2016 Premier Rules

The Force Adidas Premier is an unrestricted event.   Teams registered and in good standing with any US Soccer Federation affiliate are eligible to apply!

Section 1: Administration

Section 2: Modified Laws of the Game

Section 3: Competition Governance 





Premier Headquarters is located at (during competition):

Homestead High School

21370 Homestead Road, Cupertino, CA 95014


Premier check-in on Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM is located at (prior to competition):

Quinlan Community Center

10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014


David Burgee, 1-408-858-6177 or director@forceadidaspremier.com.

Mike Rohde, 1-408-896-6601 or mrohde@vallcoshoppingmall.com


A Premier entry fee of USD $850.00 (U12-U19 Teams) and $950.00 (U15-U19 Teams) is due no later than July 1, 2016, for US, Canadian and international teams and must be paid within ten  (10) days of submitting the online team application.  A team application will not be considered complete/submitted until a check and/or credit card payment has been received

If a team registers on/before June 1, 2016, they will receive a $100.00 credit toward their team registration fee.  

The entry fee will be refunded if the team is not selected for the event. If a team withdraws after receiving an invitation, the entry fee is forfeited.  Entry fees will only be deposited if/when your team is accepted.

Please send a check made payable to Force Adidas Premier and mail to:

Force Adidas Premier 
c/o David Burgee
P.O. Box 275
Cupertino, California 95015

Please indicate the name of the team on the check as you would like it to appear on all event printed material.


Match schedules will be posted two weeks prior to the start of of the event.


Teams MUST check-in on Thursday, July 21, 2016, between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Quinlan Community Center.  Failure to check-in will result in automatic disqualification from the event with no refund. Matches not played by a team will be considered "forfeits." 


  • State-of-the-art, next generation turf fields.  We offer some of the best facilities you will ever find anywhere in the nation.  
  • All U12-U19 teams are guaranteed at least three matches...teams will have the opportunity to qualify for semifinal/championship match.
  • All semifinal and championship matches will be extended five (5) minutes each half (total of 10 minutes).
  • Water and seating for coaches/players at each field.
  • Certified athletic trainers will be on site at all field locations.  
  • College coaches may be n attendance.  


At check-in, teams must provide the following required credentials:

  • Laminated Player Passes: US CLUB SOCCER or USYSA, or Super Y-League laminated player passes with the player’s signature (for States that require signatures, as CYSA-North does not) and photograph for all players will be required at check-in.
  • Signed Medical Release Forms for All Players.
  • Letter of Insurance Liability Coverage/Confirmation for Non-US Club /USYSA/CYSA-North Teams.  
  • Proper Travel Papers & Approved Rosters: These documents must be filed with appropriate state organizations and received by the Showcase Director at the time of registration and at check-in.
  • Coaches and/or Team Officials: These individuals must present proper credentials (passes) at team check-in. Only credentialed coaches and/or team officials will be permitted on the sideline area with their team.
  • Teams coming from CONCACAF nation:
    • Player must present passports at registration or, if from a nation that the United States does not require a passport, proof of entry into the United States is required.
    • Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards.
    • Showcase rules must require that the team have a completed form from its Provincial or National Association approving the team’s participation in the Showcase
  • Age brackets determined by US Soccer/US Club and will be utilizing calendar year schedule below:

Age Group

Born On/After 


















Teams may register a maximum of eighteen (18) players for each team aged U12-U14. Teams may register a maximum of twenty-two (22) players for each team aged U15-U19.  No player may compete in the event in two age groups in the same weekend or play on two teams within the same age group. A maximum of three (3) guest players will be allowed to participate per registered team.




All matches will adhere to the rules set forth by F.I.F.A. and/or NORCAL with the following additions/clarifications:


All teams will play an 11v11 format!

Age Group

Players Per Side

Half Duration


Ball Size



30 min

5 min




30 min

5 min




30 min

5 min




35 min

5 min




35 min

5 min




35 min

5 min




35 min

5 min




35 min

5 min



All semifinal and championship matches will be extended five (5) minutes each half (total of 10 minutes).


