Tournament Rules

The rules of this tournament shall be in accordance with US Youth Soccer and FYSA except as modified and approved herein.

Tournament Headquarters

Kick and Scream
(Mailing address)
West Florida Flames
PO BOX 3322
Brandon, FL 33509


Tournament Facilities:

East Lake Sports Complex
3555 Old Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

Tournament Check In

Online Check-in available.

The Tournament Officials shall conduct all credentials check at the field one (1) hour before first game.

The Adidas Kick and Scream is a Tournament (3 game minimum) for Recreational teams within Florida for all USSF Affiliates (including FYSA, US Club, AYSO, US Youth and SAY). The Rules of this Tournament shall be in accordance with USYSA and FYSA except as modified herein and thereby established and approved by the Tournament Committee.


General Rules of Eligibility:  Teams, players, officials, and managers will conform in this competition to all rules and regulations contained in the Constitution, Bylaws and guidelines of the Florida Youth Soccer Association, and as presented herein.  In the event of conflict, rules herein shall have precedence. This is a recreational team only tournament.  Players must be properly registered by their respective state association and in good standing with all dues and fees paid.  No recreational select, recreational all-star, or competitive teams will be allowed and if discovered will be automatically disqualified thus forfeiting their application fee.  This is an unrestricted tournament and properly registered players from all national associations will be accepted.

This Tournament shall be open to any Recreational teams within Florida for all USSF Affiliates (including FYSA, US Club, AYSO, US Youth and SAY) comprised of properly registered youth players (as defined by the rules of the Affiliated Organization) in age groups U-8, U-10, U12, U-14, U-16, and U-19 for coed teams and U-10, U-12, U-14, U-15, U- 16, and U-19 for girls provided such teams are in good standing with its youth association or other Federation Affiliate. No recreational all-star or competitive teams are allowed. Teams shall be certified by FYSA or Federation Affiliate as Recreational teams per the definition on the USYSA Application to Host Tournaments or Games. Age groupings and divisions may be modified by the Tournament Committee to suit the field of teams accepted into the Tournament.


Maximum roster size shall be 8 players for ages playing U8; 12 players for ages playing U10, 16 players for players playing U12, 22 players for ages playing U13-U19 (18 players to be rostered for each game). Teams may only have guest players from the same Federation organization and all players must be officially registered through their respective Federation organization. (i.e.: USYSA teams can only have players from USYSA passes; US Club teams may only have players with US Club passes, etc.) Player passes must be current and valid and complete with player name, registration number, date of birth, and recent player photograph. Temporary passes will be accepted. PASSES MUST BE LAMINATED. Guest players may be rostered to a team as follows:

  • U8-U10 – Three (3) Players
  • U12-U19 – Three (3) Players


U8-2009, U9-2008, U10-2007, U11-2006, U12-2005, U13-2004, U14-2003, U15-2002, U16-2001, U17-2000, U18-1999, U19-1998


Pursuant to Florida statutes (FS 943.0438) Florida in 2012 enacted a very stringent Head injury and Concussion Law. If the referee or assistant referee believes that, in his or her opinion, a player has suffered a head injury or possible concussion, the match must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. The injured player if able to leave the field on their own must be escorted to their coach and the coach must be told that the player cannot return for the duration of the match. If a trainer is brought onto the field because the player is incapacitated, the referee must still notify the coach that the player cannot return to the game. It is the responsibility of the coach and the players parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to seek medical attention. The player may not resume participation until he or she has been cleared by a medical doctor. The referee crew must ensure, that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES or due to the appeal from any coaching staff that the player is allowed to return to the game.


Teams will be seeded. Field and time assignments will be based on availability. Teams will play no more than two games on any one day and will not play back to back matches. A Certified Referee Assignor in accordance with FYSA and FSR assignment procedures will assign referees. Game schedules will be distributed no later than three days prior to the Tournament.


online check in is advised. Otherwise, each team MUST BE REPRESENTED at the Tournament Coaches’ Meeting at a time, date, and location to be announced. Team credentials check and schedule distribution/updates will be conducted around this meeting. Credentials will include valid passes for each player and coach from their authorizing Federation organization, the original and four copies of the state (FYSA or Federation Affiliate) approved team roster, and an original and one copy of a properly notarized medical release form for each player. The coach will receive a validated roster to be presented at each game check-in.


Tournament Officials and/or Referees shall check credentials prior to each game at the field to ensure that all players who participate are properly registered with their team and with USYSA as set forth on the Permission to Host form.

