PoCo FC is excited to announce a ‘Goalie Wars’ tournament for all Girls U10 – U15 (as of the 2023/24 season) POCO Soccer goalkeepers.
There will be 2 groups – U10 – U12 and U13 – 15 Female keepers. (maximum of 6 goalkeepers per group).
Goalkeepers will need to attend 30 mins before their scheduled start time otherwise they will not be able to participate.
When – Friday, January 12, 2024 postponed to Feb 23, 2024
Where – Gates Park Turf 2
When – Arrive 5.30pm, Start time 6pm and will be finished by 7.45pm
Cost – Free!
Prize – Each group winner will receive an $80 Just4Keepers (J4K) Vancouver voucher to be used towards a pair of J4K gloves.
What is Goalie Wars?
Goalie Wars is a tournament that focuses on the goalkeeper’s ability to serve the ball in various ways and make saves.
- In this tournament it is 1 v 1 in 2 minute games.
- Each keeper will take shots on the other keeper in order to score a goal. They can take regular shots, throw it with their hands, and even kick the ball to score.
- At the end of 2 minutes the keeper with the most goals wins.
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Each goalkeeper will play everyone twice, in a round robin format. Then all goalkeepers will enter into a knockout phase (seeded based on their round-robin placing), working all the way to the final where the victor will be crowned Goalie Wars winner!
1) Field of Play – Players will play on appropriate sized fields for their age categories. Each field will have a line dividing fields in half in which each keeper will be required to stay on their half.
2) The Ball – There will only be one ball allowed on the field at a time. Players and divisions will use the appropriate size ball for their age groups.
3) Start of play – Game Officials will flip a coin before the start of each round to determine who will start with the ball. At the start of the match they can play normally and do not have to play from where they started the ball.
4) Methods of scoring – When making an attempt to score a goal the ball can be played in any way. The ball can be served with hands, feet, or any part of the body. Some methods of scoring include Throwing, shooting with the feet from the ground, punting the ball, half volley, bowling, etc. In the event of multiple missed shots (eg time wasting on purpose) as a result from specific types of serves the officials can ban these serves for the remaining duration of the match, but they will be restored each new round. The ball must completely cross the line to be counted. Any discrepancies will be ruled by an official. The Officials decision is final and will make calls based on what they can see.
5) “Off side” – occurs when a keeper crosses the half way line into the opponent’s side at any time during play regardless whether they have the ball or not. If this happens, and the ball is taken over the half way line, the ball must be handed over to the opposing keeper. A goal that would be scored as a result of the ball crossing the half way line will be disallowed. If a shot is deflected by the other keeper or the goal posts then it is considered live and can be shot again by the same keeper. The ball will be played by whoever side the ball lands on while on the field.
6) Out of play and restart – One ball may be used at a time. If a ball is served and sent out of bounds a new ball can be introduced. Keepers will trade serves each time regardless of who the ball touches before going out. The only exception to this rule is if a ball rebounds off the opposing keeper, or the goal post and lands back in your half that the ball can be played again.
7) Match duration – Each match will last 2 minutes. Match officials will control the time. They may stop the time if they feel that time is being wasted.
8) Delay of game and time allowed before releasing the ball – Keepers have 6 seconds before they have to release the ball. Any violation of this rule will result in the ball being awarded to the other keeper.
9) Player drops out – In the event a player or players do not show by their match time , 3 points and a 3-0 win will be awarded to the present goalkeeper as the game will have been forfeited.
10) Equipment – All traditional goalkeeper equipment is recommended but not required. We will not be providing any equipment to keepers as they will need to bring their own. Shin guards are optional and not required as this is a non-contact tournament regardless of age.
11) Scoring – A win will count as 3 points, a draw 1 point, and a loss 0 points. Each keeper will play everyone in their division at least once, maybe multiple times depending on the division size.
12) Last minute shots – Any shots that do not cross the line before time expires will not count. If a shot is played during the final whistle or call, it will be up to the official to decide whether it crossed the line in time.
13) Tie breakers – In the event of a tie in deciding group positions, the following criteria will be used to break the tie:
- Head to head competition (does not apply when more than 2 Goalkeepers are tied. Go directly to next tie-breaker)
- Goal Differential
- Most wins
- Fewest goals allowed
- Most Shutouts
- Most goals scored
- Extra Round first to 3 goals.
NOTE: If more than 2 goalkeepers are still tied through the first 6 tie-breakers, then cards will be pulled to eliminate down to two goalkeepers & then remaining two goalkeepers will decide winner with an extra round first to 3 goals