquarters: Kasch Park - 8811 Airport Road, Everett, WA 98204

Failure to check-in on time may cause your team players to be ineligible tournament participants. Teams with ineligible players will not receive any points for games.

To check-in you will need:

  • A team roster that has been electronically submitted through Stack Sports (formally known as Bonzi/Blue Star) and is complete, including any guest players.


  • A team roster with player names, birthdates and jersey numbers signed by your club's registrar.

All rosters must clearly identify guest players, and all guest players must be age appropriate and be duly registered with Washington Youth Soccer or other affiliated organization.


  • Signed medical release forms for each participating player, including guest players. These will be checked and returned to the coach/manager. Each team must have signed medical releases with the coach on the field of each game.

Medical Release forms can be from your fall season or can be downloaded from the MYSC Turkey Shoot website. Players without signed medical release forms on record will not be allowed to play (all ages).

U11 and up teams without a valid roster or medical release forms are ineligible to earn points. Mod teams (U10 and under) without a valid roster or medical release forms may be replaced by another team or the child without a signed medical release will be prohibited from participating in the tournament.


All players must be eligible for the age bracket in which they are playing and must be registered through WSYSA or affiliated organization. NO NPSL, SELECT or PREMIER PLAYERS ARE ALLOWED.

Teams formed by a try-out and/or selection of players based on a try-out may not participate.

Rec. teams competing in Select Leagues are not allowed. Teams competing in recreational-only programs are the only type of teams allowed.

Any player not listed on the team roster in possession of the tournament director at the time of check-in is an ineligible player. Ineligible players may cause the team to forfeit their points in any game the ineligible player participated at the discretion of the director of judicial. Other discipline sanctions may be applied.


No more than five guest players are allowed per team, without prior authorization from the tournament. All guest players must be clearly marked on the team roster.

Guest player requirements include:

  • The player is a recreational league player.

  • The player is duly registered with WSYSA or an appropriate affiliate.

  • The player must be the same age or younger than the team they plan to guest for during Turkey Shoot.

  • The player cannot play on more than one team in the tournament.


Schedules will be posted online on the tournament website: Turkey Shoot Website. Coaches are responsible to review their schedule carefully as many locations are used. Check schedules as close to game start time as possible in case of a last-minute field change.

Teams not ready to play within 5 minutes of a scheduled start time may be required to forfeit the game. You must have a minimum of 7 players (U11 - U16) and a minimum of 4 players (U09 - U10) to begin a game.


Please refer to the Turkey Shoot Tournament website for the most current information during the tournament.

There will be tournament volunteers at most venues throughout the tournament. They will try to answer any question or find the person who can help. For additional questions or information, please call the tournament director: Eric Christensen (425-870-3006).


The size and composition of divisions in each age group will be determined by the tournament director and game scheduler. Age groups may be combined if there are insufficient teams in one age group to form a division. Submitting an application prior to the published deadline does not guarantee acceptance into the tournament.


Coaches are responsible for knowing the rules of the tournament. Referees, field volunteers, and other tournament volunteers will be available to answer questions but may not know all the rules. The rules are available on the Turkey Shoot website and in the rules booklet given to coaches at check-in.

Coaches are responsible for communicating tournament rules to their players, parents, and other team members who will be present at the tournament. Coaches are responsible for knowing their game schedule times and locations. Field addresses are available on the Turkey Shoot website link "Field Locations."


The team listed first on the schedule is the home team. The home team has the choice of sidelines and responsibility to change jerseys in the event of a color conflict.


Game balls will be provided by the tournament and brought to the fields by the referees or other tournament staff.


Our referees will be supplied by the North Chapter Referees Association and assigned by the Referee Assignor for the Mukilteo Youth Soccer Club. Referees will be assigned for many games and may be delayed by travel time when moving from one field to another. If a referee is not available within 5 minutes of the scheduled start time, the coaches are to select a mutually agreed person to referee the game and begin the game. This is a recreational tournament; please treat all referees with respect. Teams who continually challenge referees' decisions or otherwise abuse a referee may lose their points and be ineligible for awards. Teams that are unable to control their sidelines may be asked to leave the tournament. It is the coach's responsibility to communicate this to his/her sidelines and control their sideline behavior.


Teams that accumulate four yellow and/or four red cards or a combination of four yellow and red cards need to report to tournament headquarters immediately after the game in which they received the fourth card or second red. The judicial committee may disqualify teams the remainder of the tournament upon this misconduct review.

