WA Cup Girls Rules

Girls 15U-19U Washington Cup Rules 


1. Player and Coach Passes and Affiliation:

All players and coaches required to have a valid US Club Soccer ID card laminated with head shot picture. It can be obtained at www.usclubsoccer.org.

2. Check-In

a. A copy of the Official US Club Roster is due at the time of check-in at least one day prior to the first games. All rosters are frozen at that time. No players may be added after the rosters are frozen.

At “check-in” all teams must provide the following to tournament officials:

 b. Two copies of the team’s Official US Club Master Roster for certification.

c.  Three copies of the PSPL Game Day Roster Sheet for each game a team may playduring the tournament. 

d. US Club Player and Coach ID cards for every member of the team for review.

e.  Current copies of the US Club medical release for all players.

f.  Proof of compliance for concussion and cardiac arrest protocol.

g. At the conclusion of the match, the referee must complete and sign each PSPL Game Day Roster Sheet. The referee must return a copy of each team’s PSPL Game Day Roster sheet to both teams. The referee will keep a copy from each team. These documents shall serve as the Official Score Report. Teams are not required to exchange US Club Master Rosters and Game Day Roster Sheets prior, during or after each match.


3. Tournament Format:

  1. In this new format, teams are seeded based on League standings on March 31. 
  2. All matches must be played to a conclusion - except in the three divisions underlined: 15U Bronze 16U Bronze and 17U Silver. All group play games in these three divisions will conclude at the end of regulation time. 
  3. For these three divisions, a regular ten-point format will be followed. Six points for a win, three for a tie and zero points for a loss. One point for a shutout and one point for a goal scored (up to three goals maximum).  PSPL tiebreakers will be used, if needed.
  4. In all other divisions, if teams are tied at the end of regulation play, two five-minute “Golden Goal” periods will be played. If teams remain tied, “Kicks from the Mark” will decide the winner. 
  5. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of two games. 

4. Player and Coach Eligibility:

a. Laminated and valid US Club Player and Coach cards (with head shot picture) are required for all players and coaches at “pregame and/or tournament check in.” If the individual picture is not on the US Club Soccer ID card, or the card is not laminated, the individual will be ineligible to play or coach in the Tournament. Coaches must display their valid US Club Coach ID Card on a lanyard.

b. All eligible players must be listed (and valid) on the club’s/team’s US Club Master Roster, which must be submitted at check-in, along with all US Club player and coach/staff cards.

c. Only players designated at “check in” are eligible to play in the tournament.

d. The US Club Master Roster is “frozen” at check-in for the entire tournament.

e. Washington Cup US Club maximum roster size is 20 players. No more than 18 can be listed on the PSPL Game Day roster sheet and only 18 are eligible to play in any Washington Cup game.

f. For each PSPL Washington Cup match, teams must present US Club player and Coaching staff cards along with three copies of the approved PSPL Game Day Roster Sheets to the referees.

g. PSPL/US Club players may only be rostered to one team in Washington Cup competition per "soccer year". Example: if an 04 player is rostered on an 03 team for the 03 Washington Cup, that player is not allowed to be rostered on the 04 team for the 04 Cup. Clubs and coaches have to choose what team to place that player on. That player can, be rostered on one team or the other, but not both. All other Washington Cup/PSPL player eligibility rules apply.

h. No “guest players” or “player passing” allowed in WA Cup events.


5Game Lengths

  1. All games are 80 minutes in length with a 5 minute halftime

6. Forfeits

a.Forfeits will be recorded with a result of 1-0. The PSPL and the Washington Cup tournament committee reserves the right to impose sanctions on teams that forfeit matches. Forfeiting teams may be fined and/or expelled from the tournament and/or imposes other sanctions deemed appropriate by the PSPL and the Washington Cup tournament committee.


7. Substitutions:

Substitutions are at the referee’s discretion. A substitution can take place at any stoppage with the referee’s permission.

Unlimited substitutions are allowed, but it is the coaches’ responsibility to handle their substitutions in a professional manner.


8. Illegal players:

Any player that does not appear on the US CLUB master roster shall be considered an illegal player. No guest players or No “player passing” allowed.

Any team using an illegal player(s) shall forfeit each game the illegal player(s) were used. In addition, the guilty team shall be rejected from the tournament and could face other sanctions from the PSPL and/or US Club Soccer.

