TOURNAMENT RULES

SEACOAST UNITED THANKSGIVING OPEN CUP

FORMAT
All age groups: 8v8 (7 field players & goalkeeper)
U15-U19 will use size 5 ball

DATES
Saturday, November 28th, 2020:  Boys U15-U19
Sunday, November 29th, 2020:  Girls U15-U19

LOCATION
Seacoast United Outdoor Complex, 88 Shirking Rd., Epping NH 03042

REGISTRATION FEES
$500 per team

ROSTER
Minimum of 8 players, maximum roster size of 12 players.  
All players are required to complete a medical release waiver (electronically) prior to participating.

LEVELS
Youth divisions will offer Premiership (top), Championship (middle), and League 1 (bottom) levels of competition.  Rosters can be assembled utilizing club players, town players, friends, schoolmates, etc. provided they are of appropriate age (birth year).

AGE GROUPS/BIRTH YEAR

U15-U19s
U15: 2006
U16: 2005
U17: 2004
U18/U19: 2003/2002

SCHEDULE
Teams will compete in group play consisting of 3 preliminary games.  After the group play stage, qualifying teams will advance to playoff rounds.  All games are 50 minutes in length, running time (no halftime).

GAME POINTS
Points will be awarded for each game in accordance with the following:

  • 3 points for a win
  • 1 points for a tie
  • 0 points for a loss

Additional points:

  • One (1) point for each shutout.

In the event of a forfeited game, the winner will be credited with a 3-0 win and awarded 4 points.
- A game abandoned by a team will result in the opposing team winning.  The final score will be based on the score at the time of the forfeit.
- Teams are allowed 5 minutes from game time to forfeit time.
- No points are awarded if neither team shows up.

Example:  A 0-0 tie will be scored as 2 points for each team (1 points for a tie, 1 point for the shutout) a 2-0 game will be scored as 4 points for the winning team (3 points for the win, plus 1 point for the shutout).

PLAYOFFS
Seeding after the initial group play stage will be determined based on the number of teams within the division.  

Divisions of 8 (2 brackets of 4):  Each team receives 3 round robin/group play games.  Top team from each bracket will advance to the final.
Divisions of 7:  Teams will receive 2 games.  3rd game for each team will be determined by seeding based on the results of the first two games.  #6 seed plays #7, and #4 seed plays #5 seed in the consolation matches.  #1 overall seed will advance directly to the final.  #2 seed plays #3 seed in the semifinal.  Winner of the semifinal advances to the final to face the #1 seed.
Divisions of 6 (2 brackets of 3): Each team receives 2 round robin/group play games.  Top two teams from each bracket play cross bracket semifinals (A1vB2 and B1vA2) while the 3rd seeds will meet in a consolation match.  Winners of the semifinals advance to the final.
Divisions of 5:  Teams will receive 2 games.  3rd game for each team will be determined by seeding based on the results of the first two games.  #4 seed plays #5 seed in the consolation match.  #1 overall seed will advance directly to the final.  #2 seed plays #3 seed in the semifinal.  Winner of the semifinal advances to the final to face the #1 seed.
Divisions of 4:  Teams receive 3 round robin/group play games.  Top two seeds will play each other in the final.

PLAYOFFS - PENALTY KICKS
If the score is tied at the end of regulation, teams will then proceed directly to penalty kicks to determine the winner.  Both teams will take 3 initial penalties, if a winner is not decided at that point then teams will go to sudden death penalty shootout.  Players taking the penalty kicks must be chosen from the 8 that are on the field at the end of regulation period.

Tie Breaking Within A Bracket
In the event of a points tie, places will be determined as follows:

  • Head to Head
  • Goal Differential
  • Goals For (Max 4 per game)
  • Goals Against
  • Most Shutouts
  • Penalty Kicks

SUBSTITUTIONS
Substitutions may be made at any time when the ball goes out of bounds.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
In the event of inclement weather, the Tournament Director(s) reserves the right to modify all tournament rules in order to safely and fairly end the tournament successfully.