At the conclusion of each match, the referee will give the names and jersey numbers of each player cautioned (yellow card) and/or sent off the field (red card) to the disciplinary director and/or referee assignor. Players/coaches sent off the field for misconduct shall (at least) be suspended from the next scheduled game. The circumstances of the red card shall be reviewed by the judiciary committee to determine if additional disciplinary action is warranted.


  • U9 & U10: 7 v 7, teams play 2-25 minute halves and 5 minutes between halves. Max roster size is 12 (including guest players).

  • U11 & U12: 9-a-side teams play 2-30 minute halves, 5 minutes between halves. Max roster size is 14 (including guest players).

  • U13 and up: 11-a-side teams play 2-30 minute halves, 5 minutes between halves. Max roster size is 18 (including guest players).

Teams that have more than the allowed roster size may ONLY suit up the roster size for the match they are playing. Teams that roster more than the allowed roster size may forfeit their match and lose their points.

All games must start on time! Referees may adjust game times if there is a late start to maintain the tournament game schedule. Referees will do their best to slightly shorten successive games (if possible) to avoid severely shortening a single game later in the day.

  • All U11-U16 teams are guaranteed three games with the possibility of a fourth game if the team makes it to the championship.

  • All U9-U10 teams play three games jamboree style and are guaranteed a fourth "like vs like" game.


A formal game protest must be made by the coach at tournament headquarters. Game protests can only be filed if the protest pertains to a violation of the FIFA Laws of the Game. Protests involving referee judgment calls will not be considered. Valid formal protests will be considered by the tournament director and/or judiciary committee. Consideration of a formal protest may or may not result in a change or correction to the game being protested. Protests must be accompanied by a $50 non-refundable fee and a completed protest form. The tournament committee shall adjudicate all protests, disputes, or abandoned games.

The tournament committee is empowered to issue appropriate penalties necessary to obtain compliance with the spirit and intent of the tournament, up to, and including, disqualification of any player, coach, spectator, or team from further participation in the tournament. The tournament committee and/or judiciary's decision is final. There is no appeal process. Questions of player qualification should be directed to the tournament director in person at the tournament headquarters.


In the event a field is ruled unplayable by a referee, referee assignor, or tournament director, the game will be moved to another location or scheduled for a different time and/or location. Tournament officials will do their best to notify coaches and teams as soon as possible. Depending on the situation, affected games may be shortened or otherwise modified.


Game sportsmanship and positive attitudes from tournament staff, coaches, players, referees, and families will make the Turkey Shoot memorable and rewarding. Displays of poor sportsmanship made by ANYONE on or near the field of play, before, during or after a game will not be tolerated and could be subject to disciplinary action at the tournament director's discretion. Coaches are RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT OF HIS/HER PLAYERS AND SIDELINE.


  • In case of emergency on the field, call 911 and then notify a field official or call tournament headquarters.

  • The Field Observer has the authority to ask any person to leave the field that is disrupting a match through irresponsible behavior or violating a tournament rule.

  • No alcohol or smoking is allowed at any facility used as part of this tournament.

  • No pets allowed on the field except those needed for assistance (such as guide dogs). People with pets will be REQUIRED to leave the game field and may only return without the pet.

  • Park in designated parking areas only. Do not block driveways or drive onto the field.

  • Each team must check their sideline after each game for left items and garbage. Garbage and recycling containers should be easily located at each venue.

  • The team that is designated HOME will choose which sideline they want to occupy. The VISITOR team will occupy the opposite sideline. Spectators will occupy the same side as their team. Exceptions to this are at (1) Kasch Park 1--teams on the same side and spectators on the other side), (2) Kamiak HS turf field and (3) Goddard Stadium--teams on opposite sides and spectators in bleachers.


Pets are not allowed at any tournament facility during tournament time. Tournament rules supersede park rules that may allow pets. Keep the pets at home. They may not be walked between games, outside the field, or in a car or parking area. Teams who bring pets to the game can lose their points for the game in which the pet is present. Pets that are needed for medical assistance i.e., guide dogs are allowed.


U11 and above will play a tournament format. For all U11-U16 age groups, scores will be reported by text to (425) 870-3006 after each match. (See Reporting Scores section at end of rules for specific instructions.)

U9s and U10s will play a jamboree format. However, there will be a fourth game played on Sunday based on the tournament's best attempt to have "like vs. like" opponents.

Every U9 and U10 player will be given a participatory medal from his/her coach after the last game on Sunday.

The purpose of this format is to maximize the number of games for all of the younger participants and to promote "like vs. like" competition without over-emphasizing scores and results.

U9/U10 (7v7):

  • (2) 25-minute halves

  • No slide tackling. (IDFK to the opponent for the infraction if no DFK Foul)

  • Build Out Line*: Halfway between penalty area line and the half line.

