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Puma Seawolf Cup Six-A-Side Premier, Gold, Silver - Boys and Girls
June 30, 2013
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Sixteenth Annual
Sonoma Soccer Puma Seawolf Cup
Six-a-Side Tournament 2015

Rules & General Information

We would like to welcome everybody to the Puma-Seawolf Cup on behalf of Sonoma Soccer. The proceeds from the tournament benefit the Sonoma State Soccer program, and help off set scholarships, travel, and operating expenses. In 2002, they won the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Championship and could not have won it without the support from coaches, players and parents from every corner of Northern California!

This is the Eighteenth Annual Tournament and we hope that everyone involved enjoys it and finds it to be competitive, positive and a valuable soccer experience. The first 17 have been outstanding events and they have grown every year.

The turnout has been excellent. This year we expect over 300 teams, divided into four tournaments (Premier/Gold boys & girls and Silver/Bronze boys and girls). There are teams from all over Northern California, including most of the top clubs.

Our hope is that the tournament will provide an environment for kids to play in a competitive atmosphere with an emphasis on skill development in a game situation. We would encourage coaches to let the kids play and learn, perhaps with less input from the coach than in an 11 v 11 game.

We also hope that everyone displays the level of sportsmanship that the players deserve. We are using mostly licensed referees and a few of our SSU Men’s and Women’s players. We have trained all of them and please realize that they are doing the best that they can and if they aren’t, we will replace them with someone who will!

We look forward to an exciting weekend and once again, we thank everyone for their support. I would also like to give special thanks to my father, Herb Ziemer, for doing all of the scheduling, and my assistant coaches, Benjamin Ziemer, Tim Maycock, Shawn Percell as well as the entire soccer team for all of the time that they put in to make this tournament a success.

Marcus Ziemer
Sonoma Soccer President
SSU Men’s Soccer Coach
General Notes
- All proceeds benefit the Sonoma State University Soccer Program.
- Please set an example and exhibit good sportsmanship at all times.
- Parking: If you park in a legal, non-reserved space you will not be ticketed!
- Also see specific parking notes on webpage

Coaches and Managers Notes
- This tournament is not CYSA sanctioned. We have our own insurance through Sonoma Soccer and you are not restricted by US Club or CYSA paperwork and travel rules. We use the honor system to monitor ages.
- If you have light and dark uniforms, please bring both sets. We will have bibs in case of color conflicts.
- Each team is responsible for providing a well-inflated game ball for each game. Each team is responsible for chasing any ball that goes out of bounds on the half of the field that they warmed up on. Please return it to the owner after the game.
- All games will start at the scheduled time with a central horn. If teams aren’t ready to play when the horn blows, they will lose valuable playing time. Get to the field early, find the other coach and work out uniform colors. There will be plenty of space to warm up.
- The winner of each division will receive championship t-shirts, a medal and a team trophy.
- Each division may have a different format to determine the champion, with some going to play-offs and some using a league formula, depending on the number of teams in the bracket.

Tournament Rules
- Any controversy, interpretation of the rules or disciplinary action shall be ruled upon by the Games Committee, which will include: Marcus Ziemer, Matt Bernard, Shawn Percell, Benjamin Ziemer, and Tim Maycock. In the event that one of the committee’s teams is involved in the dispute, that committee member will not be involved in the decision. In the event that the games committee can’t be consulted all final rulings will be made by the tournament director.
- All players must be the appropriate age. We are using the 2015-2016 calendar. Any team caught using over-age players will be disciplined. The ruling will be made by the rules committee and could include the forfeit of games.
- We recommend only bringing 10 players - Each team can use a maximum of 13 players in each game. Once the game starts, you can’t change your roster.
- Players can’t play for two teams in the same division, but they can play for two teams in two different age groups.
- All games will be 2 x 15 minute halves, with a 1 minute half-time. There will be no injury or stoppage time, unless there is a serious medical emergency.
- In the group play, ties will stand. In the playoffs, ties will go straight to FIFA penalty kicks, with 3 kicks instead of 5.
- Substitutions are to be made “on the fly”. The player coming off must be running towards the sidelines before the sub can run on.
- There is no off-sides.
- The ball does not have to go forward on the kick off, it can be played back.
- When the ball goes out of bounds, it will be restarted with a throw-in, corner kick or goal kick, depending on where it went out of bounds and who touched it last. These will be in-direct. Kickoffs are also in-direct.
- Goal kicks are to be taken from inside penalty arc and must be kicked outside the penalty arc before they can be touched by another player. Goal kicks can’t be kicked over midfield in the air unless they touch another player before crossing the midfield line.
- All fouls committed outside the penalty box will be in-direct kicks. All fouls committed in the attacking penalty box by the defending team will be FIFA penalty kicks from 12 yds, except for balls passed back and picked up by the keeper. These will be indirect from the nearest spot on the penalty arc.
- In the event that in the play-offs a team is scheduled against a team from group play or a team from the same club then the pairings will be adjusted according to seeding so that they don’t play each other.
- A player who receives a red card must sit out the first half of the next game. If a player receives a second red card, it will be reviewed by the organizing committee and the player will receive at least one full game suspension and possible expulsion from the tournament.
- Walls must be set at least 5 yds from the ball.
- The goalkeeper cannot punt, drop kick or throw the ball over midfield without it first bouncing in his/her own half or touching another player. This does not apply when the keeper has the ball on the ground at his/her feet.

Point System
- 6 points will be awarded for a win and 3 points for a tie. Teams will also get one point for every goal up to 4. (Maximum 10 points for a 4-0 win and 7 points for a 4-4 tie)
- A forfeit counts as a 2-0 win and 8 points.
- The tie-breaker will be the following criteria in preferential order:
- 1. Head-to-head results. (if 3 teams are tied once a team has been selected as the division winner, the remaining teams move onto the next tie breaker (goal differential) and so on.
- 2. Goal differential, maximum of 5 per game.
- 3. Goals for. (max 10 per game)
- 4. Goals against. (max 10 per game)
- 5. Penalty kicks if both teams are present. (If not present, ruling will be made by the games committee).
- 6. Coin toss.
- 7. $ amount of donation to SSU - Soccer Fund (just kidding unless it is a really big one)

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