MTA President's Day Tournament
MTA will be hosting our first ever President’s Day Weekend tournament at the Vadnais Sports Center on February 18th and 19th.
 
 
Location
Vadnais Sports Center
1490 County Rd E East
Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
 
Event Set Up
Each team is guaranteed 3 games
Games are 2x20 min halves 
 
Fees
U10 Fees: $300 (6v6 but we will be using the 8v8 goals so there will be lots of goals at this age group!)
U12-U14 Fees: $350 (8v8)
 
 
Schedule:

Saturday, February 18th from 7:30am-12:30pm
U12 Boys Group Games
U10 Girls All Games
 
Sunday, February 19th from 7:10am-2:30pm
U12 Boys Championship
U12 Girls All Games
U14 Girls All Games
 


TOURNAMENT RULES

REGISTRATION AND CREDENTIALS

REGISTRATION: Teams must check in 1 hours prior to their first game (unless if you are the first game of the day 30 minutes before the first game is good.) Failure to check in will result in automatic disqualification (without a refund of the fee) from the Tournament.

CREDENTIALS: At the Mandatory Registration, teams must provide the required credentials. Fill out the official Tournament Roster and each player will need to fill out the tournament waiver.  All of this will be on the team registration page when that goes live.

ROSTERS: Teams may register a maximum of Eighteen (18) players (14 for U10, U9 and U8). 

ENTRY DEADLINE AND REFUNDS: All credit card information or checks must be received by the application deadline of February 10th. Once acceptance emails have been sent out, team credit card payments will be processed and checks will be deposited. All other payments will be voided or returned. Teams withdrawing after being accepted will not receive a refund. 
 


TOURNAMENT COMPETITION

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: There will be a maximum of six (6) teams in the U10-U12 age groups.
Each team will play a minimum of three (3) games as follows:

U10 Girls
SIX TEAM DIVISIONS: Each Division shall consist of two (2) Pools of three (3) teams.  Each team will play games versus the teams in the other bracket.  The overall team with the most points will be awarded the championship.  The team with the second most points will be recognized as FInalists. There is no final in this age group. 

U12 Boys
SIX TEAM DIVISIONS: Each Division shall consist of two (2) Pools of three (3) teams.  Each team will play games versus the teams in the other bracket.  The team with the most points in Bracket A will play the team with the most teams in Bracket B in the Final.


U12 Girls and U14 Girls
SIX TEAM DIVISIONS: Each division shall consist of two (2) Pools of three (3) teams. There will be two games played by each team in Pool play. The Winner of Pool A will play the Winner of Pool B in the Championship Game.  There will be Consolation games involving the 2nd Place teams and 3rd Place teams. The 2nd Place team in Pool A will play the 2nd Place team in Pool B.  Similarly, the 3rd Place team in Pool A will play the 3rd Place team in Pool B. 

TOURNAMENT PLAY: Tournament games shall adhere to the following durations:
2x20 min Halves- Half time is 4 minutes and the second half clock starts on time even if the teams are not on the field and ready to play.
Game clock starts exactly on time even if the teams are not ready to play.  Be ready to play.  Be on time.


DETERMINING WINNERS: Total points will determine the overall champion for each age group. Champion awards will be given only to the champions of an age bracket.
Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:

  • Six (6) points for each Win
  • Three (3) points for each Tie
  • Zero (0) points for each Loss
  • One (1) point for each goal scored up to a maximum of three (3) per game.
  • One (1) point for each shutout
  • MINUS ONE (-1) FOR EACH PLAYER OR COACH EJECTED
  • A 0-0 tie will be scored as 4 points for each team (3 for tie, 1 for shutout)

TIEBREAKER SYSTEM: In the event of a tie in points at the end of Pool play the tie shall be broken based on one of the following criteria (beginning with Step 1, and then proceeding to Step 2 if necessary, and so on until a determination can be made):

  • Step 1: The winner in head to head competition.
  • Step 2: Fewest goals against.
  • Step 3: Most goals for.
  • Step 4: Most total wins.
  • Step 5: Most shutouts.
  • Step 6: If there is a tie after step 5, to determine group winners a coin flip will determine the winner.
     

