Nawruz Soccer Cup In Houston

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Family Fun for everybody!
All Turkic Comunities and Raindrop Turkish House cordially invites you and all your loved ones to the Nawruz Soccer Cup on Saturday and Sunday between Feb 22 and March 23 in Turquoise Center
For Cup Registration : Turquoise Center Room 108
Here is the info about the Nawruz Cup!



Each team has to pay $100 for application. Per player $10

$10 Fee include rent of field, supply (ball, water, T-shirt, ice and gifts for player) and fee of referee.

Teams consist of 6 players playing at one time (includes keepers).  Teams are allowed to have up to 10 players on their roster.

Players can only play for one team during the tournament.

Proper shoes and shin guards shall be worn.

Players are not permitted to wear necklaces, chains, or bracelets at any time during a game.

Team uniforms should match if possible.  Away teams are responsible for wearing pennies if team colors are too similar (recommended to bring two different colors).

All players must sign a waiver prior to participating in the tournament.

Professional (paid) players are not allowed to participate.

Remember: mistakes happen and we are here to have fun.  The referee's decisions are final.  No arguing or protesting of calls is allowed.



The tournament will include one to two groups depending on number of teams.

Each team gets a minimum of three games.

Point System:

Win: 3 points

Tie: 1 point

Loss: 0 points


A team must have at least four (4) players on the playing field at the start of the game or it is considered a forfeit.

The forfeited team's opponent is awarded 3 points.

The forfeited team is awarded 0 points.

Playoff games can not end in ties. If a playoff game is tied at the end of regulation play, then 5 minutes of golden goal time will be added. The first team to score wins. If after the golden goal period a game is still tied, then the game goes to penalty shoot-out (more here about numbers, after 5, style of shootout, etc).

Penalty Shoot-out

Penalty kicks are taken from the white dot at the top of the penalty area (stationary).

Keepers may not move off the goal line until the kick is taken.

The keeper may move along the goal line at any time.

A re-kick is awarded if the keeper comes off the goal line prior to the player taking a kick.

1st round: Each team uses five different players to take penalty kicks. The team with the most goals at the end is declared the winner.

2nd round: if the 1st round ends in a tie, then the shoot-out is golden goal. Each team takes a turn shooting until a winner is determined.  Each team switches off shooting first.  The second team shooting always has a chance if the first team scored.  2nd round participants can be any player on the team, but can only shoot more than once if the whole team has shot.

Each game consists of 20 minute halves with a 3 minute break in the middle.  The clock will run continuously and will not be stopped. However, in certain situations the referees have the discretion to pause the play clock.

There is no stoppage time.


Keepers shall wear colors that distinguish him from field players and the referee(s).

Keepers can slide to gain possession of a ball within the penalty area only.  Any flagrant or dangerous play is not permitted.

When ball possession is gained the keeper throws the ball back in play and has 5 seconds to do so.

Keepers can not punt the ball. If a keeper punts the ball the opposing team is awarded a free kick from the white dot on the closest white line to the spot of the foul.

Keepers can not handle a ball outside the penalty area (for safety). The ball has to have completely crossed the penalty box line to be an illegal touch.  The feet must stay inside the penalty area when handling a ball. If violated, then opposing team gets ball at white dot (line).



The opposing team (not kicking off) must be at least 5 yards away from the ball until it is in play.

The kicking team must touch the ball forward to start.

Players from both teams shall remain in their own halves of the field until the ball is in play.

There is no offsides.

All free kicks are direct from the spot of the foul with one exception: a free kick is awarded on the penalty area white dot if the foul occurred in the penalty area, whether occurred by either team.

5 yards of free space must be provided on free kicks.

The player that takes the free kick may not touch the ball again until it has been touched by another player first.

A goal can be scored from a free kick.

A free kick does not take place until the ref has blown the whistle.

Restarts, free kicks, and keeper throw-ins must be made within 5 seconds.  If the rule is violated then the opposing team is awarded a free kick at the spot of the foul. Exception: If the keeper violates the rule then the opposing team gets the ball on the white center dot one from the penalty dot.

The referee(s) shall send any player to his team bench who requires treatment for blood (on body or uniform) regardless whether the blood is their own or another's.  The player will be allowed to return once the blood has been treated (removed from uniform or uniform replaced, wound cleaned, treated, and covered).

A ball must fully cross the goal line to count as a goal.

A keeper can not handle a ball that has been intentionally passed to him by his own team, unless done so with the head. Violation results in a free kick for the opposing team at the closest white line dot to the foul.

Drop ball restart: If neither team has clear possession at the time of stoppage then a 'drop ball' will occur where the ball was when the stoppage occurred.



Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent

Cursing at the referee, another player, event staff/volunteers/participants.


Hand balls (exception: keepers inside the penalty area) are not permitted, whether intentional or unintentional.

Slide tackling or playing the ball while on the ground (except for keeper inside the penalty area)

Holds, pushes, or obstructs an opponent, etc.

Charging the keeper or preventing the keeper from releasing the ball from his hands

Using a player or wall for leverage

Generally, a free kick is awarded to team that has been fouled (advantage may be granted, see below).  If a foul is perceived to be flagrant, dangerous, or unnecessary, a card may be issued.

The penalized player must exit the field where his team enters the field.

If the opposing team scores a goal during penalty time, then one player may come back on the field (the player sent off the latest in the situation that more than one player is serving penalty time)

A yellow card is worth a 2 minute penalty for the player.

A player that receives two yellow cards (red card) is suspended from playing in that game and the next game.  That team is not allowed to replace that player for 5 minutes.


A team can not have more than six (6) players (including the goalkeeper) nor fewer than four (4) players on the field at any given time during play.

Less than four (4) players at the start of a game will result in a forfeit (see tournament format/forfeits).

Unlimited substitutions are allowed at any given time.

The player entering the field and the player departing the field may not participate in play and/or gain an advantage during play until there is only one player on the field during the transition.

Goalkeeper Substitution: Any teammate can change places with the goalkeeper during the following times only:

Free kicks (for the departing goalkeeper's team);

After a goal has been scored, but before five minutes remains in the game;

Injury timeout; or


Inadvertent Restart: If play is inadvertently restarted with too many players on the field after a goal has been scored, no penalty shall be assessed, and the game shall be restarted again properly.

In the situation that play clock is stopped due to an injured player (longer than 1 minute) that player must leave the field of play (can be replaced) and may not return until the next official stoppage (after a goal has been scored or half-time).



A game will consist of one (1) or two (2) referees.

The referee controls the score and time and score/time board, if used.

The referee is responsible for the record of the game, including penalties issued, scoring players, and final score.

The referee is responsible for controlling entry on to the field by anyone, at any time.

The referee is responsible for enforcing the rules of the tournament described herein.

A referee may apply 'advantage' on a play in which a foul has been committed against the team with the ball.  If the anticipated advantage does not ensue at that time, the player may issue a free kick to the fouled team.

The referee will and can exercise discretionary power as it relates to the rules described herein.  A referee can use this power to stop play for any violation, plus for any interference by spectators, unruly conduct by anyone, or other cause he deems necessary.

A referee will signal when a penalty has occurred, starts, restarts, etc.

The referee shall file a game report to the tournament coordinator.