Rules & Regulations

For a printable PDF copy of the Golden Boy Tournament Rules & Regulations, please click here.




In addition to these rules and regulations below, the tournament will also be subject to the 2023-2024 FIFA Laws of the Game, 2023-2024 Indoor Rules of Play for Quarter-Field, 2023-2024 Indoor Rules of Play for Half-Field Competitions, and the MHSAA eligibility requirements which can be found on the MHSAA website at These documents can be found on the tournament website under the Rules and Regulations tab.



This tournament is open to all provincial/state sanctioned teams, recreational and competitive, U9 – U18, male and female, also high school boys and girls teams. All players participating on a Recreational or High School team must be registered for the 2023/2024 Indoor Recreational Season or the 2023/24 Indoor High School Season, while all players participating on a Developmental or Premier team must have been registered for the 2023 Single Season. All out- of-province teams are required to submit an approved provincial/state association team travel application prior to February 1, 2024. The approved travel application must include approval from the provincial/state association, team roster, volunteer screening certificate(s), and guest player forms (if applicable). All non-WYSA teams sanctioned by the Manitoba Soccer Association will be required to submit an MSA-approved roster by February 1, 2024, for proof of player registration. Failure to meet these requirements will deem the team ineligible and no refunds will be provided once registration is closed. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________


U9 – U12 Boys and Girls Developmental

U9 – U18 Boys and Girls Recreational

U13 – U17 Boys and Girls Premier 1 and/or Premier 2

High School Boys Championship and Premiership divisions

High School Girls Championship and Premiership divisions



U18 Players born on or after January 01, 2005

U17 Players born on or after January 01, 2006

U16 Players born on or after January 01, 2007

U15 Players born on or after January 01, 2008

U14 Players born on or after January 01, 2009

U13 Players born on or after January 01, 2010

U12 Players born on or after January 01, 2011

U11 Players born on or after January 01, 2012

U10 Players born on or after January 01, 2013

U9 Players born or after January 01, 2014

High School Players who are eligible to participate with their school based on their year of birth



All roster sizes & number of players on the field are as follows:

U9 – U12 Recreational = 7v7 play on a quarter size pitch, with a maximum roster of 14

U13 – U18 Recreational = 6v6 play on a quarter size pitch, with a maximum roster of 18

High School Boys & Girls = 6v6 play on a quarter size pitch, with a maximum roster of 18

U9 & U10 Developmental = 6v6 play on a quarter size pitch, with a maximum roster of 12

U11 & U12 Developmental = 9v9 play on a half size pitch, with a maximum roster of 16

U13 Premier 1 & Premier 2 = 9v9 play on a half size pitch, with a maximum roster of 16

U14 – U17 Premier 1 & Premier 2 = 9v9 play on a half size pitch, with a maximum roster of 18

**Any team that is over-rostered for WYSA League play may dress and play up to the maximum number of players on their roster for their respective division (i.e. if a U10 Recreational team has 15 players, they can dress and play all 15 per match)**



All teams participating in a League administered by WYSA who are registered for the 2023 Single Season, or 2023-2024 Indoor Season are not required to submit a team roster as they are accessible through our sports management system.

All non-WYSA teams sanctioned by the Manitoba Soccer Association will be required to submit an MSA-approved roster by February 1, 2024, for proof of player registration.

All teams who are not participating in a League administered by WYSA will be required to submit a state/provincial association-approved team roster to the WYSA Office no later than February 1, 2024. Teams are not required to produce an official roster at their matches, although all team officials and D-League / Premier division players are required to have valid ID cards at all of their matches.

*As High School coaches currently are not required to provide valid ID Cards, the WYSA office will provide coaches cards for each High School team that enters the Golden Boy Tournament.



U9 – U12 Recreational divisions will participate in a festival-style tournament on quarter-sized fields with 4-matches total.

U9 – U10 Developmental divisions will participate in a festival-style tournament on quarter-sized fields with 4-matches total.

U11 – U12 Developmental divisions will participate in a festival-style tournament on half-sized fields with 4-matches total.

U13 – U18 Recreational divisions will participate in a standings-based tournament on quarter-sized fields with 3 round robin matches guaranteed. The top teams from each group(s) advance to the Championship match.

High School Boys & Girls divisions will participate in a standings-based tournament on quarter-sized fields with 3 round-robin matches guaranteed. The top teams from each group(s) advance to the Championship match.

U13 – U17 Premier divisions will participate in a standings-based tournament on half-sized fields with 3 round robin matches guaranteed. The top teams from each group(s) advance to the Championship match.

