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*****2013 Columbia-Windham Columbus Day Tournament*****
  1. This is a Comp Tournament (Division 3 and Division 4 Only)
  2. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The deadline to register teams online is 9/20/2013 at midnight.
  3. TEAM CHECK IN/REGISTRATION:  Friday, 10/11/2013, at the Columbia Town Hall between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PMAt the registration you will be expected to present a copy of your team roster plus player passes and medical release forms.  We do not have a tournament medical release form and ask you to use your club’s medical form.  If you are from a town that is greater than 70 miles away we will be having a registration on Saturday morning 10/12/2013 from 7:00 AM to 11:00AM, but you must first get Director approval by emailing:  .
  4. Remember to send your roster to  ASAP.
  5. Tournament fees need to be sent to CWSA, PO Box 321, Columbia CT,  06237.

The 2013 Columbus Day Tournament is fast approaching! Everything can be done online this year including:


  • Teams registering and paying online;
  • Referee registration;
  • Scoring Official Registration; and
  • A number of field positions such as:
    • Parking (Columbia Recreation Fields only) - Days of the tournament arrive at 7:30AM, direct cars as needed all day (primarily morning).
    • Field Cleanup - Days of the tournament, arrive before 8AM, make sure all fields are clean of debris before, during, and after games. Expect heavier cleanup after each day of the tournament (approximately 7PM).
    • Field Lining/Goals/Flags/Cones/Field Sponsor Signs - Up to a week before the tournament, arrive by 7AM the days of the tournament relining as needed and setting flags & cones, and staying after day 1 of the tournament to reline (approximately 8PM).
    • Bathrooms - Days of the tournament, arriving at 8AM, basic cleaning and restocking of all fixed and portable bathrooms as needed and after each day of the tournament (approximately 7PM).


Please tell your family and friends to go to the volunteer page (or click here Volunteers and sign up to be a Field Marshal, Scoring Official, or to assist with one of the many field volunteer positions listed above that are still available. 

We need volunteers for this tournament to be successful!

Tournament Rules

 Tournamnet RApplication Fees
The tournament fee is $295 for U9 and U10 teams, $395 for the U11 through U14 teams. — We have worked hard to keep our tournamnet fees lower the most other torunaments around!
To Register go to the “Registration” selection on “Columbus Day Tournament” Tab.

Determination of Bracket Winners and Runners Up
In 4-team brackets, the 1st and 2nd place teams overall will play in a championship game.
In 6- and 8-team brackets, there will be two divisions with the top 2 teams in each division advancing to the semifinal games. The pairings of semifinal games will be determined by seeding, with the 1st seed playing against the 4th seed, and the 2nd seed playing against the 3rd seed. A championship game will be played by the winning team of each semifinal game.
In 10- and 12-team brackets, there will be 3 divisions of 3 or 4 teams in each division. The three 1st place teams will advance to the semifinals, with the remaining teams being grouped together and sorted based on their existing statistics to determine the 4th semifinal team. The pairings of semifinal games will be determined by seeding, with the 1st seed playing against the 4th seed, and the 2nd seed  playing against the 3rd seed. A championship game will be played by the winning team of each semifinal game.
Although odd number brackets are avoided, there are times when it becomes necessary to utilize 5- and 7- team brackets.  If used, each team will play 4 games instead of the guaranteed 3 games.   There is no semifinal games for odd numbered brackets.  The top 2 teams after 4 games will advance to the championship game.
In the event of ties, the final order within bracket divisions and for semifinal seeding will be determined by the following tiebreakers:
1. Team with most game points
i.  Three game points for each win
ii. One game point for each tie
            iii. Zero points for a loss
2. Team with win in head to head competition (this tiebreaker is used if only  two teams are tied)
3. Goals for (max of 6 goals per game)
4. Goals against (max of 6 goals per game)
5. Team with most shutouts
6. Penalty shootout

Games Halted by Weather

Games will not be stopped due to inclement weather. Games will be halted only when the referee or tournament officials determine that conditions are dangerous. The score of the game at the point the game is stopped due to weather conditions will be the official score of the game.

