Rules – Winter Classic


For a printable copy of the rules click this link: 2018 Winter Classic Rules

Orange County Surf Soccer Club (“OC Surf”) would like to welcome the players, coaches, referees, parents, and friends to our annual OC Surf Winter Classic tournament and thank everyone for attending. Below is the necessary information and rules regarding this tournament.

This Class I and Class III tournament is open to all Boys & Girls U9 – U15 (2010-2004) teams from CYSA and all teams affiliated with USSF. Qualifying applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any application. All decisions, judgments and rulings of the tournament referees and officials are final. No protests are allowed.

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Tournament Check-In

• Tournament Check-In will be at your assigned field one hour prior to your first match.
• It is the team’s responsibility to ensure it is registered in the correct age group for the tournament. The OC Surf Winter Classis is using the current 2018-2019 age groups for bracketing purposes.
• Preprinted tournament game cards with team rosters will be provided at check-in. Modifications to the roster can only be made at check-in on Saturday morning and are final for the tournament. No additions to the roster are allowed once check-in is complete.
• All Cal South registration (Medical Release) forms and player passes will be checked against the official team roster. Any final changes to the roster can be made at that time.
• No player may compete in the Tournament on more than one team.
• AYSO teams with AYSO player cards are accepted. Players from AYSO or non- USSF affiliated organization playing as a guest for a Cal South competitive club team must have a valid Cal South player card to play.
• For all subsequent games, the team will check in with the Field Marshal 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the game.
• All players must have valid, properly laminated player passes for the current season (2018-2019) and they will be checked prior to the start of each game.
• Players without a valid player pass at the start of any game will not be allowed to participate.


• FIFA rules as modified by USYSA and CYSA-South
• Please inform Field Marshal of any problems prior to completion of the match
• U9 and U10 (2010-2009) play 7 vs. 7 on a short-sided field
• U11 and U12 (2008-2007) play 9 vs. 9 on a short-sided field
• All 2007 and younger teams will use a size 4 ball
• US Soccer PDI’s regarding build-out lines and off-side will be followed
• There is no deliberate heading in the 2008 or younger birth years
• U13-U15 (2006-2004) will play 11 vs. 11
• No protests will be allowed, all decisions of the referee are final
• The Tournament Director will resolve any situation not explicitly covered in the rules

Home Team Responsibility

• The first team listed on the schedule is the Home team.
• The Home team has choice of field side. Both teams occupy the same sideline.
• In case of color conflicts, the Home team will change to an alternate uniform.
• The Home team will have choice of kickoff or which goal to defend.
• The Home team will supply the match ball, subject to referee approval.


• Substitution by a team shall be unlimited but only with the permission of the referee.
• Substitutions may be made by both teams, with the consent of the referee, at any stoppage of play.
• When a player injured on the field requires attention, they must be substituted off the field of play, if only briefly.
• Substitution shall be made at midfield within (10) yards of the halfway line. The substitute player shall not enter the field of play until allowed by the referee and the player substituted has left the field of play.

Match Length

Division U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 Halftime
Preliminary 50 50 60 60 60 60 60 5
Finals 50 50 60 60 70 70 70 5

Please maintain the game schedule. Halftime will be exactly 5 minutes. There will be no time added to any match, except semi-finals or finals at the discretion of the referee.

• Preliminary games will not have an overtime period. A tie score will result.
• Semi-Final games that end in a tie will go directly to penalty kicks. Only players on the field at the completion of regulation play may participate in the penalty kicks.
• Final games will have two 5-minute overtime periods played to completion – no golden goal. Both periods will be played. If still tied after overtime, the teams will proceed to FIFA penalty kicks (kicks from the penalty mark). Only players on the field at the completion of overtime may participate in the penalty kicks.
• Match time will remain running in the event of an injury. If more than 50% of match is lost to some serious event, the match may be rescheduled, shortened, or otherwise determined at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
• If a match is terminated anytime after one half of play is completed, the final results will be based on the score at the time the match is terminated.

