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Tournament Rules

Tournament Rules

        16th Annual SD Cup        
Tournament Rules                      
The tournament will be governed under NIRSA Tournament rules with the following modifications.        
Each team will play a minimum of 3 games, the winners of each group Final depending on Division        
The Championship Trophy will go to the winner                  
The tournament point system:                    
Win = 3 points                      
Tie = 1 points         All results and updates will be posted at    
Loss = 0 points                      
Forfeits = The winning team is awarded a 3-0 win.                
Tournament Tiebreakers for Pool Play Only:       Tournament Tiebreaker for QF, Semifinals and Finals:  
1-Head to Head Competition         No overtime, direct to penalty kicks.    
2-Goals Against           Winner is best of 5 kicks unless it is still tied then sudden death.
3-Goal Differential – Goals For minus Goals Against (5 goal max per game) Consolation        
4-Coin Toss           Game will end in a tie        
Game Length – All per NIRSA National Tournament Rules                
40-Minutes halves - running clock - Pool Play and Consolation games              
If an opponent is not ready to play 5 minutes after the game clock is started, a forfeit win will be awarded to the opposing team.    
5 minute halftime                      
No Overtimes- Pool play games will end in a tie, Finals will go directly to penalty kicks.          
Each team will provide a game ball.                  
The visiting team will change kit if color conflict.                
A modified tournament format will be used if any of the games have to be postponed or cancelled due to circumstances out of our control (ie the weather).
Red Cards                        
Any player receiving a red card during the course of the tournament will be ejected from the game immediately and be asked to leave the  
vicinity of the playing field, and is ineligible for the team’s next game. The referees and/or staff at SD Cup will determine if the    
carded player’s action warrants suspension from the tournament entirely.            
Protests are NOT allowed. Any situation not explicitly covered by the rules will be resolved by the Tournament Directors.    
Decisions relating to the interpretation of the Tournament Rules can only be made by the Tournament Directors.      
The Director of SD Cup (Brandon Schlueter), Aztec Cup Sport LCC Director (JB Blessinger),          
and the SD Cup Assistant Directors  are the final decision makers in any matters regarding the tournament,        
Due to travel arrangements of teams  the Semifinal/Finals for each division are subject to change          
There is no roster limit, but each team must submit a finalized roster sheet to directors tent prior to first game. Also all players need to be registered with Cal South 
 Also a completed roster must be given to field manager/ref prior to each game.             
Game Check In                      
Each player must present valid ID prior to field manager before the start of each game.  Student ID or drivers license will be acceptable  
Team Check In                      
Only One Team representative needs to check into Director's Tent 30 prior to first game to verify roster, etc        
Teams are strongly encouraged to book with our event management partner.  This helps offset operation cost for current/future events.  Rebates will be given for teams reserving 5 or more rooms.
Please contact for more details.                 
Teams will one allowed on one side of field and spectators need to be on opposite side of field.         
All State and County health guidelines will be followed. More details can be seen at        

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