Tournament FAQ

What time will games be played?

All teams are guaranteed 3 games, with division finalists potentially playing as many as 6 games. Games played on Friday June 3rd will start no earlier than 6pm. The schedule for Saturday, June 4th will have game times spanning the entire day. Sunday, June 5th, is reserved for semifinal & championship games, as well as any games that were potentially delayed or rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.

How are brackets handled?

The scenarios change based on the number of teams in a division, however, our intent is for teams to have a chance at advancing even if a loss is sustained. Bracketing, and knockout stage seeding information will be provided to all teams when divisions are finalized. For this year’s tournament, we will utilize a quarterfinal stage if necessary to ensure all teams are playing meaningful games through the entire tournament.

Who needs a tournament pass & why do I need one?

Metro East FA is sanctioned by Illinois State Soccer Association (ISSA) and United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). All rostered players must be registered and have a player card from an affiliated USASA league, or have a valid Tournament Pass. Players needing a Tournament Pass can choose to purchase a single-use pass, which is good for just the tournament weekend, or register for a Metro East FA player card, which is valid for 12 months and covers all leagues and events run by Metro East FA. Requiring player passes for all players, keeps the league and tournament in compliance with our sanctioning organizations, in addition to keeping every player insured, during tournament play. Click here to purchase a player card or tournament pass.

What happens if there are not enough teams to fill a division?

While we anticipate having enough teams to support our planned divisions, actual registration numbers always have some variance.  In the event that team registration does not allow for certain divisions to be played, we will work with the registered teams to either place them in a comparable division or issue a full refund.

Can a division sell out?

Yes. Divisions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If a division is sold out, you will be alerted during the registration checkout process that you are being added to a waitlist.

What is the difference between "Rec" & "Competitive" divisions?

Understandably, the word “rec” often refers to low level competition; however, our rec divisions are set up to be ideal for teams with players of multiple skill levels.  You can expect technically sound, but more casual play. Our competitive divisions, however, will host the top-quality teams with players playing at a very high level

Can a player play on multiple teams?

Yes, however there are some restrictions and caveats. A player may only be rostered and play on one team per division.  Tournament scheduling cannot guarantee that players playing on multiple teams will not have games scheduled simultaneously.

Tournament Rules

Prizes

    • Men’s Open – Competitive
      • First Place: $2,000.00* & Champion T-Shirt
      • Second Place: Half-off entry into MEFA 2023 MASC Tournament
    • Adult Open – Recreational
      • First Place: Free entry into MEFA 2023 MASC Tournament & Champion T-Shirt

    ***Cash prizes listed are estimates and dependent on the number of teams registered in a particular division. Each team registered in a division equates to $125.00 in cash prizes.

ID & Player Pass Requirements

ID’s

  • Please keep a photo ID (preferably a driver’s license or State ID) with you, as you may be required to provide proof of ID as part of roster checks.

 

Player Pass

  • All players must be registered with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and have a current USASA Player Card prior to participating in anything related to the MEFA 2022 MASC, including warmups on any of the fields provided by MEFA for the purposes of the MEFA 2022 MASC.
    • Should a player not have a current USASA Player Card when they arrive at the tournament, they need to visit one of the tournament tents, provide a photo ID, and purchase a Tournament Pass.
  • Any players with a current Metro East FA Player Card will NOT need to purchase a separate USASA Player Card, as Metro East FA is affiliated with USASA. 

Flow of Play

  • Matches will consist of two 25-minute halves. At the referee’s discretion, extra time may be added for excessive time wasting or injury. There is no guarantee that extra time will be added.  
  • Each team will have 8 players on the field, consisting of 7 field players and 1 goalkeeper.
  • To ensure accurate scorekeeping and reduce possible discrepancies, team captains will confirm the score with the referee at halftime and at the completion of the match.  
  • There are no offsides

Substitutions

  • Substitutions can be done on any dead ball with the referee’s attention. For most substitutions the referee will not stop play; however, at their discretion, play can be stopped for the substitution to be completed in order to not create an unfair advantage.
  • The player coming off the field must be 100% off the field before the new player comes on.

Substitutions that occur without the referee’s attention or during the flow of play may result in a yellow card for the player that comes onto the field.

Sliding & slide Tackling

  • Sliding & Slide tackling is not allowed. Sliding means that your hip and/or butt is on the ground in a deliberate sliding manner.  This does not mean you are prohibited from stretching out or going down to a knee to win a ball.
  • Any sliding, even sliding to save a ball from going out of bounds, will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team where the slide occurs. 
  • Unless a slide results in another foul being committed (i.e. tripping, foul play, violent conduct, etc.), sliding will not be considered denial of a goal scoring opportunity. 
  • Fouls committed due to sliding and making contact with an opposing player, will be penalized in accordance with the standard FIFA laws of the game.  In most cases, this is a yellow card offense.
  • Goalkeepers are exempt from this rule inside their own penalty area where they can play within standard FIFA laws.
  • The referee will use their discretion on intent on any play resembling a slide.