Pre-game check-in at the field shall be as follows: The coach or manager of each team will give the validated copy of the roster and all player and coach passes to the check-in person (Tournament Official, Referee, or Assistant Referee). This check-in person will verify the identity of each player and confirm that all players are on the validated roster. All passes will be held by the check-in person during the game. Players uniforms and equipment will be checked in accordance with USYSA/FYSA rules, and all problems will be resolved for players participating in the match. Players may be challenged by the opposing team only during this pre-game procedure. Challenged players will be noted by the Referee on the Game Report, but so noted players will be allowed to participate in the game as long as they have valid, verified player passes and are listed on the validated roster. A challenged player does not constitute a game protest, but may serve as the basis for review by the Tournament Committee.

A player who arrives at the field after pre-game procedure may, with the permission of the Referee, enter the game once the game officials verify that the player is eligible. A late arriving player may be challenged at the time he is allowed to participate by the Referee. Each coach must have a valid coach’s pass. If a coach is ejected, an assistant may manage the team. If the assistant is also ejected, or if there is no assistant, the game will be forfeited. In no case will the team be allowed to participate without a properly registered coach or assistant coach.

In conjunction with the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer, the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) will be instituting a heading ban for players age 10 and younger. In accordance with the recent U.S. Soccer recommendations on concussion risk management,
FYSA has eliminated heading in matches for player’s age 10-years-old and younger (11u-2006 and younger), per the new calendar year registration guidelines. Heading will not be permitted in 11u and younger age groups.* Players of U11 may play up into a designated U12 non-heading bracket only.
Competitive league, tournaments, and other FYSA sanctioned events that include 11u and younger age group teams heading will not be permitted.


Except where modified herein, rules of play shall be per FIFA “Laws of the Game”.


The field of play will be as marked by the Tournament.


The size of the ball will be as follows:

  • U-8 Size #3
  • U-9 thru U-12 Size #4
  • U-14 and up Size #5

The game ball will be provided by the listed home team, i.e. the team listed first for the scheduled match.


Will conform to FIFA with the following exceptions: Teams will play in accordance with FIFA “Laws of the Game” Under 8 will play 4 a side with no goalkeeper. Under 9-10 will play 7v7 (as modified per developmental player program), Under 11-12 will play 9v9, and U13 through Under 19 will play 11 v 11 per FIFA.

Substitutions – Substitutions shall be unlimited and may be made at the following times with the permission of the Referee:

  • Prior to a throw-in by your team.
  • Prior to a goal kick by either team.
  • After a goal by either team.
  • At half-time or at the beginning of overtime periods.
  • After an injury to either team, if the referee stops play.

Substitutes may enter the field of play only after receiving permission from the referee. All substitutes must enter at the halfway line and all players must leave at the halfway line.

In the spirit of good sportsmanship, an effort should be made by the coach for each eligible player to play a minimum of 50% of the total game playing time.

Player’s equipment shall meet the following additional requirements:

  • Teams shall wear uniforms of matching design and color with numbers on the back; no two players of the same team may wear the same number. Where colors of competing teams are identical or similar, the designated home team must change to colors distinct from their opponents. The goalkeeper of each team must wear a jersey distinctly different from the basic uniform color of the opposing team.
  • Screw in cleats is permitted; however, judgment as to their safety is at the discretion of the referee.
  • Orthopedic casts are not permitted. However, soft braces can be worn with written approval from a doctor, and judgment as to safety is at the discretion of the referee.
  • Shin guards must comply with FIFA Law 4: Shin guards are covered entirely by the stockings. ii. Shin guards are made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic, or similar substances). iii. Shin guards must PROVIDE A REASONABLE DEGREE OF PROTECTION. iv. Shin guards are required for any FYSA even for the safety of the players.

It is the policy of FYSA that no player be allowed to wear ANY jewelry while participating in any FYSA sanctioned match. The only exception that may be allowed is a medical alert bracelet or necklace taped to the body. The referee will make the decision as to the safety of the player, and the referee’s decision is final.


All Referees shall be currently certified by U.S.S.F.. Referees are required to complete and turn in an official Game Report as directed by the Tournament Committee and are required to submit an incident report with the names and teams of all players issued yellow and red cards and details of any other matters involving improper or unsportsmanlike conduct of a team, its players, coaches, or supporters. Both coaches shall sign the official game report prior to receiving their team’s player and coach passes.

In the event the Referee fails to appear, the senior Assistant Referee shall perform as the center Referee and shall obtain a suitable alternate Assistant Referee.


In the event the assigned assistant referees fail to appear, the referee must find suitable assistant referees. The game will be played as scheduled and will be deemed official.


The duration of the game shall be as follows:

  • U-19 2 x 45 = 90 NO OVERTIME
  • U-16 2 x 40 = 80 NO OVERTIME
  • U-14 2 x 35 = 70 NO OVERTIME
  • U-12 2 x 30 = 60 NO OVERTIME
  • U10 2 x 25 = 50 NO OVERTIME
  • U-8 2 x 20 = 40 NO OVERTIME – Festival Format

In any FYSA sanctioned match a break will be given at the midpoint of each half of regulation time and at the end of each overtime period (if played) for player hydration. This break will be given at a normal stoppage of play and it is mandatory for any FYSA sanctioned match during which the air temperature is or is expected to reach eighty-five (85) degrees. Violation may result in charges under FYSA’s COE.

