Alliance Invitational Rules


Tournament Headquarters
Tournament Headquarters: (306) 975-3414
The Saskatoon Sports Centre doors will be unlocked 30 minutes prior to the first game each morning. Please use North entrance (main entrance attached to Centennial Collegiate) and park in the NW parking lot or across the street at Forest Park.
The location of Tournament Headquarters will be located on the 2nd floor of the Saskatoon Sports Centre at 150 Nelson Road, Saskatoon SK, overlooking Sherwood field. Watch for signage. You cannot reach headquarters through email or fax during the tournament, only by phone or in-person.
Click here for a Field Map
SYSI Office (for inquiries before or after tournament):
Phone (306) 975-3413
Fax: (306) 975-3416
E-mail: info@saskatoonyouthsoccer.ca
Cancellation Policy: 
If for any reason your team cannot attend, please inform us immediately by calling 1 (306) 975-3413 and then in writing.  Call even if your participation is questionable or if you are considering cancellation. It is very important that you inform us immediately of your cancellation for the following reasons: Limited spaces; Waiting lists; and Changes to game schedules. Remember that you must cancel your own hotel reservations. If you do not inform us of your cancellation, we will expect your team at your first scheduled game.  Failure to notify of your team's cancellation will result in your Provincial Association being notified of your action. 
Groupings
SYSI reserves the right to determine invitation and acceptance of teams.
Teams will be divided into pools of 3, 4 or 5 teams.
Each team will play one game against each team within its group, or one game against each team from another group.
Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of 3 games.
Roster Requirements
Each team must submit their roster information at the time of submitting their team entry in order for their team entry to be considered received. Changes and additions to the team roster may be made by Thurs Jan 5. 2023.
Players CANNOT be added to the team roster after Thurs Jan 5, 2023 except when given special approval by SYSI only in unusual or extreme circumstances.  Regardless of the circumstances, players cannot be added after the team has played their first game.
Maximum roster size including guest players is 20 players.
All players must meet the age requirements and be listed on the team roster. Playing unregistered players will result in game defaults and your provincial association will be notified.
Players may only play for one team during the tournament.
A maximum of five (5) guest players are allowed per team. Guest players must be submitted by Thurs Jan 5, 2023. If any player(s) are not approved, you will be notified.
Teams should be prepared to produce their provincial registration form upon request.
All team personnel MUST be listed on the roster. Any person not on the roster is not permitted to be on the bench. If this offence occurs, teams may be fined at the discretion of SYSI as per the regulations set out by the SSA.
Saskatoon Youth Soccer Inc. does not require the use of player ID cards at the Alliance Invitational.
Coach Requirements
Respect In Sport:
- All Saskatchewan team personnel MUST have their RiS and a minimum of one coach must have their age appropriate coach certification listed on the roster, effective January 2016. Without these certifications, SYSI has the right not to allow the individual to be listed on the roster or to sit on the bench. Respect in Sport (RiS) certification is free and can be obtained through the following website and takes approx. three hours and can be broken up in modules. https://sasksrc.respectgroupinc.com/secure/.
- All out-of-province team personnel are strongly encouraged to have their Respect in Sport (RiS) certification through their local jurisdiction.
Same Gender Rap:
A minimum of one member of the Coaching Staff or Team Personnel must be of the same gender as the players. A member of the Coaching Staff or Team Personnel of the same gender as the players must be on the bench for all games.
Coaching Certification:
SSA Youth Coaches at U7 and older (FUNdamentals, Learning to Train and Soccer for Life stages) and Competitive Senior Coaches (Competitive Senior Coaches are those coaches whose teams enter Provincial Championships, play in tournaments or play games outside of the jurisdiction of their M.O.) must be "Trained" at the age and level they coach as outlined below and/or within the rules and regulations of the competition they are coaching:
All members of the Coaching Staff (Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Apprentice/Developmental Coaches) must have completed the appropriate coach training and/or certification as follows:
- U11 - U13: Learning to Train + NCCP Making Ethical Decisions Module (MED) and/or Online Evaluation
- U15 & up: Soccer for Life + NCCP Making Ethical Decisions Module (MED) and/or Online Evaluation + Making Head Way
First Aid
We have first aid responders on duty at all times during our tournament. They will be accessible at Tournament Headquarters or can be contacted to come down to the field by calling Tournament Headquarters (306) 975-3414.
Teams are required to have their own first aid supplies on-hand during the tournament. Ice packs will be available for purchase at Tournament Headquarters for $2.  There is also ice available in the restaurant upstairs.
Game Procedures & Rules: Except as otherwise provided here, the tournament rules shall be the Saskatoon Youth Soccer “Indoor Rules"
 
Team Package: The team package will be available for pick-up at the admission table at the bottom of the stairs in the main entrance (this includes three (3) complimentary team personnel admission passes). Admission passes are needed for any individual going upstairs to tournament headquarters or to watch other games.
Prior to Each Game: 
A member from the team‘s personnel must report to Tournament Headquarters 30 minutes before game time to confirm the accuracy of the game sheet and sign it. Players or coaches that will not be present on the bench for any particular game must be crossed off that game sheet.
