PDA Boys College Showcase

 PDA Boys College Showcase

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Participation in the PDA Boys College Showcase Tournament is open to accepted teams composed of twenty-two {22} or fewer players meeting the age limit of the specified division.  Players must have been born during, or subsequent to, the divisional yearEach team must be registered with a National State Association affiliated with US Youth Soccer, or with US Club Soccer, and must present an approved and valid Official State or US Club Soccer Roster.  US Youth Soccer or US Club Soccer Member passes duly authorized by State National Association or US Club Soccer will be required as proof of age. MEMBER PASSES AND OFFICIAL, APPROVED ROSTERS MUST BE PRESENT AT THE FIELD FOR THE DURATION OF THE GAME.


a) REGISTRATION: Teams must check in via the ONLINE REGISTRATION. Failure to check in will result in automatic disqualification (without a refund of the fee) from the Tournament.  Games not played will be classified as "Forfeits and Byes.”

b) CREDENTIALS: At the Mandatory Registration, teams must provide the required credentials. All U.S. teams must provide laminated USYSA or US Club Soccer Player I.D. Cards with photographs, and notarized Medical Release Forms. Teams from outside NJYSA must also provide approved Travel Papers if required by state which must include a roster listing all players authorized to travel. Proper Player Loan Forms will be required at Registration along with other required credentials, as required by the team’s State Association or US Club Soccer.

c) ROSTERS: Teams may register a maximum of twenty-two players. A team may use up to five (5) guest players but any team utilizing guest players is still limited to the twenty-two player maximum. Each game must have an 18-man roster declared before each game.

d) AGE GROUPS for teams are as follows:

(a) U-19

(b) U-17

(c) U-16

(d) U-15


a) All games shall be played in accordance with FIFA Laws, except as specifically modified by these rules

b) Duration of Games, by Halves, and Ball Size are as follows:

Division                  Duration (Half)                     Halftime Duration                                Ball Size

U 19                       40 Minutes                           5 Minutes                                             5

U17                        40 Minutes                           5 Minutes                                             5

U-16                        40 Minutes                          5 Minutes                                             5

U-15                       40 Minutes                           5 Minutes                                             5

c) A game is "complete" upon completion of one half of play regardless of the circumstances of termination during the second half with results based on the score at the time the game is called. Games can end in a tie.

d) This tournament will follow a showcase format; no semi-final or final games will be played.

e) HALF TIME: Half Time will be exactly five minutes.

f) Players and coaches will take one side of the pitch, and supporters will take the other side of the pitch.


a) Thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of each scheduled game, each team must present at the facility. A team who fails to report within ten minutes after a scheduled kick off will forfeit the game.


Free substitution will be allowed in all age groups. However, teams may substitute only with the referee's permission and only at the following times (including overtimes):

a) Prior to a throw-in by either team

b) Prior to a goal kick, by either team

c) After a goal, by either team

d) After an injury on either team when the referee stops play

e) At halftime

f) On a caution, only the cautioned player may be substituted at that time.


a) Shin guards are mandatory for all players.

b) Home Team Will wear white/light color jerseys. Where uniform colors are similar, the designated home team will change colors.  Home team is listed first on the schedule


All Coaches have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, substitutes, friends and spectators at all times. Coaching from the sidelines (giving direction to one's own team on points of strategy and position) is permitted, provided:

a) No mechanical devices are used;

b) The tone of the voice is instructive and not derogatory;

c) No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators;

d) No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.


a) 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.

b) A player or coach who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play will not be allowed to participate in the next TWO scheduled games.

c) Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament.

d) For the purpose of this Tournament a Coach can be carded.


If in the opinion of game officials a game must be suspended (for reason), the game may be resumed, but is subject to being ended not less than five (5) 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.


All teams who forfeit will have the game(s) scored a 0-1 loss.  Teams failing to report ready to play within ten minutes after the scheduled kick off time will forfeit. Home Teams unable to supply alternate jerseys, or teams failing to check in at the Mandatory Registration or for taking actions which cause a game to be terminated will forfeit.  Teams who forfeit seriously jeopardize their right to play in any future PDA tournaments.  Due to the showcase nature of this tournament, every effort will be made to provide a replacement team/game for the team whose opponent forfeits.




Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee and the tournament will not overrule a referee’s decision. All disputes as to non-referee decisions { ie. Eligibility, interpretation of rules, etc.} will be settled by the Tournament Director or his/her designee and the decision will be final.


 Each team will play 3 games in the showcase format.


a) Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit AND the letter of the Law.  Displays of temper or dissent are cause for ejection from the game and surrounding field area.

b) Players, coaches, and team officials ejected from a game by the referee shall be ineligible for the next scheduled game. Also, Tournament management will report yellow and/or red cards issued to players from other State Associations to those players’ home State Associations.



e) In the event of an assault or abuse of a game official, a judiciary hearing shall immediately be convened at a Tournament site to be designated by the Tournament Director.  All terms described in the USSF Official Administrative Rule Book – Misconduct Toward Game Official – shall apply.  In any event, a player or coach or other team official or spectator who is charged with an assault on or abuse of a game official is suspended from further participation in the PDA Invitational tournament.


a) In case of inclement weather or other force majeure, the Tournament Committee will have the authority to change games as follows:

b) Relocate or reschedule any game(s).

c) Change the duration of any game(s).

d) Cancel any preliminary game(s).

i) INCLEMENT WEATHER BEFORE THE MATCH; Referees and/or Tournament Committee may reduce the length of the match, and subsequent matches by 50%, however the halves of the match must be of equal duration.  If the match is cancelled, the Tournament Committee will award a 0-0 tie.

ii) INCLEMENT WEATHER DURING A MATCH; The match will be considered completed and the score will stand if one half has been completed.  If less than one half has been completed, a 0-0 tie will be awarded by the Tournament Committee.

iii) INCLEMENT WEATHER BEFORE START OF TOURNAMENT; If severe inclement weather causes the cancellation of the tournament in its entirety.


a) Under no circumstances whatsoever will the Tournament Committee, PDA,  and US Club Soccer be responsible for any expenses (including the Tournament entry fee) incurred by any team.  This includes a situation where the Tournament or any game(s) is cancelled/terminated in whole or part once it starts.

b) The Tournament Committee's interpretation of the rules shall be final.

c) The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to this Tournament.

d) No items of any kind may be sold at Tournament Headquarters, the playing fields, or surrounding the event areas for the duration of the Tournament without the expressed, written approval of the Tournament Committee.    Determination of guilt will be by the senior Tournament Official present.

e)  You must have a valid New Jersey Driver’s License to operate a golf cart at a tournament.


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