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 Charity Cup Registration and Tournament Procedures



Article I – Definitions
a) The Registration Deadline is 2 weeks before event
b) The Organizers refers to: Charity Cup
c) Member refers to (a) church member in good standing; or (b) an active participant to more than fifty percent (50%) of church activities. Active participation and attendance are to be determined by the pastor of the church he/she is attending.


Article 1 - Team Requirements
a) Each team must register through the Charity Cup website, by the predetermined Registration Deadline. Each team roster must have the minimum number of players, Eleven (11) for the 11-on-11 Men’s Competition, and Six (6) for the 6-on-6 Men’s and Ladies Competitions. Any additions and/or changes to a team’s roster will not be permitted under any circumstances after the entry deadline. Changes to rosters are only valid when made online at
b) On the morning of the tournament the entire team must be present at the site of the tournament for onsite Registration. Failure by the team to bring every player on its roster will result in the disqualification, without the possibility of substitution, of the absent player.
c) Every team is responsible for every player's personal information listed on the team application. If any information is inaccurate (e.g. age, name), the player will be eliminated from participation in the tournament. If the team discovers any inaccurate information about any player after the entry deadline the team, through its captain or any other player, must notify the organizers before the start of the tournament.
d) Any team who fails to notify the organizers of inaccurate or false information about any player, shall have that player’s name striken from the team roster. Any other penalty shall be determined by the organizers based on the seriousness of the false information, and may include the forfeiture of any games in which that player took part, or disqualification from any further participation in the tournament.
e) Any team playing a player who is not registered or who is improperly entered on the team roster shall forfeit the games in which that player takes part, and may be disqualified from further participation in the tournament.
f) Teams must ensure that all players wear proper soccer uniforms with a distinctive color.

Article 2 - Team Conduct
a) The organizers have the final word in matters of the tournament's organization and implementation.
b) The officiating referees have the final word pertaining to any matters concerning the games themselves.
c) Any conduct unbecoming to the positive focus of Charity Cup tournaments, especially profane language, unnecessary roughness, non-conformity to the authority of the referees, and any general unsportsmanlike behavior, will not be tolerated in any measure and may be dealt with as is seen fit by the organizers. The organizers reserve the right to take any actions to ensure that this tournament will not be hindered by disciplinary problems.

Article 3 - Team Refunds
a) If the event is canceled 30+ days before the event teams are entitled to a 100% refund.
b) If the even is canceled 29 days or less before event,

1) There will be no refund if the event is rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions.
2) There will be a 25% refund if the even is not rescheduled.

c) If a team is disqualified under Chapter I, Article 1 or 2, or Chapter II, Article 2 or 3 that team is not entitled to any refund.
d) If an individual player is disqualified under Chapter I, Article 1 or 2, or Chapter II Article 2 or 3, or does not appear on the morning of the first day of the tournament and has his name deleted from the team roster, s/he is not entitled to any refund.

Chapter II

Article 1 - Registration/Team Roster
a) Teams must consist of eleven (11) to twenty-two (22) players for the 11–on-11 tournament; and six (6) to twelve (12) players for the 6-on-6 tournaments.,
b) All team players must be members in good standing in their respective churches. No team may have on its rosters members of more than three (3) churches. To be valid each team roster must be signed by the pastor of each church that is represented through a member on the roster. Failure to have the signature will be considered a violation of Chapter I, Article 1(c).
c) Before you register your team online, please have the following information ready:

• Tournament City
• Team Name
• Team Colors
• Church Name
• Pastor Name
• Pastor Phone #
• Church City
• Church State
• Credit Card Information

• For each of your team members (including the captain):
• Name
• Address
• Date of Birth
• Playing Experience
• Phone #
• Email Address
• T-shirt size (XS, S, M, L, XL)

d) Final rosters and Pastor Verification forms must be completed and postmarked by the registration deadline.

Article 2 - Participant Requirements
a) Each player must be present at onsite registration on the morning of the tournament. Every player must bring valid picture identification (e.g. Driver’s License, Passport, school or state ID, etc.) in order to verify the accuracy of the information provided on the registered team roster. ID bracelets for players would be issued at that time. The ID bracelet must be worn at all times in order to participate in the tournament. Players must be prepared to show identification throughout the tournament.
b) A Player may only appear on one (1) team roster for each tournament. Any player appearing on more than 1 team roster will be automatically disqualified from participation in that tournament. Any team allowing a player to switch to their team after the entry deadline will have that player stricken from the roster. If the switch occurs during the tournament the team may be disqualified from further participation in the tournament.
c) Any person currently playing professional soccer - MLS, NPSL, WUSA, USL, A-League, D3, PDL, Romanian Div. A, B, etc. - is banned from participating in Charity Cup's Soccer Regional and National Championship.
d) Participants understand that their involvement in the tournament is at their own risk, and they give up the right to hold the organizers or the owner of the property on which the tournament will be held, responsible or liable for any injuries, damages, or other such problems that may occur during the tournament.
e) Participants will take full responsibility for their actions while participating in the tournament and will be accountable for any damages that they may cause due to lack of self-control.
f) Participants must adhere to the tournament guidelines or face disciplinary action including, but not limited to, disqualification.

