3 v 3 Rules

**CMSA & FIFA rules apply if not modified within**

RULES OF THE GAME
The following rules have been designed to ensure fun play for all participants.
Sportsmanship: Good sportsmanship is to prevail at all times. Coaches/ Players will be held responsible for the conduct of themselves, the players, player’s parents and spectators.

Number of Players: A team must have a minimum of 3 players. The game is played with 2 players and a designated GK.
Uniforms:  The first team on the schedule must change or wear pinnies if there is a color clash.
Tournament Equipment: All players must wear shin guards. Any player without shin guards will not be allowed to play. The game ball for U10 and U12 will be a regular size 4 ball. U14 and up will play with a provided Futsal ball

Goalkeepers: The keeper will be distinguished by the wearing of a hat or GK gloves or both. Teams may change the keeper as desired with players on the field. Only the designated player may use their hands within the penalty box.

Goal Scoring: in open play, goals can only be scored from the opposition half.

Kick Off/ Kick-Ins/Direct & Indirect Kicks: All dead-ball kicks (kick-ins, kick-offs, free kicks, corners) are indirect with the exception of penalty kicks. You cannot score directly from a kick in.

Game Duration: The game shall consist of two 12-minute halves separated by a one minute halftime. Teams switch ends and benches at half. There are no timeouts and the Game Clock does not stop in 3v3 games. Games will start on time and there will be a 5 min grace period for teams that are late.

Substitution: Substitutions may be made on the fly. Players must enter and exit at mid-field.

Playoff Overtime: Shall consist of a 3-minute “golden goal” overtime period with a coin toss to decide kick-off/direction. The first team to score in overtime is the winner. If no team has scored in the 3-minute overtime, the winner shall be decided in a shootout with a coin toss to decide team kicking order. This only for 1st vs 1st games all others may finish in a tie.

No Offsides in 3v3 Soccer!

No slide tackling: If a player is sliding, no contact is allowed. If a player slides and contact is initiated, a free kick shall be awarded. This does not prevent players from sliding to stop/intercept a ball where contact is not initiated during the slide. Example: a player may slide to save a ball from going out-of-bounds.

Coach/Parent: We only recommend coaches/parents on the sideline for U12 and down to help with substitution. Let the kids play!

Scoring (In bracket Play): Games will be scored according to the following: 3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie; 0 points for a loss. A forfeited game is scored as a 5-0 win for the team that is present. There is a mercy rule in effect of 5 goals.

Tie-Breakers: For teams that are tied in record, if one team forfeited a game, they will automatically be considered the lower seed (unless otherwise decided by a tournament official). For teams tied in record where one team received a forfeit, games against the teams forfeiting are not counted when figuring the tiebreaker. In pool play, ties between three or more teams will be broken by (1) head to head results between the tied teams (2) goal difference in head to head games (3) goals against in head to head games (4) goal difference in pool play games (5) goals against in pool play games (6) shootout. Ties between two teams in record whom have tied each other will be broken by (1) goal difference in pool play games (2) goals against pool play games (3) shootout. Each tie breaking criterion is carried out to its fullest in determining the seeds in ties between 3 or more teams.

** The Tournament Director will have final say on all disputes and interpretations of Tournament Rules. **