Alexandria Soccer Academy

Official Rules

Alexandria Soccer Kickoff (ASK)

Official Rules



A. Participation in the Alexandria Soccer Kickoff (ASK) is open to accepted boys and girls teams composed of a maximum of:

  • Fourteen (14) players for 9U and 10U age groups (playing 7v7)
  • Sixteen (16) players for 11U and 12U (playing 9v9)
  • Eighteen (18) players for 13U - 14U (playing 11v11)
  • Twenty-Two (22) players for 15U - 17U (playing 11v11)
    • Only 18 players may dress per game.

Meeting the age limit of the specified division; Players must have been born during, or subsequent to, the divisional year, as defined by US Soccer Guidelines; Player registration cards duly authorized by State/Provincial or National Association will be required as proof of age for 9U-17U players.

B. Age groups*:

  • 17 Under (2003 birth year and younger)*
  • 16 Under (2004 birth year and younger)*
  • 15 Under (2005 birth year and younger)*
  • 14 Under (2006 birth year and younger)*
  • 13 Under (2007 birth year and younger)*
  • 12 Under (2008 birth year and younger)*
  • 11 Under (2009 birth year and younger)*
  • 10 Under (2010 birth year and younger)*
  • 9 Under (2011 birth year and younger)*
    • Combining of age groups will be done at the ASK Committee’s discretion.

C. Each team accepted must be registered with a National State Association affiliated with the USYS/USSF or national equivalent and must present a valid State or Provincial roster. Teams that are members of organizations of the United States Soccer Federation but not members of US Youth Soccer (such as AYSO, SAY or US Club Soccer) DO NOT have to have a US Youth Soccer Permission to Travel form (although that team’s organization may require that the team have permission). Consideration will be given to academy style programs and clubs to participate which may consist of “house” all-star teams or the equivalent

D. Guest player limit: Four (4) per team.

Teams using guest players must not exceed the maximum roster size in the age group they are playing. Guest players must be current USYS/USSF or national equivalent players. Guest players may be recreational players provided they obtain certification comparable to a player registration card and obtain this certification from the same state official that grants player registration cards. 

​​E. Guest players are considerded "any age appropriate player not on your league approved roster". Guest players may be from your clubs recreation league or from another travel team but they must be registered players to ensure they are covered by insurance.

F. Players may only participate with a single team for the entire tournament and may not play for multiple teams even within the same organization.

G. Region 1 Policy. Per VYSA:


Region I has established the following policy concerning permission to travel when attending US Youth Soccer sanctioned tournaments in Region I. The purpose of this policy is to make it as simple as possible for the US Youth Soccer Region I teams to travel to tournaments within Region I. The new policy states that any US Youth Soccer State Association teams within Region I that are accepted into a tournament in Region I, do not need permission to travel papers. Permission to Travel is not required in friendly games within Region I.


Connectiut Jr Soccer Assn
Delaware Youth Soccer Assn
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Assn
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Assn
Soccer Maine
Maryland Youth Soccer Assn
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assn
New Hampshire Soccer Assn
New Jersey Youth Soccer Assn
New York State West Youth Soccer Assn
Pennsylvania West State Soccer Assn
Soccer Rhode Island
Vermont Soccer Assn
Virginia Youth Soccer Assn
West Virginia Soccer Assn


A. All games shall be played in accordance with FIFA Laws, except as specifically modified by these rules.

B. Heading. No heading for teams playing in the 11U age groups and younger. Per VYSA:


Whenever the ball strikes a player in the head, play is stopped. The proper restart depends upon whether the player deliberately played the ball with his or her head. If deliberate, the proper restart is an indirect free kick to the opposing team. If this occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If the play by the head is deemed in advertent, then the proper restart is a dropped ball.

