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If you are the team captain: Select "Tournaments and Cups", and then select the Hope Cup. At that time you will input the team name, and then will be allowed to invite players to your team from that page.
2014 Hope Cup: July 19 – 20th, 2014
1. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on all matters relative to the tournament and its
decisions are final. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a. Relocate and/or reschedule a match
b. Reduce the scheduled duration of a match
c. Change the division and playoff structure
d. Cancel a match
e. Cancel any or all games
f. Cancel the tournament due to inclement weather or other events beyond the control of the
g. Rejection or acceptance of any team
h. Rejection or acceptance of any player
i. Rename any team
2. In the event of questions or required clarifications/decisions, the hierarchy is:
a. Field Marshal (if applicable)
b. Tournament committee
c. Tournament director
3. Under no circumstances whatsoever will the Tournament Committee, Hope House, the Virginia Beach
Field House, or any official sponsor or other Tournament Official be responsible for any expenses
(including the tournament entry fee) incurred by any team, including situations where the tournament or
any game(s) is/are cancelled in whole or in part.
4. The tournament will be organized into the following divisions:
a. Co-ed: All players must be 18 or older. A minimum of 2 female players per roster, with a
minimum of 1 female player on the field during active play (i.e. - two female players hold
permanent spots in the 7 players on the field. If a team only has 1 female, they can continue to
play but they have to play with 1 less player on the field). If less than the minimum number of
female players can be fielded (1) at the start of the match, the team shall forfeit the match.
b. Mens Open: All players 18 or older other than those actively a member of any professional team.
A “professional” is deemed as someone who is paid to play soccer.
c. Over Thirty’s Open: All players 30 and older (unless exception by Hope Cup Committee) other
than those actively a member of any professional team roster. See definition of “professional”
d. Minimum team rosters are 9. There is no Maximum number of players for a given team.
e. Players may not play on more than one team in a division. Should a player be included on teams
in different divisions, the player and each related team assume the risk of any scheduling
conflicts that may arise.
f. All teams must have a minimum of 5 players on the field in order to play. (e.g.- a COED team can
have 4 males and 1 female show up and still play)
5. No protests will be allowed or accepted.
6. Team registration/acceptance/check-in
a. The tournament committee reserves the right to accept or reject any team application.
b. To be considered complete, team/individual player applications must contain the following
received (as applicable) by the registration deadline of July 19th 2014
i. Completion of the tournament application
ii. Payment of the applicable fee
iii. For teams, completion of the team roster with names, gender (to validate division) and
iv. For each player, a completed medical release form
v. For teams, indication whether or not the team will accept any individual players who
have registered as individuals
vi. The name of the team captain, who will be considered the point of contact for the team.
Team captains must be over 18 years old and provide adequate contact information to
be contacted between 8am and 8pm prior to the week of the tournament and at
anytime the week of the tournament (in case of emergencies or changes).
vii. As additional note, the t-shirt deadline and team sign up will cut off on July 14th 2014,
but if the committee can fill a last second order to make the schedule more agreeable
the committee will consider late applicants.
c. No team or individual player shall be considered accepted unless written notification has been
sent from the Tournament Committee. This may take the form of either e-mail or U.S. Postal
d. Once accepted, the application is nonrefundable, except at the discretion of the Tournament
Committee or as noted below.
e. Any team wishing to withdraw must do so in writing (email to the contact address is acceptable).
Teams that withdraw prior to the registration deadline will receive the full amount back less a
10% processing fee. Teams that withdraw after the deadline will receive a refund of 50%.
f. Team check-in will be at the Virginia Beach Field House at the Tournament desk. Teams must
check-in in time to be present for their first match as discussed herein.
7. It is anticipated that each team will play 3 matches of group play and 1 playoff match. Depending on the
number of teams that register, there may have to be a different format where two group finalists are
determined by either group standings or by an elimination round, to be determined by the Tournament
committee prior to the commencement of the Tournament.
8. During group play, teams will receive group scoring as follows:
a. Three points for win
b. One point for a tie
c. Zero points for a loss
d. Team captains or appointed representatives must sign score cards to validate the score
9. If there is a tie among the group standings, the tie will be broken in the order of the following criteria:
a. Goal differential to a maximum of three goals per game
b. Goals against
c. Overall record (win percentage)
d. Head to head competition
e. Goals for
f. If at this point there is a 3 way tie for the wild cards in the COED league, there will be a coin toss
to determine who advances
g. Penalty kicks in the FIFA format
10. All matches will be played with a size 5 ball. If the tournament provides match balls, those shall be used. If
not, the home team (listed first in the match schedule) will provide the size 5 match balls.
11. Teams will be provided team shirts/jerseys by the tournament. In the event of jersey color conflict, teams
must revert to the jerseys provided by the Fieldhouse. Goalkeepers will wear a shirt that differentiates
them from their own team, the opposing team, and the referees.
12. Beverages and food not purchased in the Fieldhouse, smoking, pets and noise makers are prohibited.
13. Matches are divided into two – 15 minute halves, with a halftime of 5 minutes.
a. During group play, there is no overtime in the event of a tie at the end of regulation
b. During elimination rounds and finals, there will be a five minute overtime period (same kick-
off/goals defended as the game was begun) and if tied at the end of the overtime period, the
match will proceed to penalty kicks in the FIFA format.
14. For teams that cannot field the minimum number of players within two minutes after the scheduled
match time, that team will forfeit the match with a score of zero goals and three for the winning team.
Teams should be present at the field fifteen minutes ahead of the scheduled start time to allow for
verification of team rosters/inspection of player equipment as necessary.
15. Players must remain within designated team areas as applicable, and spectators must remain within any
designated spectator areas. Any player or spectator who is considered by the referee to interfere with
play may be ejected from the playing area by the referee.
16. Decisions of the referee are final and binding with respect to the conduct of the match and the
interpretation of the match rules, including, but not limited to:
b. Official match time – in general, the game clock will run unless there is an injury that in the
opinion of the referee warrants the addition of time to provide for a full match
c. Player equipment
d. Abandonment of the match – If at the discretion of the referee, a match must be abandoned, the
team or teams causing the abandonment of the match will be considered to forfeit the match –
forfeit scoring of zero points for the game and score for the forfeiting team to apply
17. All tournament matches will be played in accordance with the Virginia Beach Field House “Rules for
Indoor Soccer,” with the following exceptions/additions:
a. Misconduct will be treated consistent with the FIFA Laws of the Game (Cautions/Yellow Cards
and Ejections/Red Cards). If a player is ejected, that team will play a player down for the
remainder of that match and the ejected team member must leave from sight and sound of the
playing area. If the ejection results in the team not meeting the minimum number of players (5),
then the team will be forced to forfeit the match.
b. There are no time penalties; accordingly, rules in accordance with power play goals and related
circumstances do not apply
c. Any player or team member ejected from a match will be barred from playing in that team’s
subsequent match (even if that subsequent match is an elimination game or final)
d. Slide tackling is prohibited
e. For clarity, on penalty kicks, the goalkeeper may move along the goal line (side-to-side), but not
come off of it until the ball is kicked.
f. Shin guards must be covered by socks.
g. Jewelry is prohibited, unless medical in nature and padded/secured in a manner acceptable to