This Tournament shall be played under FIFA rules. All decisions and calls of tournament referees are final. No Protests will be allowed. The designated Field Marshall or Tournament Director will resolve any situation not covered by the rules.

Registration and Team Eligibility:
Teams must check-in at the field at least 75 minutes before game time. All players must be registered with either US Club Soccer or USYSA ( Cal-South) and have their laminated league passes and medical release forms along with a CAL CUP roster which may be printed from this website. No players are to be added after the initial check-in before the first game.

Game Check In:
The Field Marshall or Referee will check player I.D. cards and equipment prior to each game.
Players must wear shin guards to play. Home Team is listed first in the schedule and will have choice of sides. In case of conflict the home team must change jerseys. Home team will supply the game ball. Failure to have 7 players available within 5 minutes of scheduled game time constitutes a forfeit. The winner will be awarded 3 points.

Game Length:

Game lengths for 2010 - 2009 will be 25-minute halves (all games will be 7 v 7); 2008 - 2007 will be 30-minute halves (all games will be 9 v 9); 2006-2005 will be 35-minute halves (all games will be 11 v 11); 2004-2003 will be 40-minute halves, and 2002-1999 will be 45 minute halves. Five minutes for half time. There will be no time allowance for injuries.
In case of inclement weather or field conditions, games may:

Be shortened

Go to F.I.F.A. kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner

Be canceled

Games for 2010-2006 will use an official size #4 ball. Games involving 2005 - 1999 will be played with an official size #5 ball.

Referee Fees:

Based upon game length. The tournament pays the ref fees for the finals.

50 min games:(2010-2009) $40 per team

60 min games:(2008-2007) $48 per team

70 min games:(2006-2005) $56 per team

80 min games:(2004-2003) $64 per team

90 min games:(2002-1999) $72 per team

1. 3 Points for each win
2. 1 Points for each tie.

Score corrections:

  • If Coaches/Team Administrators of both teams, meet with Field Marshal and agree to a score correction, the Field Marshal will correct the score and other records accordingly.
  • If Referee verifies incorrect score was recorded, Field Marshal (with Tournaments Director’s approval) may correct score and other records accordingly.
  • Scores incorrectly posted on Website shall be investigated by Field Marshall by checking original match record and corrected accordingly.

Tie Breakers:
If teams are tied on points after preliminary games, the following tiebreaker system will be used to determine the quarter-finalists, semi-finalists and finalists as may be applicable:
1. Head-to-head competition
2. Least Goals allowed
3. Most Goals scored
4. FIFA penalty kicks.
Overtime will not be played in any pool games. All elimination round games will have two 5-minute overtimes and a shoot out if required.

If wildcards are needed to balance out elimination rounds then the following tie breakers will be used: 1. Points 2. Least goals allowed 3. Most goals scored 4. Coin toss by tournament committee. Pool winners do not play wildcards that come out of their pool in the first elimination round.

The following rules of conduct apply:

All coaches have complete responsibility for the conduct of their players, bench, friends, and spectators at all times.

If, in the opinion of game officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench or spectators, the offending team can be suspended from further play and forfeit that game and all remaining games. In this event, all previous points earned remain as played.

Any player or coach ordered from the field of play (RED CARD) will not be allowed to participate in the next match as a minimum and if violent conduct occurs the player or coach may be ejected for remainder of tournament at discretion of Tournament Director. Two YELLOW cards during a game shall be ejected for remainder of the game and may serve a one game suspension at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

Disciplinary measures imposed by this tournament organization for inappropriate behavior shall be limited to placing restrictions upon an individual player, coach, and spectator or team's participation in the tournament. Such disciplinary action will be as determined by and at the discretion of the Tournament Director or designated Field Marshall and can include exclusion from further tournament participation.

All matters involving a referee assault shall, in accordance with USSF Rule II08, shall also be referred immediately to US Club Soccer. US Club Soccer will have the responsibility for imposing, should the circumstances warrant additional sanctions, within their respective  jurisdictions, with regard to matters arising from the tournament.

Red Card corrections:
If Referee verifies incorrect player was recorded as receiving Red Card (includes double yellow), Field Marshal (with Tournament Director’s approval) may correct records accordingly.
If a Red Card given by the referee was not recorded on the match card by the referee, the Tournament Director may add the red card upon confirmation that a red card was issued by the referee.

Substitutions may be made, with the consent of the referee, at any stoppage in play.

Special Rules:
In the event of an unusual event that results in a significant loss of game time, the lost game time may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Tournament Co-Directors. The rescheduling of the lost game time is subject to field availability. An example of an unusual event would be a major injury to a player, which prevented the use of the playing field. The Tournament defines a significant loss of game time as more than half of the game. An accumulation of time delays due to minor/moderate injuries to several players would not constitute an unusual event nor will these delays be considered lost game time. An accumulation of time delays resulting from the normal course of a game will not be considered lost game time.

Tournament Directory/Site Manager may shorten games as necessary to make sure all matches scheduled on a given field are played. For example, a field running behind schedule due to an injury may have all remaining games shortened by few minutes each game so that each game gets played.

Winners shall be presented with a Team Championship trophy and individual medals will be presented to both teams after the championship match.

Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players, bench & spectators, and may be ejected based on conduct of those for whom the coach is responsible. Any player or coach ejected from a game will not be permitted to play in the next scheduled match unless agreed to by the Tournament Committee. The Tournament Director has the authority to make decisions on any matters not specifically covered by these rules & regulations.

Refund Policy:
2010 thru 2004:  Refunds will be made to all teams not accepted. Teams that drop before December 31st, 2017, will be given refunds less $25 for credit card service fees. No refunds will be given for Cal Cup fees to any team that drops on or after December 31st, 2017.

2003 thru 1999:  Refunds will be made to all teams not accepted. Teams that drop before February 1, 2018, will be given refunds less $25 for credit card service fees. No refunds will be given for Cal Cup fees to any team that drops on or after February 1, 2018.

The Tournament Director or referee may suspend any match or tournament in consideration of safety to players or damage to fields in event of inclement weather under any circumstances. Partial refunds for cancelled or suspended games will be considered by Tournament Committee and determined in full accordance with US Club Soccer guidelines or rules and regulations but will not exceed $100 per game.

No refund will be allowed due to forfeit of game by team accepted to tournament.