C. 9U-10U Build Out Line. Half-way between top of the goal box and midfield. 

  • Cones or an item that clearly identifies the build-out line need to be used. If the tournament does not have them available, the home team needs to supply the cone/item.
  • When the goalkeeper has the ball in hand or on goal kicks: (only two times this is enforced)
    • opposing team must move behind the line, until the ball is put in play
    • goalkeeper does not have to kick it until the opposing team retreats behind the line before playing the ball
    • distribution must be from rolling the ball, throwing the ball or dropping it to their feet
    • no punting.
      • Indirect free kick to opposing team if it occurs.  Placement is on the edge of the box, closest to where the act occured
  • Offsides
    • The buildout line, on the attacking half of the team with the ball, is the reference point, not midfield.


A. Playing Format:

  • 9U & 10U: 7v7
  • 11U & 12U: 9v9
  • 13U - 17U: 11v11

B. Divisions: ASK will make available multiple flights in each age group. The flights will distinguish themselves between teams and their developmental stages.

4-team division – Each team plays a round robin. 
Top 2 teams based on points will play in the final.

5-team division – Each team plays a round robin. 
First and second place determined on points. No playoff of championship game.

6-team division – Two flights of 3 teams.  Each team will play the other 2 teams in their same flight. Top team in each flight will play the 2nd placed team in the other flight in the semi-finals. Winners advance to the finals. The two third place teams in each bracket play a consolation game.  

7-team division – Flight B will have four teams.  Flight A will have three teams.  Each flight will play two games. 
The teams in each flight will then be ranked from first to last based on tie-breaking procedures. Top two teams in each flight advance to semi-finals.  First place of flight A will play second place of flight B in the semi-finals.  First place of Flight B will play second place of Flight A in the other semi-final.  Winners advance to final.  Consolation matches: Third place of Flight A will play third place of Flight B.  The winner will play fourth place of Flight B.

8-team division – Two flights of 4 teams.  Each team plays a round robin within their flight. 
The winners of each flight (based on points) advance to the final.

9-team division – Three flights of 3 teams.  The winner of each flight plus a wild card (best second place based on pts, then tie breakers) advance to the semi-finals.  
Consolation matches feature 2nd best 2nd place vs 3rd best 2nd place.  3rd Place flight B plays 3rd place Flight C.  The winner of this match (Winner Consolation A ) plays 3rd place Flight A.


A. The duration of 9U and 10U ASK games will be 50 minutes.

a. 25 minute halves. 5 minute halftime.

B. The duration of 11U and 12U ASK games will be 60 minutes

a. 30 minute halves. 5 minute halftime.               

C. The duration of 13U - 14U ASK games will be: 60 minutes

a. 30 minute halves. 5 minute halftime. 

D. The duration of 15U - 17U ASK games will be: 70 minutes

b. 35 minute halves. 5 minute halftime. 

D. All games will be played with a running clock. The referee may only stop the clock for serious injuries or other serious incidents.  Absent these extraordinary circumstances, the referee will terminate each half at the expiration of the allotted time with the sole exception that if a penalty kick is awarded during the allotted time, the penalty kick may be taken.  The referee is the official timekeeper and therefore all decisions regarding game duration are solely at the referee's discretion and shall not be protested. Under no circumstance will the game end after 75 minutes from when the scheduled start time is listed. The referee may, at their discretion, give water breaks at the mid-point of each half if heat-related issues are a concern.           


A. Team Check-In (Online)

a. Upload required documents to GotSoccer. 

b. Approved documents are uploaded back to GotSoccer and required to be on hand with a team official for the entire event.


A. Field and Game Equipment

a. Players shall wear shin guards in accordance with FIFA laws.

b. No metal cleats will be allowed, and no jewelry will be allowed.

c. Hard (must be covered and wrapped) and soft casts are permitted with the approval of the referee.

e. Where opposing team’s uniform colors are similar, the designated home team will change colors. The designated home team is listed first on the schedule. Managers may contact the opposing team manager in advance of the game to deconflict uniform colors.

f. ASK will provide game balls at each field. If no game ball is present the designated home team must provide the game ball. The designated home team is responsible for supplying a game ball acceptable to the referee. 

