End-of-Season Tournament GUIDANCE FOR COACHES
Kicks from the Penalty Mark (Penalty Kick Shoot Out) to Determine Game Winner
This is a single game elimination format. All matches must have a winner. Any match with a tie score at the end of regulation will move immediately to a Penalty Kick Shoot Out to determine the winner. There will be no overtime periods played. Any team refusing to participate in a Shoot Out will forfeit the match, and the opponent will advance with a 3-0 score recorded.  
1. Only the players on the field at the end of the regulation time are eligible to participate in the Shoot Out. This may include players who have the referee’s permission to be off the field temporarily due to injury or equipment issue AND HAVE NOT been substituted for. 
(a) Once the Shoot Out begins, a Goal Keeper may be replaced at any time by a teammate from the center circle, with the referee’s permission. In this scenario, the former Goal Keeper becomes a field player in the center circle with his/her teammates.
(b) A Goal Keeper who gets injured during the Shoot Out and is removed/unable to continue the match must leave the field and cannot return. The injured Goal Keeper may be substituted for by an eligible substitute from the bench, or replaced by a teammate from the center circle. 
(c) A field player who gets injured during the Shoot Out and is removed/unable to continue the match must leave the field and cannot return. There is no substitution allowed for this player.
2.  All players, substitutes, substituted players, and coaches are subject to all requirements and sanctions addressed in the Laws of the Game. All spectators are subject to any send-offs and necessary/appropriate disciplinary action.
3. When the Referee blows the whistle to end the game, ALL PLAYERS MUST REMAIN ON THE FIELD. All others who were off the field at the end of regulation time MUST STAY OFF THE FIELD. The referee (or an assistant referee) will record the numbers of all players eligible to participate in kicks from the mark. After their number is recorded, players may go to the touch line to get a drink as long as they stay on the field and should then move promptly to the center circle.
4. If one team has fewer eligible players at the end of regulation time than does the opposing team, the team with more eligible players MUST REDUCE THEIR NUMBERS TO EQUAL THE LESSER NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE PLAYERS FROM THE OTHER TEAM.  [e.g.in an 8 v 8 game, the RED Team starts the match with only 8 players total, no subs; the BLUE Team has 11 players show up for the match. The RED Team loses two players – one to serious injury, and another had to leave the game early because parents had another commitment…so they finished the match 6 v 8. BLUE Team must reduce and use only 6 eligible players.] The captain of the reducing team must inform the referee of the jersey number(s) of the player(s) who are being reduced and these reduced players must join the other ineligible players from that team on the sidelines.
5. Eligible players who will be kicking will be promptly steered to the center circle. Coaches are allowed on the field to bring water to their players and to discuss with them their kicking strategies. The coaches must leave the field prior to the kicks.  
6. As much as possible, no one is allowed behind the goal during the game or the Shoot Out. Please help move any such spectators relocate up field of the Penalty Area. [Note - If you have a large crowd or tight spaces, this may not be practicable, and we do the best we can.]
7. The Referee will advise the teams which goal the teams will be using, will call for Captains and conduct a COIN TOSS. The team that wins the toss can choose to either kick first or kick second. 

8.   When the Referee indicates he/she is ready to proceed with the kicks, all coaches/trainers/water bottles etc. must be off the field.
ONLY THE ELIGIBLE PLAYERS who are kicking are allowed to be on the field.All players on the field must continue to remain properly equipped during the Shoot Out (ie. shin guards, socks, complete uniform, etc.). 
9. Each team is allowed 5 kicks from the penalty mark, to be taken alternately. The specific order listing the kickers is not provided to the Referee because you can change the order at any time (see #11). If RED Team kicks first, then BLUE Team kicks next, and then alternating, until both teams have had the opportunity to kick 5 times – subject to the following: the team scoring the greater number of goals within the 5 kicks, wins the game. If, before the 5th kick for both teams is completed, a team has scored a greater number of goals than the other team could have scored with their remaining kick(s), the game is over, and the team with the greater number of goals wins.
(a) If BLUE is ahead 3-0 after each team has kicked 3 times, then game over…kickers 4 and 5 for each team do not shoot.
(b) If BLUE (kicking first) is ahead 2-1 after each team has kicked 4 times, and BLUE kicker 5 scores to make it 3-1, then game over…kicker 5 for RED does not kick.
10. Score is reported as whatever the regulation tie score was, then show the kicks total:
            RED Team 0
BLUE Team 0 (4-2 PK) [or whatever result was]
11. If the score is tied after the round of 5 kicks, then the teams continue taking alternating kicks in the same manner until one team has scored a goal and the other has not from the same number of kicks. No eligible player on the field is permitted to kick a second time until all eligible players, including the Goal Keepers, have kicked once. Only then can a player kick a second time. If kicking through the line-up a second time, the order need not be the same as the first time through the line-up. 
12. Except as described here, all rules related to a penalty kick apply as well to a kick from the mark. However, one of the biggest differences is that, in a Shoot Out, the kicker gets only one chance at the kickhe/she cannot follow-up any rebounds. It is up to the Referee to determine when any particular kick is “over”…ie., if the kick is saved initially by the Goal Keeper, but the ball spins/rolls into the goal or caroms off the Goal Keeper/posts and goes into the net, then it’s a goal. In such a scenario, especially on wet/windy days, a Goal Keeper may have to save the same kick “twice”, which is allowed. Regardless, the kicker only gets one shot.  If any goal is canceled because a player violated Law 14, it is not required that the same player perform the retake (and the original kicker is NOT charged with a kick).