FIFA’s rules specify that the following substitution rules must be included: 1) a player may be substituted on a stoppage of play with the permission of the referee; otherwise substitutions may be made at any stoppage only with the permission of the referee, and 2) if the age group is U14 & under, free substitution is allowed. For age groups U15 years and older, free substitution is allowed providing the tournament is not an official competition (but a friendly club tournament) and the age category does not include matches between national teams of CONCACAF member countries.

To clarifyFIFA and/or NORCAL substitution rules apply, with the exception that unlimited substitutions may be made at the discretion of the referee. Substitution can be made at any dead ball situation, except for free kicks, corners and/or fouls by either team; otherwise substitutions are unlimited.


All players are required to wear shin guards, no exceptions.  Players will be allowed to play in a soft cast, at the discretion of the referee. Players with hard casts will not be allowed to play.  Players with hinged braces (metal or plastic) will not be allowed to play.


Referees certified by the US Soccer Federation will officiate all matches.


Each team shall report to the Field Marshal at their assigned playing field for player pass collection and team check-in no later than thirty minutes prior to the scheduled start of each match.

Any player not providing the proper player pass will not be allowed to participate in the match. Player jersey number must match the jersey number on the official game card. If the numbers do not match, the referee will not allow the player to take part in the match until the issue is resolved with event officials.

The Field Marshal will report the results of the inspection to the referee. All matches will begin on time. A team who fails to field the minimum number of players necessary to play a game (a minimum of seven players is necessary) before the scheduled start time, will forfeit the match.


Match cards will be provided at the field by the event Field Marshal. The Field Marshal will hold the game card and the player passes during the game.

Player passes will be released to the team at the conclusion of the game when authorized to do so by the referee in charge and after both coaches have signed the completed match card.

TEAMS MUST OBTAIN THEIR PLAYER PASSES BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE FIELD. Within thirty minutes of completed matches, all player passes are returned to the check-in table at each location.


The home team is the first team listed on the game schedule. 'UNIFORMS - Home team is to wear LIGHT uniforms/shorts/socks. Away team is to wear DARK uniforms/shorts/socks. Home team is listed first on the schedule.’  If an event ball is not available, the home team will provide a suitable match ball (FIFA Inspected), subject to referee approval.   




Teams will be grouped by age and gender, making one, two, three, or four level playing groups.

All U12-U19 teams will be guaranteed three (3) matches.  Teams could play a maximum of two (2) games per day.  Teams that advance will play in semifinals and semifinal winners advance to a final match.  Age-group champions (U12-U19) will be recognized with team trophy and each player will receive an individual championship T-shirt.  For age-group finalist (U12-U19), each player will receive an individual finalist T-shirt.   


If the temperature should exceed 85 degrees fahrenheit (turf surfaces add 8-10 degree to the existing outside temperature), there will be a 1-2 minute stoppage period, during each half, for hydration/coolling off.  Therefore, U12s-U14s will break at the 15 minute mark and U15s-U19s will break at the 17 1/2 minute mark. Stoppage time will be added to offset the time taken for said breaks.      


Six points for a win.

Three points for a tie.

Zero points for a loss.

One additional point per goal scored to a maximum of three.

One additional point for a shutout (excluding 0-0 shutout).

No points will be awarded if neither team shows for a game.


Points will be deducted from match totals for send-off incidents. Each player or substitute who receives a red card, will result in immediate expulsion from the match (will not return to the match) and no replacement will be provided for said player and his respective team will lose one (1) point. In the event a coach/team official receives a red card, the result will be an immediate expulsion from the match (may not return to the match) and his respective team will lose two (2) points.

Players receiving a red card will also receive a one game suspension.

Coaches/team officials receiving a red card will receive a two game suspension.