- A size 4 ball is used for 9U - 12U play

- A size 5 ball is used for 13U - 17U play

g.  Players and coaches of both teams will take the same side of the field. All other supporters will take the opposite side. Only three team officials are permitted on the sidelines with their players.


A. The ASK Director is Jim Hogan.

B. Game Check-in:

a. Teams will be required to show an approved team roster before playoff and/or championship games as tournament staff requests.

C. Rosters:

a. Players names and jersey numbers MUST be listed on the Team Roster

b. Only players listed on the approved roster may play. There is a maximum of

  • Fourteen (14) players for age groups 9U and 10U (playing 7v7)
  • Sixteen (16) 11U and 12U (playing 9v9) 
  • Eighteen (18) 13U - 14U (playing 11v11)
  • Twenty-Two (22) 15U - 17U (playing 11v11)

F. Individual Player Requirements:

a. All players must have current:

i. Signed Medical Release forms or equivalent on hand during the weekend

ii. Player Registration Cards: must present picture identification cards issued by the team’s Federation Organization Member (USYS, AYSO, other)

G. Foreign Teams (in addition to above requirements):

a. All foreign teams must present passports at registration.

b. Teams are required to have and present player picture identification cards.

c. Teams must have a completed form from its Provincial or National association approving the team’s participation in the tournament.


A. Team and Spectator Field Position

a. Players and Coaches will occupy one side of the field. The home team will have choice of their bench area. Teams may have up to 3 team officials in their technical area. Coaches will remain in their technical area and be restricted to the area between their side of the center line and 18 yard line. Coaches may enter the field of play only upon approval of the referee.

b. Spectators will occupy the side of the field opposite the player’s bench area. Home and visiting spectators shall occupy areas opposite their team benches. Spectators shall remain in the area between the 18 yard lines (penalty areas).

c. No spectators will be to sit/stand in the immediate areas behind the goal lines with the exception of official ASK photographers.


A. There will be no protests allowed.

B. All disputes for non-referee decisions are submitted thru the Site Coordinator in writing to the ASK Committee (consisting of the ASK Director, and other ASK staff) at the field registration tent for approval by the end of the day that the dispute occurred. All decisions by the ASK Committee are final and may not be appealed.

C. No protests & disputes for referee decisions are allowed; decisions by referees may not be appealed.


A. Substitution Times:

a. Unlimited substitution may be made at the discretion of the referee at the following times:  a kick-off; a goal-kick; or on a throw-in for the team taking the throw-in.  If the team taking the throw-in is allowed to substitute, the opposing team will be permitted to substitute as well.

b. Limited substitutions can be made, with the referee’s permission, in case of stoppage of play for an injury on a one-for-one basis for the injured player(s).  The opposing team is also allowed one substitution if the injured player is substituted.

c. At the request of a coach, a player receiving a yellow card may be substituted at the time the card is shown.


A. Team managers from both teams must provide a printed game card to the referee prior to the game. Game cards can be found on your GotSoccer team account. Instructions link.

B. Referees and Field Marshall’s will also provide complete and accurate information on the teams’ players/officials receiving yellow/red cards during the game including their full name and shirt number, if applicable.

C. Referees will report game scores online following the procedures provided to them by the ASK Referee Assignor.  Game scores should be reported as promptly as possible.  Online reporting applies to game scores only.


A. Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves within the spirit of the LAW as well as the letter of the LAW. Displays of temper or dissent are cause for ejection from the game and the surrounding field area. Repeated violations may result in the suspension of the team from the tournament as decided by the ASK Director.

B. Players, coaches and team officials ejected from a game by the referee shall be ineligible for the next scheduled game.

C. It is the responsibility of the team’s coach or the person acting in the coach’s behalf to control the conduct of its parents and other spectators. Failure to do so may result in a warning to the coach or the person acting in the coach’s behalf by the referee. If unacceptable conduct continues, the referee may eject the team’s coach, or the person acting on the coach’s behalf, from the game.

