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Listed below are the bylaws for the
2023 High School Showcase in Kansas City. 

Please read over the following rules/expectations carefully and familiarize with the rules.


-All rules and regulations will follow the National Federation of State High School Association


-To help ensure all the safety of the participants, all safety rules will continue to be followed in accordance with the Kansas City Health Department recommendations.


Twitter account: Follow @kchssoccershow for standings and updates




Rules of the Game: Every game that is played for the showcase will follow these rules


a. All soccer equipment must adhere to laws. A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself, herself or another player (including any kind of jewelry).

b. Shin guards are mandatory.

c. Game Referee shall inspect all casts, braces and their protective coverings, and determine whether a player's participation presents an unreasonable risk to the player and/or the player's opponents. Such determination is specific to the game for which the inspection is being conducted and is independent of inspection and participation in other games at the tournament.

d. All teams have jersey supplied.  All players must wear matching color team shorts and team socks; one set of each will be acceptable for the team.   Does not have to be the same brand but will need to be the same color.

f. In the event that team colors are similar, the home team will change colors. The “home” team is the team listed first on the schedule, unless it is clearly designated otherwise.


a. Unlimited substitutions are allowed, with the referee’s permission, at every stoppage in play (for example, throw-ins, goal kicks, corner kicks, after goals, upon stoppages for fouls, etc.). Free substitution is allowed for all age groups unless teams are advised in advance otherwise. b. Players must be clearly standing and waiting AT THE MID-FIELD LINE to be substituted (and not merely waiting “in the vicinity of mid-field”), and the referee’s assistant should be alerted, to the extent possible, of the request to substitute at the next stoppage of play.

 c. Players standing at midfield should be substituted into the game at the next stoppage of play, unless they remove themselves from the mid-field position prior to the stoppage of play.


Game Duration:


a. Due to expected heat, Two thirty-five (35) minute halves, breaks at the quarters, with a 10 minute halftime

b. The clock will continue to run throughout the half

c. 10 minutes will be designated for halftime

d. 10 minutes transition time between games



a. A five (5) minute grace period will be allowed from scheduled kickoff time. Teams must be present and ready to play at the scheduled time or potentially forfeit the game. Nonetheless, Tournament officials are mindful that unforeseen circumstances may occur, and will have the option to shorten, reschedule or otherwise create such circumstances as will allow a game to be played on the field rather than be won by forfeit.

 b. A minimum of nine (9) players constitutes a team.

 c. A forfeit will be recorded as a 4 to 0 result. Teams must recognize that the cancellation of a competitive game may create a lost opportunity for an expected and is disrespectful to teams that travel significant distances to attend the Tournament. The Tournament Committee will consider numerous possibilities to permit game action, including the possible availability of guest players, mutual agreements to play 10v10, 9v9 or 8v8, or declaring a forfeit but then scrimmaging with guest players supplied by the opponent or otherwise.


Inclement Weather

a. All teams and coaches must show up at the scheduled field and time regardless of weather conditions, unless otherwise notified by a League Official.

 b. In the event of stoppage of play due to severe weather conditions, teams should retreat to a safe location; teams should ensure in advance that there is a means to communicate with team members in the event of stoppage.


 a. Coaches, players and spectators are required to conduct themselves within the Laws of the Game.  The High School Showcase values the “extension of the classroom” for all players, coaches and spectators to follow.

 b. All disciplinary measures imposed by the Tournament Committee shall be limited to participation in the Showcase.

 c. Cautions and ejections beyond the normal course of play (such as violent behavior, referee assault, outrageous conduct, racial, ethnic or sexual abuse) may be referred to, and in some cases are required to be referred to the appropriate league or governing body, which may pursue their own sanctions. This includes referral to the host league sponsoring the event. d. A player or coach receiving a red card in a game will normally be suspended for one game. A player or coach accumulating 2 yellow cards in one game will normally be suspended for one game. Violent behavior may subject a player or coach to multiple game suspensions or ejection from the tournament. A player or coach receiving a single yellow card in multiple games will not be subject to a yellow card accumulation penalty. Suspended players and coaches will not be with the team during the next match(s). They can be on the opposite side of the field and watch the game as spectators, unless notified otherwise.

d. SLIDE TACKLING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED and will result in a direct foul for the opposing team. The purpose of this rule is to protect players as many will begin to prepare for tryouts and pre-season in the next month.  Cards can be given if the referee deems necessary.

e. Officials will be emphasizing calling any hand checking or fouls involving pulling of players jerseys for unnecessary physical contact.




