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Gameplay Rules

  1. Last day for Registration is June 27th
  2. Registration fees can be sent to 716-280-1792 via Zelle, Venmo, Cashapp. 
  3. Registration and spot is incomplete until payment is made. 
  4. Arguing/fighting/poor sportsmanship with referees/tournament directors will result in being eliminated without refund.
  5. This is a double elimination tournament (everyone is guaranteed two games)
  6. Teams must wear same color shirts, shinguards, and cleats. 
  7. Minimum age for a player is 13 years old. 
  8. Any roster change after submission will result in elimination without refund. 
  9. Brackets will be posted on 6/28 
  10. Team Managers/Captains will receive notifications about start time for their games. Everyone must be there at 10:30 am for checking in. 

5 v 5 Nomads Cup Rules 

Nomads Cup uses the official Fifa rules with the following exceptions:


4 field players and 1 goalie.

Game Length: 20 Min Games running clock ( 10 min halves with 3 min halftime) 

Players must wear same color jerseys. All players must wear jerseys/shirts during play. If both teams are wearing the same color, then pennies will be given one team. 


No jewelry will be allowed, including earrings of any type, rope necklaces and bracelets. 

Substitution: Substitutions can be made on the fly after asking the referee.

Referees / Timing:
There will be no abuse of the referees tolerated, verbal or otherwise. No abuse of any player, coach or referee will be tolerated. Please keep all comments (cheering) positive.


Teams must be ready to enter the field at least 5 minutes prior to scheduled game time.

Kick Offs / Kick Ins / Direct and Indirect Kicks / Goal Kicks / Penalty Kicks:

Kick Offs

May be kicked in any direction. You cannot score directly from a kick off. The kick off is an indirect kick.


The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline, rather than thrown in. The ball is considered in play when the ball is touched and changes position. This is an indirect kick, and a goal cannot be scored from this kick.

Direct and in-direct kicks

All dead-ball kicks (kick-ins, kick-offs, free kicks) are indirect with the exception of corner kicks and penalty kicks. Indirect kicks must only change position before the ball will be considered in play. If a free kick is awarded within five yards of the opposing goal line, the ball will be moved back to five yards from the line. It is the referee’s discretion where the ball will be placed.

Goal kicks

May be taken from any point of the goal box. All Goal Kicks are indirect kicks.

Penalty kicks

Shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by an infraction (the infraction does not automatically result in a red card). Penalty kicks are DIRECT kicks taken from  the edge of the box in the center of the goal.

Five-Yard Rule

In all dead-ball situations, defending players must stand at least five yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal is closer than five yards, the ball shall be played five yards from the goal line in line with the direction of play prior to the penalty.

Goal Keepers / Off-sides / Hand Ball Clarification:

Goal keepers are restricted to using their hands only inside the penalty box. They cannot pick up on a pass back. 

There are NO offsides 

Hand Ball Clarification

Deliberate handling of the ball that denies a team of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity will result in the following: (1) A penalty kick (at the discretion of the referee) (2) A yellow or red card given to the player committing the hand ball (at the discretion of the referee).



Will go into golden goal for 5 minutes and then penalty kicks 

Nomads Cup

275 Alexander Ave,

Cheektowaga, NY 14211

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