Rules & Regulation

Rules and Regulations


All matches will be played with be comprised of two 40 minute halves, running clock. If an opponent is not ready to play 5 minutes after the match clock has started, a forfeit win (1-0 win) will be awarded to the opposing team. There will be no overtime. In the event of a tie, playoff matches will go directly to penalty kicks.



Ranking is based on a traditional ten-point system. Six points will be awarded for a win, three points for a tie, and no points for a loss. One point will be awarded per goal scored with a maximum of three points available, and 0ne additional point will be awarded for a shutout. A forfeit will be counted as a 1-0 win, for eight points.


  1. Head to Head
  2. Goal Differential (up to 5 goals per game)
  3. Most Goals For (up to 5 goals per game)
  4. Fewest Goals Against
  5. Most Total Wins
  6. Most Shutouts
  7. PKS (if required, PKs will take place on Field #1 at 4:30 PM on April 8th)


First place in each pool at the close of group stage matches will secure a position in the semi-finals. The remaining teams will be ranked 1 through 7 overall by points and the team with the most points overall will secure the wildcard spot in the semi-finals. Any team(s) who fails to fulfill a scheduled match will not be invited next year. Please contact the captains with any questions or concerns.


Any player or coach awarded a red card will be ejected from the match and will not be permitted to play in or be in attendance at their team’s next match.  Players who accumulate three yellow cards overall will not be permitted to play in their team’s next match.


Home teams are listed first on the schedule. The home team will wear white or light colored uniforms and the visiting team will wear dark uniforms.


Athletic trainers will be on staff each day to care for the athletes and treat any injuries sustained on the field. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated. Please respect our athletic trainers, as well as their recommendations and return-to-play decisions. In the event of a concussion, the athletic trainer’s decision on return-to-play should be considered final. Due to limited number of athletic trainers, they will only be available for standard treatments ( ankle taping, etc. ) and evaluation of injuries that occur during the tournament. There will not be sufficient time to perform evaluations for pre-existing injuries. In the event of an emergency, please contact the athletic trainers immediately and they will call an ambulance if necessary.

The athletic training tent will be stocked with the essential supplies ( athletic tape, prewrap, blister supplies, splints, etc. ) but if your athletes require any kind of specialty tape or supplies ( KT Tape, Elastikon, etc. ) for their treatments they will need to provide those supplies themselves. Our athletic trainers will happily apply them. Should an athlete require crutches, sports clubs policy states that if they are not returned by the end of the tournament ( or a later, agreed upon date ), the cost of the crutches will be passed along to their team.


Teams must check-in at the director’s table prior to their first match and present a completed group waiver in addition to a finalized roster. The roster form and waiver are attached to this e-mail. There is no limit to the number of players on a team’s roster. Please ensure each player has a valid form of identification, preferably their school ID, as they will be cross-checked with the roster during check-in. Each team will be asked to leave the name, phone number, and e-mail address for their primary point of contact with our tournament directors.

The format of the Invitational may be modified due to rain. In the event of inclement weather, games may be rescheduled or cancelled based on field conditions. UC San Diego Sports Clubs, the Department of Recreation, and UC San Diego Club Soccer will not issue any reimbursements.

Any modifications or addendums to these rules and regulations will be made at the discretion of the Invitational Directors.