Tournament Rules

Bays United FC Bring It Indoors tournament is sanctioned by Lower Island Soccer Association and the BC Soccer Association. The tournament is open to any registered player from any soccer clubs affiliated with the BC Soccer Association.

1) Registration & Team Composition
  • All teams should register in the division (age and ability level) they play in.
  • Bays organizers reserve the right to configure age groups to best suit the number of teams registered, with a focus on equivalent levels of play.
  • A maximum of 10 players (6-8 is ideal), for Mini and Youth teams.
  • No team may have more than two (2) Wave (BCSPL) players on the roster.
  • Teams that include two Wave players must play up one age group.
  • Individual players can play on one team only (not multiple teams).
  • Teams must submit their team roster one week prior to the tournament. Last minute roster changes can be made upon check-in (or thereafter only with approval of tournament director).
2) Mini Tournament
  • The Mini tournament is a NON-COMPETITIVE round-robin event (game scores and standings are not kept).
  • Format is 4v4 (3 players plus a keeper) – 5v5 may be played if coaches in agreement.
  • Games have a retreat-line to centre for all goal kicks.
  • No heading is allowed.  If a player that heads the ball, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team.
3) Youth Tournament
  • The Youth tournament is a COMPETITIVE round robin event – game results will be recorded as follows:
    • 3 points for a win
    • 1 point for a tie
    • 0 points for a loss
  • Format is 4v4 (3 players plus a keeper)
  • The score difference is capped at 5 to avoid running up the score.
  • Tiebreakers are: head to head; total wins; least goals against; most goals for.
  • A team that forfeits a game will be recorded as a 0-1 loss (3 points for the other team).
  • Two finalists from each division will play in a championship final game.
  • Championship games cannot end in a tie. If tied at the end of regulation, the teams will immediately play a 5-minute golden goal overtime. If tied after the 5-minute overtime period, both teams will play a second overtime period minus one player (the GK), until a golden goal is scored.
4) Scheduled Game Play
  • All teams will play a minimum of three games.
  • Home team is listed first on the schedule and defends the south-end goal.
  • Each game is comprised of two 20-minute halves with a 5-minute half-time interval.
  • Games must start on schedule – if the games start late, the playing time may be cut short in order to keep the tournament on schedule.
  • Late arriving players may only enter the playing area with the permission of a tournament official.
5) On the Field
  • An adult coach must be present on the field for each game.
  • Only players, coaches (maximum of two) and referees are allowed in the playing area.
  • Players will only be allowed in playing area with clean, mud-free shoes or cleats.
  • Only water is allowed in the playing area. No other drinks, food or gum is permitted.
  • Spectators can view the play from the field level foyer or from the Sports View Lounge, located upstairs.
6) Gear/Clothing
  • Players can wear jerseys, t-shirts or festive wear, but must be wearing the same colours (same shirts or pinnies).
  • If there is a uniform colour conflict, “Home Team” players are to wear light-coloured shirts (or pinnies).
  • Goalkeepers must wear a pinnie or GK shirt that distinguishes them from both teams.
  • Players should wear indoor turf shoes, multi stud soccer shoes, indoor flat bottom shoes or indoor runners. Six stud metal cleats are not permitted.
  • Players must wear shin pads as per FIFA rules.
7) FIFA Rules and Penalty Kicks
  • FIFA Fair Play Guidelines in effect for all players, coaches and parents.
  • Substitutions do not require referee permission and are done on-the-fly or during play stoppage.
  • No off-sides.
  • No slide tackles.
  • All free kicks are indirect with opponents no closer than 5-yards away.
  • No throw-ins. The ball is spotted on the touch-line (side line) for an indirect free kick with opponents no closer than 5-yards away. Players may not attempt to score directly from a touch-line restart.
  • If the ball hits the ceiling, it is a drop-ball directly below the point of contact.
  • Corner kicks and goal kicks are as normal; however, keepers cannot punt, drop-kick the ball or throw the ball overhand and must roll the ball into play. A goal may not be scored directly from a goal kick.
  • Keepers may handle the ball within the goal area. They may handle the ball outside the area as long as both feet are in the goal area.  If the keeper steps out of the goal area to handle the ball, an indirect free kick is awarded. A PK is awarded if handling the ball outside the goal area results in denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
  • Keepers can come out of the goal area and play as an out player.
  • Fouls that deny an obvious goal scoring opportunity will result in a PK. If there is a serious foul outside the goal area, the referee has the discretion and authority to award a PK to the offended team.
  • Penalty kick procedure:
    • One shooter and the goalie standing on the goal line.
    • In the minis tournament the ball is placed 8 yards out.
    • In the youth tournament the ball is placed 10 yards out.
    • The PK is a direct kick.
    • All players except the kicker must be behind the ball.
    • Players can move as soon as the ball is played by the kicker.