The Golden Boy Tournament will be Canada Soccer and Manitoba Soccer compliant with respect to LTPD competition, guidelines, and standards, which is why the U9-U12 divisions will not have standings or compete for trophies and medals. This standard has been designed to create the best possible learning and development environment for all players, which is based on global best practices while taking into account the realities of Canadian Soccer and truly focusing on Long Term Player Development. Each player participating in U9-U12 divisions will receive a tournament gift package as well.



All team officials listed on an Official Team Roster participating in the tournament must be Child Abuse Registry cleared, and Criminal Record Search Certificate cleared. It is the responsibility of any WYSA club/team to ensure these requirements are met. All non-WYSA teams must provide proof of these cleared documents when submitting their approved state/provincial application to travel.



A maximum of four (4) team officials/coaches may be listed on a team's official roster. Only team officials with a valid and stamped identification card are allowed in the team's technical/bench area (except for the same gender adult and high school team officials). Valid team official identification cards must be submitted to the referee prior to the start of each match. Team officials failing to produce valid identification cards at the start of the match will not be permitted in the team's technical/bench area, until such time they produce them, with the exception of high school team officials.



All teams must have at least one adult of the same gender as the players. If none of the registered team officials fit this requirement, a parent may fulfill this role. If not a registered team official, this person does not require an ID card but must be present on the team bench and identified on the game sheet. This person cannot be a registered player on the team. Teams not having an adult of the same gender will result in the match being defaulted to their opponents.



Only players participating in U9-U12 Developmental, and U13-U17 Premier are required to have valid ID cards.

Recreational players who wish to guest on Developmental or Premier teams will be required to have a valid ID card produced by their District Club. All team officials in every division are required to have valid ID cards.



  1. Referee Liaisons are required for every match. Each coach should meet with their Referee Liaison before the scheduled kick-off time and have them report to the referee before going to the spectator side.
  2. Referee Liaisons must have their names and “RL” stated on the game sheet and be identifiable by wearing the yellow RL band on their upper arm.
  3. Referee Liaisons will assist the referee when asked to do so. The Referee Liaison's job is to control the behavior of their spectators, warning them politely to stop any misbehavior. They should not confront the spectators from the opposition, but submit a report to the organizing committee if they witness any improper conduct from them.
  4. Teams have up to five (5) minutes after the scheduled kick-off time to provide a Referee Liaison. Playing time will not be extended to acquire a Referee Liaison.
  5. A referee may not start a match until both teams provide a Referee Liaison.
  6. If only one team provides a Referee Liaison within the stipulated time allowed, the referee will abandon the match and submit a report to the organizing committee. Without very good reason, the non-complying team will default the match.



Prior to the start of the match, the referee must be provided the following:

  1. Valid I.D. cards for all team officials occupying a spot in the technical/bench area.
  2. Valid I.D. cards for all players (when applicable) participating in the match.
  3. A completed game sheet which lists the full names of the team officials present at the match. The game sheet shall also include the full names and jersey numbers of the players participating in the match.
  4. Guest Players must clearly be identified on the game sheet with a ‘GP’ beside their name.
  5. For any player arriving after the kick-off, the referee is responsible to add the player’s name and number to the game sheet prior to completing the game sheet at the end of the match.
  6. Following the conclusion of the match, no person other than the referee is permitted to write the score or make comments concerning the match on the game sheet. The referee shall sign the game sheet and provide that copy to the organizing committee.



Any player who participates with a team that they are not officially rostered with is considered a guest player. All players must be registered players for the 2023-2024 Indoor Season. Players participating in the U13-U17 Premier, U13-U18 Recreational, or high school boys and girls divisions are allowed to participate on only one (1) team during the Golden Boy Tournament. This means if you are already on a team playing in the tournament, you cannot be a guest player for another team in the tournament. All players participating in the U9-U12 Recreational or Developmental divisions will be allowed to guest on another U9-U12 team in the tournament, but must abide by the below guest player rules in order to be eligible. All U13-U18 Recreational and U13-U17 Premier guest players must complete the Golden Boy Tournament Guest Player Form and be approved by the organizing committee for said player to be eligible to participate with the requesting team. It should be noted that high school boys and girls players cannot guest for another team in the tournament. All non-WYSA players/teams must have proof of their governing association’s permission to be a guest player of the requesting team.

