General tournament rules apply in areas not covered by these rules. (Mercy Rule in Effect)
Law 1 The Field of Play
The field size is determined by facility used and marked accordingly.
Law 2 The Ball
The game ball shall be size 4 for U9 and U11 and size 5 for U13 and up
Law 3 The Players
A match may not start or continue if either team has fewer than 5 players on the field. Unlimited substitutions shall be allowed.
No players may be added or alterations made to the game sheet after the commencement of the second half.
U9 and U11 players will play 8 vs 8 on the (smaller fields)
U13-U19 play 9 vs 9 on the (Larger fields)
Law 5 The Referee
The Referee Assignor will assign two ASA registered Referee for each scheduled game. Games can proceed with 1 official.
Law 7 The Duration of the Match
A match lasts for two equal halves of 25 minutes each. There is no allowance for time lost. Teams must have the minimum number of players (see Law 3) by ten (10) minutes after the scheduled game time. A game shall be declared valid if, in the referee's estimation, at least 2/3 of the game has lapsed.
There are no timeouts in the Copa Edmonton Tournament.
Law 9 The Ball in and out of Play
The ball is out of play when it touches the ceiling. Restart: Throw-in to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball, at the touchline closest to where the ball touched the ceiling.
Law 11 Offside
Off Side will be at half as per FIFA rules
U9 no off sides
U11 off side at the 1/3 mark of the field
Law 12 Fouls and Misconduct
All yellow and red card offences are to be recorded by the referee on the applicable game sheet.
Players receiving 2 yellow cards or denying a goal scoring opportunity will not serve any further suspension. Other red cards will be 1 game suspension and/or brought to the discipline committee to decide the number of games (if any) the player will sit. Our goal is to try to get the players playing.
Spitting on the field is a sending off offense.
At no time do teams play shorthanded but players receiving 2 yellows or a red card are ejected from the current game and must leave the technical area
U9- no Yellow or Red cards
U11-cards may be issued but no further suspensions will be incurred. They can play the next game even when given a red card.
Law 13 Free Kicks
Until the ball is in play all opponents must remain at least 8 yards from the ball, unless they are on their own goal line between the goalposts. (Indirect and Direct kicks apply)
U9- All kicks are indirect. No penalty shots. Infraction inside of the goal area will result in an indirect free kick 9 yards from the goal line.
Law 14 The Penalty Kick
The penalty mark for 8v8 games is 9 yards from the goal line
The penalty mark for 9v9 games is 9 yards from the goal line
RETREAT LINE for U9 and U11
U9 and U11 have a retreat line at the 1/3 of the field. This comes into effect in 3 situations.
• a goal kick
• a free kick to the defending team within their own penalty area (goal area in U9 outdoor games)
• the goalkeeper makes a save and has possession of the ball in their hands
At these 3 restarts the opposing team is required to move beyond the Retreat Line, which is the following:
• On U9 games a line that is one third of the way down from the goal line. If there is no line, cones off
the field can be used.
On a goal kick or free kick the ball is in play when the first of the following occurs:
• The ball touches another player from the team taking the restart, apart from the player taking the goal
kick or free kick
• The ball stops and has left the penalty area/goal area (U9 outdoor games) from a goal kick or free kick
• The ball crosses the Retreat Line
• The ball goes out of play
On a goalkeeper save the ball is in play when the first of the following occurs:
• The goalkeeper, after making a save, kicks or throws the ball beyond the Retreat Line
• The goalkeeper, after making a save, releases the ball and it touches another player from the same
• The goalkeeper, after making a save, puts the ball on the ground and more than 5 seconds has passed
after putting the ball down on the ground
• The goalkeeper, after making a save, puts the ball on the ground and dribbles the ball beyond the
• The ball goes out of play
If an opposing player comes in from the Retreat Line AND interferes with play, the game will be stopped, and
the restart will be a free kick to the opposing team from where the player crossed the Retreat Line.
For any infraction by the team taking the goal kick, free kick or a goalkeeper save when the Retreat Line Rule is
in effect, the restart will be a free kick at the center of the closest Retreat Line.
All players must retreat and the team has 6 seconds to put the ball into play. Once the ball is in play or after 6 seconds players can now enter the area.
Note: The penalty Mark may be outside the penalty area depending on the field of play. Players may not encroach closer to the goal than the penalty mark and must remain at least 5 yards from the ball on all sides.
Mercy Rule is in effect. No game can have a higher score differential than 5. For example If the score is 7-1, the score will be uploaded as 6-1.