Gobbler Cup XXXI Information



November 6 and 7, 2021
Tournament address is 4374 Highway 311, Houma, LA 70360 (Bayou Country Parkway). 
Check-in: ALL CHECK-INS WILL BE DONE ONLINE. Unpaid registrations & team documents will be accepted at the tournament headquarters table. Cash and checks are accepted. Checks can be made payable to Houma Terrebonne Soccer Association (HTSA). At this time, we are unable to accept credit/debit card payments for tournament registration fees. 
Concessions: Will be available
Required Team Documents for online check-in: 
All teams are required to upload their official roster, and COVID waivers. All teams must have a completed medical authorization with them at all times for each participant. All 11U-16U teams are also required to upload their laminated player passes. They must have their passes available for review by the referees prior to each match. Any personnel on the sideline must have a Kids Safe approved coach or manager badge. No team is allowed more than 3 guest/club pass players. If you have a guest player, you must have the approved guest player form uploaded during the online check-in process. Any team playing an unregistered or otherwise ineligible player will automatically forfeit all games.  Any team from outside Louisiana must furnish a travel authorization form from their state association. 
Off-road Vehicles: Due to safety concerns, no off-road vehicles will be allowed unless being driven by Tournament Staff. 
The rules of this tournament shall be in accordance with USYSA and LSA except as modified and approved herein.
PRE-GAME PROCEDURE: At the field, prior to each game, the manager/coach will present to the Referee, a copy of an approved official roster with player numbers listed and official player passes (9U/10U teams only need present the roster).
LAWS OF THE GAME: All games will be in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game, except as modified below.
Number of Players: Festival Format: 9U and 10U will play 7v7 (with no Finals); 11U and 12U will play 9v9 with finals (if bracket allows); and 13U and above will play 11v11 with finals (if bracket allows). In some groups, round robins may be used with champions determined based on points.
Substitutions: Substitutions shall be unlimited. Substitutions may be made only upon proper notification of the center referee through the linesmen, with the referee's permission, on any dead ball situations.
Uniforms: Teams will wear uniforms of matching design and color, with numbers affixed to the back of the uniform jersey. No 11U and older player may have identical uniform numbers while both playing on the field at the same time. 
Home team will wear light jerseys. Away team will wear dark jerseys. If in the referee’s judgment, jerseys are too similar in color, the home team will change jerseys. In general, home team is listed first on the schedule.
In accordance with the Laws of the Game, the referee shall be responsible to insure that no player wears anything that may cause injury to himself or to another player. Therefore, metal hair clips, earrings, watches, bracelets, or any other item deemed dangerous by the referee are prohibited.
CONTROL OF SIDELINE CONDUCT: Coach/Manager is responsible for spectator behavior.  Players, team officials, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit and the letter of the Laws of the Game. Alcoholic beverages and smoking materials are not permitted at the complex. Home Team and spectators will sit on opposite sides of the field from Away team and spectators.
a. A player or manager/coach ejected for a straight Red Card will have an automatic one (1) game suspension (minimum) regardless of the cause of the ejection. b. Depending on the severity of the unacceptable conduct, the Tournament Committee may recommend the suspension for up to the duratio of the tournament with further disciplinary action by the appropriate state or national associations. The tournament committee recommendations must be available to the affected parties no later than or prior to their next scheduled game.
Scoring and Team Standings: Team standing will be based on a 3-point system as adopted by the LSA : 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss. Bracket winners, runners-up, and wild cards will be selected using the following criteria: 
1.   Point Total
2.   Head to Head Competition
3.   Highest goal difference (goals for minus goals against), 4 goals max per game.  EXAMPLE:  4-1=3 goal difference; 6-3=3 goal difference; 8-3=4 goal difference
4.   Goals Allowed (no maximum)
5.   FIFA shootout.
 Forfeited round-robin games: The non-forfeiting team shall be accorded: a. 3 points for the win b. 4 goals for, 0 goals against
The forfeiting team shall be accorded: a. 0 points for the loss b. 0 goals for, 4 goals against
A team will be allowed a 5-minute grace period from the scheduled game time before awarding the game to the opposing team. (A minimum of 7 players is required for a team to begin play) A forfeit will be scored 4-0. If a team forfets due to a faulty schedule provided by the tournament, the Tournament Director has the right to reschedule the game at a time that is acceptable to both coaches. The forfeit will be nullified and the game will be socred as if it had been played at the regular time. A team that leaves the field of play prior to the completion of the game shall automatically forfeit that game to the opposing team. (After review of the circumstances, the Tournament Director will designate the score.)
Game Length: 10U: All games will be 2 X 25 minute halves with a halftime of 5 minutes 11U/12U: All games will be 2 X 25 minute halves with a halftime of 5 minutes 13U-16U: All games will be 2 X 30 minute halves with a halftime of 5 minutes 
Game Information:  All 11U and older teams are scheduled to play 3 games total in one of the Division Formats explained below. Over the course of the weekend, you will play 2 games on 1 day (either Saturday or Sunday) and 1 game on the opposing day (Saturday or Sunday).
Division Formats:  We will have 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 team divisions, as needed.
U9 and U10 team divisions will play a 3-game round robin. No finals will be scheduled. However, if a 7 team bracket is formed at this age group, the third game will be a seeded game to ensure that teams play another team of similar strength. The two highest seeded teams will still not be considered a final and will not receive championship trophy, medal, etc.
A  4-team division will play each team once in a round robin format. The champion will be determined by points.
5-team division will play two games. After two games, the 4thand 5thranked team will play a consolation match. The 2ndand 3rdranked team will play a semi-final match. The winner of the semi-final round will advance to the Finals against the 1stranked team.
6-team division will be divided into 2 brackets of 3 teams (Bracket A and Bracket B).  Each team will play 2 bracket games.  After all bracket games are played, the team with the most points (as defined below) in each bracket will play each other with the winner declared Champion, if applicable.  The teams with the second most points in each bracket will play and the team with the third most points in each bracket will play in their third game.
7-team division will play two games. After two games, the 1stranked and 4thranked team will play each other and the 2ndranked and 3rdranked team will play each other in Champions bracket semi-final. The winners of these games will face each other in a championship final. The 5thand 6thranked team will play each other in a consolation semi-final match. The winner will advance to play the 7thranked team for a final match of the tournament. Each team will be guaranteed three games. If this format is used for U10 or lower which cannot play for a championship, the winners of the championship bracket semi-final will not advance to play in a final game. The last game will be the semi-final match.
U10 Modified Rules:  Defending teams will have to retreat behind the build out line when the opposing team has a goal kick, free kick from inside the penalty area, or the goalkeeper picks up and possesses the ball with his/her hands inside the penalty or goalie areas. The defending team will not be allowed to cross the build out line until the ball has left the penalty area (big box).  Offsides will begin at the build out line.  Goalkeepers can’t punt or drop kick the ball.  If the goalkeeper picks up the ball with his hand, the ball must bounce twice before he can kick it down field.
Championship games: Any championship game ending in tie at the end of regulation will be decided by FIFA penalty kicks. 
Late Arrivals: Teams not ready to play within 5 minutes of the scheduled starting time of their game will be subject to forfeit based on the discretion of the tournament director. 
Forfeiture: Any team that forfeits a match for any reason is ineligible for bracket advancement. 
General: The Tournament Committee and Tournament Director reserve the right to decide all matters pertaining to the Tournament and their judgment is final. Water breaks can be taken at the discretion of the referee. 


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