Mercy Rule: All games will be subject to a mercy rule of an 8 goal differential at any time after completion of the first half.

Group games may end in a tie and no overtime will be played nor penalty kicks taken. No overtime will be played. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to change the duration of game times.


As per FIFA Laws of the Game.


  • U11-U19: No change per FIFA “Laws of the Game”
  • U8-U10: Offside will NOT be called.



  • For U-8 and U-10, opponents must be eight yards from the ball. (These distances apply to all dead ball starts/restarts.)
  • U-12 and up per FIFA.

LAW XIVFor U-8 and U-10 For U-8 and U-10

Penalty Kicks will be taken from 10 yards with a goalkeeper.


As per FIFA Laws of the Game.


Players, substitutes, coaches, and fans are expected to conduct themselves within the letter and spirit of the Laws of the Game. The Tournament Site Directors have the authority and responsibility to remove from the Tournament sites any person(s) who exhibit abuses to good conduct. Such persons shall still be subject to appropriate discipline by any or all appropriate authority. In addition to good manners, the following rules shall apply to the Tournament:

  1. The Tournament Director shall designate one touchline for the sole use of players listed on the validated rosters and a maximum of three coaches from each team. One team will occupy each of the designated areas on either side of the halfway line. While the game is in progress, the coaches and players must remain on their respective benches and not roam the sidelines.
  2. The Tournament Director shall designate the opposite touchline for spectators.
  3. A restraining line shall be drawn an appropriate distance from each touchline and all spectators, coaches, and players must remain outside of that line in order that the Assistant Referees may move freely and see clearly.
  4. Coaches shall be responsible for the behavior of their fans, and the Referee shall have the authority to demand that the coaches take steps to attempt to control any abusive or disruptive behavior by their fans. Unacceptable and uncontrollable behavior of fans may result in suspension or termination of the game by the Referee.


The Tournament Committee shall ensure that the Rules of the Tournament are upheld and that the behavior of coaches, players, and fans is appropriately controlled.

The issuance of a yellow and/or red card shall be reported by the Referee on the game report. Ejections shall be dealt with on a daily basis by the Discipline Committee. Disciplinary action will be in accordance with FYSA requirements.

Per Florida Youth Soccer Association Rule 504.1 – Red Card Suspension or send off suspensions cn only be served with the team with which the suspension was earned in games played by their team. Players may not serve suspensions as ‘guest players’.

Any ejected player or coach will have an automatic one-game suspension. Further suspension will be decided by the Discipline Committee based on FYSA requirements and may extend through the conclusion of the Tournament. Additional suspension beyond the conclusion of the Tournament shall be at the discretion of FYSA based on the report submitted by the Tournament Committee. The tournament committee shall have a discipline committee of not less than three (3) members. The discipline committee will review and rule on all reports of unacceptable conduct by players, managers, coaches, referees, spectators, etc., using the FYSA standards as set by FYSA Rule 502.

  • a. All players and managers/coaches shall be subject to FYSA Section 502- Discipline and Sanctions.
  • b. A player or manager/coach ejected will have an automatic minimum one (1) game suspension regardless of the • cause of the ejection.
  • c. Depending on the severity of the unacceptable conduct, the discipline committee may recommend the suspension of • up to the duration of the tournament with further disciplinary action by the appropriate state or national association. The discipline committee recommendations must be available to the affected parties no later than prior to their next scheduled game. •
  1. At the conclusion of the tournament, passes will be returned to the coach (even if a suspension has not been completed). A complete report will be sent to FYSA within seventy-two (72) hours of the conclusion of the tournament for possible further discipline.


The Tournament Committee asks that, as a mutual courtesy, the teams congratulate each other for a game well played.

  • a. The Referee shall complete the Game Report and have each coach confirm and sign it.
  • b. The Referee shall give the team’s player and coach passes back to the coach.
  • c. The Referee shall deliver the Game Report to the Site Director including written explanation of cautions and ejection’s.
  • d. The coach of each team will ensure that the bench area is cleaned of any trash.

DELAY OF START A team delaying the start of a scheduled match for more than 15 minutes without authorization from the Tournament Director shall forfeit the match to the opponent. Any team forfeiting a game cannot advance to semi- final or championship play. Forfeits will be scored 0 – 1.

  • A minimum of 3 players for 4v4
  • A minimum of 5 players for 7v7
  • A minimum of 6 players for 9v9
  • A minimum of 7 players for 11v11

Teams should be at the scheduled field at least fifteen minutes before scheduled game time. This time may be extended if, in the opinion of the Tournament Director, extenuating circumstances caused the delay.