Duration of Games/Coin Toss

Games will be 25 minute halves. There will be no coin toss prior to the game. The team on the left of the schedule will have the ball to begin the game. The team on the left will begin the game on the left of the field (as determined from the bench) and the team on the right of the schedule will be on the right of the field. This applies to all games, including the seeded semifinal and championship games.


Game Starting Times/Time Constraints

Due to the number of teams participating and the resulting tight schedule there is no leeway in regards to time. Games must be started at the scheduled times. (A team needs a minimum of seven players for the 11V11, six players for the 8V8 and five players for the 7V7 to begin play.) If a team does not have the minimum number of players at game time the game will be declared a forfeit. During a game the clock will not be stopped for any reason including injuries. Halftimes will be only one minute. If scheduled games begin running behind schedule the tournament director may shorten games to 20 minute halves. Please leave the field immediately following your game. Shake hands off the playing field. Warm up prior to your game off the field. There will be no time for warm-ups on the field prior to the beginning of your game.


A forfeit will be recorded as 4 to 0 win for the non-forfeiting team.



Protests must be filed in writing by the coach or team manager with the field marshal within one half hour of the completion of the game. No protest will be entertained regarding a referee's decisions. The tournament director's decision is final.


Composition of Teams
Players must be registered with CJSA or the equivalent state organization. This tournament requires a certificate of insurance from any non US Youth Affiliate team, evidencing liability and player medical coverage. The minimum liability limits must equal or exceed CJSA’s minimum ($1,000,000) and the minimum excess player medical limits must equal or exceed $25,000. Teams must be Competition/Travel teams by CJSA/USYS regulations. The U-11, U-12, U-13 and U-14 teams will be allowed to have up to three guest players. Players will not be allowed to play on more than one team regardless of age group. Boys will not be allowed to play on girl’s teams. (Girls will be allowed to play on boy’s teams). The tournament committee reserves the right to assign teams to a division other than what they registered for.

All 7v7 and 8v8 teams can have up to 18 players
All 11v11 teams can have up to 25 players
U9 - U10 can have no guests
U11 - U14 can have up to 3 guests

We will be accepting comp A and comp B levels U9, U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14 age groups.


  • All U9 and U10 teams will play short sided games, 7v7, and will be guaranteed 4 games (non-result oriented games; no playoffs).
  • U11 will be 8v8. U12 can be 8v8 or 11v11, U13 and U14 will be 11v11

Red Cards and Yellow Cards
If a player gets a red card he/she must sit out the remainder of that game plus the next game. If a player gets a total of three yellow cards he/she must sit out the next game.


Coach and Fan Behavior
It is understood that coaches and parents become excited during games and find fault with referees, etc. There is a limit beyond which this kind of behavior becomes inappropriate. Please keep in mind that coaches are role models for their players. Please do not exhibit behavior which you would find objectionable in others. Also please encourage your parents to be positive, supportive and under control.



We are fortunate to have access to a number of school athletic fields. All these fields are used regularly by their school teams and are well maintained by the schools. We are expecting teams to be careful not to damage any of these fields. Windham High School and Lyman High School have tracks around their varsity fields. These tracks are not made of asphalt but of a rubberized material that can be damaged by soccer cleats. Teams playing on these fields are required to warm up outside the fence and not to walk on the track except to retrieve a ball. Coaches are responsible to keep their players off the track. Any team that violates this rule will be expelled from the tournament and all their games will be forfeited. It is also expected that your teams will pick up after themselves and not leave garbage around.


All fields will have a field marshal who will have a cell phone to request medical assistance. Medics will be available at the Columbia Recreation site. Each team must have a medical release form signed by the parent. You are expected to bring your club medical form. These forms will be inspected at registration. It is expected that teams bring their own first aid kits. We will have ice at the fields.



All teams must sign in so that player passes, medical releases and current certified rosters can be inspected. Please refer to Team Registration for time and location for sign-in.


Awards / Gifts
All players will receive a Tournament Patch and Wire Ring.


Winning and runner-up teams (U11, U12, U13, and U14) will receive a a trophy for each player (up to 18 per team).

In the U-9 and U-10 teams will receive a participation gift (along with a patch and wire ring).