NEW RULES IMPLEMENTED 11/10/2016

The Nomads are pleased to announce that we are fully embracing the new US Soccer Player Development Initiatives and effective immediately the following protocols will be introduced at our Thanksgiving Tournament.  For the full official US Soccer document please visit this link.

CONCUSSION INITIATIVE FOR ALL AGE GROUPS

Per U.S. Soccer’s Concussion Initiative, if a player is suspected to have a head injury the referee is instructed to stop play to allow for treatment/evaluation as needed If the player leaves the field of play for additional evaluation, a substitution can be made in that moment. The player with the suspected head injury may not return to the game unless a Health Care Professional (HCP) or Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) has cleared the player. Any coach or parent insisting on returning the player to the game without approved clearance will result in the referee ending the game.  CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER WILL BE AVAILABLE AT UCSD FIELD #1 (Hopkins Drive on the UCSD Campus).

For U11 and younger - Deliberate heading is not allowed.  If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred. Heading is currently allowed in U12 games without limitations but membership is empowered to limit or ban heading at this level of play.

BUILD OUT LINE IN SMALL SIDED GAMES

The build out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed) After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play.

If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.

The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and goal line.

Build Out Line Practical Applications Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line However, the goalkeeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accepting the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes.

To support the intent of the development rule, coaches and referees should be mindful of any intentional delays being caused by opponents not retreating in a timely manner or encroaching over the build out line prior to the ball being put into play Coaches are responsible for addressing these types of issues with their players Referees can manage the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate Referees should be flexible when enforcing the 6 second rule and counting the time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line.

7v7 Modified Laws of the Game Law

  • Ball Size 4
  • 7v7 (6 field players and 1 goalkeeper)
  • Game may not start or continue if there are less than 5 players on a team
  • Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any stoppage

9v9 Modified Laws of the Game

  • Ball Size 4   
  • 9v9 (8 field players and 1 goalkeeper)
  • Game may not start or continue if there are less than 6 players on a team.
  • Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any stoppage

HEAD TO HEAD IS NOT UTILIZED WHEN CALCUATING TIES IN WILD CARDS.  WILD CARDS ARE CALCULATED FROM ALL TEAMS IN THE AGE GROUP DIVISION

If  Wild card #1 comes from Group A/B, then Wildcard #1 will play the winner of Group C and Wildcard #2 will play the winner of Group A/B. If Wildcard #2 comes from Group C, then Wildcard #2 will play the winner of Group A/B and Wildcard #1 will play the winner of Group C. (The Tournament director reserves the right  resolve conflicts). The winner of the Quarterfinal #1 will meet the winner of Quarterfinal #3 and the winner of Quarterfinal #2 will meet the winner of Quarterfinal #4 in the semifinals. The winners of semifinal games will meet for the Championship.