The following rules must be met for all guest players to be considered eligible:

  1. All guest players must complete the Golden Boy Tournament Guest Player Form and have it approved by the organizing committee for said player to be eligible to participate with the requesting team.
  2. A maximum of five (5) guest players are allowed per team (similar to WYSA League play).
  3. All guest players must be age-eligible to compete with the requesting team.
  4. Teams may have guest players that are the same age/caliber of the requesting team (lateral guesting), but never from an older or higher division.
  5. All WYSA League teams may pull from any team within their WYSA District (withstanding i, ii, iii & iv).
  6. Developmental and Premier team players may appear as guests on their own Member Club’s teams in a division that is higher than their own by virtue of their birth year. For example, a U13PR player can guest on a U14PR team, however a U15PR player cannot guest on a U14PR team.

Failure to abide by the guest player rules below may result in the player being deemed ineligible, which results in the team’s matches being defaulted. If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please contact us immediately. All guest player forms must be submitted to the WYSA Office by February 3, 2024. No guest players shall be added after this date unless approved by the organizing committee. __________________________________________________________________________________________


Only players with valid ID cards (when applicable), team officials with a valid ID card, and the same gender adult shall be eligible to occupy a spot in the technical area.



Under the 9v9 format on a half field, the attacking line becomes the midfield line (aka halfway line) when judging an offside. As such, offside offences shall only be in effect in the attacking third of the field (beyond the attacking line). The attacking third of the field is defined as the area of the field, from touchline to touchline extending 15 meters from the goal line as indicated by flag posts placed 1 meter (1 yard) outside the touchlines. For quarter field play, no offside will be enforced.



The Retreat Line is a tool that assists with the development of players, technically and as a team, tactically. The Retreat Line has been introduced around the country to allow younger players to learn and gain confidence in how to play the ball out from the back and forward to attack. The Retreat Line shall be marked a third (1/3) of the way from the goal line on each U9 & U10 developmental league field. When the ball goes out of play for a goal kick, the attacking players must back up to the Retreat Line. The players of the team taking the goal kick can position themselves anywhere on the pitch and any player may take the goal kick. The opposing team retreats to the middle third of the field and may not cross the Retreat Line until:

  1. The ball is touched by a player receiving the goal kick; or
  2. The ball leaves the field of play; or
  3. The ball is played directly into the middle third of the field.

If the defending team encroaches across the retreat line before a teammate receives a pass, the referee will stop the play and the goal kick will be retaken. If the opposing team repeatedly encroaches the retreat line, then an indirect free kick shall be awarded from the place where the offense occurred for failing to respect the required distance to restart play. However, if a team wants to play quickly, they can, and, if the goal kick is played before the opposing team players have moved behind the Retreat Line, the ball is considered live for all players. Clubs may mark the field with a dotted-line or place hash marks on the touch-line signifying the correct distance. If for whatever reason the field is not marked, teams must agree on the distance and place cones/markers down to signify the Retreat line. During the indoor season, we will use flags at the edge of the pitch as we do for the attacking line. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________


Quarter field play = unlimited on the fly. All substitutes must enter the field directly in front of the team bench. If the player being replaced does not exit the field of play directly in front of his team bench, the match shall be stopped, and the match official will caution the player for infringing the substitution procedure and be shown a yellow card.

Half field play = an unlimited number of subs can be made at any stoppage in play and enter at mid-field with the discretion of the match official.



  1. All players must wear a number on the back of their jersey. Each player shall have a different number and that number must coincide with the player’s name and number as indicated on the game sheet. If team colors clash, the away team must change colors or wear pinnies. The home team will be indicated as the first team on the schedule.
  2. All jewelry (rings, necklaces, wrist bands, earrings, hair clips, etc.) must be removed.
  3. Hard casts are considered to pose a danger to both the wearer and other players and are not permitted to be worn. The practice of padding a hard plaster cast does not reduce the element of danger.
  4. Players wearing a soft cast must receive permission to play from the referee at the time of the match.
  5. Medical bracelets must be taped but leaving the medical information clearly visible.



All round-robin and playoff matches during the tournament shall be two (2) x twenty-five (25) minute halves. Matches tied at full time during the round-robin shall remain tied for the purpose of the standings.



If the match is tied at the end of regulation, teams advance directly to taking kicks from the penalty mark, in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game.



If the match is tied at the end of regulation, two (2) x five (5) minute halves of extra time shall be played to its entirety (no golden goal). If the score is still tied at the end of extra time, both teams shall take kicks from the penalty mark, in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game.



