Rules for March Spring Showcase

UPDATED 1/3/2018

Tournament Headquarters: Marriott La Jolla

Tournament Directors are:  Mary Kaliff 858-692-8720 and Derek Armstrong 858-349-0869

Rain Hotline: 858-630-3781



An application must be provided and is considered incomplete without entry fee being paid.  Once a team has been accepted to play in the tournament and a team withdraws no entry fee will be refunded. No refunds will be provided due to inclement weather and field closures.

Nomads Spring Showcase - Team Check-in will take place at the Marriott La Jolla, 4240 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037  2 HOURS BEFORE YOUR FIRST GAME.

Foreign Teams In those brackets containing more than one foreign team, the USYSA "Friendly Five School Boy Rule" shall apply. Foreign players must present passports at registration or, if from a nation that the United States does not require a passport, proof of entry in to the United States that is required by the United States. Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards. Tournament rules require that the team have a completed form from its Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the tournament.

Teams from the United States

You must bring the following documents to Team Check-in:

If you ARE A MEMBER of US Clubs you will need to bring:

1. US Club Soccer Player cards.

2. US Club Soccer medical releases.

3. US Club Soccer Tournament Roster

4. Your Hotel information if you are staying over (hotel name, # of rooms, check in and check out dates, hotel rate $)

5. Emergency cell phone #’s for your team in case of rain, etc.

If you ARE NOT A MEMBER of US Clubs

1. Approved Travel Papers from your State Association - ONLY IF YOU ARE from a State Outside of Region 4 (Region 4 is in black in the photo below).

2. State Player Cards - LAMINATED


4. Your Hotel information if you are staying over (hotel name, # of rooms, check in and check out dates, hotel rate $)

5. Emergency cell phone #’s for your team in case of rain, etc.

Boys and Girls U8 through U19 are eligible to participate in our tournaments. The maximum number of players on the roster depends on your association's rules, for example US Club Soccer allows 26 and CalSouth allows 22 and some younger age groups less.  However, 18 players must be named prior to each game and listed on a game card (which you will be given at Team Check-in).  

Unlimited guest players are allowed. Guest players can be written in to your roster.

No player may compete in the Tournament in two age groups in the same weekend.


Player picture identification cards are to be present and available at all matches. Identification cards are required to be checked by the referee prior to each match.


WILL BE HANDED OUT AT TEAM CHECK-IN.  You can hand write them or print something you can tape to the card.  The shirt number of each player must be the same as the player’s shirt number on the game card and roster. If the numbers are not the same, the referee is not to allow the player to take part in the match until the numbers are the same (Examples –The player changing his or her shirt, or the daily match report being changed). Individuals may not represent a team if not registered as an administrator/coach with the involved team(s).

AT THE END OF EACH GAME, A TEAM REPRESENTATIVE MUST SIGN THE GAME CARD. The score indicated on the game card cannot be disputed after it is turned over to the Field Marshal.


All players are required to use shin guards at all times. No shin guards - No play! No protests will be accepted. No jewelry may be worn.


Players are not allowed to play in a cast.  


The home team will be listed first on the game schedule. The home team will change jerseys in case of a color conflict. The visiting team or team listed second will switch sides in case of a conflict.


The Nomads tournament does not accept “Running Clock” aspect. Every effort should be made to keep the game on schedule. The referee is in charge of determining if time should be added for injuries or stoppages.


All games will begin on time. A forfeit will be declared if a team cannot field a minimum of seven (7) players at start time.

Accepting applications U9 through U19 for March 2018


 Please note the home team provides the game ball for each game

PRELIMINARY ROUNDS will consist of the following periods with a five (5) minute half time:


Quarterfinal and Semifinal games ending in a tie will go immediately to F.I.F.A. penalty kicks to determine the winner. All games will have five (5) minute half time.

Championship games ending in a tie will have two ten (10) minute overtime periods (not sudden death). If still tied, F.I.F.A. penalty kicks will be used to determine the winner.

Championship games ending in a tie will have two ten (10) minute overtime periods (not sudden death). If still tied, F.I.F.A. penalty kicks will be used to determine the winner.

In case of inclement weather or field conditions, games may:

1. Be shortened

2. Go to F.I.F.A. penalty kicks

3. Be canceled - Score will stand if game is in to the second half.  If cancelled prior to half time score is determined by penalty kicks.

If the Tournament Director rules that during the preliminary round penalty kicks will be taken due to inclement weather or field conditions, the following rain rule will apply:

· Each team will take a maximum of five (5) penalty kicks if stoppage is before Half Time.  If after half time score will stand as is.