9. Appeals:

Referee judgment decisions are final and may not be appealed. Any other appeal must be verbally lodged with the referee and the opposing coach prior to the end of the match at the game site. The appeal must then be made in writing to the Tournament Director within two hours of the end of the match. The Tournament Director will review any appeal correctly filed under this rule. There will be a $200 non-refundable fee for any appeal that is filed. All decisions of the Tournament Director are final.

10. Shortened/Abandoned Games:

Referees are the sole arbiter of the game clock. Their decisions regarding game length are final and may not be appealed. If games are shortened or abandoned for any reason, the Tournament Director reserves the right to determine how the game result shall be determined. Decisions by the Tournament Director in determining the official game result are final and may not be appealed.

11. Game Start Times:

Referees will start the game clock at the designated time regardless of whether teams are ready to play. A referee may add time lost due to injury, but the game must conclude at least five minutes prior to the start of the next match. A five-minute grace period will be allowed for teams that do not have the minimum number of players to start the game.

12Minimum Number of Players to start and finish a match:

For 13U and older a minimum of seven players must start and end the match. If a team does not have the required number of players (after a five-minute grace period), they will forfeit the game with the other team receiving eight total points.

13. Team Sidelines:

Players and Coaches of both teams must be on one side of the field, spectators on the other side (unless otherwise specified by the field rules. Coaches, players, and spectators are not allowed behind the goal line, or closer to the goal line than the edge of the 18-yard penalty area line. Only those persons with a valid US Club player or coach’s card are allowed on the team’s side of the field.

14Alternate Color Jersey:

Each team must have an alternate jersey color. The home team (listed first) will be responsible for changing jerseys if there is a color conflict.

15. Official’s Report and Score Reporting:

Coaches should verify with the referee at the game’s conclusion that their score matches his report. All game results in the first rounds will be reported by the winning team’s manager using the mobile “Got Soccer” Score Reporting system. Referees also will submit match results to tournament headquarters, or a field marshal, immediately following each match. In the event of a conflict, the referee report shall be deemed the official score for the game.

16. Cautions and Ejections:

Any player receiving two yellow cards in a single game will be shown the red card and sent off and may not be replaced. Any player that receives a red card in a game will receive at least a one-game suspension (the next game). The tournament director may apply a greater suspension. Cautions and ejections received in the Washington Cup apply to Washington Cup only. Any PSPL cautions and/or Red cards received  during League play will carryover to the Washington Cup tournament.

Any coach or team official that is ejected by the referee for unreasonable behavior from a game must immediately leave the game and the premises and will serve a minimum of a one-game suspension, which may be increased depending on the nature of the ejection. In the event the coach or team official refuses to leave, the referee shall suspend the game and report to the Tournament Director who will rule the match a forfeit by the offending team.

17. Player’s Equipment:

No equipment shall be worn that is dangerous to another player, including any cast constructed of hardened material, without approval from the Tournament Director and/or the lead match official. Shin guards, covered by socks, are mandatory. All casts and equipment are subject to approval by the match referee and/or Tournament Director.

The home team is responsible for supplying game balls for the preliminary rounds, the quarter final and semi-final matches of the championship round. The tournament will provide game balls for the finals.

18. Inclement Weather:

In any event that play cannot be started or is stopped due to weather, teams will take cover, but will remain at the game site and proceed as follows:

If time allows, resume play and play to completion.

If there is insufficient time to play the entire game, the game will be continued until the half is completed. The game will then be considered complete.

The Tournament Director and/or the Head Match referee will coordinate any stoppage of play. The Tournament Director reserves the right to make whatever adjustments deemed necessary to proceed with the tournament schedule following delays due to inclement weather.

19. Other:

Trainers may or may not be provided at any of the tournament game locations. Teams are encouraged to bring first aid equipment as the tournament may or may not provide those items. Emergency services (911) are to be called for all injuries, both on and off the field.

Rules governing game venues are posted at the various locations. All teams, coaches and spectators are expected to follow all posted venue rules. In addition, alcohol and swearing are not permitted at any location. Violators of these rules will be asked to leave the venue.

20. Code of Conduct:

Do not tarnish the game of soccer, the PSPL, US Club Soccer, USSF, your club, your Team, yourself or your family. Behave reasonably, respectfully and ethically.

21. Rules not covered:

 In the event Washington Cup rules may be deemed insufficient, PSPL league rules will apply.