Expulsion from event may be required when special circumstances apply and the decision of expulsion will be at the discretion of Premier officials.


In the event that two teams are tied with points after bracket play, the following process will determine which team advances to a playoff match (in descending order):

  • Head to Head
  • Goal Differential (goals scored versus goals against with a maximum four differential per match).
  • Greatest number of goals scored.
  • Fewest goals allowed.
  • Most shut out matches.
  • F.I.F.A. kicks from the mark.


In case of a tie at the end of regulation time in a semifinal or championship game, two five-minute overtime periods will be played.  FIFA’s rules specify that if overtime periods are used, overtime periods must be played to completion.  If the score remains tied after the two overtime periods, then F.I.F.A. kicks from the penalty mark will determine the winner.  Please check with SHOWCASE Headquarters for field location and times.


Below are the rules for play-off qualifying and round-robin play based upon the number of brackets and number of teams within the brackets:

  • Four brackets of 4 teams-standard bracket play with the top teams, based upon final point totals and tie-breaker criteria, advancing into the semifinals. Winners of semifinals will advance to the championship match.
  • Three brackets of 4 teams-standard bracket play with the top teams, based upon point totals and tie-breaker criteria, advancing into the semifinals. The top 2nd place team, based upon point totals and the tie-breaker criteria, will enter as the “wild card” team in the semifinals. The wild card team will not play against the team from its original bracket in the semifinal round. The winner of each semifinal game will advance to the championship match.   
  • Two brackets of 4 teams-standard bracket play with the top two teams from each bracket, based upon point totals and tie-breaker criteria advancing to the semifinals.  The winner of each semifinal game will advance to the championship match.  
  • Two brackets of 3 teams-each bracket will cross-over and play the 1 team from the other bracket. The top two teams from each bracket based upon points and the tie-breaker criteria will advance to the semifinals. Teams finishing 1st in their bracket will play the 2nd place team from the other bracket. The winner of each semifinal game will advance to the to the championship match.
  • Three brackets of 3 teams-each bracket will cross-over and play the 1 team from the other bracket.  The top team from each bracket based upon points and the tie-breaker criteria will advance to the semifinals.  Teams listed 4th and 5th will play a semifinal qualifier (3rd game guarantee) to secure the fourth and final semifinal spot.  The 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th place teams play a consolation game (3rd game guarantee). 
  • 7-team bracket made up of one 3-team bracket and two 2-team brackets.   Each team will pay two games with the top team from each bracket, after two games, advancing to the semifinals.  Teams listed 4th and 5th will play a semifinal qualifier (3rd game guarantee) to secure the fourth and final semifinal spot.  The 6th and 7th place teams play a consolation game (3rd game guarantee).    
  • One bracket of 4 teams will play a round-robin schedule with each team playing against each other.  The top two teams in the bracket will advance to the championship match.
  • One bracket of 5 teams will play a round-robin schedule with each team playing against each other.  This will allow each team to play four games. The top team in the bracket will be crowned champion.  The second place team will be considered the finalist.  A tie-breaker format will be utilized to determine a champion and finalist in the case of two or more teams who are tied at the end of round-robin play.    


A team who fails to report ready to play by the scheduled kick-off time or who cannot field the minimum number of players needed to play a match at start time, will forfeit. Teams failing to check-in at the mandatory check-in or for taking actions which cause a game to be terminated, will forfeit. All teams who forfeit will have the game(s) scored a 0-1 loss. The winner will be awarded eight (8) points (six for the win, one for the shut out, and one for a goal).


All concluded games will be considered final as determined by the game referee. The score indicated on the game card cannot be disputed after it is turned back over to the Field Marshal. Coaches must review scores before signing the game card and signing the game card will indicate that the coach agrees with the recorded score. Field Marshals will report match results to the Premier Headquarters. Referees will report ejections, turn in player passes, and provide red card reports to Premier Headquarters.