· At the end of five (5) kicks the game will be scored as a 1-0 win for the team that has scored more penalty kicks, or a 0-0 tie if both teams are tied in penalty kicks at the end of five (5) kicks

· In the overall standings, 2 points will be given for the win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss

· The 1-0 win in penalty kicks will not be counted for or against to determine the tie breaker for advancement

· If regular games have been played in the bracket and the Tournament Director has determined that other games go to penalty kicks due to inclement weather or field conditions, the regular games score will revert back to a 1-0 win or a 0-0 tie.

In the event of an unusual event that results in a significant loss of game time, the lost game time may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Tournament Directors. The rescheduling of the lost game time is subject to field availability. An example of an unusual event would be a major injury to a player, which prevented the use of the playing field. The Tournament defines a significant loss of game time as more than half of the game. An accumulation of time delays due to minor/moderate injuries to several players would not constitute an unusual event nor will these delays be considered lost game time. An accumulation of time delays resulting from the normal course of a game will not be considered lost game time.

There will be no refunds or reimbursements of tournament application fee for cancellation or forfeiture of games

All U9 - U10 games will be 8 v 8.
Games for U9 - U12 will use an official size #4 ball.
Games for U13 - U19 will be played with an official size #5 ball.

The following rules of conduct apply:

All coaches have complete responsibility for the conduct of their players, bench, friends and spectators at all times. If, in the opinion of game officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench or spectators, the offending team can be suspended from further play and forfeit that game and all remaining games. In this event, all previous points earned remain as played.


A player OR coach given a red card in a game shall be expelled from that game, and shall not be replaced in that game and are not permitted to play/coach in the next game, as a minimum. The Tournament Directors may give a further suspension for violent conduct. When a red card is given the player/coach should leave the immediate playing area. The coach must not participate in coaching a game that he/she has been suspended for, he/she must not sit on the bench or coach from the sideline at all. A player may sit on the bench during the suspended game, but not in uniform. Player cards must not be kept by the Referee but be given back to the team at the end of the game. Two yellow cards in the same game are equal to a Red.


The Tournament reserves the right to alter the game formats to enhance competition and to improve the overall quality of the Tournament.

Home teams are listed first.

Divisions will play as follows:

For those new managers out there: 

Cross Over means you don't play the teams that you are seeded against in your bracket, you play the teams in the opposite bracket. For example A plays B and B plays A.

Round Robin means you play the other teams you are seeded against within your bracket.  For example, all 4 teams in group A play each other.


Will consist of one group of four (4) teams that will play each other in a round robin format.  The top two point holders will play in a final game.


Will consist of two (2) groups of three (3) teams each. They will play a cross-over format. i.e., A1 will play B1, B2 and B3, etc.   Team from both A and B with the highest points will play the team that has the second most points from A and B in the Final.


Will consist of two (2) Groups of four (4) teams each. Each team will play the other teams in its Group (round robin within their group of 4 teams) for a total of three (3) preliminary round games. The winner of Group A will play the winner in Group B  Championship.


The following point system will be used to determine 1st in each Group and the wildcard selection during preliminary rounds:

Two (2) points for each win
One (1) point for each tie
Zero (0) points for each loss
No points are deduced for accumulated red and yellow cards.

A forfeit will be scored as a 1 - 0 game. The 1-0 will not be counted as goals for or against to determine tie breaker for advancement.

For divisions with wildcard teams, the wildcard teams will be the teams that do not win their bracket, with the highest point totals. In the event of a tie on point totals, the below tie breaking system will apply.

2. Fewest goals allowed.
3. Most goals scored.
4. If required to determine the winner for advancement after steps 1, 2, & 3 still result in a tie, penalty kicks will be taken thirty (30) Minutes before the scheduled start of the quarterfinal or semifinal game.

If more than two teams are tied at the end of the preliminary round, the tie breaker rules listed above will be used until one team is eliminated (starting at step 2).

The remaining two teams will be compared beginning again with Step 1 of the Tie Breaker Rules (Head to Head) until 1 team is determined the winner.


FIFA substitution rules apply. A player may be substituted on at a stoppage of the play with the permission of the referee.


If a tournament ball is not available, the home team must provide a match ball.


Where benches are supplied, we encourage teams to remain on the same side of the field. Home team has first choice. When no benches are supplied, we encourage teams to remain on the same side of the field.

The Tournament Director reserves the right to amend brackets in the event that a team pulls out of the tournament last minute or is a no-show. The Tournament Director will ensure the remaining teams are provided with the best possible tournament competition play for the good of the game.


Anyone wishing to file a dispute or protest can do so at tournament headquarters where an incident report will be provided. A tournament director will call the dispute or protest to the attention of the Club’s Technical Director and a meeting will be set-up to discuss the dispute/protest in person. The Technical Director is Derek Armstrong and the Head Coach of the Girls program is Brian McManus. Decisions by the referees may not be appealed, and decisions by the entity deciding a protest or dispute are final and may not be appealed. All non-referee disputes will be resolved in person.