Game Times: 
Under no circumstances can team(s) change or switch game times with another game or team(s).  The schedule is final and cannot be manipulated by teams participating in the tournament or by the tournament coordinator.  The only switching of game times that may occur is if there is a power failure then the tournament coordinator may adjust the schedule if necessary.
Minimum Players: 
A team without the required minimum players at 10 minutes past the scheduled game time will default: four (4) players for 7v7, and six (6) players for 9v9.
Alternate Jerseys: 
The first team listed in the schedule is the home team. The home team must have an alternate jersey and be prepared to change if, in the opinion of the referee, there is a color conflict. Where alternate uniforms are used, the uniforms need to be numbered and the game sheet needs to be updated with correct jersey numbers prior to the start of the game (on field if necessary).
Footwear:
All players are required to bring running shoes appropriate for smooth court surface in the case their game(s) or a tie breaker shoot-out is scheduled (or rescheduled) on a smooth court surface. Plastic cleats are permitted on the turf surfaces but not metal cleats.
Game Formats:
U11 - 7v7 all include keeper.  Games will be played on Sherwood field (quarter field turf)
U13-U19 - 9v9 all include keeper (half field turf)
Game Ball: 
The home team is responsible for providing the game ball to be approved by the referee (low bounce for 7v7 game formats ONLY on smooth surface ~ Family Focus field ~ in the case of a tie breaker or reschedule for U11).  
Referees:
If a referee is not on field 5 minutes prior to the start of your game, please contact Tournament Headquarters immediately at (306) 975-3414.
Referee Evaluation Forms are available here. If your team is impressed or unimpressed with a referee, you are encouraged to fill out an evaluation form so that we can help provide constructive feedback to our referee development crew.
Length of Games: 
- Duration of the games for all divisions will be 50 minutes divided into two equal halves (2 x 25min halves). 
- All teams must be ready to start play at their scheduled time.  Any delay will reduce the total game time. 
- A team without the required minimum players at 10 minutes past the scheduled game time will default (see "Minimum Players" above).
- For playoffs, two 5-minute overtime periods will be played, if the game is still tied at the end of the second overtime period, the winner will be determined by kicks from the penalty mark. No time out between overtime periods. There will be no golden goal. The whole duration of both 5-minute overtime periods must be played regardless of number of goals scored.  A team winning a game by penalty kicks will have one (1) goal added to their goal total as it stood prior to the taking of penalty kicks. 
Player Substitutions:
All game formats: unlimited from the centre on the fly.
Player of the Game Pins: 
The tournament coordinator will bring the “Player of the Game” pins out to the field and give one to each team prior to the start of the game.  At the end of each game the coach of each team shall select a North Star Trophies MVP Player of the Game from THEIR OWN team. A player may only receive the award once during the tournament.  There are no prizes awarded to players who receive the MVP pin. The prize is the pin itself.
Tidy Up: Please tidy up after your team prior to leaving the field or any other team areas.
Group Ranking
- Each team receives 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 for a loss.
- In the event of a default, the game shall be awarded to the team defaulted against with a 1-0 score and the team will receive 3 points for a win.
- When recording final scores, a maximum goal difference of 5 will be considered in any single match. If the goal difference in a match exceeds 5, the final score will be recorded as the number of goals scored by the losing team plus 5, with this result considered as the final score for any tie-breaker. (Example: Tigers vs Sharks 8-1: final score will be recorded as 6-1).
Individual player stats such as who scored each goal will not be recorded on SYSI’s website tournament standings.
Tie Breakers:
If two (2) or more teams amass an equal number of points, the following rules, in the following order, shall be used to determine final standings. In the case where a team has been eliminated from the points (i.e.: this occurs when uneven pools crossover such as four teams in one pool and three teams in another pool), any games played against the team eliminated are not considered in the tie breakers.
1. Previous Match Results - If two teams ONLY are tied the winner of the previous match between the two tied teams shall be awarded the higher position.  If they did not play each other or are still tied go to the next tie breaker ~ “Goal Difference”. Previous Match Results are never considered between teams in any circumstance when the tie started out as a three or more-way tie. More than two teams tied start with “Goal Difference” and even if two teams remain still tied they proceed to “Least Goals Against” tie breaker and so on (never Previous Match Results).
2. Goal Difference (GD) - Calculate the GD for each game by subtracting total goals scored against from total goals scored for each game and then add up each GD for a total.  In calculating the GD, a maximum difference of five (5) will be allowed for any one game.  The team with the higher GD shall be awarded the higher position.   
     Example: Tie between Tigers and Hawks:
     Tigers vs Sharks 8-1 (recorded as 6-1): GD will be counted as 5
     Tigers vs Lions 4-3: GD will be counted as 1
     Hawks vs Tigers 1-1: GD will be counted as 0
     Total GD Tigers = 6
     Sharks vs Hawks 2-8 (recorded as 2-7): GD will be counted as 5
     Hawks vs Lions 4-2: GD will be counted as 2
     Hawks vs Tigers 1-1: GD will be counted as 0
     Total GD Hawks = 7
     Higher position awarded to Hawks.
