OFFICIAL RULES 3-ON-3 TOURNAMENT ~ UPDATED JUNE 18, 2013
Field Dimensions: Length-40 yards, width-30 yards. The goal box, 10 feet by 6 feet long, is directly in front of the goal. No player may touch the ball within the goal box. However, any player may move through the goal box. If a defender touches the ball in the goal box, a goal is awarded to the offensive team. If an offensive player touches the ball in the goal box, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. If the ball comes to rest in the goal box, a goal kick is awarded regardless of who touched the ball last. The goals are 4 feet high by 8 feet wide.
No Offside’s in 3-on-3 Soccer
No Slide Tackling: This does not prevent players from sliding to stop\intercept a ball, but NO CONTACT can be made with the opposing players.
Goal Scoring: A goal may be scored from a touch within a team’s offensive half of the field.
Game Duration: The game shall consist of two 12 minute halves separated by a 2 minute halftime period OR the first team to score 12 goals, whichever comes first. A coin toss will determine direction and possession before the start of the game. Games tied after regulation play shall end in a tie, except in the playoffs. No timeouts allowed.
Penalty Kick: Shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by the infraction. It is a direct kick taken from the middle of the half-way line with all players behind the half-way line. If a goal is not scored, the defense obtains possession with a goal kick.
Five Yard Rule: In a dead ball situation, defending players must stand at least 5 yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal area is closer than 5 yards, the ball shall be placed 5 yards from the goal area in line with the place of the penalty.
Kick-ins: The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline instead of thrown in.
Indirect Kicks: All dead ball kicks (kick-ins, free kicks, kick offs) are indirect with the exception of corner\penalty kicks.
Goal Kicks: May be taken from any point on the end line.
Number of Players: SIX is the maximum number of players on a team. Only three players on the field at one time. A team must have at least two field players or result in a forfeit of the game. Players may only play on one team in the tournament. There are no goal keepers.
Substitutions: Substitutions may occur at any dead ball situation with players entering and exiting the field at mid-field.
Kick Off: Is an indirect kick and may be taken in any direction.
Team Registration: All teams must be registered as either Recreational OR Premier/Select. A team registered as Recreational may not have more than 50 percent of team members who participate on a Premier/Select team at any time during the previous year. Registration as either Recreation OR Premier/Select does not guarantee placement of the team in the tournament division against other teams with the same designation. (i.e. Recreational or Premier/Select).
Player Registration: All players must be registered on the team’s registration form before the tournament begins. Proof of age
is required at check in. Substitutions and additions to a roster must be made prior to the start of the team’s first game by submitting the information to the tournament officials. Tournament officials reserve the right to reject any changes to a team’s roster.
Player Ejection (red card): Referees have the right to eject a player from a game for continual disobedience or as a result of an incident that warrants sending off. The team may then continue with their remaining players. However, if the player receiving the red card was on the field of play, the team must complete that game a player short on the field. The ejected player will be suspended for the following game (no exceptions). Players that are red carded need to leave the immediate playing area, including the spectator and team areas of that field.
Players Cautioned (yellow card): Players that receive two yellow cards in one game will be ejected from that game and suspended from their next game. However, if the player receiving the two yellow cards was on the field of play, the team must complete that game a player short on the field. Any player accumulating three yellow cards during the tournament will be suspended from their next game (no exceptions).
Playoff Overtime: Shall consist of a 3-minute “golden goal” overtime period with a coin toss to decide direction and the first team to score in overtime is the winner. If no team has scored in the 3-minute overtime period, the winner shall be decided by a shootout. The three players on each team remaining on the field at the end of the overtime period will enter into a rotation of penalty kicks, alternating teams with each kick, with the higher scoring team winning after the first round. If the score remains tied after the fist round of penalty kicks, the same three players will alternate in the same order in a “sudden death” penalty kick format until one team scores unanswered. If one team received a red card during the game and finishes with two players on the field, a remaining roster player (other than the red carded player) may 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 may kick twice in the penalty kick rotation.
Forfeits: Teams not present at game time will forfeit that game. Any team forfeiting two consecutive games in regulation play will be removed from the tournament. Any team forfeiting one game in the playoffs will be removed from the tournament.
Situations or occurrences that these rules do not address shall be left to the sole discretion of the tournament officials.
NOTE: All Players MUST carry proof of age to the games. The only acceptable proof of age will be current player picture card as issued by the state in which the player is a member, copy of birth certificate, or driver’s license. Any player not able to prove age will be disqualified from the tournament and NO REFUND will be issued.
PARENTS AND COACHES MUST BEHAVE. TEAMS THAT CANNOT CONTROL THEIR COACHES OR PARENTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO FORFEITURE FROM THE TOURNAMENT. NO REFUND WILL BE ISSUED.
3V3 POINT SYSTEM (Pool Play)
Win 6 points
Loss 0 points
Tie 3 points
Forfeit 10 points
Shut out 1 point
BONUS POINTS — 1 point for each goal scored over the other tam up to maximum of 3 points
Example: Team A scores 2 goals and Team B scores 7 goals. Team B gains an extra 3 bonus points.
Total points possible per game: 10 points
(Determine seeding in playoff)
1. HEAD-TO-HEAD — Result of pool play game between two teams (if played). If winner not determined, proceed to No. 2.
2. GOALS AGAINST — Winer is team that has the least amount of goals scored against it out of the total of the three (3) pool play games. If winner not determined, proceed to No. 3.
3. GOALS FOR — Winner is team that has the most oals scored out of the total of the three (3) pool play games. If winner not determined, proceed to No. 4.
4. PENALTY KICK SHOOTOUT — Three players chosen from each team will enter into a rotation of penalty kicks, alternating teams with each kick, with the higher scoring team winning after the first round. If the score remains tied after the first round of penalty kicks, the same three players will alternate in the same order in a sudden death penalty kick format until one-team scores unanswered.
NOTE: See “Playoff Overtime” in official rules for tiebreakers in playoff games.
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