  1. Best of five (5) alternating kicks from the penalty mark to decide the winner.
  2. Only the players who are on the field of play at the end of the match, which include extra time where appropriate, are eligible to take kicks from the penalty mark.
  3. A goalkeeper who is injured while kicks are being taken from the penalty mark and is unable to continue as goalkeeper may be replaced by a substitute.
  4. If still tied after the five (5) kicks from the mark, teams will then take one kick each until the draw is resolved (each team will use the players who did not participate in the first five kicks).



Each team will be awarded four (4) points for a win and one (1) point for a tie. At the end of round robin play, the group winner will be the team with the most points accumulated by wins/ties in their group. In the event of a tie, group winners shall be determined by applying, in order, the following procedures until the tie is broken:

  1. Most points (Wins/Ties) in all group matches
  2. Most points in matches (Wins/Ties) amongst the tied teams
  3. Head-to-head result (not applicable if three (3) or more teams tied)
  4. Greater total goal difference (goals for minus goals against with a maximum of five (5) goal difference per match)
  5. Least goals against (maximum of five (5) goals against per match)
  6. Most wins
  7. Most goals for (maximum of five (5) per match)
  8. Kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game. Time and date to be determined by the organizing committee and could be as soon as possible after the group’s last round-robin match.


*The procedure must be followed in the above-listed order. In the instance of three or more teams being tied on points, and one team has been appropriately placed, continue through the tie breaking procedure for the remaining teams at the point in which the appropriate number of team(s) have advanced through the process.*



In cases where a match is abandoned due to reasons other than discipline, the organizing committee shall determine an appropriate course of action.



Any team found to have used an ineligible player during the tournament shall default the match. Such matches shall not be replayed.



In cases where a team defaults a match, the opposing team will receive 4 points and a 5-0 victory.



In the spirit and encouragement of sportsmanship, WYSA will be permitting handshaking. Any changes to this rule will be in alignment to any Government of Manitoba public health orders as they pertain to sport participation.



The organizing committee is responsible for dealing with all misconduct that takes place prior to, during and after a match in the Golden Boy Tournament involving players, team officials, and/or spectators. Misconduct by players, team officials, or spectators reported by the match officials shall be dealt with prior to the team’s next match, when possible. All decisions of the organizing committee shall be final and binding as far as the tournament is concerned. A player/team official may be eligible to participate while under suspension from another competition. It is extremely important that if a player/team official is serving a suspension that you check with both organizing bodies to see if the player/team official is eligible while under suspension. A permission to play letter may be required.

The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association, and for the purpose of this Tournament, will refer to the Manitoba Disciplinary Mandatory Minimums (MDMM) as set out by the Manitoba Soccer Association. The MDMM dictate minimum suspensions for each red card and/or lifetime offenses. As members of the MSA, WYSA is bound to follow the minimums as set out by the MSA.

When a team member is ejected, the match official will submit their report to the organizing committee for review. The organizing committee will review the referee report and any additional correspondences supplied by the team within 60 minutes upon conclusion of the match for consideration, regarding the incident, prior to determining any sanctioning.

In cases of team supporters interfering with a match or causing control problems for the match officials, the match official will abandon the match and will report to the organizing committee immediately. Bench control and supporter control is the responsibility of the team. Team officials who withdraw their team from the field will be subject to sanctioning. Any other actions bringing the game into disrepute not addressed by this document will be dealt with by the organizing committee as they arise.


Yellow Card Offences (Cautions):

  1. Unsporting behavior
  2. Dissent by word or action
  3. Persistent infringement of the laws of the game
  4. Fails to respect required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick, or throw in
  5. Delays the restart of play
  6. Entering, re-entering or deliberately leaving the field without the referee’s permission
  7. Indoor – illegal substitution

Any player receiving four (4) cautions during the tournament shall receive a one (1) match suspension, which will be served in the next scheduled match. Any player dismissed for two (2) cautionable offenses in a match shall receive a one (1) match suspension, which will be served in the next scheduled match. The two (2) yellow cards in one match do not count towards the accumulation of four (4) cautions throughout the tournament.


Red Card Dismissal Offences:

  1. Serious Foul Play
  2. Violent Conduct
  3. Spitting at an opponent or any other person
  4. Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball
  5. Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or penalty kick
  6. Receives a second caution in the same match
  7. Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
  8. Team official: failing to conduct themselves in a responsible manner

All dismissals will be reported by the match official, in writing, to the organizing committee immediately upon conclusion of the match.

