KOC Rules


1.   STATEMENT OF TOURNAMENT PHILOSOPHY The purpose of this tournament is to enable as many youths as are eligible to participate in soccer at the highest level of play possible in an atmosphere conducive to fair play and good sportsmanship.
2.   CREDENTIALS USSF approved player passes will be submitted with the final tournament roster either electronically (as per instructions found online) OR in person at registration held Friday evening, August 24, 2018 from 6:00 to 10:00PM at the Roxbury Recreation office at Horseshoe Lake, on Eyland Ave. in Succasunna, or with prior approval on Saturday morning, August 25, at Horseshoe Lake from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. There will be no changes submitted to the final roster prior to each game. Player passes will be checked by the field marshal or other designated tournament official prior to every game.
3.   ENTRY FEE Entry fee must be paid in full prior to acceptance using credit card.  If accepted credit card will be charged.   The entry fee is non-refundable after notification of acceptance if the team withdraws for any reason. Credit Card will not be charged if not accepted.   If our tournament is cancelled for any reason before the start of the tournament, pursuant to NJ Youth Soccer’s Hosting Agreement, we agree to refund a minimum of 70% of a team’s entry fee.  Reasons for cancellation might include weather, field usage or management decision.  Cancellation of the tournament will be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Committee. 
4.   AGE AND ELIGIBILITY Competition is open to accepted teams composed of eighteen or fewer players meeting the age limit of the listed divisions. Each team must be registered for competition in a league affiliated with the USSF or national equivalent.  Teams from outside the Region 1 may need a copy of Permission to Travel Form approved and signed by a USSF representative.  Proof of age for all roster players is required in the form of a current player pass.
5.   ROSTER Final and complete roster must be submitted by registration. No changes will be permitted to this roster, only players listed on this roster will be permitted to participate in this tournament. No player will be permitted to play for two teams from the same or different club during this tournament.
6.   INCLEMENT WEATHER In the event of inclement weather, all teams must report to their fields at their assigned times.  Only the Tournament Committee will have the authority to change games as follows:
A. Relocate and/or reschedule any game.
B. Change duration of any game.
C. Cancel any game.
D. In the event of Lightning during any game it will up to the discretion of the head referee to stop the match. Game may be rescheduled or called a tie by the authority and powers of the tournament executive committee. In the event the game is a final match and can not be rescheduled, and the first half of the match has not been completed, then co champions will be declared and first place awards will be given to both teams.
E. Games concluded because of weather or interference will be considered official after 30 minutes played for 13U, 14U and 15U, 25 minutes for 12U and below.
7.   FAILURE TO SHOW AND FORFEITS It is hoped that NO games will be forfeited during this tournament as the expressed purpose of this tournament is to encourage good sportsmanship and participation in as much soccer as possible during this weekend.   Under no circumstances shall two teams mutually agree to not play.  Such action will be considered a forfeit by each team.  In the event that a team must forfeit, the following rules shall apply:
A. A team shall be allowed a ten-minute grace period after the scheduled kick-off time before the game is awarded to their opponent.  For division 13U – 15U a minimum of seven (7) players constitute a team.  11U – 12U will play with a maximum of 9 and a minimum of seven (7) players.  10u and 9U will play with a maximum of 7 and a minimum of six (6) players.

B. In no case will a team that has forfeited a game be declared FLIGHT WINNERS or runner-up.  The flight winner or runner up will be the team having played all scheduled games and have the next best record.

C. A game forfeited will be declared a 3-0 score.

8.   REGISTRATION FOR EACH GAME  All teams MUST report to the Field Marshal at the field on which they are scheduled to play 30 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time of the game.  The Field Marshal will inspect all players’ identifications and apparel.  At the same time, each team shall designate a team captain(s).  The referee will be responsible for the coin toss at game time. The team that wins the toss decides which goal it will attack, the other team will kick-off.  Field Marshal will hold the player passes for each game.

9.   LAWS OF THE GAME All games shall be played in accordance with the FIFA Laws except as specifically modified by the Rules of Competition.


A. Length of the Game
1.  All 9U – 12U games will consist of two 25 minute halves.  All 13U – 15U games will consist of two 30 minute halves. No overtime periods will be played.

2.  Final games only, in the event of a tie, there will be a 5 minute rest period followed by two 5 minute overtime periods. Before the start of overtime the referee will conduct a coin toss. The team that wins the toss decides which goal it will attack, the other team kicks off.  Both 5 minute periods will be played in their entirety.  Teams will switch sides of the field between overtime periods. If the game is still tied after both overtime periods, play moves to penalty kicks.

3.  Final games only, penalty kicks will be taken in the event of a tie after two (2) five minute overtimes are completed. Players eligible for penalty kicks will be those players on the field at the expiration of the second 5 minute overtime period. It will be the coaches’ responsibility to see that the players remain on the field (players should not go to the sideline or mingle with the substitutes who were not field players to assure accurate participation in the penalty kicks. Five players from each team will compete in the penalty kicks in alternating fashion as controlled by the referee(s). Should a tie exist after the first ten players have taken their kicks, the penalty kicks will commence again but in SUDDEN DEATH fashion with each team getting an equal number of kicks.

B. Ball size: The Field Marshal will supply all game balls at each field. 13U – 15U will play with a #5 ball. 9U – 12U will play with a #4 ball.