 . Where brackets are created for 3 friendly matches, with the winner based off point system. Brackets will be created to suffice different levels of competition and to help ensure each team is placed against appropriate opponents. Winning team is designated by standings based on won-lost record.

2. Wins count for three (3) points, Ties count for one (1) point and zero (0) point for a Loss.  3. In the event of a tie, head to head outcome is the first consideration for standings.  4. In the further event of a tie, “Goal Differential” determines outcome, with up to plus-4 or minus-4 units awarded per game. 5.  Recorded shutouts are worth one point. 

General Information

a. Only MSHSAA, KSHSAA, and some collegiate referees will be supervising games.  This helps ensure that the highest quality of officials are being used.

b. Coaches, players and their fans are expected to conduct themselves within the Spirit of the game. In this regard the Tournament Committee reserves the right to take disciplinary action as necessary.

c. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide on any/all matters and its interpretation of these rules shall be final. No protests will be entertained upon final decision.

d. Referee decisions may not be protested or disputed.

e. The Tournament Committee may photograph and / or video participants and spectators at the event or on the playing fields. Such images may be posted on websites and in social media, and used in connection with providing information about, and coverage of the event. No individuals will be identified by name in connection with such images, without their consent.

f. Teams, players, coaches and team officials acknowledge, by their participation in the event, that they have reviewed these rules and regulations as instructed in several communications and postings prior to the event, and that they will abide by said rules and regulations.


  • Team standings based on won-lost record.

  • Wins count for three points, ties for one point.

  • In the event of a 2-way tie only, head-to-head is determinative, if applicable.

  • In the further event of a tie, “Goal Differential” is determinative, with up to plus-4 or minus-4 units awarded per game.

  • In the further event of a tie, “Goals For” (max 4/per game) followed by “Goals Against” will be used to determine the winner.

  •  Finally, there will be no overtime or penalty kicks in an effort to keep the schedule moving 

  • Each team will need to provide two ball runners.Official game balls will be provided by staff for every game.

  • Teams will need to provide water and supplies. 




  •  If weather concerns exist just prior to the event, the KC HS Soccer Showcase website will provide updates the evening before the first day, and updates as warranted. • TWITTER will also be used to send updates. Follow @kchssoccershow

  •  Teams should have a predetermined communications procedure as their Team Contact is informed of determinations about weather delays.

  •  During play, games may be interrupted by the referee or field marshal for lightning or severe downpour. 30 minute minimum time between players leaving the field must occur.  Players and fans must leave the field.  The complex does have a state of the art lightning detector and all participants will be notified to leave the field should lightning be within the range of danger.




  • Obey all traffic directives and speed limits. Park in designated spaces only. No parking on grass

  • No smoking on or near playing fields.

  • No alcoholic beverages on premises.

  • Use only designated sanitary facilities.

  • No pets on grounds.

  • Use trash receptacles & clean up after your team.

  • Players will be responsible for clearing up sidelines prior to leaving the field.

  • Recycling cans will be available for all plastic containers

  • Bathrooms are centrally located.

  • Teams warming up may use the grass fields ONLY but are not to warm up inside the penalty box (at the request of the SKC complex staff). Teams ARE NOT to enter inside the playing field fences UNTIL the teams (all players/coaches) who played before them have exited the field. This is for the safety and well-being of all participants.




  • Unlimited substitution with the referee’s permission, at every stoppage in play (e.g., throw-ins by either team, free kicks, corners, etc.). Free substitutions are allowed for all age groups, unless notice is provided in advance.

  • Players must be clearly standing and waiting AT THE MID-FIELD LINE to be substituted (and not merely waiting “in the vicinity of mid-field”).

  •  The referee’s assistant should be alerted, to the extent possible, of the request to substitute at the next stoppage of play.

  • Players standing at midfield should be substituted into the game at the next stoppage of play, unless they step away from the mid-field position prior to stoppage of play.




  • Fans are welcomed.

  • Teams should limit staff to 2 coaches on sideline

  • All players and spectators will need to leave the field immediately upon conclusion of their game. 

  • Teams will have designated fields to warmup that will not be in use.  Players cannot leave or step onto the game field until ALL players and coaches have exited

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