Yellow & Red Cards

  • Referees will issue sanctions in accordance with FIFA laws.
  • Two yellow cards will result in a red card.
  • All red cards, regardless if it is a straight red or two yellow cards, will receive a minimum one game suspension. Additional games may be added on to the suspension after review by the tournament committee. Suspensions are specific to the division being played in. Players that receive a red card should exit the field on the opposite sideline of the team sideline.  After the booking, further interaction with either the referee or the opposing team may result in additional game suspensions.
  • Violent Conduct will result in suspension from the remainder of the tournament.

Rosters

  • Teams must have a minimum of 5 rostered players for your team to be considered “present”.
  • No “guest players” may be used.  All players playing must be rostered on the team for which they are playing. 
  • All players must be over the age of 18; no expectations.

Attire

  • Jersey Color:  
    • The team listed on the schedule first is the home team.  The home team will change jersey colors in the event of a color conflict.  Each team should have 2 jersey/shirt options.  Teams must have matching jerseys (with numbers – if possible).  
    • The referee may require pennies to be worn by players not wearing a proper color jersey/shirt.  
    • The goalkeeper must wear a different color than the rest of their team, as well as the opposing team
  • Cleats: 
    • Per O’Fallon Sports Park rules; no metal cleats, baseball cleats, or football studs are allowed.  Molded cleats, turf shoes, flats are all acceptable.  Cleats or turf shoes are recommended.
  • Shin Guards: 
    • Shin guards are not required; however, they are highly recommended.
  • Hoods, Hats, and Glasses: 
    • If playing with a hood, tuck it into your jersey. Beanies are allowed; however, hard billed baseball caps are not.  Sunglasses are not allowed unless they are prescription glasses.

Semi-Final/Final Seeding & Overtime Rules

    • Seeding and seeding tie-breakers will be as follows:
    • 1) Total Points (W=3, T=1, L=0)
    • 2) Head to Head Results
    • 3) Goal Differential
    • 4) Total Goals Scored
    • 5) Total Goals Against
    • 6) Total Shutouts
    • 7) PK Shootout

    Semi-final and championship games ending in a regulation-time tie will play a 10-minute overtime split between two 5-minute halves; no Golden Goal. If the game is still tied, the game will be decided by a standard penalty kick shootout.

Forfeitures & Game Changes

  • Game is considered a forfeit if a team (a minimum of 6 rostered players) is not present at the scheduled start time. 
  • Forfeited games will be recorded as a 5-0 win for the non-forfeiting team. 
  • Games shall be considered complete if half of the game has been played. 
  • The tournament committee shall have the sole authority to cancel games or change game durations in the event of conditions beyond their control. 
    • In the event of conditions beyond their control, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to change the Tournament Format as follows: 
      • Delay, relocate, reschedule, or consider any games to be completed. 
      • Shorten game times. 
      • Cancel any games during bracket play which have no bearing on pool winners. 
      • Modify rules for tiebreakers in case all games cannot be played in full. 
      • Cancel a championship game and apply tiebreaker rules to determine the winner. 
      • Forfeiture rules will apply to teams that leave the site without permission of the tournament director after a weather delay and do not field a team at the restart. 
    • In the event unusual conditions necessitate rescheduling, curtailment, or cancellation of games, the Tournament Director shall have absolute authority to make these changes to best serve the interest of the tournament.

Inclement Weather

  • O’Fallon Family Sports Park is equipped with Lightning Detection Systems with sirens within the Park to help with Lightning Safety. 
  • The following process is new procedure for Weather Safety within the O’Fallon Parks: Lightning Detection Siren:
    • Siren will sound for 15 seconds for the initial warning 
    • Strobe light will continue to flash until the All-Clear Siren
      • Strobe light is located on top of Pavilion #3 near the main soccer field entrance
    • Play will immediately stop
    • All individuals need to leave the playing area and proceed to a safe, covered area, or their vehicles.
    • Countdown clock to all clear will automatically reset when lighting is present (through admin phone app)
    • All Clear Siren is three 5-second blasts 

Spectators/Players & Scheduling

Spectators/Players:

  • The player’s bench for both teams is on one side of the field and all spectators will be located on the opposite side of the field during the match.  No exceptions.

 

Scheduling:

Requests for game conflicts may be considered but are not guaranteed.  No conflicts will be recognized for semis or finals scheduling.

Refunds

  • In the event that games need to be cancelled (inclement weather, COVID-19 etc.) the following refund policy will be in effect:
  • 1 game played 
    • 1/2 of tournament fee (less the non-refundable $100 registration deposit) 
  • 2 games played
    • 1/3 of tournament fee (less the non-refundable $100 registration deposit) 
  • 3 games played
    • No refunds