The Truce Rules of Play- December 26, 2015

The Truce Tournament

Presented by Sporting Club & the National World War I Museum and Memorial

Tournament Rules

Rules of Play: The rules of The Truce Tournament shall be in accordance with USSF and FIFA Laws of the Game, except as modified and approved herein.


Team Registration: All players listed on a team roster for The Truce must be at least 18 years or older. Teams can be co-ed, but there is no restriction or requirement on the number of men or women making up each team.


Roster & Game Size: Teams registering for The Truce are allowed a maximum of six (6) players, and a minimum of three (3) on their roster. All games will be played 3v3 throughout the tournament.


Field Dimensions: Fields are 25 yards in length and 15 yards in width for The Truce.


Game Duration: Each game during The Truce will last 25 minutes, with no halftime.  Extra time will be added to regulation based on the referee’s discretion.


World-Cup Style Format: The Truce Tournament will be structured to resemble the format of the World Cup. All registered teams will be split into groups of three to four teams, which will compete in a round-robin group stage, guaranteeing each team a minimum 2-3 games (teams may also be divided into competitive and recreational brackets based on interest). At the conclusion of the group stage, the top one to two teams from each group will advance to the single-elimination knockout rounds.


Point System (Group Stage): After the conclusion of a match during the group stage, three (3) points are awarded for a win, one (1) point for a tie, and zero (0) points for a loss. After all games of the group stage have concluded, the top teams, based on this point system, will advance.


Tiebreakers: At the conclusion of the group stage, point ties between multiple teams will be broken by 1) head to head results, 2) fewest goals allowed, 3) goal differential, 4) goals for, & 5) penalty shootout


Overtime & Penalties: If the score of a match remains even during the group stage, the game will end as a draw. However, during the knockout rounds, an eventual winner must be determined. If the score remains tied after regulation during these rounds, a five-minute overtime period will be played, with the golden goal rule in effect (first team to score, wins). If no goal is scored during this overtime period, then the winner will be decided in a shootout between the three players of each team remaining on the field, with a coin toss to decide the team kicking order.


Team Check-In: Each team must check in at tournament central prior to their first match of The Truce.  ID’s of each player will be checked with the roster submitted upon registration to ensure that each player competing is at least 18 years of age.  Team captains should also turn in any necessary documents (each player must sign a waiver and release of liability on-site) and ensure that they have the most up-to-date tournament schedule and field map.


Jerseys: Home team is the team listed first on the official schedule. Home team will wear “lighter”-colored jerseys.  It is up to the referee’s discretion to determine if the two teams’ jersey colors vary enough.  Color Conflict: In cases where the referee deems there to be a color conflict, the visiting team (listed second on the official schedule) will be responsible for changing their uniforms.


Casts or Orthopedic Braces: Both casts and braces must be approved by the referee to ensure that they are not dangerous to any of the players on the field.


Match Ball: Tournament staff will provide match balls (size 5) for The Truce. Referees will bring match balls to the field of play and will leave the field at the conclusion of the match with said balls.


Substitutions: The team in possession may substitute at any time after any “dead ball” situation (corner kicks, free-kicks, etc).  However, teams not in possession of the ball can only substitute provided that the team in possession is also substituting.

Free substituting is allowed for both teams at the restart after a goal, goal kicks, and at half time.  The substitutes must be at the centerline ready to enter before the referee will allow the substitution to take place.  The referee has the authority not to allow the substitution if he/she believes that the procedure will stop the flow of the game or is being used as tactical time wasting ploy.


No Offsides, No Slide Tackling: There will be no offsides called or slide tackling allowed during 3v3 play.


Direct & Indirect Free Kicks & Five-Yard Rule: All dead-ball kicks are indirect with the exception of penalty kicks. Defending players must stand at least five yards away from the ball.


Kick-ins: The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline instead of a throw-in. The ball is considered in play when the ball is touched and moves one full rotation.


Penalty Kicks: Shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, a clear scoring opportunity was nullified by an infraction (the infraction does not automatically result in a red card). Penalty kicks are direct kicks taken from the center of the mid-line, with all players behind the mid-line. If a goal is not scored, the defense restarts play with a goal kick.


Yellow & Red Cards: Referee’s may give a yellow card (cautions) or red card (ejections) to any player, based on their discretion. If a payer receives two yellow cards, they are ejected. Teams that lose a player to an ejection must finish that match without replacing them on the field. Cards will not carry over to other matches or rounds of play.


Team Benches: Both teams will be situated on the same side and the spectators will be on the opposite side of the field.


Sideline Expectations: Players, reserve players, managers, coaches, assistant coaches and fans are expected to conduct themselves within the letter and spirit of the “Laws of the Game”.  The tournament directors have the authority and responsibility to remove any person(s) from the tournament grounds for conduct abuse, in addition to any specific disciplinary action brought about by other authority.


Inclement Weather: Tournament organizers will make the final decision on whether a match during The Truce will be cancelled or postponed because of severe weather conditions. If necessary, The Truce may be moved indoors. We will notify you if this happens.


Cancellations/ Refunds: In the event that a team needs to withdraw their registration, tournament officials will offer a full refund if the team cancels with 14 or more days’ notice.  Withdrawals less than two weeks before the start of the tournament will warrant a 50% refund.