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The Gahanna Kohl’s American Cup welcomes teams comprised of recreational players. The tournament will take place June 6th and 7th, 2015, at Headley Park in Gahanna, Ohio. The tournament headquarters during the event is at the Headley Park office, 1031 Challis Springs Dr, Gahanna, Ohio, 43230. The mailing address is P.O. Box 307121, Gahanna, OH, 43230. Contact Ashley Bryant, Tournament director, at for information.

To enter, a coach, administrator, or team representative must complete and return an official entry form. The completed entry form, a copy of the team's assigned regular season roster, and check or money order for entry fees must be mailed to:

Gahanna Soccer Association
P.O. Box 307121
Gahanna, OH, 43230

Registration materials must be postmarked no later than May 23, 2015 in order to be considered for entry into the tournament.  Checks should be made payable to Gahanna Soccer Association or GSA.

  • Only recreational teams and players are allowed to participate. Teams and players from competitive leagues and associations cannot enter into the Kohl's American Cup.
  • No all-star teams are allowed.
  • A maximum of three guest players in the U8, U9, and U10 divisions and a maximum of four guest players in the U11 and higher age groups may be added to the official league or association roster. All guest players must be current members of the entering team's recreational association.
  • All teams must be currently registered and in good standing with their state, national, or provincial association.

Teams must check in Saturday, June 6th at the Headley Park office, 1031 Challis Springs Dr, Gahanna, Ohio, 43230, one hour before their first game. When checking in, a team coach or representative must provide a copy of the team’s final roster which will also serve as a Liability/Medical Release.


All teams will determine their ages per the USSF USYSA age guidelines effective September 1, 1991. Ages will be determined on birthdays as of August 1.

Full-sided Games
Small-sided Games
Small-sided Games
Boys High School*
DOB 8/1/96– 7/31/01
Boys U-13/14**
DOB 8/1/00– 7/31/02
Boys U-11/12
DOB 8/1/02 – 7/31/04
Boys U-9/10
DOB 8/1/04 – 7/31/06
Boys U-7/8
DOB 8/1/06 – 7/31/08
Girls High School*
DOB 8/1/96– 7/31/01
Girls U-13/14**
DOB 8/1/00– 7/31/02
Girls U-11/12
DOB 8/1/02 – 7/31/04
Girls U-9/10
DOB 8/1/04 – 7/31/06
Girls U-7/8
DOB 8/1/06 – 7/31/08

* High School Eligibility

  • Teams must be comprised of 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade players.
  • Players who have reached the age of 19 prior to August 1st, 2014 are not eligible to play.

** U13/14 Eligibility

  • Players must be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, including "trapped" 8th graders (those who turn 15 between August 1, 2014 and July 31,2015).
  • Players who have reached the age of 15 prior to August 1st, 2014 are not eligible to play at the 13/14 level.

Maximum number of players on any one team’s roster:

  • U-08, U-09 and U-10 age groups playing six-a-side, maximum of twelve (12).
  • U-11/12 combined age group playing eight-a-side, maximum of fourteen (14).
  • U-13/14 and High School combined age groups playing eleven-a-side, maximum of eighteen (18).

Roster changes can not be made after submitted at check-in. Up to three coaches may be listed on a team's roster. The tournament is open to teams from U-08 to U-14. All of a team’s players must be within the age group guidelines established for their respective age group using August 1st as a cutoff date.


The first team listed for a match will be considered the home team and will be expected to change their uniform or wear scrimmage vests (limited number will be made available) if the referee determines there is a color conflict. Shin guards are required for all players. No hard casts are permitted; soft and wrapped casts are permitted with the permission of the referee and/or a tournament director. A unique jersey number is required for each player. Referees are to exercise discretion and leniency with regard to complete and/or matching uniform elements with the Tournament Director having final authority.


Each participating team will play a minimum of three games. No team will play more than two matches per day. All finalists will receive awards for both individuals and coach. In general, the first place team for a group, based on points or tie breakers, as described below, will play the first place team from the other group for the division championship. All matches: those within a group, crossover games with another group, and those forfeited, will be counted towards a team’s total points. Ties will stand in all games except semi-final or championship matches. In those matches, overtime will consist of two five-minute halves. If the game remains tied after overtime periods, penalty kick elimination will be held per FIFA rules to determine the champion. All matches use certified referees.

The length of each game and ball sizes will be as follows:

Division Preliminary Championship Ball Size
U-8, 9, and 10 Boys and Girls 25 Minute Halves 25 Minute Halves #4
U-11/12 Boys and Girls 25 Minute Halves 30 Minute Halves #4
U-13/14, HS Boys and Girls 30 Minute Halves 35 Minute Halves #5

Group standings will be determined as follows:

  1. Point total: WIN = 3 points, TIE = 1 point, LOSS = 0 points
  2. Tie breakers, used in order to determine a divisional winner:
    1. Result of the match between the tied teams. This does not apply if three teams are tied.
    2. Goal differential as defined by total goals scored minus goals allowed with a maximum difference of three goals per game. A forfeit is treated as a 3 - 0 verdict.
    3. Lower number of goals allowed, with no limit on goals allowed.
    4. Penalty kick elimination, as per FIFA rules of the game.

Game balls will be provided by the tournament. Otherwise, a FIFA approved ball acceptable to the referee will be selected from the home team.

