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Lauren Miller Memorial Tournament Rules

Lauren Miller Memorial Tournament

May 31-June 1, 2019


The Lauren Miller Memorial Tournament provides our in-house recreational teams an opportunity to play in an organized tournament.  It is also a great way to end the Spring Season.  Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 2 games as it is a double elimination tournament.

Divisions and Brackets

Each team will play a minimum of 2 games. Each game will be played in halves and not quarters as the normal season.   Age brackets will be formed with the best competition in mind. The U7 and the U9 divisions will have two brackets per age group.  Each bracket will be awarded a first, second and third place medal.  These brackets will not cross over during the course of the tournament.  The U10, U12 and U14 age bracket will only have one bracket per division

Field and Duration of Play


Field Location

3 of Halves

Duration of Play (Minutes)

# of Players on the field


#13 and #14

























The tournament is played at Bennett Park in Richmond, IL, which is located at the west end of Milwaukee Ave in Richmond directly behind Richmond Grade School.  The address of Bennett Park is 5900 West Milwaukee Ave, Richmond, IL.


There is no fee to park at Bennett Park is for the tournament.  However, Bennett Park is a public park and other community sports will be using the park during these dates therefore NUFC encourages you to use the parking lot at Richmond Grade School for this tournament and walk to the fields.  There will be limited parking at Bennett Park with limited accessible spaces.  NUFC encourages you to get to the park early enough to find parking prior to your child’s game as games will not be delayed waiting for players.   Please be conscious of Bennett Park’s neighbors as Bennett Park is located in the center of a residential community.

Game Procedures

  • Both teams will be checked in by a Field Marshal roughly 10 minutes before kickoff.

  • Both teams should be on the opposing sideline of spectators

  • NO spectators will be allowed on the team’s sideline except for coaches and assistant coaches

  • NO player will be allowed to play for any other team but the team they are rostered on

  • Substitutions shall be unlimited in all age groups

  • Substitutions will be made on the fly

  • In the event of a tie a shootout will occur until a winner is pronounced

Shoot-out Rules

In the event of a tie a shoot-out will take place.  The Shoot-out rules are simple.  Each Coach selects five penalty takers.  During a shoot-out, coaches, players other than the kicker and goalkeepers must remain in the center circle.  The kicking team’s goalkeeper stands at the intersection of the goal line and the penalty area (18-yard) line near one of the assistant referees. 

  • The team to take the first kick will be decided by a coin toss and the referee will choose the goal at which the kicks will be taken

  • All kicks will be taken at one goal to ensure that both teams; kick-takers and goalkeepers face the same pitch irregularities (if any), wind and sun conditions etc…

  • All players other than the kicker and the goalkeepers must remain in the pitch’s center circle

  • Each kick will be taken in the general manner of a penalty kick. Each kick will be taken from the penalty mark, which is 12 yards from the goal line and equidistant from each touch line, with the goal defended only by the opposing goalkeeper.  The goalkeeper must remain between the goal posts on his goal line until the ball has been kicked, although he can jump in place, wave his arms, move side to side along the goal line or otherwise try to distract the shooter

  • Each kicker can kick the ball only once per attempt. Once kicked, the kicker may not play the ball again

  • If the ball rebounds off the goalkeeper or the goal frame, the kick will be considered failed

  • No other player on either team, other than the designated kicker and goalkeeper, may touch the ball

  • A kick will be successful if, having been touched once by the kicker, the ball crosses the goal line between the goal posts and under the crossbar, without touching any player, official, or outside agent other than the defending goalkeeper.  The ball may touch the goalkeeper, goal posts, or crossbar any number of times before going into the goal as long as the referee believes the ball’s motion is the result of the initial kick

  • Team must take turns to kick from the penalty mark in an attempt to put the ball into the net, until each has taken five kicks. However, if one side has scored more successful kicks than the other could possibly reach with all of its remaining kicks, the shoot-out will end regardless of the number of kicks remaining; this basis is called “best of five kicks”

  • If at the end of these five rounds of kicks the teams have scored an equal number of successful kicks, extra rounds of five kicks will begin

  • If at the end of these ten rounds of kicks the teams still have scored an equal number of successful kicks, extra rounds of one kick each will be used until the tie is broken; this is known as sudden deathThe team that scores the most successful at the end of the shoot-out will be the winner of the match
  • Only players who were on the pitch at the end of play will be allowed to participate in the shoot-out
  • A team may replace a goalkeeper at anytime and the goalkeeper can become one of the penalty taker
  • No player will be allowed to take any extra kicks from the penalty mark until all eligible players have taken a first kick, including the goalkeeper

Players, Coaches and Spectators Conduct:

  • Red Carded players will be disqualified from the next scheduled game. This includes semi-finals and finals

  • Coaches will be responsible for the behavior of their fans

  • NUFC will not stand for any serious complaint or misconduct of any team, its players, coaches or fans

  • The tournament staff will have the authority and responsibility to remove any person(s) from the tournament for abuses of good conduct, in addition to any specific disciplinary action brought by any other authority

  • The tournament staff may suspend any offending coach or player for the duration of the tournament if further disciplinary action is appropriate

  • If a coach has multiple teams in the tournament, any suspension shall be applicable to each age group in which the infraction occurred unless further disciplinary action is taken against this individual


  • The tournament staff will not be responsible for any lost or stolen or damaged property 

  • The tournament staff’s interpretation of the foregoing rules and regulations shall be final

  • The tournament staff reserves the right to decide on all tournament matters

  • Violation of tournament rules may result in immediate elimination from the tournament competition

  • Drones are permitted however NUFC reserves the right to prohibit them at any time if they receive complaints or deem necessary

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