3. Least Goals Against - The team with the total least goals against shall be awarded the higher position (a maximum of five goals will be allowed for any one game).
4. Most Goals Scored - The team with the total most goals scored shall be awarded the higher position (a maximum of five goals will be allowed for any one game).
5. Penalty Shoot-Out - If two or more teams are still tied after exhausting the above tie breakers, then the higher standing shall be decided by kicks taken from the penalty mark (see Rule 22.2.4.2).  The Tournament Committee shall decide on a suitable time, date and field for the scheduled penalty shoot-out. Teams should be prepared to have smooth surface shoes in case they are scheduled on a smooth surface field.
Playoff Procedures
- The top teams that will advance to the championship side or playoff will be announced by the tournament coordinator and posted on the pool sheets on the bulletin board as well as the online tournament schedule.
- In the playoffs, the losing team is eliminated from competition.
- It is the responsibility of the team officials to determine if the team advances to the playoffs.  Information will be available at Tournament Headquarters.
- For playoffs, two 5-minute overtime periods will be played, if the game is still tied at the end of the second overtime period, the winner will be determined by kicks from the penalty mark. No time out between overtime periods. There will be no golden goal. A team winning a game by penalty kicks will have one (1) goal added to their goal total as it stood prior to the taking of penalty kicks. 
Overtime Periods
- In the event of a tie during round-robin games, no overtime will be played and each team will be awarded 1 point for a tie.
- For playoffs, two 5-minute overtime periods will be played, if the game is still tied at the end of the second overtime period, the winner will be determined by kicks from the penalty mark. No time out between overtime periods. There will be no golden goal. The whole duration of both 5-minute overtime periods must be played regardless of number of goals scored. A team winning a game by penalty kicks will have one (1) goal added to their goal total as it stood prior to the taking of penalty kicks. 
Penalty Shoot-Out Procedures: Only players that are on the field at the end of the overtime period can participate in the shoot-out as per FIFA rules. All teams may pick five players from their team to participate in the shoot-out for the first round of five shots each. If still tied after the first round (or after the 5 shots per team), the shoot-out goes into sudden death and teams are to use new on field players  and cannot use the original first five players until all on field players are used including the keeper.  A team winning a game by penalty kicks will have one (1) goal added to their goal total as it stood prior to the taking of penalty kicks. 
Medal Presentations
Are to take place on the field immediately after the game as long as the field is not running behind schedule.
If the field is running late the teams will be notified if the medal presentation will take place in an alternate location such as the main entrance area of the building.
Protests
No protests will be heard on any judgment calls by the referee.  Protests will be allowed on eligibility or other technical matters.  All decisions by the referee will be final concerning outcome of game.
Protests, problems or complaints will be dealt with provided they are in writing and submitted to Tournament Headquarters within one hour of the completion of the game.
Referee Evaluation Forms are here. If your team is impressed with or unimpressed with a referee, you are encouraged to fill out an evaluation form so that we can help provide constructive feedback to our referee development crew.
Discipline
Discipline matters will be dealt with at Tournament Headquarters.  Any player involved in a discipline matter will be required to report to Tournament Headquarters within one hour of the completion of the game. Failure to appear may result in suspension from the tournament.
Discipline matters are as follows:
- Three yellow cards (1 per game) throughout the tournament weekend result in an automatic 1 game suspension.
- Two yellow cards in any given game result in an automatic 1 game suspension. The two yellow cards in this case will not be counted toward the total 3 yellow cards during the tournament weekend.
- Any player or team personnel ejected from a game will receive an automatic 1 game suspension.
- Upon review of the Misconduct Report and or Match Report, the Tournament Discipline Committee may take disciplinary action it sees fit, including suspension from Tournament play.
- Any player or team personnel who faces more than a 1 game suspension may be subject to a discipline hearing as deemed and arranged by the Tournament Discipline Committee.
- Alliance Invitational Tournament Discipline guidelines will follow the League Operating Rules and Regulations set forth by Saskatoon Youth Soccer. (See SYSI League Operating Rules and Regulations section 17 pages 14-15)
- At all times there must be one certified coaching staff on the bench.  If both coaches are ejected from a game the team must have at minimum the team manager on the bench during the next game(s).
- Foul or abusive language of any kind will not be tolerated.
- Teams not fulfilling their tournament obligations; such as scheduled games due to game abandonment, not showing up, or other reasons, may face immediate suspension from the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Committee and may face further discipline from their provincial association.
Saskatchewan Laws
All players eligible to play in Alliance Invitational are "minors" in the Province of Saskatchewan. Possession or use of alcohol by "minors" is illegal.  Any report of use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will result in expulsion from the tournament.
Any person who defaces, destroys, steals, and/or otherwise abuses the facilities of Alliance Invitational or any Alliance Invitational property will be expelled from the tournament, will be responsible for costs associated with damage, and will face disciplinary action from their member association/provincial body.

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