D. A coach or authorized team official who commits a cautionable or sending-off offense under Law 12 shall be shown a yellow or red card, as appropriate, by the referee.

D. Artificial noise making devices are prohibited.

E. Smoking, alcoholic beverages, and verbal abuse of anyone are not permitted at any of the field sites.


A. All age groups will have a playoff format with a championship game

a. Tie Breakers (in order, between two teams)

1) Head to head competition

2) Most wins

3) Goals against (least goals allowed)

4) Goal differential 

5) Goal for (most goals scored)

6) Most shutouts

7) Coin Flip (recorded or in person with both teams)

  • 2 team coin flip. Each team designated with either 'head's or 'tails'. Team advancing is the team whose 'heads' or 'tails' lands facing up.

b. Tie Breakers (in order, between three teams)

1) Most wins

2) Goals against (least goals allowed)

3) Goal differential 

4) Goal for (most goals scored)

5) Most shutouts

6) Coin Flip (recorded or in person with both teams)

  • 3 team coin flip. Each team flips once. Advancing team is 'odd' team. For example (Team A = Heads, Team B = heads, Team C = tails) Team C advances. Reflip if all teams land on same side.

c. Overtime (Playoff and Championship Only)

1) FIFA penalty kicks from the mark. NO OVERTIME

a. Referee chooses the goal
b. Coin toss decides who will take the first kick
c. Best of 5, if still tied, continue with sudden victory
d. Players must be on the field, at the end of the match, to be eligible to shoot
e. All eligible players must shoot before a player may take a second shot
f. Only eligible players may be on the field during the penalty kicks from the mark


A. A team shall be allowed a fifteen (15) minute grace period after the scheduled kickoff time before the match is considered a “no show” and that team forfeits it’s game. A minimum of number of players is required to start the game and avoid a forfeit:

- Six (6) players constitutes a team at the 9U and 10U age group

- Seven (7) players constitutes a team at the 11U and 12U age group

- Eight (8) players constitutes a team at the 13U and older age groups

The ASK site coordinator must get final approval from the ASK Director or a representative at the Command Center before marking a team as forfeiting due to tardiness. Exceptions to this rule are at the discretion of the ASK Director.

B. Failure to produce either duly authorized Player Registration Cards or an official ASK Team Roster upon request by a tournament official is grounds for a forfeit.

C. Forfeited games will result in a 3-0 scoreline.

D. The team forefiting will not be eligible to advance to the playoff rounds.

E. Playing a “red-carded player” (a player receiving either a red card or two yellow cards in one game) in the game following the receipt of a red card is grounds for team dismissal.


A. In the event of inclement weather, the ASK Director or official representative(s) will have the authority to:

a. Relocate or reschedule any game(s);

b. Change the duration of any game(s);

c. Cancel any game(s);

d. Consider any game terminated by ASK officials after one half of play official at of the time of termination


A. ASK will do its best to schedule three (3) games for each team. However, at the ASK Director’s discretion, the number of games may be reduced in which case ASK is not liable for any expenses and no refunds for the ASK application fees will be given.

B. Under no circumstances whatsoever will the Virginia Youth Soccer Association, Inc., the Alexandria Soccer Association, the ASK Committee, or any of their official representatives be responsible for any expenses (including the ASK entry fee) incurred by any team. This includes a situation whereby ASK or any game(s) is canceled in whole or part.


A. For 9U-12U all games will have one (1) referee assigned to each game during "pool" or group play

B. For the 11U - 12U playoff games, we will work to schedule three (3) referee's for each game 

C. For the 13U - 17U games, three (3) referee's will be assigned to each game

D. The Alexandria Soccer Association referee assignor will be in charge of placing referee’s in appropriate environments.

E. Referees with more experience will be placed in the older age groups.


A. An ASK Field Marshall or volunteer will be present at each field location.


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