All dismissals carry an automatic one (1) match suspension, which must be served in the next scheduled match.

Furthermore, any player or team official ordered from the field by the match official for misconduct shall not participate in the tournament until the organizing committee has ruled.


Red Card Dismissals:

Quarter field play = 5-minute penalty and a person short until penalty expires

Half field play = team plays a player short for the duration of the match (mirrors outdoor format)


Any WYSA registered player/team official who is not able to serve their suspension in the Golden Boy Tournament is required to serve the balance of the suspension in WYSA League play. Teams not participating in the WYSA League will be reported to their provincial/state association.



The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association does not tolerate abuse of its match officials. All match officials in the tournament are members by the MSRA and WYSA Districts. Please remember to treat them with RESPECT. WYSA will not tolerate any verbal or physical abuse or intimidation of match officials. _________________________________________________________________________________________


Protests, which can be filed only by a team official listed on the team’s official roster, must be in writing using the WYSA protest form, and must be accompanied by a fee of fifty dollars ($50.00). Protests must be delivered to the venue headquarters within thirty (30) minutes of the completion of the match, which led to the protest. Points of fact during a match (match official calls) cannot be protested.



The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association is committed to creating a safe sport environment in which all individuals are treated with respect, dignity, and within the same rules and regulations. WYSA supports equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices. Individuals are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that includes fairness, integrity, accountability, excellent, accessibility, innovation, and respect.

The purpose of the Code of Conduct (hereinafter referred to as the Code) is to ensure a safe and positive environment (within WYSA programs, activities, office, work environment, and events) by making Members aware that there is an expectation, at all times, of appropriate behavior that maintains the dignity and self-esteem of all parties. WYSA supports equal opportunity, prohibits discriminatory practices, and is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect. This Code is not intended to specifically outline every instance of misconduct. As such, misconduct not specifically listed in this Code which is not in line with the values of WYSA, MSA or CSA, May still constitute a breach of the Code and be subject to sanctioning.

Please find below a brief synopsis of the Code which all members who participate in the Golden Boy Tournament must abide by.



The laws of soccer should be regarded as mutual agreements, the spirit or letter of which no one should try to evade or break.

  1. Visiting teams and spectators are honored guests.
  2. No advantages except those of superior skill should be taught.
  3. Officials and opponents should be treated and regarded as honest in intention.
  4. Winning is desirable, but winning at any cost defeats the purpose of the match.
  5. Losing can be a triumph when the team has given its best.
  6. The ideal is the greatest good to the greatest number.


  1. Play the match for the match’s sake.
  2. Be generous when you win.
  3. Be gracious when you lose.
  4. Be fair always no matter what the cost.
  5. Obey the laws of the match.
  6. Work for the good of your team.
  7. Accept the decisions of the officials with good grace.
  8. Believe in the honesty of your opponents.
  9. Conduct yourself with honor and dignity.
  10. Applaud the efforts of your teammates and your opponents.


Parental evaluation carries a great deal of weight with the pre-adolescent. The attitude shown by parents at matches towards their child, the opposing team, the officials and the coach, influences the child’s values and behaviors in sports. Criticism, disrespect for officials and opponents by over anxious or over protective parents bent on immediate success, rather than the long-range benefits, undermines the purpose of sport and brings into the match stresses which adolescents cannot cope with effectively thus contributing to behavior not in keeping with the spirit of the match. Parents/guardians of individuals and spectators at events will remember:

  1. Children have more need for example than criticisms.
  2. Make athletic participation for your child and others a positive experience.
  3. Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it. A child is easily affected by outside influences.
  4. Be kind to your child’s coach and to the match officials. The coach is a volunteer giving personal time and money to provide a recreational activity for your child. The coach is providing a valuable community service, often without reward other than the personal satisfaction of having served his/her community.
  5. The opponents are necessary friends. Without them your child could not participate meaningfully.
  6. Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
  7. Do not openly question an official’s judgment and never his/her honesty. He/she is a symbol of fair play, integrity and sportsmanship.
  8. Accept the results of each match. Encourage the child to be gracious in victory and turn defeat to victory by helping the child work towards improvement.





February 15-19, 2024


Tournament Venues:

WSF Soccer South (U of M)

211 Chancellor Matheson Rd


WSF Soccer North

770 Leila Ave


U of W Health & RecPlex

350 Spence St


Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association | 211 Chancellor Matheson Road | Winnipeg, MB R3T1Z2 | Phone: 204-233-8899 | Fax: 204-233-9121 | Email:

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