At the end of each match, both participating coaches must sign the scorecard verifying the game score. Once signed, the score is considered official. The failure of a coach to sign a scorecard constitutes a waiver of any error therein. Scores will be posted regularly. Any discrepancies must be reported to the site headquarter by a team official prior to the next preliminary game being played. Both coaches signing the scorecard must agree regarding score changes. Any appeal regarding the last preliminary game must be made immediately. The referee will give the scorecard to the referee coordinator’s assistant who will collect the cards after each game. If the coordinator does not collect the card, the referee is responsible for bringing the card to the referee coordinator promptly after the game’s completion. Cautions and ejections will be clearly noted on the scorecard and tracked by the referee coordinator.

Teams for full sided games (11v11) not reporting to their scheduled field with at least seven players within ten minutes of the scheduled starting time may be required to forfeit that game. For 8v8 small sided games, teams must have at least six players. For 6v6 small sided games, teams must have at least five players. Teams involved in a forfeited game may progress to the championship if they qualify. A forfeit will be recorded as a 3-0 game.

International Rules (FIFA/USSF) apply with the following exceptions:

  1. Substitutions must be at the mid-field line
  2. Substitutions may be made with the consent of the referee:
    1. After a goal by either team
    2. Before any goal kick
    3. Before a throw-in in your team's favor or if both teams are at the mid line.
    4. At the beginning of any period of play
    5. After any injury, by either team, when the referee stops play
    6. After a caution, the cautioned player may be substituted, if so, then the other team may also sub a player


Protests must be filed in writing with the tournament site headquarters within thirty (30) minutes of the conclusion of the game, along with a $100 cash fee. The fee will be returned if the protest is upheld. Referee judgment will not be the basis for a protest. Player eligibility and rule disputes will be resolved by the tournament director and site coordinator(s). If there is a dispute that cannot be determined by the official tournament rules, a committee will hear the complaint and make a ruling. That ruling is final and cannot be appealed. The committee may consist of the tournament director, the site coordinator, and/or anyone who the tournament director feels can make a prudent decision.


The use of noisemakers such as air horns, cow bells, whistles, loud whistling, etc. during a game is prohibited and considered unsportsmanlike conduct. The referee may suspend play until the offending noise stops.

All participants will be expected to maintain high standards of conduct. These standards are expected of players, referees, and family members, including refraining from kicking soccer balls against or within a building and being disrespectful of the property of others. If the Tournament becomes aware of misconduct, the director reserves the right to proceed with an appropriate sanction: a warning, reduction in points in the standings, or banning the team or club from future participation in the tournament. No peddling or solicitation is permitted by any team/organization.

There shall be no dissent between players and/or coaches and the referee. Questioning a referee is considered dissent. All coaches are responsible for the actions of his or her spectators, specifically verbal abuse of referees. Such behavior may result in forfeiture of the game, removal of spectators and/or expulsion from further play.

Players and coaches must remain on their side of the field, within 20 yards of the centerline of their half of the field. Spectators, including everyone not listed as a player or a coach for the teams on the field, must remain on the side of the field opposite the teams. No one should be behind the goal lines. Players who are sent off (red card) during a game may not play in their next game. They may sit with their team, but cannot dress in uniform. Coaches may be given cautions or sent off. Coaches who are sent off cannot participate as a coach or a spectator in their team's next game. An ejected coach may not be in the vicinity of the playing field during the sanctioned game. A final game is considered the third preliminary game if the team does not advance to the championship. Otherwise, it is the championship match.

The Gahanna Kohl's American Cup, sanctioned through Ohio South, follows their policy for lightning and hazardous weather conditions. Games will be suspended until 30-minutes after the last lightning or thunder has left the vicinity. Inclement weather is always a possibility and such weather may result in delayed, abbreviated or cancelled games. The tournament committee will attempt to reschedule games to insure that each team will play a full schedule for the tournament. Games may be shortened or postponed or scheduled at a different site in order to meet this goal. A game may be considered complete if the first half has concluded. The tournament directors, site coordinators and referee have authority to suspend games due to inclement weather.

In the event of tournament cancellation due to inclement weather, there is no guarantee of a refund. In such a case the tournament is cancelled, either before any games are played or before all games can be completed, refunds will be made available to all teams requesting them. The amount of refund will be determined after subtracting the costs and obligations associated with organizing the event. A full refund would not be available due to these costs. The Kohl’s American Cup may place photos on a variety of websites showing events taking place during the tournament. Your participation indicates permission to do so. However, we will honor any request to remove a photo you find inappropriate to have posted.

The tournament does not deposit entry fees prior to a team's acceptance to the tournament unless the fee is part of a check for a group of teams. Refunds will generally not be made to any team who has submitted an application and been notified by the committee that said team has been accepted to the tournament. Exceptions to this will be made on a case-by-case basis and determined by the tournament committee.

No Alcohol – No Pets – No Bikes – No RVs – No Soliciting – No smoking, as a courtesy to everyone.

Facts at a Glance

When: June 6th & 7th, 2015
Where: Headley Park
1031 Challis Springs Dr
Gahanna, OH 43230
Fees: U8-U10 - $225
U11/12 - $250
U13-U18 - $275
Application Deadline: May 23, 2015
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