Article 3 - Discipline
1. 2 yellow cards - ejection from game and suspension from next game
2. 1 red card - ejection from game and suspension from next game
3. 2 red cards – automatic disqualification from the tournament. Depending upon the severity of the offense and at the discretion of the tournament organizers, greater penalties may be imposed, including a ban from next year’s tournament

Article 4 - Injuries, Damage, Theft or Loss
Charity Cup, the facility, sponsors or any authorized representative, agent or employee of these shall not be responsible for any expense incurred by any team if the event is canceled or rescheduled in whole or in part or for any liability in connection with the event for personal injury or property loss in connection with traveling to, participating in, or traveling home from the event. Each team, player, coach or fan shall participate at his or her own risk.

Article 5 - Equipment
a) Participants must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to her or him self or another player (certain jewelry, cleats etc.).
b) Participants must wear basic required equipment: a jersey or shirt; shorts - if thermal underwear are worn, they must be of the same main color as the shorts; stockings; shinguards; and footwear.
c) Each player shall wear a numbered jersey. The number shall be affixed to the back of the jersey and must be clearly visible. Each player must wear a different number. Players may not change jerseys or numbers during the tournament without the organizers’ permission. Numbered jerseys for goalies are optional.
c) Shinguards must be covered entirely by the stockings, must be made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic, or similar substances), and must provide a reasonable degree of protection
d) Each goalkeeper must wear colors that distinguish him from the other players, the referee and the assistant referees, and must wear protective gloves.

Article 6 - Facility Rules
a) Smoking is not permitted indoors.
b) Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on facility grounds.
c) Consumption of illegal narcotics is not permitted.
d) Changing of clothes is only permitted in the designated locker rooms.

Chapter III

Article 1 - Game Scheduling
a) Game schedules will be posted one hour prior to on-site registration
b) All games will begin as scheduled
c) Both teams will warm-up 5 minutes prior to the start of the game
d) Only teams scheduled to play are allowed to occupy the field
e) All teams will be scheduled for a minimum of 3 games

Article 2 – Game Rules
a) FIFA Rules and Regulations will govern all games during the tournament, EXCEPT

1) All preliminary and playoff games are composed of two 25 minute halves and a 5 minute halftime break.
2) The final game is composed of two 30 minute halves - the second half will begin once the halftime festivities are finished (minimum of 10 minutes).
3) Three (3) points will be awarded for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss in preliminary play.
4) Ties will only be issued in preliminary play.
5) If a team fails to show for a scheduled game, forfeits a game, or is disqualified from further play, the opposing team will be issued a 3-0 win.
6) The top teams from each division will qualify for the playoffs, wins; losses; ties; goals for; and goals against will be used to calculate the standings
7) Playoffs are single elimination
8) Playoff games ending in a tie will proceed as follows:

A) 5-minute sudden death period
B) If still tied, teams will play a second 5-minute sudden death period
C) If game remains tied a penalty shoot-out will determine the winner.

j) Substitutions. For the 11-on-11 ach team is allowed a maximum of seven (7) substitutions for each half. After leaving the game, the substituted player shall not be allowed to re-enter the game during that half of play. If the match goes into overtime or penalty shoot-out, the overtime period is considered part of the second half. The six on six games will have unlimited substitutions.
k) For the six-on-six tournament the following penalties will be enforced:

1)Blue Card: player must sit for two minutes during this time his team shall play short-handed for the two minutes or until opposing team scores.
2)Yellow Card: player must sit a mandatory five minutes, team may not replace player if opposing team scores or after the five-minute penalty has been served.
3) Red Card: player is ejected and must leave bench to the locker room. Team must play short handed for the mandatory five minutes.
Teams may ONLY play 2 down on accumulative infractions. Any more will be served consecutively.

Article 3 - Trophies and Awards
1. Trophies for the top 3 teams in each tournament will be issued at the closing ceremony following the final game