 PROTESTS All disputes will be resolved by the Site Director. THERE WILL BE NO PROTESTS



In-group play there will be no overtime games. Standings in a group will be determined as follows:

Game Points: 3 points for a Win 1 point for a Tie 0 points for a Loss

Tie Breakers:

  • a. Head-to head competition in a group game.
  • b. Net goal Differential (Calculated on a per game basis – goals scored minus goals allowed, +/-4)
  • c. Fewest total goals allowed.
  • d. Penalty kicks per FIFA for U12 though U19, and as modified for U8 thru U10.

If more than two (2) teams are involved in a tie, tie breaker number 2 (except in the case of example 3) will be used first to rank the teams. If teams are still tied, tie breaker number 3 will be used to rank the teams, and so on until a tie is broken.

Example 1: (4 Team Bracket) Three teams have 6 points and have all defeated each other. Team 1 has a goal differential of +6, team 2 is +4 and team 3 is +2. Team 1 is 1st, team 2 is 2nd and team 3 is 3rd.

Example 2: (4 Team Bracket) Three teams have 6 points and have all defeated each other. Team 1 has a goal differential of +4, team 2 is +4 and team 3 is +2. Team 3 is 3rd, Team 2 defeated team 1 therefore team 2 is 1st and team 1 is 2nd.

Example 3: (6 Team Bracket) Three teams have 6 points and Team 1 has defeated the other two. Team 1 will be the group winner. The tie breaking procedure begins for the remaining tied team with number 1.

Net Goal Differential (+/-4) examples:

  • 1. Team A plays two games with the results being a win from the first game: 7 to 2; and a tie in the second game: 1 to 1; thus the net goal differential is +4. Team B is tied with Team A also with 4 points from playing two games. The result of the first game is a 3 to 3 tie with team A; the second is a 6 to 1 win: thus the maximum allowable net goal differential for Team B is +4. Both teams are still tied. The next tie breaker is most goals scored (max of 4). In this example, Team A scored 5 goals and Team B scored 7 goals. Team B wins the group.
  • 2. Team A plays two games with the results being a win from the first game: 3-1; and a win in the second game: 5-2; thus the net goal differential is +5. Team B plays two games with results being a win from the first game: 6-1; and a loss in the second game: 0-1; thus the net goal differential is +3. Team A wins the group.


In single elimination rounds, if a game is not decided in full time, penalty kicks will be taken in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game. No overtime will be played.



In the event unusual conditions necessitate the rescheduling or cancellation of games, the Tournament Committee shall have the absolute authority to schedule in the best interest of the Tournament as a whole. The following guidelines will apply to game stoppages:

  • a. If a game is suspended for any reason, it will be restarted as soon as possible.
  • b. If 1⁄2 of the game has been played and the game cannot be completed before the next game is scheduled to start, as much of the 2nd half as possible will be played with stoppage declared at the start time of the following game. The game will be deemed complete and the score will stand as official.
  • c. If 1⁄2 of the game has been played and the game cannot be completed before darkness or loss of the playing field for other reasons, as much of the 2nd half as possible will be played. Whenever possible (e.g. impending darkness), the referee will determine and announce the duration of the 2nd half prior to the start of play. The game will be deemed complete and the score will stand as official.


  • d. For any reason, if at least 1⁄2 of the game cannot be completed prior to the scheduled start of the next game, or darkness, or loss of the playing field, the game will be rescheduled, if possible, for full time or some alternative as determined by the Tournament Committee. If 1⁄2 of the game can be completed prior to the start time of the next game, darkness, or loss of the playing field, the half will be completed, the game deemed complete, and the score will stand as official.


  • e. If a game cannot be rescheduled for full time, a mini-game of two ten minute halves may be played and count as the game.
  • f. If none of the above are possible, the winner will be decided by a coin toss.


Following each Championship Final match, there will be an awards ceremony. Both participating teams should present themselves to the awards area immediately following the match. All U8 and under players will play Festival Format.  All players in these age groups will receive participation medals.



a. The Tournament Committee, FYSA, and/or West Florida Flames will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any team due to the cancellation in part or whole of this Tournament. Full refund of the application fee will be made:

i. Within five (5) days after the notification that the team is not accepted by their application.

ii. Within five (5) days upon cancellation of the tournament.

iii. Within ten (10) days of withdrawal request of the application by a team prior to acceptance of that application by the tournament.

b. If insufficient teams are entered to create a specific age bracket, the Tournament Director shall notify the applicants as soon as possible to give them the option of playing up or receiving a refund.

c. Interpretation of the foregoing rules by the Tournament Committee, West Florida Flames, and FYSA shall be final.

d. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to rule on all Tournament matters.

e. The Tournament Committee agrees to have a copy of the Tournament rules at all game sites.

f. Once a team is accepted there will be no refunds issued for withdrawal.