Event Dates: July 15-16, 2017
Entry Fees: U8 & U10 – $350 per team
U12 & U14 – $375 per team
Contact: Amy Ratliff; aratliff@bluegrasssports.org

RULES: USYSA and USSF rules govern event. Complete tournament rules can be found under Policies.

FIELD SIZES:  Small sided field sizes can be found at this link www.usyouthsoccer.org in the small sided manual  index.

FORMAT: A minimum of two games will be played by each participating team. Depending upon the number of teams entered in each division, play will be by pool with the top four teams advancing on points (except for the High School division). Ties at the end of regulation in non-medal games will stand in pool play. Referee’s decisions are final.

The U-8 competition will be festival-style with three games over the weekend. There will be a winner declared in each game, but there will be no championships. Each participant will receive a ribbon.

ENTRIES: All entries accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Incomplete Youth entries will be returned to sender and not processed until ALL required information is provided to complete the registration (certified rosters and/or birth certificates and/or Kentucky Youth Soccer Association player card listing player.) If you register online, print out a copy of the entry form to keep. Then, you must mail roster with copy of registered Kentucky Youth Soccer Association roster for age verification or birth certificates to BGSG office by entry deadline (if not received, your entry may be null and void). Proof of age can be shown by either birth certificate, KYSA or league-approved roster, or USYSA player card. Your confirmation email states the division for which you have entered your team. If you enter the wrong division, you may be required to compete in that division. Please review all of the forms carefully and completely when submitting your entry. ONLY High School division may delay submitting the completed player rosters until check-in prior to the first game. All divisions may have a maximum number of entries allowed. Entries may also be limited based on availability of fields and certified officials. There must be a minimum of four teams per division in order to play. A Youth team or player may not enter more than one division.

ROSTERS: U-8 rosters may have a maximum of 12 players. U-10 rosters may have a maximum of 14 players. U-12 and up rosters shall have no more than 18 players. Every team must bring an alternate color jersey in case of color conflicts. Numbers are not required on this alternate jersey. All divisions with participants under the age of 18 must have their parent/guardian sign the entry form on the provided line after the child’s name, indicating the parent/guardian has read the medical release and agrees with its contents.

TEAM REPRESENTATIVE: Every team must submit the name and phone number of a volunteer to act as a team representative for as long as their team participates in the tournament. The duties will begin 45 minutes (30 minutes for U8) before their team’s game and end prior to the start of their team’s game. Team representative will act as a liaison between your team and tournament officials. The entry form will be considered incomplete without this information and therefore will not be processed.

3051 Leestown Road
Lexington, KY

Postmark Deadline: June 12, 2017
Online Deadline: June 16, 2017 at 10 PM
Entry Fees:
$350 – U8 & U10
$375 – U12 & U14


Click here for printable team form

Send entry forms by email:

by mail:
Bluegrass State Games
162 E. Main, Suite 210
Lexington, KY 40507

by fax:

To calculate the proper year for a player, take the ending year of the seasonal year and subtract the player’s birth year.

Example #1: 2017 – 2002 = 15; the player is a U15 for the 2016-17 season
Example #2: 2017 – 2005 = 12; the player is a U12 for the 2016-17 season

MIXED OPEN Code Division Event
Born in 2009 14309 U8 Mixed (5 per side)
Born in 2007 14005 U10 Mixed (7 per side)
Born in 2005 14011 U12 Mixed (9 per side)
Born in 2003 14016 U14 Mixed (11 per side)
Born in 2009 14409 U8 Mixed (5 per side)
Born in 2007 14004 U10 Mixed (7 per side)
Born in 2005 14010 U12 Mixed (9 per side)
Born in 2003 14017 U14 Mixed (11 per side)
Born in 2009 14020 U8 Girls (5 per side)
Born in 2007 14002 U10 Girls (7 per side)
Born in 2005 14008 U12 Girls (9 per side)
Born in 2003 14014 U14 Girls (11 per side)
Born in 2009 14019 U8 Girls (5 per side)
Born in 2007 14001 U10 Girls (7 per side)
Born in 2005 14007 U12 Girls (9 per side)
Born in 2003 14013 U14 Girls (11 per side)


OPEN DIVISION: Team comprised of recreational and competitive players. We will do our best to place you in the requested division. However, you may be moved to a different division at the sports chair’s discretion.

RECREATIONAL DIVISION: Team comprised of recreational players. We will do our best to place you in the requested division. However, you may be moved to a different division at the sports chair’s discretion.



Check-in for youth soccer teams will be each team’s coach or team manager on-site before their first game.

Bluegrass State Games Medical Release Forms must be signed before players will be permitted to participate in the Games. Addition of players must present proof of age and have medical waiver signed. In the event that a game schedule must be changed after the distribution of schedules in this mailing, the revised schedule will be available at check-in and the headquarters tent at the venue. It is the responsibility of each coach to check with the officials at the field headquarters tent at their playing site to determine if schedule changes have been made.


The home team is listed first. In case of a conflict on uniform colors, the Home team will be expected to change colors. Every attempt will be made for all games to be played at the scheduled times, unless delayed by bad weather, or other events beyond the control of the tournament host. The game schedule is extremely tight. All warm up MUST be done off the field. Please be ready to play at your designated game time. Also, please leave the field as quickly as possible at the conclusion of your game. Please be sure to leave your bench area clean.

All teams play two games minimum except for the U8 division and High School Division where all teams will play a total of three games. Your bracket explains how teams advance. Please note that BGSG has a procedure for fining teams that forfeit.

It is the responsibility of each team to check the scoreboard or site coordinator at each site following the conclusion of the last match of the day, to see which teams are advancing to medal round play on Sunday.