Official standings will be kept at Premier Headquarters and will be posted on leader boards at each field location supporting each age group. Scores will be updated to the event web site as soon as each score has been reported.


No protests will be allowed. The referee’s decision is final.


Decisions relating to the interpretation of the Premier Rules can be made by only by the Premier Directors. Decisions by the Premier Directors are final.

Disputes relating to the interpretation of these rules will be resolved by the Premier Directors or his designee along with the administrators and/or coaches who are registered with the involved team(s). Individuals may not represent a team if not registered as an administrator and/or coach with the involved team(s).

Game conduct is under the jurisdiction of the referee, and the Premier Directors will not overrule a referee’s decision.


The following rules of conduct apply:

  • Bench areas for each team will be established on the same side of the field during matches. Coaching is allowed ONLY from the team’s own technical area. Spectators must occupy the side of the field opposite from the team bench.
  • All coaches have complete responsibility, at all times, for the conduct of associated team officials, players, families, friends, and spectators.
  • If, in the opinion of the game referees or Showcase officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of coaches, team officials, players, families, friends, and/or spectators, the offending team may be suspended from further play and forfeit that game, as well as all remaining games. In this event, all previous points earned remain as played.
  • The possession, distribution or consumption of illegal substances and alcoholic beverages is not permitted on all tournament grounds. Coaches, team officials, team members or team parents found in violation of this rule, will result in forfeiture of the games played by their respective team and suspension from the event.
  • A player given a red card in a game shall, at a minimum, be expelled from that game, cannot be replaced in that game and shall not be permitted to play in the next game. The Premier Directors and/or Disciplinary Chairman may issue further punishment in the form of continued game suspensions for violent conduct. Individual players expelled from a game will have a report of their expulsion and action taken at the event sent to their State Association.
  • Coaches/team officials ejected from a match will receive, at a minimum, an automatic two game suspension and cannot be present at, or position themselves near, their team’s matches during their suspension. The minimum distance the Coach must be from the playing field is 300 yards. The Coach may not coach, give instruction or direction to the team in any manner, including electronically.
  • Teams are responsible for removing trash from around their area after each game. Failure to abide by this rule may result in the exclusion of the team from any future tournaments.


In the unusual event that a significant loss of match time is experienced through no fault of the participating teams, any lost game time may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Premier Directors.

The rescheduling of the lost game time shall be subject to field and/or daylight availability. The event defines a significant loss of game time as more than half of the game. An example of an unusual event would be a major injury to a player, which prevented the use of the playing field.

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.

A game will be considered official when one half has been played. When only one half can be played, the official score will be the score at the end of the first half.


In case of inclement weather or unsuitable field conditions, games may be shortened, may go to F.I.F.A. penalty kicks, or may be cancelled. The decision to use the methods described herein to conclude a game will be decided by the Showcase Director and the decision will be final.

There will be no refunds or reimbursements of the event application fee for cancelled or forfeited games.


Refunds will be made to all teams not accepted.  Refunds will also be given if the tournament is cancelled due to poor weather conditions/Acts of God, but 50% of the entry fee will be retained.  Additionally, teams who decide to withdraw (verbally and/or in writing) after they have been accepted, will forfeit their entire registration fee.   Teams who decide to withdrawal (verbally and/or in writing) before they are formally accepted will be given a refund minus a $100.00 administration fee.  No refunds will be granted to teams withdrawing after June 1, 2016. 

Team selections are based upon an evaluation of their overall record.  Further criteria utilized will be results in USYSA and US Club Soccer National Championships, State and Regional Championships, major tournaments and head to head competition against ranked opponents.  


  • The Premier Directors reserves the right to amend brackets in the event that a team pulls out of the event last minute or is a no-show.
  • The Premier Directors will ensure the remaining teams are provided with the best possible competition for the good of the game.
  • Please remember to get your player cards back from the Field Marshall at the end of each game.
  • Red cards must be retrieved from the Premier Headquarters located at Homestead High School.


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