I. Rule Book
A. F.I.F.A. – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (latest edition)
B. Exception: In line with FIFA regulations, APAC bans the wearing of eyeglasses during soccer competition, with safety glasses and contact lenses being alternatives to glasses. (APRIL 2013)
II. Ground Rules
A. The tournament will be governed by ground rules, which are instituted by the host school. It is recommended but not required that ball boys/girls are available, or that a ball system be employed by the host school in order to improve the flow of the game. (April 2012)
B. That scheduled games may be moved forward at the discretion of the host tournament director (shotgun format)—for the overall good of the tournament.
III. APAC Travelling Squad
IV. Tournament Format
The following is the APAC Soccer format:
A. Match time for each half should be 35 minutes with a 5-minute half time.
B. Unlimited substitutions.
C. All scheduled matches in an APAC team sport tournament must be played, weather permitting. Request for forfeits may not be entertained. (APRIL 2013)
D. Round-Robin format will be followed using the APAC Tournament Matrix to determine the draw.
E. The first two days of the tournament will be round-robin play.
F. The third day will be the conclusion of round robin – play followed by the championship round.
G. At the conclusion of the round robin, the teams will be ranked. Where ties among the teams exist, the APAC Tiebreaker Procedures will be used.
H. Teams forced into a back-to-back game situation during the transition from the round robin to play-offs are given a 30-minute rest period before the 15-minute warm-up begins. (October 2012)
I. After the round-robin there will be a championship round where:
1. 6th place vs. 5th place
2. 4th place vs. 3rd place
3. 2nd place vs. 1st place play to determine the final rankings.
J. Tie matches occurring in the 5th/6th and 3rd /4th matches will use a 5-person penalty shootout to determine the winner.
K. A tie in the championship game will use two, 10-minute halves. (APRIL 2015) If still tied, they will use a 5-person penalty shootout to determine the winner.
L. APAC will not allow video review, in any sport, for officiating purposes. (APRIL 2013)
M. Where required, based on climatic conditions at a tournament site, and at the discretion of the tournament director, a drink break is added to each half. The breaks to be one minute in length, between the 15 and 20-minute mark of each half. Logistics of water break to be confirmed at each tournament—at the Wednesday evening meeting—but breaks to occur at natural breaks in play. (APRIL 2013)
A break may be taken off the field under cover. (APRIL 2017)
V. Substitution in Soccer
When a team makes a substitution, the departing player must exit the field across the nearest touchline. Under supervision of a match official, players entering the game must enter the field at the halfway line. All substitutions are up to the discretion of the Referee. All substitutes will wear colored vests to signify that they are subs and not players.
1. A team may substitute when it has possession.
2. Should the team in possession make a substitution, then their opponent may also make a substitution, but it must be immediate and without any time delay. A team may make substitution when play is stopped for an injury, regardless of who will have possession once play resumes. (OCTOBER 2011)
3. Any team that does not have possession may never initiate substitution.
4. After goals and at halftime, teams may substitute.
VI. Substitution Box
A substitution box should be included at the halfway line.
VII. Coaches’ Box Line Markings
A. Coaches’ Box shall be marked on the field.
B. All coaching staff and substitutes shall remain within the designated area as outlined in FIFA rules.
C. These areas shall be limited to players and coaches only. All non-players should remain in the areas as defined by the host school.
D. This is to be policed by the Site Managers or other such designated person of the host school.
VIII. 4th Official
All matches must include 4 officials. The 4th official does not have to be a paid official and may be a member of the host school community.
IX. Yellow Card/Red Card
A. If a player receives a red card in any game, that player may not play in the next game. Yellow cards do not accumulate from game to game.
B. A player may be subbed immediately after receiving a yellow card. (APRIL 2017)
X. APAC Tiebreaker Procedures
A. Head-to head result
B. Goal differential between tied teams (no credit for more than 4 goal margin)
C. Goal differential in all games (no credit for more than 4 goal margin)
D. Goals allowed between tied teams (no credit for more than 4 goal margin)
E. Goals allowed in all games (no credit for more than 4 goal margin)
F. Goals scored between tied teams (no credit for more than 4 goal margin). (APRIL 2013)
G. Goals scored in all games (no credit for more than 4 goal margin) (APRIL 2013) (APRIL 2014)
H. Coin toss
APAC Tiebreaker Procedure
1. Head to head
2. Each sport will have a sport-specific tiebreaker procedure. When head to head results in APAC team sport tiebreaker protocol does not settle a three or more team tie, we do not go back to head to head after a point-differential (or its sport specific equivalent) solution has become evident. (In the event point-differential totals or its sport specific equivalent, are a tie between two schools, head to head results will decide promotion) (APRIL 2014)
XI. Medical Protocol
Based on accepted Return to Play Protocols, each host school’s head medical personnel (assigned for the tournament) will determine return to play for suspected concussions. This assessment will be binding. (October 2014)