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VT World Cup 2019

The Virginia Tech World Cup has been canceled for Spring 2020.


The 15th Annual Virginia Tech World Cup has been canceled in accordance with the university response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This event is made possible through the Virginia Tech World Cup Executive Committee (WCEC) and the Virginia Tech Men's Soccer Team, in partnership with Cranwell International Center (Student Affairs), International Graduate Student Services (Graduate School), International Support Services (Outreach and International Affairs), and other campus and community partners. With a goal to promote sports as an avenue for sociability, formative interaction, and collective spirit, the WCEC is committed year-round to increasing interactions between diverse communities, while providing a catalyst for long-term organizational development and partnerships.

This combination draw and tournament functions as a mini-conference, examining the cultural and historical formation of national and regional identities through public and civic engagement in the global sport of soccer. The participation of students, faculty, staff, and alumni of any Virginia university or college, with past participants including James Madison University, Radford Univeristy, Virginia Military Institute, and Hollins University, is welcomed! 

  1. Start by creating your team roster! Get creative: add in roommates, suitemates, neighbors, friends, classmates, and even your favorite professor - from near or far. Teams are allowed a minimum of 7 players and a maximum of 13. 
  2. Download and fill out the registration form (below) by April 15, 2020 - there is a $300 team fee. Email the form to and deliver your registration fee to the Men's Soccer office (instructions on how to get there below). Your registration is not final until the registration fee is paid.
  3. Captains will need to attend a meeting on Wednesday, April 15, or Friday, April 17, from 6-7 p.m. You will be sent your schedule after all teams have registered, but please be prepared to start at 8 a.m. on April 18, 2020.  Registration will take place 30 minutes before your first game of the day. The event will run from 8 - 5 p.m.
VT World Cup Registration Fillable.pdf

It is important for everyone to understand that we want to provide a fun safe environment. Every player is playing at their own risk and we will call the games very tight to protect everyone. You can read over the policies and rules, as well as download the PDF version, below.

VTWC RulesandPolicies 2019.docx
Directions to Men's Soccer Office.pdf

Each team must have at least one player associated with a Virginia College or University. That person may be Student, Faculty, Staff, or Alumni.

Each team is allowed an unlimited number of ex-college players.

All players must produce a valid ID (college or license is fine) at check-in before they are allowed to begin playing.

Participants may only be registered for ONE team.

Each team will have 7 players (6 fielders & 1 goal keeper). Six extra players can be registered and used as substitutes, for a total of 13 players per team.  The roster must be finalized by the VTWC Draw.

Players must carry a dark and light shirt for all matches and all players of a team will have to wear similar colors in order to differentiate teams.

If you are found to have an illegal player, your team will be immediately disqualified, giving your opposing match-ups a 3-0 win automatically. 


Matches will start on time - if a team is not complete and ready to play at the start time, the team will automatically forfeit the match.

Matches are 24 minutes with a running clock.


Referees will give yellow/red cards to players exhibiting questionable behavior, such as targeting the opposing player instead of the ball; using their hands intentionally to stop a goal (with the exception of the goalkeeper); or tackling a player unnecessarily.

In the case of a yellow card, the player must sit for five minutes. A second yellow card within a single match will result in sitting out until their next match

In the case of a red card, the player will have a minimum one-game suspension. If the red card is for a violent tackle/play or a fight, the player will be suspended for the rest of the event and escorted off the premises.


Referees will be utilizing FIFA rules as a basis for all calls. 

Referees will use their best judgment in making fair calls, but they are not professionals and this tournament is for pure enjoyment of the game, it is not a competition.

When in doubt, referee and VTWC committee member decisions will be final.


No offsides. 

No slide tackles - this will result in an automatic yellow card. 

Goalkeeper is not allowed to punt the ball or throw the the ball past half field. 

Substitutions are permissible on any dead ball situtation, regardless of who has the ball. 

Fights/Altercations will not be tolerated. In the case of such an event, both teams may be disqualified, regardless of which team initiated it, and will be subject to University Judicial review.  This is valid for all matches. 

1st round will consist of 4 games for each team; the top team(s) in each group based on points (3-win, 1-draw, 0-loss) will move on to the quarterfinals. If there is a tie in points after the 1st round, quarter-finalists will be based on this order:

1. Head to head

2. Goals For

3. Goals against

4. Penalty Shootout

Winners of the quarterfinals will then go to semi-finals, and then finals. If the number of groups are uneven, there will be “wild card” teams chosen in order to make an even number of quarter-finalists based on this order:  

1. Head to head

2. Goals For

3. Goals against

4. Penalty Shootout (best of 5)

If there is a 3 or more team tie after 1-3, then we will flip multiple coins, 1 for each team.  The team that is the odd one out will move on to the quarterfinals. If an elimination game ends in a draw, wins will be determined based on this order:

1.     5-minute golden goal (sudden death)

2.     Penalty Shootout (best of 5, with 1 additional shot until victory, if necessary)

This year's VT World Cup will be held on the Marching Virginians practice field.


Questions about registration of the tournament rules and regulations? 

Contact Virginia Tech Men's Soccer by email at


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