C. Corner kicks: All divisions shall play a standard (long) corner kick.

D. Substitutions: Substitutions without limit may be made at the following times with the permission of the referee.
     1. After a goal has been scored.
2. At the beginning of the second half or the first and second overtime periods according to rule 10(A) 2.
3. On a goal kick by either team.
4. On a throw-in by the team in possession only.
5. At the referee's discretion, in case of injury, opposing team shall be permitted an equal number of substitutions. THERE WILL BE NO SUBSTITUTIONS FOR A PLAYER WHO IS RED CARDED AND REMOVED FROM THE FIELD OF PLAY.
6. Substitutes will enter the field of play at the halfway line after receiving a signal from the referee and only after the players they are replacing have left the field. Coaches should have their substitutions well organized in advance at the halfway line and should make every effort to make the substitutions promptly.

A. Each team will be awarded three points for a win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss

B. The final two participants in the championship game will be the two teams with the most total points in their group. In the event of a tie within the group, the following priority shall be used to name a group winner:
1.     Head to head (In the event of a three-way tie, this criterion will not be considered).
2.     Most wins.
3.     Most bonus points. The winning team will be awarded bonus points for a goal differential to a maximum of three per game (i.e. a team winning 3-0, 5-0 or 6-0 would receive three bonus points).
4.     Goals against.
5.     Penalty kick shootout will be taken after the last game played in the division.

13. FIELD AND GAME EQUIPMENT The Tournament Committee will be responsible for field markings, goals and nets, corner flags, game balls and officials. Each team coach should come prepared with a team first aid box, medical release forms, and is responsible for any medical care to any player in need of medical attention. As coach of your team you MUST certify that all coaches and players on your team have their own medical insurance either in their names or through their parents or legal guardians.

The Tournament Committee, Roxbury Soccer Club, Inc., Roxbury Township and the Roxbury Board of Education are waived, released, absolved and held harmless from any and all claims, contracts, liabilities and obligations incurred in the transportation or the providing of any medical treatment to any of the players, coaches and/or spectators on each team. It is the responsibility of the coach to authorize any medical treatment or transportation for medical treatment.

A. All team players must wear acceptable and identical uniforms consisting of shirt, jersey, T-shirt, shorts, socks, shin guards, and suitable footwear. All uniforms shall be appropriately numbered and such number shall coincide with the game roster. Keepers (goalies) must wear a uniform distinctly different from the other players on both teams. The Field Marshal or referee will direct removal of any apparel that in his opinion may be dangerous and/or hazardous.

B. In the event of a uniform color clash, the designated home team will change colors.

C. All players must wear shin guards, and socks must be completely pulled up over shin guards.

D. No player is to wear sweats, cut-offs, or any other type of shorts hanging down from underneath the uniform shorts.

E. No player, including the keeper, will wear helmets, caps, or hats.

F. No jewelry or hard hair ornaments may be worn.

G. A player wearing a hard cast will NOT be allowed to participate in tournament play. Properly padded soft casts are allowed only with the approval of the Head Tournament Referee, whose decision will be considered final.

15. GAME REPORTS Referees will be responsible for reporting to the Field Marshal the score of the game, as well as names of individuals receiving yellow or red cards. Report sheets are to be signed by the coach from each team after the game is completed along with the referee’s signing the report.

A. Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law. Displays of offensive language, temper, or dissent are cause for ejection from the game and field of play. Coaches shall be held responsible for the conduct of all persons on their team and those supporting their team. The referee has the right to require a coach to send any unruly spectator away from the field. Should that spectator refuse to leave the immediate field of play, the referee may abandon the game. Should the coach be “sent off” (red carded), his/her team may only continue play if said team has a “carded” assistant coach. Should this not be the case, the team may not continue play and a loss will be recorded 0-3 for that team and a victory for their opponent.

B. Players, coaches and team officials ejected (red carded) from a game by the referee shall be automatically suspended for the following game. Further disciplinary action may be taken depending upon the severity of the infraction. An exception to this is a red card for intentionally handling the ball to prevent a goal. The penalty will result in removal from the current game but not for a subsequent game. A player ejected from a game for fighting will be suspended from play for the remainder of the tournament. All yellow and red cards will be reported to the state association and the home club/league except that all matters involving a referee assault shall, in accordance with USSF Rule 1108, be referred immediately to the state association.

C. A player or coach serving a 1-game suspension shall be restricted to the designated spectator area(s) and prohibited from any communication or contact, direct or indirect, with the referee, team, coaches and/or bench personnel from the start of the contest to its completion, including overtime periods.

D. Referee only may suspend play or abandon the game. If the referee abandons a game on account of misconduct by players, coaches, or spectators from one team, a victory will be awarded to the opposing team with the score being 3-0 regardless of the actual score at the time of abandonment. If the referee abandons the game due to dissent or misconduct from BOTH teams, a 0-3 loss will be recorded for each team.

E. Player/Coach passes that have been held as a result of a red card ejection may be retrieved at the officials' tent at Horseshoe Lake, just prior to the game in which that individual is eligible to participate.

17. PROTESTS There will be NO protests.

18. TOURNAMENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE The Tournament Committee shall consist of the Tournament Directors and the Head Referee.

19. GENERAL The Tournament Committee will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team if the tournament  is canceled in whole or in part for any reason. Furthermore, the Tournament Committee’s interpretation of the foregoing rules and regulations shall be final and the Tournament Committee reserves the right to rule on all matters pertaining to the tournament. The Tournament Committee assumes no responsibility and/or liability for the merchandise and/or services provided or sold by vendors or any other person. Finally, all players, coaches and team officials must be insured by their own club while participating in this tournament.

20. GOLF CART POLICY: You must have a valid New Jersey Drivers License to operate a Golf cart at Tournaments.