Tournament Rules

MWC Triangle Cup Tournament

Soccer Centers Rules 

On this page you can find the official Laws & Rules for all tournaments held at MWC Sports Complex. You can find the general rules below.

All the leagues, tournaments and games will be played with the official Fifa soccer rules.

Field 1(boarded white turf)

  • The ball is deemed out of play when it strikes the protective net. Indirect free kick will be award to the other team

Field 2(unboarded green turf)

            -the ball is deemed out of play when it strikes the net on the side of the field or behind the goal. The ball is playable off the boards on the side nearest the other field. If the balls hits the net above the boards, the ball is out of play and an indirect free kick is awarded.

Tournament Seeding:

Because of the difference of fields with field 1 being complete boarded and field 2 being semi-boarded, there will be a random “FIFA” style draw for group seeding. The seeding will be randomized and recorded for viewing. Group A & B will play on Field 1 and Group C & D will play on Field 2. Each team name will be written on a ball which we be randomly selected for tournament seeding.

Tournament Structure:

There will be 4 groups in a round robin format. Each team will play 3 games (everyone in their group once). The 1stand 2ndplaced teams in each group will play in a quarter final, followed by the semi final. All group A & B teams will play all their games on field 1. All group C & D teams will play all their games on field 2.


The final will consist of two 30 min games. The winner of A/B vs the winner of C/D. The first 30 min final will be on field 1 and the second 30 min final will be on field 2. This is a home & away 2-leg final. Home and away goes carry the same weight and the overall score of the two games will be crowned champion. The total prize for the winning team will be reward with $1500 cash.

*Times may change 


If a player, team, or individual acts in any excess or violent way. The player will be removed from the facility and the tournament directors have the authority to ban, fine, or take additional actions toward the offender. IF THERE IS ANY FIGHTING, THE PLAYERS WILL BE PROHIBITED TO PARTICPATE AND WILL FORIET ANY WINNINGS OR FEES. The tournament directs have the final say of disciplinary actions regarding misconduct.  

General rules for all our Tournaments and League: 

 Player uniforms, jerseys, protective casts & jewelry: 

All players must wear shin guards, or will not be allowed to play.

All players must wear jerseys/shirts during play. If both teams are wearing the same color, the home team must change.

Players wearing protective casts must receive written approval by the League & Tournament director. 

If the referee on the field of play deems a player’s protective cast is unsafe in any way, the player will not be allowed to play until the Tournament director allows the player to play.

No jewelry will be allowed, including earrings of any type, rope necklaces and bracelets. The only exception will be players wearing medical bracelets.

Substitution: Substitutions can be made on the fly.

Kick Offs / Kick Ins / Direct and Indirect Kicks / Goal Kicks / Penalty Kicks: 

Kick Offs

May be kicked in any direction. You cannot score directly from a kick off (ball must be 100% over the mid-line to be considered on the offensive half of the field). The kick off is an indirect kick.


The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline, rather than thrown in. The ball is considered in play when the ball is touched and changes position. This is an indirect kick, and a goal cannot be scored from this kick.

Direct and in-direct kicks

All dead-ball kicks (kick-ins, kick-offs, free kicks) are indirect with the exception of corner kicks, hand balls, and penalty kicks. Indirect kicks must only change position before the ball will be considered in play. If a free kick is awarded within five yards of the opposing goal line, the ball will be moved back to five yards from the line. It is the referee’s discretion where the ball will be placed.

Goal kicks

May be taken from any point of the goal box. All Goal Kicks are indirect kicks.

Penalty kicks

Shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by an infraction (the infraction does not automatically result in a red card). Penalty kicks are “old MLS pk” or “hockey style”. The attacking player start at half and have five seconds to score on the opposing goalkeeper. Once the ball is shot toward goal, the play continues. The goalkeeper does not have to make contact. The other players are on the opposite half until the ball is deemed “shot”.

