Rules of the Competition

Number of teams

Eight-team competition, with two groups of four teams, Group A and Group B

Formation of Groups

An official draw will be conducted in January of 2018 to determine which teams will compete in which group.

*The American teams in the competition, the NCAA and NAIA, will be placed in different groups.

Schedule of Games

March 15 – A1 vs. A2, A3 vs. A4

B1 vs. B2, B3 vs. B4

March 16 – A1 vs. A3, A2 vs. A4

B1 vs. B3, B2 vs. B4

March 17 – A1 vs. A4, A2 vs. A3

B1 vs. B4, B2 vs. B3

March 18 – Championship (Group A winner vs. Group B winner)

Points

Teams will earn three points for a win and one point for a draw.

Team Rosters and Substitutions

Each team is allowed to declare a roster of 20 players. Teams are allowed up to nine substitutions per match, with substituted players not being allowed to return.

Eligibility of Players

All players in the competition are required to have either been a member of its 2017 championship team roster or be part of the current 2018 official team roster.

Point Tiebreaker Format

In group play, the final ranking of the teams after group matches is as follows:

1.  Greatest number of points in all group matches

2.  Goal difference in all group matches

3.  Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches
If two or more teams are equal based on the above criteria, their rankings are determined as follows:
4. Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned

5. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned

6. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned

7. Coin flip conducted by the tournament competition committee
Duration of Matches

All games shall be played in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game, except that matches will be shortened to 80 minutes, comprising two periods of 40 minutes each, with a halftime interval of 15 minutes. Official time will be managed by the officials on the field of play.
Extra Time Provision for Finals

If within these regulations extra time is to be played as the result of a draw at the end of normal playing time, the extra time shall consist of two periods of 15 minutes each, which are preceded by an interval of five minutes. There is no interval between the two periods of extra time.

If the score is still tied at the end of extra time, penalty kicks will be taken as provided in the FIFA Laws of the Game.
Disciplinary Matters

Players who receive yellow card cautions or a red card expulsion may be subject to disciplinary procedures, which shall be shared with the teams one month prior to the tournament.
In addition, players agree to:

– Respect the spirit of fair play, non-violence and the authority of the match officials

– Behave accordingly

– Refrain from doping as defined by FIFA Anti-doping Regulations as well as to accept all other relevant FIFA regulations, circulars and directives.
All participating teams and their team delegation members shall comply with all rules of the tournament, FIFA Statutes, the FIFA Disciplinary Code and the FIFA Code of Ethics, in particular matters regarding the fight against discrimination, racism and match-fixing.
Protests

Protests about incidents during the match shall be made to the referee by the team captain immediately after the disputed incident and before play has resumed, in the presence of the captain of the opposing team. The protest shall be confirmed in writing to the tournament committee by the team’s head coach no later than one hour after the match. No protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play. Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal. The tournament competition committee shall decide on any protests lodged.