CSU Summer Invitational Tournament Rules & Regulations

Location/ HQ

Fellowship Fields – 241 Fellowship Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425
Villa Maria Academy High School – 370 Old Lincoln Highway, Malvern PA 19355 (Turf)

Tournament Director: George Anthony
Contact: tournaments@chesterspringsunited.com


All teams are responsible for their own insurance. In the case of injury during travel or while participating in the tournament, CSU Summer Invitational and its directors will not be liable.

A stamped roster from a USYSA or US Club roster must be submitted by each team at team check in. Check in will take place one hour before your team’s first game.

First and second place awards will be presented to winners and runner-ups. Scores will be published online for all U11 and older games only.

Be at your field ready to play 15-20 minutes before game time.

Home team is team listed first on the schedule. They will choose goal to defend, “AWAY” team will take kick off. Sides and kick off will switch at halftime.

Game reports will be called in by the refs via field marshals.

Any player must play for only one registered team during the tournament.


Teams may register a maximum of fourteen (14) players for U08, U09 and U10 (7v7). The maximum will be 18 players U11 and U12 (9v9).  A team may use up to five (5) guest players but any team utilizing loaned players is still limited to the player maximums based upon the age groups and level of play (7v7, 9v9). US Club Soccer teams may only take guest players registered under US Club Soccer, and USYSA teams may only take guest players registered with properly stamped USYSA player pass cards. A player can only play with one (1) team during the tournament weekend regardless of different age divisions or level of play. If a player is used on multiple teams, both teams will forfeit their matches.

Laws of the Game

All games will be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the game, as modified by USYSA and EPYSA.


All participating teams must be currently registered with their State association or other US Soccer affiliated organization. All non-US Club Soccer teams from outside Region I must have permission to Travel forms authorized by their State association. Rosters, player passes and medical release forms for all players will be required at registration. Rosters, player passes and medical release forms for all players will be required at registration.

Duration of games, overtimes (by halve length) and Ball size are as follows:

Division Length Overtime(playoffs) Ball Size
U08 20 minutes 5 minutes 4
U09 25 minutes 5 minutes 4
U10 25 minutes 5 minutes 4
U11 30 minutes 5 minutes 4
U12 30 minutes 5 minutes 4

** Playoffs (Final) games tied after regulation time has finished, will play two equal overtime halves to their conclusion. If the game is still tied after extra time, penalty kicks will immediately follow. These will be in correspondence with FIFA rules.

Halftime: Halftime will be a duration of 5 minutes

Game check-in, Failure to Show and Forfeits

There will be no grace time allowed for teams not at the field of play at the scheduled time of kick-off. The opponent shall be awarded a 1-0 win for the match. A minimum of 6 players for 9v9 teams and 5 for 7v7.
In no event shall a team who forfeits a game be eligible for first or second place awards. The team with the next best record or point total shall be declared the award winner.

Players Equipment

The referee will make final decisions regarding players equipment to determine its safety and suitability, including wearing of orthopedic braces and casts. Shin pads are mandatory for all players. No Jewelry. All uniforms must be numbered. In the event of conflicting color jerseys the home team will be required to change (home team is listed first on the schedule). Players are required to wear shin guards in accordance with the Laws of the Game.


Team coaches will have have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends and spectators at all times. Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards of their 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). 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 may be subject to further sanctioning. Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament. This could also lead to punishment via USSF, EPYSA & state and federal law.

Suspended and Terminated Games

If in the opinion of game officials, a game must be suspended for any 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 game 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.


Delays of the game due to injury will result in appropriate time being added to the full game time, based on the judgment of the referee. However, all preliminary games will be terminated not less than five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the next game.

Tobacco and alcohol products are prohibited at any game site/ venue used at the CSU Summer Invitational.


Substitutions may be made during stoppages that are in your possession, with the exception of free-kicks & corner kicks, with the permission of the referee. The opposing team may also make substitutions providing the team with possession from the stoppage is making a substitution (Piggy Back Rule).

There will be no substitutions for a player who has received a red card. A red-carded player will be suspended for the next game.


There will be no protests allowed.

Inclement Weather

In the event that a game needs to be stopped due to inclement weather, lightning, etc, you will be instructed by one or all of the following methods:

  1. Notified by tournament official
  2. Referees
  3. Air Horns

Everyone should then go to their cars or a place of safety. DO NOT LEAVE THE SITE. The air horns will sound again or you will be informed by a tournament official when everything is “all clear.” You should then return to the field. If it is necessary for you to check with Tournament Headquarters regarding this situation, we ask that only the team’s head coach go to the headquarters tent.

Games will be suspended until 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder has left the vicinity. Inclement weather is always a possibility and such weather may result in delayed, abbreviated or canceled games. The tournament committee will attempt to reschedule games to insure that each team will play a full schedule for the tournament. Games may be shortened or postponed or scheduled at a different site in order to meet this goal. The Tournament Directors and Site Coordinators have authority to suspend games due to weather. Preliminary matches terminated after one half of play will be considered final.

Determination of Division Winners

Each team will be awarded 3 points for a win, 1 points for a tie and 0 points for a loss. In addition, teams will earn 1 point for each goal scored, to a maximum of 5. Additionally 2 points will be awarded to the winning team who shuts out its opponent. In the case of a 0-0 tie, each team is awarded 2 shutout points plus 1 point each for the tie. In the event of forfeit a 1-0 score will award the winner 3+1+2 points for 6 total points. The maximum points earned by a winning team is therefore 10.


At the end of play, the division champion will be the team with the most Overall Points. *see above*  In the event of a tie within the division, the following criteria will be used to determine the division champion and finalist, in the following order:

Fewest goals allowed
Best goal differential (maximum of +3 per game for a win, -3 per game for a loss)
Penalty kicks

Playoffs will be used for multi-division brackets to crown a champion.
Each team that places 1st in their respective division will move into the playoffs/ championship final. The winner of this will become the champions.


Once a team is accepted into the tournament, there will be no refunds issued.  In the event of Inclement Weather, Act of GOD, Force Majeure or any other event beyond the control of the tournament and or committee, CSU Summer Invitational will make every attempt to reschedule games using any available means. CSU Summer Invitational reserves the right to adjust schedules, field locations, length of matches, and cancel some or all matches because of inclement weather conditions. If games are canceled due to weather, refunds/credits will be determined at the discretion of the tournament committee.

** All referee and tournament committee decisions will be final, please respect all decisions.