Five-Yard Rule

In all dead-ball situations, defending players must stand at least five yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal is closer than five yards, the ball shall be played five yards from the goal line in line with the direction of play prior to the penalty.

Goal Keepers / Off-sides / Slide Tackling / Hand Ball Clarification: 

Goal keepers are restricted to using their hands only inside the penalty box.

Hand Ball Clarification

Deliberate handling of the ball that denies a team of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity will result in the following: (1) A penalty kick (at the discretion of the referee) (2) A yellow or red card given to the player committing the hand ball (at the discretion of the referee).

Plane of the Goal / Net Interference 

A goal will be awarded if the ball strikes the netting portion of the goal, even if the ball is then returned back into the field of play without completely crossing the goal line. If the ball strikes the cross bar or goal posts, and simultaneously strikes the netting portion of the goal, the referee’s judgment will determine whether the netting prohibited the ball from crossing the goal line (which should be awarded a goal); or whether the bar or post prohibited the ball from crossing the goal line (which should NOT be awarded a goal). The referee’s judgment call and ruling on the field will not be overturned. In simple terms, the net should not be the source that will prohibit a shot from scoring as a goal.

Delay of games / forfeits / overtime

Delay of Game 

The referee has the official time on the field and holds the right to take necessary action if he/she feels that a team is delaying the game. Any player may be cautioned with a yellow card if it is deemed by the referee that the player is intentionally wasting time, such as if a player intentionally kicks the ball long distances away from the playing field in order to waste time. The referee has the official time on the field.


Teams are given five minutes from scheduled game time, or from delayed start time due to unforeseen circumstances, before the referee issues a forfeit. The Soccer Tournament Director must approve all forfeits before the game is considered an official forfeit. The Tournament Director has the option to replay a forfeited game if deemed necessary. Any team forfeiting three games during pool play may be removed from the tournament. Any team forfeiting one game during the playoffs may be removed from the tournament.

Play-off Penalty Kick’s

If there’s no winner after the official game time the game will go to shout-outs. A coin toss will decide team-kicking order. The first round of shootouts will consist of each player kicking once (round of 3 players shooting per team). The team with the most goals after the first round will be considered the winner. If the score remains tied after the first round of penalty kicks, the other players will alternate in a sudden death penalty kick format until one-team scores unanswered. If one team has received a red card during the game and finishes with 6 or 7 players on the field, a remaining roster player (other than the red carded player) must be chosen to kick in the rotation of penalty kicks. If the red-carded player is the last remaining roster player, one of the two field players must kick twice.

Game Balls / Sizes: 

Teams are responsible for providing game balls. Size 5

Tiebreakers all Tournaments and Leagues:

The following tiebreakers will decide who the winner is:

–       Points
–       Head-to-head
–       Goal differential
–       Goals against
–       Goals scored
–       Shout-out

When there are 3 teams with the same amount of points (3-way tie) the goal differential, goals scored or goals against will decide who wins.

Every team has to hand in a roster with all the player names and their Date of Birth

Tournament Rules:

Duration of the game – 2x 25 min half running clock. 5 Min half time

Free/ unlimited substitutions are made on “the fly”

Kick off – may be taken in any direction.

Balls crossing the touch-line on the ground or in the air will be put in play via kick-in. Defending players must provide a 5 yard distance from the point of occurrence.

If the ball strikes the net, the ball will be awarded to the other team as an indirect freekick. The net is deemed “out of play”

Restart after goal scored will be from half way mark. No off sides.

Free Kicks- defending players may set up a wall 5 yards from the point of infraction.

Referees- There will be no abuse of the referees tolerate, verbal or otherwise. Any indication of such behavior by a coach or parent will result in immediate removal from the tournament site. No verbal abuse of any player, coach or referee will be tolerated. Please keep all comments (cheering) positive.

Teams must be ready to enter the field at least 5 minutes prior to their scheduled game.

The Tournament Directors have the final say on any rules that are unclear or need explanation.