  • Offside to be enforced between the opponent's build out line and goal line.

  • No goalkeeper punts or dropkicks. (IDFK to the opponent for the infraction)

  • Direct free kicks for contact fouls. Opponents must be 8 yards away.

  • Penalty kicks will be awarded. Penalty kick distance is 10 yards.

  • Throw-in: Conform to FIFA…no retakes.

  • No goal scored directly from kick off.

  • No heading of the ball during play. (IDFK to Opponent for Infraction)

* For the purposes of competition, attackers may cross the build-out line only after the ball is "In Play".
1) The
ball is "In Play" from a goal kick when the ball leaves the Penalty Area.
2) The
ball is "In Play" from Goalkeeper Possession when the Goalkeeper releases the ball from hands.

U11/U12 (9v9):

  • (2) 30-minute halves

  • Build Out Line: No

  • Offside Enforced at Halfway Line (FIFA)

  • Goalkeeper punts and dropkicks are allowed.

  • Direct free kicks for contact fouls. Opponents must be 8 yards away.

  • Penalty kicks will be awarded. Penalty kick distance is 10 yards.

  • Throw-in: Conform to FIFA…no retakes.

  • A goal can be scored directly from kick off.

  • No Heading of the Ball during play for U11 players (IDFK to the opponent for the infraction).

  • U12 players are allowed to head the ball during play.

U13-U16 (11v11)

  • Rules will conform to WSYSA Rules of Competition, except there are (2) 30-minute halves.


Substitutions may be made, with the consent of the referee, during any stoppage of play. The number of substitutes shall be unlimited per substitution. Players shall enter at the halfway line for expediency.


  • 6 points for a win
  • 3 points for a tie
  • 0 points for a loss
  • 1 point for each goal scored, up to 3 goals per game
  • 1 point for a shutout
  • 8 points for a forfeit, will be recorded as a 1-0

Ties: In the event, teams are tied on points after the preliminary round, the tie will be broken by the following factors (in order):

  • Winner of head to head competition
  • Fewest goals against
  • Most goals scored (max 3 goals per game plus 1 point for a shutout)
  • Goal differential (goals for minus goals against)
  • Coin toss

REPORTING SCORES (U11-U16 teams only):

Coaches are required to report their score to tournament headquarters within 30 minutes of the end of the game.

Report scores by texting (425) 870-3006 in the following format:

  • Game Time
  • Field
  • Gender/Age
  • "Home Team Name" score
  • "Visitor Team Name" score

Example: 6:00 pm Mariner Turf BU14 Green Gators 4 Blue Dragons 6

The team names need to match the names as shown on the Turkey Shoot schedule. Each coach of every game must report scores, so they can be verified.


Each age group U11 and above will culminate in a championship game. The winner of the championship game will be the Turkey Shoot champion for their age group. Championship game eligibility is different depending on the number of teams in each age group.

  • Single Division: The championship will be between the two teams with the most points from divisional play. See above for tie-breaker rules.

    1. Divisions with a five-team group will play four games, and the top two teams with the most points at the end of four games will play in the championship match.

    2. Divisions with a seven-team group will play two games each in the preliminary round. Based on the standings after the preliminary round, the first place team automatically qualifies for the championship game. The 2nd and 3rd place teams play a semi-final game and winner moves on to championship game. The 4th - 7th place teams each play a consolation game (4 v 5, 6 v 7).

  • Two Divisions: The championship game will be between the top point earners from each division. See above for tie-breaker rules.

  • Three Divisions: Four teams (the three divisional winners and the 2nd place team with the most points from all divisions) qualify for a semi-final game. The winners of the semi-final games will play in the championship game.

Points earned previously in the tournament don't carry through to any consolation, semi-finals or championship games.

Tie games in the semi-finals (if applicable) and finals will play (2) five minute "Golden Goal" overtime periods. If the score is still tied, the winner will be determined by kicks from the mark.


Trophies will be awarded to the champions and 2nd place finalist teams for each age/gender group. Trophies will be awarded at the tournament headquarters immediately following the championship game.

  • All U11-U16 teams that made it to a championship game need to go directly to headquarters after your championship game to receive your team trophy and individual medals for the players. Any team who fails to show up at headquarters for their award will be responsible for obtaining their team's 1st or 2nd place trophy and medals.

  • All U9 and U10 players will receive their participatory medal from their coach immediately following their fourth game.


Contact our tournament director, Eric Christensen: eric@mysc.org or call tournament headquarters at (425) 870-3006 in case of emergency. You can also email our registrar, Jamie Wright: jamie@mysc.org.