Except as otherwise provided herein, the FIFA Laws of the Game shall apply to any and all competitions sponsored by this association.

FIFA Law I – THE FIELD OF PLAY (No change except KYSA/KSA additions)

Under 8 and Under 10 age and Under 12 groups shall play on a reduced field with reduced size goals.

Under 14 and HS will use a #5. Under 10 and Under 12 divisions shall use a #4 ball. Under 8 divisions shall use a #3 ball. The home team shall provide the game ball.

Under 8 shall play six per side (this includes a goalkeeper.) Under 10 shall play seven per side (this includes a goalkeeper.) Under 12 shall play nine per side (this includes a goalkeeper.) A game becomes a FORFEIT if a team or teams does not field at least SEVEN players (THREE for U8/FOUR for U10/FIVE for U-12) at SCHEDULED kickoff time.

Substitutes shall be unlimited and may be made with the consent of the referee at the following times:

  • Both teams may sub on throw-in if the team with possession has a sub ready to enter
  • Prior to a goal kick by either team
  • After a goal by either team
  • At half-times and between periods
  • After an injury by either team, when play has been stopped
  • After a caution for the offending player

Protective shin guards are a mandatory part of a player’s equipment. A player not wearing shin guards will not be allowed to play. Socks are to be worn over shin guards. Any player who is bleeding and/or has blood on any part of their uniform will be sent off the field by the referee. A player sent off in this instance may return only when the bleeding is stopped and/or bandaged and any affected uniform is cleaned.



  • U-8 will play four (4) ten (10) minute quarters.
  • U-10 will play two (2) twenty-five (25) minute halves
  • U-12 will play two (2) thirty (30) minute halves
  • U-14 will play two (2) thirty-five (35) minute halves


U-8 will not have offside called. To score in U-8, the ball must be touched from the offensive side of the field. U-10 WILL have offside.

FIFA LAW XIIFOULS AND MISCONDUCT (No changes except KYSA additions)

Ejection from a game carries an AUTOMATIC suspension for a minimum of one game. That player/coach cannot participate in any BGSG soccer until the suspension is served with the team that it was received with. The on-site Tournament Committee may impose additional sanctions as deemed necessary, including suspension for the entire tournament. The state association and the home club or league of any player, coach, team, or supporters shall, except in the case of referee assault, have the responsibility for imposing additional sanctions should the circumstances warrant these with regard to any matter arising from this tournament. All red or yellow cards issued and any matter involving the conduct of a team, its players, its coaches, or its supporters will be reported to the BGSG organization and to the associated state organization and home club/league. All matters involving referee assault shall, in accordance with USSF rule 3.2.8 and HS, be referred immediately to the host state association.

Slide Tackling: No slide tackling will be allowed in the Under 8 and Under 10 Divisions.


All U-8 and U-10 kicks will be indirect.


Teams participating in divisions with a round robin format will have team standings determined as follows:

Pool play with three (3) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie, and zero (0) points for a loss. (A 0-0 tie is NOT a shutout) Forfeits shall be scored as 4-0 games. Any team forfeiting a game shall not advance.


To determine standings in case of ties on points:

1. Head to Head unless more than two teams are involved

2. Goal differential (with a maximum plus or minus of four per game)

3. Fewest goals allowed

4. Most shutouts

5. Coin flip (draw numbers if more than two teams are tied)

6. If two teams are still tied following the above items, a coin flip will determine the team that advances. If more than two teams are tied, then numbers will be drawn to determine which team will advance. The team drawing #1 will advance. If more than one team advances, then the lowest numbers advance in ascending order.


In the event that a semi-final or final game ends in a tie, the winner will be determined by penalty kicks. All players on the roster will be eligible to kick.


YOUTH – Both teams may sub on throw-in only if the team with possession has a sub ready to enter.


All players must wear shin guards (NOCSAE or equivalent are recommended).
Improperly equipped players will be instructed to leave the field if they cannot correct the equipment.


The official referee shall be the sole judge on the field of play, and the referee’s decision shall be final. NO protests based on a referee’s judgment will be allowed. Protests concerning rules or eligibility shall be made in writing and must be given to the on-site tournament committee within 15 minutes of the end of the game in question. All protests must be accompanied by $500 nonrefundable cash to the BGSG. No verbal protests will be heard. The on-site tournament committee will rule on all protests as soon as possible.


All age groups require that only one coach and no more than two assistant coaches occupy the team side of the field with their players. Coaches and players are to remain on their half of the sideline no closer than 10 yards or farther than 30 yards from the centerline. No artificial noisemakers, such as air horns, are allowed.


In the case of severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, persistent lightning, or other life-threatening conditions or if the conditions are such they present a danger to the players or the fields, these are the guidelines that will be followed. The on-site tournament committee will be responsible for inclement weather decisions.

Every attempt will be made to play the matches. Please be prepared to accept that in the worst case scenario, some fields may become unplayable so that matches may have to be decided by penalty kicks or by the flip of a coin. Matches which have been stopped will be resumed on the same field if possible. Teams not on the field 10 minutes after play is to resume will forfeit. The on-site tournament committee will decide when the fields are safe for play to resume. The length of time delays will be determined by the on-site tournament committee. Injury time will be added at the referee’s discretion.

  • If first half is finished, it is considered a game
  • If a game has played 15 minutes in first half for 10, 11, 12’s, it will be considered a complete half
  • If a game has played 20 minutes in first half for 14’s, it will be considered a complete half
  • Anything less than above rules will have to be played and same amount of time played in second half


  • For U10, 12: Two (2) 15-minute halves will be played
  • For U14, HS: Two (2) 20-minute halves will be played. There will be no warm-ups on the field during inclement weather policy time.

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Postmark Deadline: 6/12/17
Online Deadline: 6/16/17