Scoring and Standings

The 10-point scoring system will be used to award points and calculate standings as follows:
• Six points for each win
• Three points for each tie
• Zero points for each loss
• One point for each goal scored, up to three (3) goals per match
• One point for a shutout win.
• No extra point for a 0-0 game. A 0-0 tie is scored 3-3.
• One point is deducted for each player or team official who receives a red card or ejection

Tie Breakers

In the event of a tie in points at the completion of bracket play, the team to advance will be determined as follows:
• Head to Head competition
• The team with the most wins
• The team with the fewest goals against
• The team with the most goals scored (max 5 goals per game)
• The team with the most shut-out wins
• FIFA Penalty Kicks – 15 minutes prior to start of Semi-Final or Final Match

Match Forfeits

A match will result in a forfeit for the offending team for any of the following actions:
• Failure to present player cards.
• Failure to have one team official with valid Team Coach ID Card.
• Failure to have the minimum number of players available for check in five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the match
• U9-U10 – 5 players; U11-U12 – 6 players; U13 and older – 7 players
• Home team unable to supply alternative jerseys.
• Any other action which causes the match to be terminated

Match Forfeits – Results

• Forfeit game; the non-forfeiting team will be awarded 8 points for a 1-0 score.
• Abandoned game; the remaining team will be awarded 8 points (1-0) score, or the match result, which ever is greater.
• A Forfeit/Abandoned game may result in elimination of a team from the tournament. If so, all previous games will be recorded as a forfeit, at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
• For Tie Breakers: If a team is at a (dis)advantage because of a forfeit win (1-0), the tournament committee reserves the right declare all games of forfeiting team forfeits.


• Coaches and players of both teams will occupy one side of the field and all parents and other spectators will sit on the sideline directly across from their team’s bench. All coaches are responsible for the conduct of the team’s spectators.
• Any player who receives a Red Card will result in the deduction of one point from team total and is not allowed to participate in the next tournament game. A player ejected for violent conduct may be ejected from the tournament at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
• Any Coach that is ejected (same as a red card) will result in the deduction of one point from the team total score. The offending coach will not be allowed to participate in the next tournament game.
• Game attendance of Ejected Coach or game participation by a Red Carded Player will result in game forfeiture.
• The Tournament Director can suspend a Coach, Player, Parent, Sibling or Visitor from attending any further games. Game forfeiture will result without compliance.
• Any serious foul play or serious poor conduct, as determined by the Tournament Director, could result in suspension from the tournament and will be reported to CYSA-South.
• No alcohol or intoxication is allowed at the Tournament Venues at any time. Such conduct will be referred to the appropriate authorities.
• No refunds will be granted to teams disqualified from the tournament.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, an act of terrorism, or an act of God which renders the tournament totally or partially unplayable, including any event which the Tournament Director deems as creating unsafe conditions for the players and/or the fields, the Tournament Director reserves the right to modify all tournament rules to fairly and safely complete the tournament. The health and safety of players is the first priority. The Tournament also has an obligation to protect the fields and facilities that are being used for tournament play. All decisions will be based on field conditions with input from the Parks and Recreation departments and/or School Districts of the respective city having jurisdiction over fields. Game locations may be changed as required. Coaches are asked to be patient and remain flexible if this unfortunate situation arises.

In the event that the tournament is completely unplayable as described above, the following weekend is to be considered the “rain-out” dates. All teams will be expected to play the following weekend. No refunds will be granted for teams that cancel due to inclement weather.


There will be no refunds given for any reason after the stated application deadline. Teams that have been accepted and cancel prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund less a $100 administrative fee. Credit card charges will not be refunded.

In the event the tournament is cancelled in its entirety, the OC Surf Board of Directors will determine the amount of refunds to be provided to all teams within two weeks of the date of cancellation. In any case, a portion of all fees will be kept by the tournament to cover all expenses.

General Guidelines in the event of inclement weather:

• Always report to your scheduled field.
• If inclement weather delays games:
• Matches may be postponed or played the next day.
• Matches may be shortened to two 15-minute periods.
• Matches terminated prior to completion of one half will be rescheduled.
• Penalty kicks may be used to determine winner.
• A coin toss may determine winner.
• Awards may be made based on match points, at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
• A reduced/modified schedule due to weather is not considered a tournament cancellation.
• In the event of inclement weather information will also be available on the tournament website at

Tournament Cancellation

The tournament director will determine any refunds or credits in the event of tournament cancellation. Decisions will be announced within 2 weeks after tournament.


• Tournament Participation Pins will be distributed at team check in.
• Championship Medals, Trophies, and T-shirts as well as Finalist Medals will be distributed after the Championship game.

Contact Us

Tournament Director: Eddie Carrillo
Send us your email: Tournament Phone: (714) 308-2985

Please monitor website for any updates/changes to the rules.