*If there is a tie in the championship game there will be a 3 person shootout to determine the winner.  The shootout must be completed by the end of our rental time.  If the shootout is not complete, both teams will be labled as champions.

**Consolation games that finish regulation in a tie will be considered final.
 


FIFA LAWS of the Game will apply as modified by USYSA

GAME CHECK-IN CONDUCT: Teams will check in with the field marshall at least 15 minutes before their game.
START OF GAME: The game clock will start at the time defined in the Tournament Schedule regardless of whether the teams have taken the field. No additional time will be added to the clock if actual play subsequently starts.
PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT: It will be at the Referee’s discretion to determine the safety and suitability of player equipment including the wearing of a hard brace. Hard casts are not allowed per MYSA rules. Shin guards are mandatory for all players.
SUBSTITUTIONS: Free substitution will be allowed in all age groups. However, teams may substitute only with the referee’s permission and only at the following times:

  • Any dead ball; (the referee must allow the substitution and the referee does not have to allow substitutions on every dead ball.)
  • At halftime.

COACHING: All Coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends and spectators at all times. Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one’s own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, provided:

  • No mechanical devices are used;
  • The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory;
  • Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards on either side of the halfway line;
  • No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators;
  • No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS: A player or coach receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an Ejection (red card) for the purposes of awarding points for the Tournament competition. A player who has been ejected (sent off), will not be replaced. A player or coach who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game. A player or coach who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play will not be allowed to participate in the next TWO scheduled games. Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament. For the purpose of this Tournament a coach can be carded. A team will be disqualified from the Tournament if any player or coach fails to comply with the provisions of this section.

SUSPENDED AND TERMINATED GAMES: If in the opinion of tournament officials a game must be suspended (for reason); the game may be resumed, but is subject to being ended not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game. If in the opinion of tournament officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench coaches, or spectators, the offending team could be suspended from further play and forfeits that game and all remaining games. All previous points earned remain as played. Additionally, the home league and State Association will be contacted as appropriate.
If a game is terminated due to problems due to the serious injury of a player (see the next section entitled “INJURY”) the resumption of play for that game will be at the discretion of the tournament officials. Tournament officials may at their option conclude the game, require completion of the game or utilize penalty kicks to determine the winner of the game depending upon the circumstance and taking into account the potential effect of the game results on the standings of the teams.

INJURY: Delays of the game will only be allowed for an injury requiring professional medical attention and the inability to remove the injured player from the field until and while the medical attention is being provided to the player. The delay will result in appropriate time being added to the full game time, based on the judgment of the referee. Otherwise, each game will be played with a running clock and no suspension of the clock time. However, all preliminary games will be terminated not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game. The failure to complete any game due to a serious injury requiring suspension of the game play shall be controlled by the preceding section, “SUSPENDED AND TERMINATED GAMES.”

HOME TEAM: The Home Team will be the team, which appears first on the game schedule. The Home Team will supply the game ball, unless supplied by the Tournament. The game ball will be subject to Referee approval. The Home Team will be required to switch to alternate jerseys to accommodate a color conflict as declared by the referee. If the Home Team cannot supply alternate jerseys, the Home Team will forfeit the game. The Home Team will have the selection of the side of the field they wish to defend and the visiting team will start with the kick off. No two teams will play from the same side of the field, with the Home Team selecting the side from which they will play.
FORFEITS AND BYES: All teams who forfeit will have the game(s) scored a 0-1 loss. The winner will be awarded eight tournament points (six for the win, one for a goal, and one for a shutout). Teams failing to report ready to play within five minutes of the scheduled kick off time will forfeit. Home Teams unable to supply alternate jerseys, or teams failing to check in at the Mandatory Registration or for taking actions which cause a game to be terminated will forfeit. Byes will be scored and tournament points awarded the same as a forfeit.

PROTESTS: NO PROTESTS WILL BE ALLOWED.

DISPUTES: Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee and the tournament will not overrule a referee’s decision.

INCLEMENT WEATHER OR ACT OF GOD: In the event of inclement weather, or act of god, once the games have begun, winners will be decided based on points earned up to that point.
In case of cancellation due to inclement weather, the “tournament committee” retains the right to keep up to one-third (1/3) of the team fee to cover expenses. There will be no make-up games due to inclement weather.